Field Experience is required of all students employed as education staff members in churches, either part-time or full-time, as well as those who serve in a voluntary capacity. The course requires a minimum of seven hours of field-based experience per week in a local church or religious institution under the direction of a qualified supervisor, and attendance of one hour of class each week. The course deals with discovering inner personal resources, job expectations, determining ministry objectives, identifying and solving problems, and synthesizing training with career goals. Task assignments, program observations and performance evaluations are included.
Students should confer with the appropriate concentration professor after completing the recommended 18 credit hours in Church and Family Ministries courses. Pre-enrollment consultation with the appropriate concentration professor is required prior to the semester in which the student plans to register for Field Experience. Students should obtain a field experience application in the Dean's office and submit it during the semester prior to anticipated enrollment.