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Field Education

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Through our vast partnerships with local churches, nonprofit and health organizations, and more, students have the finest opportunities to discern, test, and refine their call to ministry in a variety of ministry settings. Combining hands-on experience with peer group discussion, our field education program reflects the Seminary’s philosophy that students mature into ministry by knowing, doing, and being.

Field education is an academic requirement for Master of Divinity (MDiv) and most Master of Arts (MA) students beginning in the fall of the 2nd year. MDiv students take two years of field education, serving at their field site 14 hours per week and participating in peer group discussion sessions. MDiv students may remain at the same site for both years or chose a different field experience for the second year. The requirement for MA students varies by degree program.

Our program offers:

  • Field Site Discernment – We guide each student to a field site where their call and vocational goals will be supported, challenged, and refined.
  • A Variety of Sites – Options include a variety of congregational settings; chaplaincies in both health related and collegiate settings; and social service and outreach ministries in non-congregational settings. We have a strong commitment to provide cross-cultural experiences.
  • Mentoring – Students meet weekly with the field site supervisor for theological reflection and support. Peer Group discussions are facilitated by experienced ministry professionals.
  • Compensation – Students receive a $4500 stipend for their work at their field education site.

Field Education Staff

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 | 847.866.3961


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 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, children and youth ministry is not a primary vocational interest.

The field site discernment process begins with the field education staff interviewing each individual student to identify a field site where they will be supported and challenged. Site Supervisors must be able to provide structure, encouragement, and evaluation during the entire period of the student's service. 

Our Teaching Sites agree to provide the following:

  • Students are given the opportunity and resources to experience a variety of meaningful activities and learning experiences.
  • Site supervisors must set aside one hour per week for one-on-one meetings with the student for theological reflection.
  • The site provides a stipend of $4500 to the student for the academic year, and reimbursement for travel expenses incurred in service to the site (excluding commuting to/from the site).

Our site supervisors are expected to attend a training session offered in late August.

We begin our site discernment 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:

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

Rev. Dr. Lisl Paul, Associate Director of Field Education,

Field Education Handbook 2021-2022

The Field Education Handbook has been prepared for students, field site supervisors, and site committees. All elements of Garrett-Evangelical’s field education program may be found in the Handbook.

Download Field Education Handbook