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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
  • 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?