Academic Programs

Ministry Formation

F 110 EXEGETING THE CALL AND CULTURE OF MINISTRY (ECC)

ECC is a year-long course that meets once a week. it provides a formational context in which to process seminary life and discern readiness to participate in Ministry Formation (F 301.) Participants in this course explore the various aspects of Christian ministry with particular attention to pastoral/congregational ministries. Students examine social and spiritual shaping of ministerial identity through specific readings, small group work, theological reflection, and ministry interviews.
3 semester hours of credit granted at the successful completion of both semesters.

F 110-H EXEGETING THE CALL AND CULTURE OF MINISTRY

This one-semester hybrid course serves as a portal for the Connections program beginning with a weekend retreat and orientation. It requires an additional on-campus class as well as a significant online component in which the student explores the various aspects of Christian ministry with particular attention to pastoral/congregational ministries. Students examine social and spiritual shaping of ministerial identity through specific readings, small group work, theological reflection, and ministry interviews. It provides a context for continued spiritual formation and for discernment of readiness to participate in Ministry Formation F 301.
3 semester hours.

F 200 MINISTRY FORMATION ELECTIVE

Ministers-in-training gain experience in doing full-time or part-time extended ministry in congregations, camps, hospitals, social ministry settings, and district or conference programs. Students are given opportunities to engage in specific forms of ministry and to reflect on their practice of ministry through supervision. Placements will extend 10 or more weeks and will typically be full-time (400 or more hours).
3 semester hours.

F 201 CPE MINISTRY FORMATION ELECTIVE

Clinical Pastoral Education students learn pastoral practice in a clinical setting with a trained supervisor. Pastoral relationships are examined through an integration of personal history, behavioral theory and method, and spiritual development. Ministers-in-training provide pastoral care to people in crisis for a specific time period, usually 10 or 11 weeks full-time in the summer or one day a week during most of the academic year.
3 semester hours.

F 301 and F 301-W MINISTRY FORMATION

Participants engage in critical and constructive reflection concurrent with their field education ministry placement in this year-long course (400 hours in the placement over the course of two semesters.) This course is offered in the weekend intensive format (F 301-W) in alternate years with the weekly class (F 301.) Students consider a variety of ministry topics, working with case studies and the ministry resources of their faith journeys. Group interaction and leadership are important components of the learning process. 6 semester hours of credit granted at the successful completion of both semesters.
Prerequisites: 27 credit hours completed including: F 110 or F 110-H, T/TS 101, one course in biblical studies, one course in ministry studies, and faculty certification of readiness.

F 302 M. DIV. REVIEW

As the concluding course in the overall ministry formation process, this course provides seniors with the opportunity to synthesize and reflect upon their cumulative coursework and ministry formation experiences. The course culminates in a review of each student by a faculty committee to assess the student's fulfillment of the objectives of the M.Div. program.
3 semester hours.
Prerequisites: successful completion of F 301 or F 301-W, F 200 or F 201, faculty certification, and any particular curricular work that the faculty may require in individual cases for demonstrating readiness for M.Div. Review.

F 400 CLINICAL PASTORAL EDUCATION

Students may choose to enroll in an accredited CPE program for credit as an additional elective. Contact the faculty for Ministry Formation for details.
3 semester hours.