Congregational Field Work

Session: Fall
Type: Field Education
Units: 0.5-5
Academic Year: 2023 - 2024
Approval Required: No

Fieldwork is an opportunity to put into action the theory learned in the classroom. Working in a congregation gives the student a chance to develop their unique pastoral voice while navigating complexities of a congregation’s history, culture, systems and ethos. Fieldwork placements may include: teaching a religious education class for children or adults, working with a youth group, serving on a pastoral care team, participating in a stewardship campaign and more. Evaluation is based on one-on-one conversations with professor, mid-term and final evaluations.

This course is for M.Div. students. Variable credit from 0.5 – 5.0 depending on the scope of the field work. Depending on the focus of the Field Work, your project may relate to Starr King thresholds: 1. Life in Religious Community and Interfaith Engagement 2. Prophetic Witness and Work 5. Spiritual Practice and Care of the Soul 6. Thea/ology in Culture and Context 7. Educating for Wholeness and Liberation 8. Embodied Wisdom and Beauty and MFC competencies: 1. Worship and Rites of Passage 2. Pastoral Care and Presence 3. Spiritual Development for Self and Others 4. Social Justice in the Public Square 5. Administration. Auditors excluded.