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

WHAT HAS CHANGED IN THE NEW CURRICULUM FOR 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), 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 – 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.

Current Requirements of Field Education/Practicum (through Summer 2015)

The standard requirements of Field Education for the MACM and MDiv are as follows:

  • MDiv students must complete 6 academic credits of practicum, most often through combining the 3-credit practicums of BMIN 5720 – Integrated Ministry Experience and BMIN 5721 – Specialized Ministry Experience, or by special arrangement a two-year consecutive sequence of six 1-credit BMIN 5701-5706 – Apprenticeship in Ministry 1-6.
  • MACM students must complete 3 academic credits of practicum, through one of the 3-credit practicums of BMIN 5720 – Integrated Ministry Experience and BMIN 5721 – Specialized Ministry Experience. By special arrangement, the student may take a two-year consecutive sequence of six 1-credit installments of BMIN 5701-5706 – Apprenticeship in Ministry 1-6, and in so doing satisfies the field education experience plus one ministry 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 5883 – Managing Conflict in Ministry, or HOML 5830 – Biblical Preaching (MACM only). Course substitutions do not satisfy practicum prerequisites or the degree requirement of BMIN 5850, Congregational Ministry. Click here for the form to request course substitution.

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Field Education Course Options, Descriptions and Policies

Core Practicum:

BMIN 5720 - INTEGRATED MINISTRY EXPERIENCE (Offered only through Summer 2015): Coached, evaluated programs of intensive, broad ministry experience that integrate several prerequisite ministry courses. The practicum agreement and required inventories must be submitted to and approved by the Director of Field Education, a faculty coach, and a field mentor. Grade: S/U. 3 credit hours

Prerequisites: MFT 5730 (Counseling Skills), HOML 5810 (Sermon Development and Delivery) or HOML 5830 (Biblical Preaching), BMIN 5850 (Congregational Ministry) or BMIN 5883 (Managing Conflict and
Change in Ministry), and BMIS 5910 (Global Evangelism) or BMIS 5920 (Urban Ministry).

BMIN 5721 - SPECIALIZED MINISTRY EXPERIENCE (Offered only through Summer 2015): Coached, evaluated programs of intensive, targeted ministry experience that builds upon at least one prerequisite course in a specialized area ofministry. The practicum agreement and required inventories must be submitted to and approved by the Director of Field Education, a faculty coach, and a field mentor. Grade: S/U 3 credit hours

Prerequisite: At least one graduate-level course in the area of specialization must be taken before enrolling for this practicum.

Special Arrangement Option:

BMIN 5701-5706 - APPRENTICESHIP IN MINISTRY 1-6 (Offered only through Summer 2015 by current description, after which the nature of the apprenticeship will change to a one-year standard sequence with a second-year option): A two-year intensive, on the-job program where the student works in ministry half-time and enrolls as a student half-time. Apprenticeships are by special permission of the HST Director of Field Education, and are established as an agreement between the ministry setting (church, urban mission, campus ministry, etc.), the student and HST. The student will receive ongoing local mentoring, faculty coaching and peer interaction. Availability of apprenticeships is not guaranteed, and is most often a result of student arrangement. The student must take all six 1-credit blocks consecutively over a two-year period and meet concurrent enrollment requirements. The six hours of Apprenticeship in Ministry satisfies the MDIV field education requirements and the MACM field education requirement plus the ministry elective. 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 two courses during the duration of the two-year apprenticeship: either Congregational Ministry (BMIN 5850) or Managing Conflict and Change in Ministry (BMIN 5883); either Sermon Development and Delivery (HOML 5810) or Biblical Preaching (HOML 5830).

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Practicum Possiblities

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 three 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 two-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 a two-year commitment and does not include a stipend. 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 cgupton@harding.edu, 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 - Integrated Ministry Experience, BMIN 5721 - Specialized Ministry Experience and BMIN 5701-5706 Apprenticeship in Ministry 1-6.

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Steps to Enrolling in Field Education - Summer 2015

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 Monday, April 27, 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 (cgupton@harding.edu) 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, who is on sabbatical for 2014-2015) 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, May 4, 2015:

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 AnalysisSave 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 5 – Use your findings from these inventories along with your own thoughts about the practicum to complete the HST Field Education Agreement. Click for a Sample-Guide as well as a blank copy.

Step 6 – Send a completed draft of your HST Field Education Agreement to Dr. Gupton (cgupton@harding.edu), 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 smcleod@harding.edu, and ask him to add you to the specific course for your practicum (give course number).

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