Welcome to ATFE

What’s New:

  • Across the Divides:

    We all face divides that we seek to cross in fulfilling our mandate as theological field educators. Cultural, social, technological and linguistic divides are prime examples. Our next biennial consultation will encourage us to reflect together upon ways to cross divides and so strengthen the work we do. It will be hosted at the historic St. Paul Hotel in St. Paul, Minnesota, January 19 – 21, 2017. The hotel provides a setting that is warm, elegant and intimate, well suited for much interaction and conversation. It also allows attenders to step right into the celebration of winter that the city of St. Paul is famous for. Watch for more regarding  speakers, breakout sessions and local field trips.

  • Two of our caucuses are having meetings soon. The Methodists are gathering at Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, January 27-29. The evangelical caucus will be held in Estes Park, Colorado, January 12-16. Look under Membership, then Caucuses for contact information.
  • Important publishing event for ATFE! Barbara J. Blodgett and Matthew Floding have edited a book just released this summer: Brimming with God: Reflecting Theologically on Cases in Ministry (Pickwick Publications); ISBN 13: 978-1-62564-996-6. 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 different approaches to theological reflection can yield varied theological and ministry implications. You can contact Toni Erebor  at toni@wipfandstock.com to order or to find out more. Or you can click on this link: Brimming with God: Reflecting Theologically on Cases in Ministry. The book has strong possibilities for use in classes.


  • New page on this website– “How to Get Published”                                                                It offers guidance from an experienced editor, who regularly attends our ATFE Consultations, Beth Gaede. We appreciate her work for many of us and her willingness to offer her wisdom to us all. You can find it under the main tab for Research and Publications.


  • The Proceedings from the Gathering in Santa Fe, January 2015–including the presentations by keynote speaker, Kathleen Cahalan–are now posted under About Us.


  •  Volume 35 of Reflective Practice is now available online.  The theme is: “The NARRATIVE PERSPECTIVE as used in FORMATION AND SUPERVISION.” Reflective Practice: Formation and Supervision in Ministry seeks to provide a framework for reflection on supervision and formation for a range of ministries, in a variety of contexts, and from different faith traditions. This is an OPEN ACCESS journal free to anyone with Internet access thanks to support by ATFE.  Go to http://journals.sfu.ca/rpfs/index.php/rpfs and simply click on archives in order to access this volume – or any previous volumes – of Reflective Practice.  No registration is necessary. 
  • Call for Papers
    Reflective Practice: Formation and Supervision in Ministry invites CPE supervisors/Field Education Supervisors to submit papers or essays on the general theme: “Supervising the Angry Student,” keeping in mind that anger takes many forms and expressions: externalized anger, internalized anger, passive aggressiveness, righteous anger, self anger, anger at God, etc. If we get enough thoughtful submissions, we envision publishing a symposium within an upcoming issue on the theme.  Submissions, ideas or questions may be sent to Scott Sullender, Editor.  Email: ssullender@sfts.edu.

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