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Con.Ed.: Resourcing New Field Education Supervisors

Con.Ed.: Resourcing New Field Education Supervisors

Title: Resourcing New Field Education Supervisors for the Ministry of Supervision Presenter: The Rev. Allison St. Louis, Ph.D., Director of Field Education and The Second Three Years Program, Virginia Theological Seminary, Alexandria, VA Date: Wednesday, January 24, 2018    Time:   11:00 a.m.-12 noon (EST) This webinar is designed […]

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Call for Papers

Call for Papers

Reflective Practice: Formation and Supervision in Ministry invites essays on the next issue’s theme “Formation, Supervision, and Leadership” for the volume 38, 2018. Many religious institutions, especially congregations are increasingly describing their vision of an ideal religious professional in terms of leadership. This trend is probably […]

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Becoming a Member

Becoming a Member

Please view the Why Join ATFE page for information on membership. There you will find online membership forms which you can use to join ATFE right now. Thanks for your interest in ATFE!

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2018 Caucus Meetings

2018 Caucus Meetings

See the list of 2018 Caucus Meetings, or check with your caucus contact person(s) to get connected to colleagues and learn if your caucus is gathering in the 2017-18 AY. 21 total views, 8 views today

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2019 Biennium Consultation

2019 Biennium Consultation

January 30th – February 2nd, 2019, at the Crowne Plaza in Asheville, NC, with guest speaker Rev. Dr. Frank M. Yamada, executive director of the Association of Theological Schools. More Info… 16 total views, 5 views today

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New Book: Engage

New Book: Engage

Theological field education, in which a ministry student steps out of the classroom and begins practicing with the supervision of a mentor, is a critical part of accredited ministry programs. Engage: A Theological Field Education Toolkit (2017) equips both students and their supervisor-mentors to engage in this important opportunity with energy and imagination, and it prepares students for the challenging work of integrating theory into real-world practice.  Engage provides coaching from recognized experts in the arts of ministry: preaching, administration, evangelism, pastoral care, public ministry, leadership, faith formation, liturgical arts and more. Other chapters address themes such as race, gender, and ministry across faith traditions (or no faith tradition). The book addresses field education in a range of contexts—from churches to non-profits.  Engage offers a valuable resource for students making the most of their transition from the classroom into real world ministry with all its joys and many challenges.

Rowman & Littlefield is offering ATFE members a 35% discount using the code: 17SUMSALE when ordered online or by phone directly through the publisher.

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Chair’s Welcome: 2017-2019

Chair’s Welcome: 2017-2019

New 2017-2019 ATFE Chair’s Welcome: Our new Steering Committee Chair Tracy Hartman has a message for all ATFE members. 14 total views, 6 views today

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New Book: Brimming with God

New Book: Brimming with God

Barbara J. Blodgett and Matthew Floding have co-edited the book, Brimming with God: Reflecting Theologically on Cases in Ministry (2015). The book opens with a chapter on theological reflection within field education and is followed by eleven case studies. It usually has two theological field educators reflecting on each story to demonstrate how […]

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New Book: Welcome to Theological Field Education!

New Book: Welcome to Theological Field Education!

Field education is an opportunity for students to develop ministry skills, practice ministerial reflection, discern their call, experience professional collegiality, and undergo personal transformation. Field education offers them a place to practice ministry and a space to reflect on it, to integrate theory and practice, and grow towards competency. In Welcome to Theological Field Education! eleven directors of field education in seminaries and divinity schools across North America pass on their wisdom to both students and their supervisors. Edited by Matthew Floding, director of field education at Western Seminary in Holland, Michigan, this volume covers critical topics such as the art of supervision and formation, the use of case studies and peer reflection groups, self-care and ministerial ethics, and assessment.

Formation for ministry is especially challenging at this time in the church’s life. First, the explosion of knowledge, pluralism, and consumerism and a host of other complicating factors make huge demands on what a minister must know to be effective in ministry. Second, with the erosion of thick religious subcultures, the novice minister has fewer sources of practical wisdom to draw upon. The next generation of ministers, if they are to be more fully formed for ministry, depends on skilled mentoring alongside wise supervisors. This book is the tool to help them make the most of their field education experience.

Edited by: Matthew Floding

Chapters by: Matthew Floding, Charlene Jin Lee, Emily Click, Tim Sensing, Donna R. Duensing, Lee Carroll, Jaco Hamman, Barbara Blodgett, Lorraine Ste-Marie, Joanne Lindstrom, and Sarah B. Drummond.

Published by Rowman & Littlefield (2010)

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Con.Ed.: Increasing Internship Site Diversity

Con.Ed.: Increasing Internship Site Diversity

Join ATFE colleagues for online continuing education seminars throughout the year. The next seminar is Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (MDT), “Shared Wisdom: Increasing Internship Site Diversity,” an online video consultation with national colleagues led by Dr. Jenny Whitcher, Director of Professional Formation at […]

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