On this page you will find a variety of different resources to help field educators in their work.
Continuing Education Webinars
Since we only gather as an association every other year, ATFE schedules webinars for continued learning and reflection. If you developed a strategy, a project, or an approach to field education others can learn and implement, consider hosting a webinar! Members are often the best sources of ideas and inspiration for each other.
Reflective Practice Journal
Volume 40 of Reflective Practice is now available online!
Reflective Practice is the journal both supporting and supported by ATFE. The 2020 volume of Reflective Practice: Formation and Supervision in Ministry marks the fortieth anniversary of this unique journal, including its previous iteration as the Journal of Supervision and Training in Ministry. You will not want to miss this historic volume, in which an esteemed and diverse set of authors explore the implications for formation, supervision and theological education in general embedded in the new forms and models of ministry that are emerging among us.
Volume 40 is now available online free – Click here to read Reflective Practice, Vol. 40
Printed copies are available for purchase through our web site: www.reflective-practice-journal.org/home.
Bibliography of Field Ed Literature
If you recently stepped into your position as a field educator, or simply want to broaden your perspective, browse this bibliography of literature on field education, curated by a team of field educators. The members shared their top five publications – the “must reads” – and, because we cannot resist, here are ten more great books.
Sample Field Ed Handbook(s)
Field education programs vary greatly, but it often helps to see the policies and practices of other programs. We’re selecting a random sample of a few handbooks for your perusal. [Under construction]
Making Theology Matter
At ATFE’s 2019 Biennial Consultation in Asheville, Auburn Seminary’s Vice President for Applied Research, Christian Scharen, reflected on Auburn’s 2018 report, Making Theology Matter: Field Education as the Practical-Prophetic Heart of Effective Ministry Preparation. This report is the culmination of a large study of field/contextual education programs across theological education.
Redevelopment of ATS Standards
ATFE participated as a focus group for the Association of Theological School’s Commission on Accrediting in 2019, contributing to the Commission’s work of redeveloping its standards for theological education. Some of the feedback to ATS from ATFE members included:
- The need for more robust field education standards in order to maintain and elevate field education as a priority within theological education. Standards help move field education from the margins into greater equality with other theological disciplines.
- A desire for field education integration across theological curriculum, along with a desire that it be referenced in the standards as an academic priority.
- The recognition that field educators bring expertise, along with experience, to their institutions, and can thus take on faculty roles with voice and vote.
- The inclusion of students as stakeholders in the governance of institutions of theological education.
While not all of this feedback made it into the text of the proposed redeveloped standards, ATFE was heard, and revisions are accessed here.
You can download the PowerPoint from ATS Executive Director Frank Yamada’s address to us here.
Recommended Standards for field education, compliments of EATFE
At its 2018 biennial meeting, the Evangelical Caucus of ATFE adopted the following recommended standards. You can read it here 2018 Evangelical Association of Theological Field Educators (EATFE) Recommended Standards for Field Education
Legal Issues in field education
Several years ago, the Presbyterian and Reformed Caucus of ATFE produced a document on legal issues in field education. While some content may be dated, it is still a useful primer on issues to take into account. You can read it here.