HST Field Education/Practicum
Changes in Field Education Requirements / Current Requirements of Field Education/Practicum
Field Education Course Options, Descriptions and Policies / Syllabus, Documents and Forms / Practicum Possibitlies / Steps to Enrolling in Field Education
Please note significant changes in the Field Education requirements of all HST students
NOTE CHANGES IN THE CURRICULUM STARTING FALL 2015
New Field Ed Requirements:
1. Only three hours or practicum are required for the MDiv (instead of 6 hours under the old catalog). These three hours may be satisfied by either:
- 5720 – Practicum I (with prerequisites)
- 5701-5703 – Apprenticeship in Ministry 1-3 (with no prerequisites but required concurrent enrollment)
- Course substitution – Only for those with significant ministry experience, by application and approval of Director of Field Education. Acceptable substitutions are BMIN 5873 (Missional Leadership Strategies), BMIN 5883 (Conflict), BMIS 5911 (Missional Strategies for 21st Century Witness) or HOML 5830 (Biblical Preaching, MACM only).
2. The three-hour requirement for the MACM remains the same, and can be fulfilled by either:
- 5720 - Practicum I (with prerequisites)
- 5701-5703 – Apprenticeship in Ministry 1-3 (with no prerequisites but required concurrent enrollment).
- Course substitution as described above.
3. A person may apply for an additional 3-hours of practicum in either 5721 – Practicum II (prerequisite of Practicum I) or 5704-5706 – Extended Apprenticeship in Ministry 4-6 (prerequisite of 5701-5703), and these hours must count as electives in the MDiv. and MACM.
Course Equivalents for Those Who Entered Before 2015:
- M.Div. students who entered under a catalog before Fall 2015, and have taken either BMIN 5720 – Integrated Practicum or BMIN 5721 – Specialized Practicum, or BMIN 5701-5703 – Apprenticeship in Ministry (first-year sequence), have fulfilled their practicum requirement, and may take an additional ministry elective (BMIN, BMIS or HOML) in their program to complete what would have been the additional three hours of practicum. Those in the Apprenticeship who have completed the first year and wish to go on through the second year, may take the second year as that elective.
- M.Div. students who have taken both BMIN 5720 and BMIN 5721, or the complete sequence of BMIN 5701-5706, or are in the process of taking the second year of the two-year apprenticeship and finish it out, have fulfilled their practicum requirement.
- MACM students who have taken either BMIN 5720 or BMIN 5721, or have completed one year of the sequence of BMIN 5701-5706, have satisfied their practicum requirement. Students who have taken the second year of Apprenticeship (BMIN 5704-5706) may count this as an elective, just as in the previous catalog.
- If a student faces difficulties in degree completion because of these changes, they may appeal to the Director of Field Education, who will trouble-shoot and propose a solution that goes before the Academic Affairs Committee.
Requirements of Field Education/Practicum (Fall 2015 and beyond)
The standard requirements of Field Education for the MACM and MDiv are as follows:
- MDiv students must complete 3 academic credits of practicum, either BMIN 5720 – Practicum I or the one-year consecutive sequence of three 1-credit BMIN 5701-5703 – Apprenticeship in Ministry 1-3.
- MACM students must complete 3 academic credits of practicum, BMIN 5720 – Practicum I or the one-year consecutive sequence of three 1-credit BMIN 5701-5703 – Apprenticeship in Ministry 1-3.
The elective options for Field Education for the MACM and MDiv are as follows:
- By special arrangement, the student may take an additional practicum, either through the 3-hour one-semester BMIN 5721 – Practicum II, or another one-year consecutive sequence of three 1-credit installments of BMIN 5704-5706 – Extended Apprenticeship in Ministry 4-6, which must count as an elective.
A course substitution option is by special permission, and allows students in the MACM or MDiv with substantial ministry experience and permission of the Director of Field Education and/or course instructor to satisfy their practicum requirement by substituting BMIN 5873 – Missional Leadership Strategies, BMIN 5877 - Spiritual Formation for Ministry, BMIN 5883 – Managing Conflict in Ministry, BMIS 5911 - Missional Strategies for 21st Century Witness, or HOML 5830 – Biblical Preaching (MACM only). Course substitutions do not satisfy practicum prerequisites or other degree requirements. Click here for the form to request course substitution.
Course Descriptions for REQUIRED Field Education
OPTION – BMIN 5720 PRACTICUM I: This is the standard one-semester practicum for the MACM and M.Div. degree. It assumes the completion of considerable ministry coursework, and is primarily for those with little or no experience to apply their classroom learnings and improve discernment of ministry calling and gifts. It is best taken when the student is at least halfway through the degree program. The practicum is an agreement between the ministry setting (church, urban mission, campus ministry, etc.), the student and the HST director of field education. The student will receive ongoing local and faculty supervision and will periodically engage in online peer interaction. Grade: S/U. 3 credit hours
Prerequisites: MFT 5730 (Counseling Skills), HOML 5810 - Sermon Development and Delivery or HOML 5830 - Biblical Preaching, BMIN 5874 - Ministry Call and Context or BMIN 5875 - Ministry Roles and Relationships (BMIN 5850 – Congregational Ministry from the old catalog may suffice for either 5861 or 5875), and - Global Evangelism or BMIS 5920 - Multicultural Ministry (Urban Ministry from the old catalog may suffice for 5920).
OPTION – BMIN 5701-5703 APPRENTICESHIP IN MINISTRY 1-3: The Apprenticeship in Ministry is a one-year intensive, on-the-job program in a ministry setting where the student works in ministry half-time and is at least a half-time student. It is an option for fulfilling the field education requirement in either the MACM or M.Div. degree program, and must be approved by the field education director. If approved, the student earns three hours of academic credit in three consecutive one-credit blocks during a calendar year: BMIN 5701, BMIN 5702 and BMIN 5703. Apprenticeships are established as an agreement between the ministry setting (church, urban mission, campus ministry, etc.), the student and the HST director of field education. The student will receive ongoing local and faculty supervision and will periodically engage in online peer interaction. Grade: S/U. 3 Credit Hours
Prerequisites and Concurrent Enrollment: There are no prerequisites for the Apprenticeship in Ministry, but students are required to take at least two ministry courses during the one year of the apprenticeship: either BMIN 5874 or BMIN 5875 or equivalents and either HOML 5810 or HOML 5830. Apprenticeship students who have completed these ministry courses must still maintain concurrent enrollment in other classes at HST.
OPTION – COURSE SUBSTITUTION: Students with substantial ministry experience and permission of the director of field education may substitute BMIN 5873, BMIN 5877, BMIN 5883, BMIS 5911, or HOML 5830 (MACM only). Practicum substitution does not satisfy any other degree requirements or electives. Also, if you use the course substitution option, the selected course does not satisfy a ministry elective, but counts as practicum hours in your degree plan. Course substitution if by application only using the Form for Course Substitution.
Course Descriptions for ELECTIVE Field Education
ELECTIVE OPTION – BMIN 5721 PRACTICUM II: This is an optional one-semester field education experience beyond the required BMIN 5720. It is an advanced practicum that must be specially approved by the field education director. The practicum is an agreement between the ministry setting (church, urban mission, campus ministry, etc.), the student and the HST director of field education. The student will receive ongoing local and faculty supervision and will periodically engage in online peer interaction. Grade: S/U. 3 credit hours
Prerequisite: BMIN 5720 with all of its prerequisites.
ELECTIVE OPTION – BMIN 5704-5706 APPRENTICESHIP IN MINISTRY 4-6: The Extended Apprenticeship in Ministry is a one-year intensive practicum where the student works in ministry half-time and is at least a half-time student. It is an option that builds on BMIN 5701-5703 by adding another sequence of three consecutive semesters in BMIN 5704-5706. It goes beyond the field education requirement in both the MACM and M.Div. degree programs, and functions as a ministry elective. Extended apprenticeships are established as an agreement between the ministry setting (church, urban mission, campus ministry, etc.), the student and the HST director of field education. The student will receive ongoing local and faculty supervision and will periodically engage in online peer interaction. Grade: S/U. 3 Credit Hours
Prerequisites and Concurrent Enrollment: Students must have completed the one-year sequence of BMIN 5701-5703. Students are required to take two ministry courses during the one year of the extended apprenticeship: BMIN 5874 or BMIN 5875 or equivalents and either MFT 5730 or MFT 5774. Students are also recommended to take BMIS 5901.
Students occasionally ask, “What internships are available?” Actually, we do not maintain an extensive list, as most students arrange their own experiences with a church or organization in which they are involved. However, we do have a few one or two-year apprenticeships (BMIN 5701-5706) available that may be of interest.
- Church Planting Apprenticeship at Agape Church of Christ in Portland, Oregon. Agape seeks mentor couples who feel called to ministry and to be sent out to plant another congregation in the Northwest. Click here for a description.
- Associate Ministry Apprenticeship at Carbondale Church of Christ in Carbondale, Illinois. This is a one-year residency that would require relocation. It includes housing and a stipend. A one-year commitment is necessary, but preferably two years. Click here for a description.
- Agape Powerlines Memphis Apprenticeship. This is a local community agency focused on public schools. It requires at least a one-year commitment (two years preferred) and currently includes a stipend. Click here for a description.
- Associate Ministry Apprenticeship at Hastings Church of Christ in Hastings, Nebraska. This is a one-year residency that would require relocation. It includes a stipend. A one-year commitment is necessary, but preferably two years. Click here for a description.
If you are interested in any of these, or if you need help conceiving of other arrangements, please email Dr. Gupton at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 901-432-7724.
Syllabus, Documents and Forms
Click any of the links below to access the documents for your practicum experience. These are academic forms designed solely for student use at Harding School of Theology, in courses such as BMIN 5720 - Practicum I, BMIN 5721 - Practicum II, BMIN 5701-5703 Apprenticeship in Ministry 1-3, and BMIN 5704-5706 - Extended Apprenticeship in Ministry.
- Field Education Syllabus and Course Calendar, SPRING 2016
- Field Education Agreement - Sample/Guide (.pdf)
- Field Education Agreement - Blank (Word doc)
- Field Education, Readiness for Ministry Inventory (.pdf)
- Field Education Mentor Agreement (Word doc)
- Field Education Eval, Midterm (Word doc)
- Field Education Eval, Final (Word doc)
- Field Education Course Substitution Appeal (Word doc)
- Field Education, DISC Interpretive Slides (.pdf) - You will also find a number of informative articles on my other site, DISCPersonalitySource.com, especially the sections, “About DISC,” “Understand DISC” and “DISC Applications.”
Steps to Enrolling in Field Education - Spring 2016
Note: The design of this process is that it be as simple and self-directed as possible. Follow these steps in the sequence below.
STAGE 1 - On or before December 14, 2015:
Step 1 – Read the syllabus (click here for a copy).
Step 2 – Consult (via phone or office visit) with Dr. Carlus Gupton, Director of Field Education (email@example.com) and your potential faculty coordinator (if not Dr. Gupton) to clarify your practicum goals. In most cases, the faculty coordinator for all practicums is Dr. Gupton, unless the experience focuses on preaching (Dr. Bland) or missions and multicultural ministry (Dr. Huffard). You must have this consultation, however brief, even if you are currently enrolled in an Apprenticeship and wish to continue.
Step 3 – Arrange to have a Local Mentor at your ministry context who will oversee your work and meet with you no less than 6 hours during the semester. To help you and this person understand the responsibilities of the Local Mentor, see the Field Education Local Mentor Agreement (click for copy).
If your general idea is approved in Stage 1 and you have met prerequisites, you may proceed to Stage 2
STAGE 2 – On or before Monday, January 4, 2016:
Step 4 – In anticipation of your practicum, complete the following profiles
- Readiness for Ministry Inventory (click here for .pdf copy) - You must complete it yourself and have two others complete it with you in mind. Collect the results and be ready to include this in your Field Education Agreement. Please complete this inventory even if you have already done so in previous semesters, as you may have different results to include in this semester’s field experience.
- Spiritual Gifts Analysis – Save a .pdf copy. You will need this to complete the Field Education Agreement. If you have already taken this profile, you must provide a .pdf copy for this semester (HST does not keep these on file).
- DISC Profile, Concise Version (click here) – Save a .pdf copy. The cost is $12.95. You may take any of the more extensive versions that are compared here, but you are only required to take the Concise Version for this course. If you have already taken this profile, you must provide a .pdf copy for this semester (HST does not keep these on file).
Step 6 – Send a completed draft of your HST Field Education Agreement to Dr. Gupton (firstname.lastname@example.org), your faculty coordinator (if not Dr. Gupton) and your Local Mentor. Please do not send an incomplete draft. Send only drafts that so far as you know are adequate for final approval (see the Sample-Guide to help you refine your agreement). Await final approval from your faculty coordinator.
Step 7 – Have your Local Mentor complete the Field Education Local Mentor Agreement (click for a blank copy). Receive that copy from your mentor and keep it on file. You will submit it during the first week of actual enrollment.
Step 8 - If everything meets qualifications, Dr. Gupton will inform you of acceptance in Field Education for the semester. You will receive an email from him to set up the times of your commencement conversation.
Step 9 - Acceptance is not the same as enrollment. In order to be officially enrolled after completing Step 8, please email Dr. Steve McLeod at email@example.com, and ask him to add you to the specific course for your practicum (give course number).