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Welcome to Theological Field Education! Kindle Edition
Formation for ministry is especially challenging at this time in the church's life. First, the explosion of knowledge, pluralism, and consumerism and a host of other complicating factors make huge demands on what a minister must know to be effective in ministry. Second, with the erosion of thick religious subcultures, the novice minister has fewer sources of practical wisdom to draw upon. The next generation of ministers, if they are to be more fully formed for ministry, depends on skilled mentoring alongside wise supervisors. This book is the tool to help them make the most of their field education experience.
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Field education is where those learning knowledge of the church's teachings reencounter the love of the church's people that first sent them to seminary. The result, we hope, is divine wisdom. This guide to field education makes that result much more likely. I rejoice for it. (Rev. Dr. Jason Byassee, Duke Divinity School and Rev. Jaylynn Byassee)
An indispensable read for students, field educators, faculty, CPE Supervisors, mentors/supervisors and congregations involved in contextual education and the pastoral formation process. Eleven nationally known, seasoned scholars and educators present rich and sobering elements, detailed examples based on theory, scripture, and research for students and educators. This book gets you in the proper frame for understanding the how and why of theological field education, and introduces you to the finer points of equipping one as a reflective pastoral practitioner. (Richard Cunningham, Assistant Professor and Director of Contextual Education, School of Theology and Ministry, Seattle University)
Welcome to Theological Field Education provides a solid introduction to the multifaceted discipline of training seminarians to become skilled pastors. Written by experienced FE professionals, it is an insightful, systematic, and theologically sound manual that I believe is a must-read for those beginning the challenging enterprise of theological field education. (Deborah K. Davis, Director of Field Education, Princeton Theological Seminary)
Ministry in today’s world is no longer business as usual. This book, written by seasoned leaders in theological field education, brings new perspective to the formation of students for ministry, and offers fresh ideas that will challenge and renew the thinking of students, mentors and field educators alike. (Gwen A. Ingram, Director of Field Education and Ministry Formation, Fuller Theological Seminary)
This book will transform your ministerial practice whether you are a student, novice, or seasoned veteran. The strength of this book is the diversity of viewpoints woven together by a common commitment to reflecting on how God calls forth creativity and excellence in ministry through collaborative intentionality. The authors speak from lived experience, dishing up practical case studies and personal examples that make their insights and tools for understanding ministry leap off the pages. (William M. Kondrath, VISIONS, Inc.; executive coach; coeditor of the Journal of Religious Leadership)
The distinction between field work (learning how to perform tasks) and field education (growing as people and professionals) is at the heart of this insightful collection of essays. Personal experiences, case studies, and practical exercises combine with theoretical expertise to illustrate the importance of placing the functions and practices of ministry within the larger framework of the formation of the whole person for effective preparation of candidates for ministry. (Randy A. Nelson, Professor Emeritus of Contextual Education, Luther Seminary)
Seminary students and supervisor-mentors preparing to embark on the journey of service-learning will find in these chapters a wealth of knowledge that will prepare them for the experience. The authors of each chapter speak directly to Field Education participants out of their area of expertise, so that by the end of the volume, a reader will have had the opportunity to learn from some of the finest Field Educators across North America. (P. Alice Rogers, Assistant Professor in the Practice of Congregational Leadership, Candler School of Theology, Emory University) --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B00KGST7VO
- Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 21, 2010)
- Publication date : December 21, 2010
- Language : English
- File size : 1891 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
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- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 222 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1566994071
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- Best Sellers Rank: #1,221,470 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Matthew Floding, the editor, is Director of Formation for Ministry at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan, and chair of the Association for Theological Field Education. He and ten other writers are keen advocates for the value of theological field education but also sharp commentators on what makes a quality program. In this volume they explore the nature of field education and its transformational goals; the practicalities of case studies, theological reflection and assessment; and the particularities of the role of congregations, supervisors, peers and cross-cultural placements. They also cover ministerial ethics and covenants, and self-care and community in ministry.
One distinctive theme of the book is congregations as indispensable partners. The book emphasizes that trained supervisors and empathetic peers, as well as quality field education faculty, are essential. But it is also important to understand the place of congregations, and to help students understand the nature of their unique culture, ecology, resources, processes and need for different sorts of leadership. The book begins to indicate why some congregations are especially generative as leadership farms for ministers-in-training, but there is room for more research on this. But it is significant that theological field education programs can be good for the congregation as well the student, as Lee Carroll, one of the contributors, suggests:
"Ministerial formation is not best understood as one generation of clergy handing off insights and traditions to the next generation of clergy. It is the work of the whole church. Theological discernment by clergy and laity together not only creates a generative context for theological field education but also defines a way for church members to grow in their common vocation as the people of God." (98)
Another key theme is that the best supervisors, mentors, and teachers invite the student to join them in the art and dance of ministry. Ministry is an art - not just a set of skills - and so to is teaching theological field education. Charlene Jin Lee's essay comments on the value of a student watching and working alongside a seasoned minister, and having the space and permission for authentic conversation about the joys and helplessness of ministry situations:
"The teacher who is unsatisfied with flighty answers to deep questions participates in the formation of a student who will contemplate the questions of ultimate meaning. The teacher who perceives the unknownness of God participates in the formation of a student who stands before truth with reverence. The teacher who creates space for others to interact with the living text of the Divine participates in the formation of a student who extends hospitality to the spiritually homeless so prevalent in our midst." (30)
Welcome to Theological Field Education is an outstanding introductory volume and highly recommended for faculty, supervisors, students and congregations interested in best practice for field education, all for the purpose of nurturing the next generation of ministry leaders.
This is the pre-peer reviewed version of a review published in Teaching Theology & Religion 17:3 (July 2014), 273-274.