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Field Education

Students in a Classroom

Garrett-Evangelical'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. We are committed to helping students understand ministry practice as 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.

Garrett-Evangelical students in the Master of Divinity, Master of Public Ministry, and Master of Christian Education programs complete their field education in a diverse variety of settings such as church congregations, campus ministries, denominational agencies, international NGOs, and community nonprofits. 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:

  • Fresh Expressions of Church Cohort
  • Public Ministry and the Arts Cohort
  • Evanston Place-Based Ministry Cohort

If you are interested in becoming a Field Site and hosting a Field Education student, please complete the Site Inquiry Form. If you have further questions, please email us at

Dr. Sara Williams


Dr. Sara A. Williams
Assistant Professor of Community-Based Learning, Ethics, and Society
and Director of Field Education


Rev. Dr. Lisl Paul


Rev. Dr. Lisl Paul
Associate Director of Field Education