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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.

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