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Field Education Site Inquiry Form

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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
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      Ken Ehrman
Field Education Coordinator
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  Wendy Kneer
Administrator
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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:

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Field Education Site Inquiry Form

If you wish to be considered as a field site, please complete the Field Education Site Inquiry Form.
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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.

Field Education Handbook

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is field education required?

Field education is required for students earning an MDiv, an MA in Christian Education or an MA in Evangelism.

What is the length of the field education requirement?

MDiv students take field education for 2 years. MA students have a one year requirement.

When do students do field education?

MDiv students do field education during their 2nd and 3rd years. MA students with a field education requirement usually do this during the 2nd year.

Is it possible to do field education in the summer?

Students who have completed one year of field education may complete their second requirement during the summer with approval from the Director of Field Education.

What kinds of field sites are available?

We place students in a variety of churches in the city, suburbs and neighboring states. There are a variety of denominations and Korean and Spanish-speaking sites. There are opportunities to work with church agencies, a variety of chaplaincy settings, CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) programs and social justice ministries. Third year students may serve in a summer internship or mission in the US or abroad.

How much time do students spend working at the field site?

Students are required to spend 15 hours working at or on behalf of the site during the entire academic year.  There are 3 weeks of vacation time that are negotiated with the site supervisor. A student completing a second field experience during the summer must make a comparable time commitment.

Are students required to serve at their field sites during school breaks?

Yes. School breaks are not field site breaks. Students are required to serve at the field site from September through May. That includes all school breaks and J-Term.  Students are granted three weeks of vacation time, but it is very strongly recommended that students remain present at the site during Christmas and Easter and any other time important to the life of a particular congregation.

How does a church or agency become a field education site?

A pastor, chaplain or agency director should begin the process by contacting the Director of Field Education.  We ask that a Site Inquiry Form be completed and submitted to the field education office.  (You can access that form under Field Site Information on this website.) We ask that offers of site supervision begin with the Director of Field Education rather than with the student.

Are appointed Licensed Local Pastors required to do field education?

Yes. Appointed clergy may use their appointment as their field site. They will need to identify another pastor to serve as a supervisor/mentor who is willing to meet regularly with the student and complete the required documents and evaluations.

If a student has a paid staff position at a church, is it possible to use that to meet the field education requirement?

If the position offers the student a broad range of learning experiences, a student may use a paid staff position as a field education site with the approval of the Director of Field Education.  The expectation is that the student has been employed at the site for at least one year.

Is it possible to do both years of field education at the same site?

Yes. MDiv students may do two field education requirements at the same site or do the second field experience at a different site. Arrangements for the second field placement will be made with the Director of Field Education.

Is it possible for students to use the home church as a field site?

Generally not.  The main objectives in field education are that the student identify her/his own call to ministry and develop a pastoral identity and leadership style.  These objectives are not easily met when relationships and expectations have already been developed in the context of church membership.  However, we recognize that in some denominations, congregations sponsor their own members for seminary education with the understanding that the student will continue in service to that congregation. We honor the tradition for those denominations.

How do students find a field education site?

During the students' first year in seminary they will be in conversation with the Director of Field Education about their call to ministry and vocational interests and goals.  Out of these conversations, the Director will identify possible field education sites and help set up an interview with the site supervisor.  When a student and a site supervisor agree to work together they will contact the Director of Field Education.

Should students make their own field site arrangements?

No. The field placement process begins in conversation with the Director of Field Education.  Students who have a desire to do their field education at a particular site should speak to the Director before any further action is taken.

Should a pastor or agency director initiate a field site offer to a student?

If a pastor or agency director would like to mentor a particular student, they should contact the Director of Field Education before making any offer to the student.

What is a site committee?

A site committee is a group of 3-5 lay members of a congregation or, in the case of a non-church setting, 3-5 employees or volunteers who meet with the student once a month to provide the student with ongoing support, hospitality and evaluation.  The site committee helps acclimate the student to the site and facilitates communication with its various constituencies.

Who forms the site committee?

The person who will be serving as the student's site supervisor should form this committee before the students begins serving at the site.  The student should not be expected to form this committee.

Who serves on the site committee?

Ideally, the committee should include people who are familiar with the site, actively involved and have a range of relationships within the site. It is helpful if various interest groups are represented.  It is also a good idea to include persons with some experience in supervision. Except when the student is a licensed local pastor, the Pastor/Staff-Parish Relations Committee should not serve as the site committee. The site supervisor should NOT serve on the site committee.

Should students do field education where the pastor is new to the church?

We do not place students in churches with a new pastor. We believe there should be a time for a new pastor and congregation to get to know each other before placing a student in site where this transition is taking place.

May a recent seminary graduate serve as a site supervisor?

Generally we do not place students with recent seminary graduates. We like to see at least 2 or 3 years of experience at the same site, although there may be some exceptions.

Are students paid for their work at field education sites?

All students must receive a stipend of $3,500 for the academic year (or summer) for their field education work.  Students are paid directly by the site. In a few cases where there is an exceptional field education opportunity at a site that cannot afford the stipend, the field education office will negotiate with the site and a student may then receive a stipend through the seminary.  Of course, any student appointed or employed by a church would not receive additional funds.

May students do field education at a church where there is no pastor on site?

No. Since supervision is key to the field education experience, we do not place students in a church setting where there is no supervising pastor.  The only exception would be students who are appointed as licensed local pastors.

What is a Student/Site Contract?

The Student/Site Contract is the seminary's document containing the basic expectations of both the site and the student.  We require that both the student and site supervisor sign the document prior to the student's start date at the site.

What is a Learning & Serving Covenant?

The Learning & Serving Covenant is completed soon after the student begins working at the site.  The student and site supervisor work together to determine the student's learning goals and objectives for the year as well as scheduling and time commitments. This covenant forms the basis for the student's evaluation at the end of the year.

Site Information in Korean

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Information for Site Committees

The Site Committee is an essential partner in field education providing hospitality, guidance and context for the student and the student's family. The committee welcomes the student into the community and provides a crucial perspective in affirming and evaluating the student's progress. The timetable provided offers a suggested schedule for the committee's responsibilities. It may be adapted as needed.

The site committee is appointed by the student's site supervisor, usually the pastor or agency director. The committee should be in place by the time the student begins work at the site. One person should be identified as the chairperson to convene the monthly meetings, set the agenda and write the student's evaluation.

In church settings the site committee should be made up of 3-5 lay members. The pastor parish relations committee should not serve as the site committee. Agencies may provide a committee of employees or volunteers. The site supervisor does not serve on the site committee.

It is important to establish regular monthly meetings with the student. This can be a real challenge so it's a good idea to have a clear agenda and propose for the meetings as you move through the year.

Learning and Serving Covenant is drafted by the student and site supervisor as the student begins work at the site. Although the committee does not help draft this document, each member should have a copy since it records the student's learning goals and serves as the basis for evaluation.

The seminary is indebted to those who serve as members of the site committee. We deeply appreciate your unique service and dedication of time and care to our seminary students.

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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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Information for Current Site Supervisors

First, we want to thank you for providing our students with guidance and affirmation and for providing our field education program with excellent partnership.

We remind you that the Student-Site Contract  should be read carefully with your student before it is signed. Do not forget to keep a copy!

Please form a Site Committee for your student by the time the student begins serving at the site. The formation of this committee should not be left to the student. The site committee should have 3-5 lay members. The pastor-parish relations committee should not serve as the site committee although one member may serve on the committee. The site supervisor does not attend site committee meetings unless the committee has a specific occasion to invite him/her. We have provided information for the site committee on this website.

Set time early to meet with the student to work together on the Learning and Serving Covenant. You can access the instructions here . The student will be provided with the actual document. The Learning and Serving Covenant is a class assignment and must be completed by the date noted. Please retain a copy of this covenant as it's the basis for evaluating the student's progress.

As you consider working with students in the future, please carefully review our Field Placement Procedure  .

If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us. We absolutely need to know if there are staffing changes or absences that directly impact the student's supervision at the site. Garrett's field education program is detailed in the Field Education Handbook which you should have received at the beginning of the academic year.

Again, many thanks for your invaluable service and commitment!

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Information for Field Education Sites

Without exception, Garrett-Evangelical graduates point to their field education 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. As part of our 3-year  Vocational Formation & Church Leadership course series, field education combines academic and practical education to help students discern, articulate and test their call to ministry.

Because of the partnership of our excellent field site supervisors - clergy, chaplains, social service agency directors and their congregations and colleagues we are able to provide this outstanding program.

If you are currently serving as a field site supervisor, we salute you and your commitment to the future of the church. Please read more for reminders, information and updates.

If you wish to employ your energy, vision, experience and feel called into partnership with us by mentoring a field education student please read more about our program.

If you are a member of a site committee, we are grateful for your care of our student. Please read more for information on the site committee's role.

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