Fall 2011-Summer 2012
Pasadena and Regional Campuses
FE503A/B/C: PART-TIME THREE-QUARTER INTERNSHIP. Gwen Ingram.
DESCRIPTION: This course (pass/fail for 2 units) is the part-time three-quarter
supervised FE2 internship in a church, parachurch, or institutional setting,
leading to the development of competencies in specific areas of ministry as
well as overall exposure to ministry praxis.
SIGNIFICANCE FOR LIFE AND MINISTRY: This course offers practice in the tasks
and skills of professional ministry in a local church, parachurch organization,
or institutional setting. This course also helps prepare students for ministry
by providing a context in which spiritual, theological, and ministry formation
LEARNING OUTCOMES: Students will (1) grow in their ability to engage in
theological reflection by having regular opportunities to think critically
about ministry in light of the Christian tradition; (2) deepen their
understanding of the cultural context of ministry by immersing themselves in a
specific context and regularly reflecting with their supervisor on the
connection between context and ministry; (3) develop toward becoming
spiritually mature and accountable practitioners by reflecting with their peers
in a theological reflection group or in their faith community and with their
supervisor in their internship on the connection between their faith and their
ministry; (4) become better Christian leaders by having many opportunities to
practice the responsibilities of ministry throughout their internship.
COURSE FORMAT: The course has three primary components: ministry practice,
supervision, and theological reflection. The student spends at least 10 hours
each week for three academic quarters in the church, parachurch, or
institutional setting involved in specific ministry assignments agreed upon by
the supervisor and student, and approved by the Field Education and Ministry
Formation Office. One hour each week is to be spent in reflection with the
approved on-site supervisor. The agenda should address (a) professional
direction, evaluation, and oversight of the student's ministry;
(b) theological reflection and discussion of topics related to ministry as
identified by the student and supervisor; (c) mentoring, support, spiritual
formation, and prayer. In addition, the student will have opportunities for
spiritual formation through practice of individual spiritual disciplines
throughout the course.
ASSIGNMENTS AND ASSESSMENT:
- Completion of a Learning Agreement by the supervisor and intern, to be
uploaded on Moodle by the end of the second week of FE503A (the first quarter
of the internship).
- Completion of Quarterly Evaluations by the student and the supervisor, to
be uploaded on Moodle by the end of the tenth week of EACH quarter.
- Meeting during the first quarter (FE503A) and third quarter (FE503C) with a
Field Education Advisor for a progress report on the internship.
- Evaluation is based on completion of the three-quarter internship
as specified in the individual Learning Agreement and on-time, satisfactory
completion of assignments and evaluations.
PREREGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS: Before the student may register for this
course, several steps must be completed, a process that may take up to a
month, since the student is responsible to make arrangements for an internship
site. The first step in the process is to read the preregistration materials available at http://www.fuller.edu/current-students/resources/field-ed/field-ed.aspx.
After the student has submitted internship and supervisor applications, he or
she must schedule an enrollment interview with the Field Education and Ministry
Formation Office. If the internship is approved, the student and his/her
Academic Advisor will receive a Course Approval Notification. The student must
then contact the Advising Office to receive a Course Reference Number (CRN) in
order to register online for FE503A. Each quarter of FE503A, B, and C has a
different CRN. The student must register online for each of the subsequent
PREREQUISITES: Completion of 24 units before registering for this course.
RELATIONSHIP TO CURRICULUM: The three-quarter sequence, FE503A, B, and C, meets
the FE2 Field Education requirement for the MDiv (MIN 7). The course is offered
pass/fail for two units. It is an elective for the MA in Theology (MAT).
This ECD is a reliable guide to the course design but is subject to modification. (August 2011)