Field Education Site Inquiry Form

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Field Education Site Inquiry
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We require a minimum of 1 hour per week face-to-face theological reflection with the student for the whole academic year. Are you able to commit to that time investment? (*)
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Field Education

Without exception, Garrett-Evangelical graduates point to their field education experience as key to their seminary education. Our field education program reflects the seminary’s philosophy that students mature into ministry by knowing, being and doing.

By combining hands-on experience with our academic course series, Vocational Formation & Church Leadership (VFCL), we offer students the finest opportunity to discern, test and refine their call to ministry.

For Students

Field Education is an academic requirement beginning in the fall of your 2nd year and is concurrent with the second year of VFCL.  Master of Divinity students take two years of field education, serving at the field site 15 hours per week. You may remain at the same site for both years or chose a different field experience for the second year. The requirement for Master of Arts students varies by degree program.

Our program offers:

  • Field Site Discernment – We guide each student to a field site where your call, gifts and vocational goals will be supported, challenged, refined and affirmed.
  • A Variety of Sites – Options include churches in urban, suburban and rural settings in the immediate area and surrounding states; chaplaincies in both health related and collegiate settings; a variety of social service and outreach agencies.
  • Mentoring – Students meet weekly with the field site supervisor for theological reflection and support. (The VFCL course is structured to provide additional mentoring from ministry professionals and peers.)
  • Compensation – Students receive a stipend for their work in field education.

Staff

  Karla Kincannon
Director of Field Education and VFCL
karla.kincannon@garrett.edu 
      Ken Ehrman
Field Education Coordinator
ken.ehrman@garrett.edu 
           
  Wendy Kneer
Administrator
wendy.kneer@garrett.edu
       

 

Field Site Inquiry

Thank you for your interest in mentoring a Garrett-Evangelical student. It is due to the deep commitment of our teaching sites and Field Site Supervisors that we are able to offer an outstanding Field Education program. 

Field Education is an academic requirement beginning in the fall of the students’ 2nd year. Master of Divinity students take two years of field education. They may remain at the same site for both years or chose a different field experience for the second year. The requirement for Master of Arts students varies by degree program. 

Today's ministries have many needs and limited resources so it is tempting to expect our students to supply vital programmatic resources. However, this is not the purpose of Field Education, and while we have great confidence in our students' abilities and commitment, their role is that of student rather than employee. For most of our students, youth ministry is not a primary vocational interest.

The field site placement process begins with our interviews with each individual student to identify field sites where they will be supported, challenged, refined and affirmed.  Field Site Supervisors must be able offer time and care in providing structure, encouragement and evaluation during the entire period of the student's service. 

Site Supervisors agree to provide the following:

  • During their 15 hour per week commitment at the site, students must be given the opportunity and resources to experience a variety of meaningful activities and learning experiences.
  • In addition to programmatic meetings, the site supervisor must set aside one hour per week to meet with the student for theological reflection.
  • The site provides a stipend of $3500 to the student for the academic year, and reimbursement for travel expenses incurred in service to the site (excluding commuting to/from the site).


Note: Most of our students serve 15 hours a week during the academic year, but there are full-time summer programs, internships and other creative options that we are willing to consider. 

We begin our placement process at the start of the spring semester with the goal of securing field sites for our students by the end of May. If you have further questions, contact:

Karla Kincannon, Director of Field Education and VFCL,   karla.kincannon@garrett.edu
Ken Ehrman, Field Education Coordinator,   ken.ehrman@garrett.edu
Wendy Kneer, Administrator,   wendy.kneer@garrett.edu 

Field Education Site Inquiry Form

If you wish to be considered as a field site, please complete the Field Education Site Inquiry Form.
***Please be sure to press the "Submit" button once you have completed the form.

VFCL Program Description

VFCL Program Description

The Vocational Formation and Church Leadership (VFCL) course series works in concert with our field education program. Students work in small groups led by ministry professionals and attend plenary sessions led by seminary faculty and guest presenters.

For MDiv students, VFCL is a 3 year (6-semester) requirement beginning in the fall semester of the first year. Students earning a MA in Christian Education have a 2 year (4-semester) requirement.  MAs in Pastoral Care and Counseling or Spiritual Formation take the first year of VFCL.

During the first year, VFCL students work to clearly identify and articulate their own call to ministry in preparation for their field education experience.

In the second year, the students'  first field experience forms the backdrop for classroom reflection and the development of problem solving, management and contextual analysis skills.  Students will hone their vocational identities and practice self-care and spiritual growth.

The third year prepares students to claim their call and demonstrate a readiness for ministry.  They will refine their leadership style and administrative skills.

Information for Potential Site Supervisors

Master of Divinity students complete two field experiences during their 2nd and 3rd years in seminary. Other degree students complete one year of field experience. Students entering their 3rd year may elect to complete their field requirement as a full time commitment during the summer.

Each first year student meets with our field education director at least twice to discuss vocational identity and call and identify a field placement where the student will be challenged and nurtured. Because our Field Placement Procedure is driven by the student's vocational interests and experience, the student's contact with a potential field site is initiated by the director of field education.

Today's ministries have many needs and limited resources so it is tempting to expect our students to supply vital programmatic resources. However, this is not the purpose of field education, and while we have great confidence in our students' abilities and commitment, their role is that of student rather than employee. It may help to remember that for most of our students, youth ministry is not a primary vocational interest.

Site supervisors must be able offer time and care in providing structure, encouragement and evaluation during the entire period of the student's service. In addition to programmatic meetings, one hour per week must be scheduled with the student for theological reflection. During their 15 hour per week commitment at the site, students must engage in a broad range of learning experiences and receive a stipend of $3,500 for the academic year.

Both the student and site supervisor will sign the Student/Site Contract  which details the responsibilities of each party as required by the seminary. Please remember that the pressures of the academic year ebb and flow and students may not miss any class to work at the site!

We invite you to join us in shaping future spiritual leaders. We need your wisdom, experience, and enthusiasm. Please complete and send in the Site Inquiry Form.

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