Field Education

“Make your education valuable. Apply what you learn. Refuse to take the back seat and watch things happen. Join the change and be part of the change.”― Israelmore Ayivor

Field education provides a safe and accountable practice field for seminarians to learn and exercise the skills of ordained leadership. It is designed to expose you to as many aspects of the congregational life as possible under the supervision of a trained and experienced priest, a certified School of Theology clergy mentor.   

Ours is a unique approach to field education. The discernment for placement is vigorous—intentionally modeled on the type you will later experience as ordained ministers seeking your call. Seminarians get to know a congregation, discern if they feel called, explore that with a mentor, and then the congregation or placement may (or may not) issue a call. Just as in ordained ministry, you might face situations where you receive more than one call, or aren’t called by the congregation you hoped for—but the School is there to support seminarians when there are difficult decisions to make.

Field education and the concurrent class are scheduled in the second semester of the middler year and the first semester of the senior year. Some students use the summer for more in depth participation either in their field education setting or in a parish setting elsewhere.  

Students have the opportunity to serve at placements of all shapes and sizes, parish or school, large or small, urban or rural, traditional or contemporary. Along with the work in the parish, the contextual education class focuses on parish dynamics and congregational leadership and the colloquy groups provide significant opportunity for theological reflection on experience and on the theory presented in class. 

Interested in learning more? Contact our acting director of contextual education, the Rev. Dr. David Cobb.