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
Current Requirements of Field Education/Practicum
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 – Church Leadership Strategies, BMIN 5875 – Church Leader Roles and Relationships, 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.
Field Education Course Options, Descriptions and Policies
BMIN 5720 - INTEGRATED MINISTRY EXPERIENCE: 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: 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: 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).
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 two-year apprenticeships (BMIN 5701-5706) available that may be of interest.
- College Ministry Apprenticeship at Goodman Oaks Church of Christ in Southaven, Mississippi (about 20 minutes from the HST campus). This includes a stipend and does not require relocation. 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. 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 email@example.com, 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.
- Field Education Syllabus and Course Calendar, SPRING 2015
- 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 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 - By December 1, 2014:
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 January 5, 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 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 (email@example.com), 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, and ask him to add you to the specific course for your practicum (give course number).