Imagine your congregation in partnership with CTS as a teaching site for seminary students. Placement in a teaching congregation means recognition of the student as a member of the professional staff of that congregation. Students will provide ministry from 12 to 15 hours per week. This work will be clearly outlined in a job description. In most cases, students receive a stipend for their work. Students must have their placement approved no later than July 1st for the upcoming September-May school year.
All SCOFE students other than solo pastors are supervised by a Site Supervisor with whom they meet weekly. Student solo pastors are required to have a mentor for weekly consultation.
In addition, all teaching sites establish a Ministry Support Committee (MSC) composed of 4-7 adults who are not professional staff or relatives of professional staff. The MSC meets monthly with the student to provide support, perspective and feedback. Through supervisory conversation, this committee helps the student evaluate progress toward learning objectives. The Site Supervisor and MSC provide semester-end evaluations. Orientation and training are provided for Site Supervisors/Mentors and Ministry Support Committees at the beginning of the academic year.
If you are interested in partnering with CTS in the work of preparing persons for ministry, begin the application process as soon as possible and send your materials to the Field Education Office at CTS by January 15. Students will start looking for field placements in February.
Information and Requirements
Placement in a teaching congregation means recognition of the student as a staff person in that congregation. Students work 12 to 15 hours per week, at least September through May. In most cases, students receive a stipend for their work; in others, they volunteer their time but must be recognized as professional staff with specific responsibilities.
All SCOFE students are required to have a site supervisor with whom they meet for regular supervision. All placement sites are required to establish a ministry support committee (MSC) of four to seven adults who are not professional staff, family of staff, or family of the student. The MSC meets monthly with the student to provide support, perspective and feedback. This committee helps students evaluate progress toward learning objectives through timely feedback and by completing two written evaluations during the year. The site supervisor also provides two written evaluations, one at the end of each semester
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