New ATFE Chair’s Welcome: Our new Steering Committee Chair Tracy Hartman has a message for all ATFE members.
2017 Annual Membership Dues: ATFE is your professional association. It’s the source of resources, relationships, and education for theological field educators. No other organization has these essential ingredients for maintaining the excellence in theological field education. Your membership dues helps the Steering Committee plan and fund our biennium meetings, provide continuing education resources between meetings, and maintain our website. You may pay annual membership dues online or via check.
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.
Reflective Practice Journal: The 2017 volume 37 of Reflective Practice: Formation and Supervision in Ministry is published and available free online. This year’s theme, “A Soulful Perspective,” invites readers to revisit the metaphor of soul and soul care, and wonders what formation and supervision in ministry would be like if we took seriously this understanding of what we do.
Caucus Gatherings: Check with your caucus contact person(s) to get connected to colleagues and learn if your caucus is gathering in the 2017-18 AY.
2019 Biennium Consultation: January 30th – February 2nd, 2019, at the Crowne Plaza in Asheville, NC.
New Book: 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.
Book: 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 different approaches to theological reflection can yield varied theological and ministry implications. You can contact Toni Erebor at email@example.com to order or to find out more.
How to Get Published: A new ATFE.org webpage offering guidance from Beth Gaede, an experienced editor who regularly attends ATFE Consultations. “How to Get Published” is located under the Research and Publications tab.
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