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Fall 2011-Spring 2012


DESCRIPTION: This course (pass/fail for 2 units) is designed to provide an internship in All-Seminary Chapel at Fuller Theological Seminary. It will expose students to models and methods of collaborative ministry, as well as theoretical models of integrating worship and the arts. At the core of this learning experience is the planning, leading, and evaluation of All-Seminary Chapels as a part of the chapel team.

SIGNIFICANCE FOR LIFE AND MINISTRY: The most public theological statement about what a community believes is its expression of corporate worship. This course exposes students to a collaborative and dialogical process of working through the practical and theological issues of worship planning and its execution. Further, it will expose the student to the challenges of working with members of a team who do not necessarily work in direct contact with each other, such as preachers, lectors, and musicians, for example. All these are essential skills for worship ministry and for many other ministries as well.

LEARNING OUTCOMES: The course seeks the following goals for each student: 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 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 student must first be interviewed by the Worship Coordinator (Currently Ed Willmington) and be accepted into the chapel internship program. Then the student should contact the Field Education and Ministry Formation (FEMF) Office for preregistration materials and instructions on arranging an internship. The course has three primary components: practical ministry, supervision, and theological reflection. The student spends at least 10 hours each week for nine months (three academic quarters) in All-Seminary Chapel involved in specific ministry assignments agreed upon by the on-site supervisor and student, and the FEMF Office. One hour each week is to be spent with the approved supervisor. The agenda should address (a) professional direction, evaluation, and overseeing 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.


  1. Completion of the Learning Agreement by the on-site supervisor and the student to be uploaded on Moodle by the end of the first week of the Fall quarter.

  2. Completion of Quarterly Evaluations by the on-site supervisor and student to be uploaded on Moodle by the end of the tenth week of EACH quarter.

  3. Meeting during the first quarter (FE517A) and the third quarter (FE517C) with a Field Education Advisor for a progress report on the internship.
Evaluation is based on completion of the internship as specified in the individual Learning Agreement and on-time completion of assignments and evaluations.

PREREGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS: Before the student may register for this course, several steps must be completed. 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 FEMF 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 Academic Advisor to receive a Course Reference Number (CRN) in order to register online for FE517A. Each quarter of FE517A, B, and C has a different CRN. The student must register online for each of the subsequent quarters.

PREREQUISITES: Completion of 24 units before registering for this course.

RELATIONSHIP TO CURRICULUM: The three-quarter sequence, FE517A, B, and C, meets the requirement for the FE2 Field Education requirement for the MDiv (MIN 7). It may be taken as an elective for the MAT. This course is offered pass/fail for two units.

This ECD is a reliable guide to the course design but is subject to modification. (September 2011)