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Teaching Parish/Site Committees. A Training Module Andover Newton Theological School Last updated June 2009. The Mission. The Field Education Program at Andover Newton Theological School provides transformative experiential education for ministry through:

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Teaching parish site committees

Teaching Parish/Site Committees

A Training Module

Andover Newton Theological School

Last updated June 2009


The mission

The Mission

The Field Education Program at Andover Newton Theological School provides transformative experiential education for ministry through:

  • Meaningful ministry experiences in settings that support learning,

  • Theological reflection opportunities that foster spiritual formation and vocational discernment, and

  • Academic courses that promote the integration of ministerial theory and practice.


Where do tp scs fit in

Where do TP/SCs fit in?

  • Into every aspect of theological field education, but especially in our promise to provide:

    • “Meaningful ministry experiences in settings that support learning.”

  • What does it mean to create a setting that supports learning?


Welcoming students

Welcoming Students

  • Make contact with the student either before or very soon after she or he begins service

  • Introduce the committee to the student

  • Introduce the student to the community

  • Orient student to the building, work space, surrounding town

  • Covenanting: How will we be in relationship?


Collaborating on learning goals

Collaborating on learning goals

  • Student “in driver’s seat” in creating learning agreement; an adult learning model

  • But the student confers with many stake-holders in establishing goals

  • Special perspective the TP/SC can provide: What ministry opportunities are available?

  • TP/SC can help the community to under-stand that learning, rather than performance, is the main goal of field education


Planning meetings with care

Planning meetings with care

  • Schedule uninterrupted time together for approximately 2 hours per month

  • Chair and student work together to prepare an agenda for each meeting

  • Begin with a time of prayer

  • Think creatively about where, such as...

    • Meet at church

    • Meet in homes over a meal

    • Meet once on campus


What might a meeting look like

What might a meeting look like?

  • Invite members of the committee and the student to share their faith journeys

  • Discuss faith questions, such as…

    • What does it mean to have a calling?

    • What is ministry?

    • What does it mean to be church?

  • Discuss the student’s recent or upcoming sermon, program, event


Providing helpful feedback

Providing helpful feedback

  • Feedback should be given regularly, not just at formal reviews (Mid-Year, Final)

  • Focus first on strengths, and then gently tackle one or two growth areas at a time

  • Make sure the feedback focuses on ministry efforts and strategies, not just results

  • “Fitness” versus “Learning”


A note on confidentiality

A note on confidentiality

The TP/SC has power and responsibility.

  • Conversation in the context of committee meetings is confidential

  • Field Education documents are educational records = Federally protected

  • Information and impressions about the student may only be shared with the student’s express written permission


Month by month guide

Month-by-Month Guide

  • September: Welcome student, begin discussion of Learning Agreement

  • October: Learning Agreement

  • November: Reflect with student on learning

  • December: Reflect with student on learning

  • January: Review Learning Agreement, write Mid-Year Progress Report TP/SC portion.

    • Discern whether to continue to employ a field education student NEXT year, new or returning


Month by month guide cont d

Month-by-Month Guide, Cont’d

  • February: Reflect with student on learning

  • March: Reflect with student on learning

    • Interview students for next year

  • April: Review Learning Agreement, write TP/SC portion of Final Evaluation

  • May: Intentionally discuss leave-taking, publicly recognize student’s ministry, and say goodbye

    • Select student for next year


Discussion

Discussion

  • How might you support the student’s learning in between meetings?

  • … build in feedback opportunities?

  • … welcome a student into the ministry setting?

  • … send the student forth at the end of the field education year?


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