Here is an overview, goals, and instructions on enrollment for the MDiv Mentored Ministry Program.

The practical ministry experience is called "Mentored Ministry," because you engage and utilize a mentor as part of the learning experience. Your mentor can be a pastor, counselor, or another ministry leader whom you choose.

MDiv Mentored Ministry Program
Here is an overview, goals, and instructions on enrollment for the MDiv Mentored Ministry Program.

Overview
A biblical understanding of wisdom forbids separating knowing from doing, learning from practice, since wisdom unites knowledge, character, and skill. Wisdom results from academic learning and practical experience when accompanied by supervision and self-examination. Candidates for the MDiv degree are therefore required to participate in mentored field experience in ministry. All arrangements for Mentored Ministry requirements are handled through the Student Development Office.

This program targets key areas of ministry to put into practice the distinctive curriculum from the classroom. Not only will you be able to practice your ministerial skills. You will also be able to gain appropriate feedback to facilitate your improvement in ministry areas and produce a dossier of ministerial work that you can utilize in your steps toward ordination or other ministry career.

The Mentored Ministry requirement has two parts. The first part is field experience with a mentor of your choosing. This part is referred to as Mentored Ministry Field Experience. The second part of the Mentored Ministry requirement is called Mentored Ministry Integration Seminar. The seminar is a forum of your peers with whom you discuss real life ministry challenges.

Goals
After completion of the Mentored Ministry program, every student will be able to:

  • Apply the knowledge gained through coursework to a Christian practice in the Church or parachurch.
  • Have a sharpened sense of external call.
  • Receive feedback and critique in a godly way.
  • Inwardly discern weaknesses and areas that need growth before graduating to a role in the workplace or ordained ministry.
  • Exercise leadership and exemplify servanthood.

Mentored Ministry also aims to contribute to the overall learning goals at the Master’s level:

  • To exhibit a deeper love for the Triune God, his word, his truth, his church.
  • To develop an increasingly Christ-like humility in relation to others.
  • To understand how the eternal Word applies to the changing world.
  • To realize how each of us is called in the setting of the Church and the world.

Enrollment in Mentored Ministry Field Experience
All students in the MDiv program are automatically enrolled in Mentored Ministry in Canvas. In the Mentored Ministry course in Canvas you will find the Mentored Ministry requirements, the Student Guide, and the Mentor Guide. You may also upload Mentored Ministry assignments and feedback through the course. For questions regarding any of the information presented on Mentored Ministry in Canvas, contact Mentored Ministry.

Enrollment in Mentored Ministry Integration Seminar
You must register for this seminar during open registration period. Two integration seminars are required for completion of the MDiv degree. In the seminar, you discuss personal case studies, so it is recommended that you take this seminar as you are actively working through your field experience.

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