Category: Scholarship

“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 […]

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 […]

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.

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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 […]

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, […]