During your first two semesters you’ll be spending time visiting congregations all around the dioceses of Tennessee, East Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, and Atlanta reflecting on your experiences in settings different than your sponsoring parish. You’ll also be preparing for Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE).
Contextual Education is the broad term used at the School of Theology for the numerous ways students apply academic knowledge and classroom experience to ministry opportunities in a variety of settings.
For a seminarian, the phrase “practice what you preach” means more than it might to the rest of us—it is, after all, impossible to learn ministry without doing any ministering. Students at the School of Theology are lucky to receive an outstanding contextual education experience. In fact, according to a recent evaluation by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS), Sewanee’s contextual education program is one of the seminary’s “distinctive strengths.”
Today, contextual education at the School is some of the most robust and enriching formation a seminarian can receive anywhere. Ours is a holistic approach where practical efforts cohere directly with classroom education and gives students “a sense of connectedness”—they know how every part of their training—both theoretical and practical—grounds their theology and ministry.
Contextual Education is the broad term we use at the School of Theology for the numerous ways students apply academic knowledge and classroom experience to ministry opportunities in a variety of settings. This includes classes in leadership and parish dynamics, internships, Clinical Pastoral Education, cross-cultural experiences, and other extracurricular activities. Contextual education takes place alongside your classroom experiences.
Our mission is to prepare clergy to serve a growing and evolving church. Outlined below are the minimum requirements and typical sequence. Some dioceses require three or four semesters of field education which we’re happy to accommodate for students.