“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 takeaways from the report include:

  1. Practical training is often marginalized in theological schools
  2. Field Education is among the most helpful, formative experiences for students
  3. Students value integration between coursework and practical training

The report, in part, addresses a critical issue within theological field education:

“Those responsible for training and equipping the next generation of faith leaders want them to not only be smart, but also change the world. Why is it that theological field education (TFE), one of the most effective means to assure this outcome, has been consistently undervalued, treated as a “second-class citizen” in theological education?”