Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary’s framework for Field Education is grounded in three co-equal layers of knowing, doing, and being in ministry formation. Students come to know approaches to ministry leadership, cultivate practical skills in context as they do the work of ministry with skilled church and community leaders, and engage in critical reflection on the Christian leaders they are called to be. The Field Education Program approaches this framework within a place-based philosophy of ministry.
Field Education is a requirement for the Master of Divinity (MDiv) and MA in Public Ministry (MAPM) programs.
Garrett is particularly excited to offer students the option to participate in one of three thematic cohorts, each taking a deep dive into innovative and emergent forms of ministry:
Ministry practice is embedded in place. Students are challenged to discern how they and their institutions are socially positioned in the histories and power arrangements of their geographical location and communities, to recognize the relationships of accountability in which this position places them, and to reflect on how these relationships inform and shape their ministry leadership.
Field Education is where you begin to claim your vocational identity and authority through the practice of ministry. You will have the opportunity to complete your field education in a diverse variety of settings such as church congregations, campus ministries, denominational agencies, international NGOs, and community nonprofits. Through your field education context, you will develop foundational and professional skills.
Students work at their site for no more than 11 hours per week for academic year placements in order to balance Field Education with other curricular requirements. For summer intensive placements (11 weeks), students may work only up to 36 hours per week. Students are also provided a stipend for their work.
If you are interested in becoming a Field Site and hosting a Field Education student, please complete the Site Inquiry Form. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have further questions.
Director of Contextual Education