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“Making Theology Matter: Field Education as the Practical-Prophetic Heart of Effective Ministry Preparation

“Making Theology Matter: Field Education as the Practical-Prophetic Heart of Effective Ministry Preparation

At the 2019 ATFE Consultation, Christian Sharen, Vice President of Applied Research at the Center for the Study of Theological Education at Auburn reflected with us on Auburn’s 2018 report, “Making Theology Matter: Field Education as the Practical-Prophetic Heart of Effective Ministry Preparation.“ The key […]

FE in the Redevelopment of ATS Commission Standards

FE in the Redevelopment of ATS Commission Standards

During the 2019 ATFE Consultation, we engaged in focus groups with Executive Director Frank Yamada and ATFE member Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi The Association of Theological Schools (ATS)   sharing insight from theological field educators on the redevelopment of ATS Commission Standards and Procedures for accreditation. Some of […]

Call for Papers

Call for Papers

Next Issue’s Theme: Formation, Supervision, and Gender Diversity, Volume 39, 2019

In the last few decades there has been a significant change in how gender and human sexuality is understood. Correspondingly there has been an expression of greater gender diversity among the general population. So it is then, more seminarians or students preparing for religious leadership, do not identify with or transcend conventional gender norms. How does this change in how gender is understood and the increasing presence of nonconventional gender students in our seminaries or clinical training programs invite us to rethink how we form or prepare students, spiritually and professionally, for religious leadership? How do such changes shape or change how we do supervision, either in the context of clinical pastoral education and/or field education? Should gender issues, including gender biases and gender equality be important foci of clinical theological training? Furthermore, how do we prepare future religious leaders, regardless of their own personal gender preferences, to minister effectively to needs of gender diverse peoples? The Editorial Board of Reflective Practice invites scholars and practitioners on the cutting edge of these issues to contribute essays that might explore this theme. As usual, we also welcome essays, poems, case studies on subjects outside of the stated theme. We look forward to an illuminating and engaging 39th volume of Reflective Practice.

As usual, we also welcome essays, case studies on subjects outside of the stated theme.

Forum: Stories of Resilience

A forum is a section of the journal where readers may share short (500-1000 words) personal reflections, not scholarly essays, on a particular theme. The theme of this year’s forum is “Stories of Resilience.” Resilience refers to the ability to bounce back psychologically, socially and spiritually, after a trauma, hardship, setback or inquiry. These stories may be about patients, clients, directees, supervisees or yourself. They may be about individuals, groups or institutions. They do not have to be always end in success. Be real. Tell us about resilience as you experience it on the front lines of spiritual care, clinical supervision and field education. Stories may take the form of prose, poetry, or prayers. All entries should be presented in a matter that protects the privacy of the people involved, unless otherwise permitted.

For more information or to express your stated interest in writing for Volume 39, please contact Scott Sullender, Editor, Reflective Practice. Email: ssullender@sfts.edu or ssulend@gmail.com, and read submission guidelines.

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!

Upcoming Caucus Meetings

Upcoming Caucus Meetings

See the list of  upcoming Caucus Meetings, or check with your caucus contact person(s) to get connected to colleagues and learn if your caucus is gathering.

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…

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 […]

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.

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 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.

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, […]

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 […]

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 Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado.


“Making Theology Matter: Field Education as the Practical-Prophetic Heart of Effective Ministry Preparation

“Making Theology Matter: Field Education as the Practical-Prophetic Heart of Effective Ministry Preparation

At the 2019 ATFE Consultation, Christian Sharen, Vice President of Applied Research at the Center for the Study of Theological Education at Auburn reflected with us on Auburn’s 2018 report, “Making Theology Matter: Field Education as the Practical-Prophetic Heart of Effective Ministry Preparation.“ The key […]

FE in the Redevelopment of ATS Commission Standards

FE in the Redevelopment of ATS Commission Standards

During the 2019 ATFE Consultation, we engaged in focus groups with Executive Director Frank Yamada and ATFE member Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi The Association of Theological Schools (ATS)   sharing insight from theological field educators on the redevelopment of ATS Commission Standards and Procedures for accreditation. Some of […]