6.4.2.a Mentored Ministry
A biblical understanding of wisdom prevents us from separating knowing and doing, learning and practice. Wisdom unites the facets of knowledge, character, and skill. It results from academic learning and practical experience when accompanied by supervision and self-examination. Candidates for the M.Div. degree are therefore required to participate in mentored field experience in ministry. All arrangements for Mentored Ministry requirements are handled through the Mentored Ministry Office.
The M.Div. academic curriculum (except the M.Div. Counseling) includes the required two-hour course, PT 111 Orientation to Ministry. This course introduces Mentored Ministry and is a prerequisite for any approved field experience.
The M.Div. candidate must complete four units of Mentored Ministry to qualify for the degree. The four units must be completed before the end of December in the academic year the student expects to graduate. Several formats are available. The units may be taken concurrently with the academic year or during summer or year-long internships. For students in the M.Div. Counseling program, the Mentored Ministry will ordinarily occur in a counseling setting, primarily in a local church. It is strongly recommended that at least one unit be completed in a cultural setting different from the student’s own.
The M.Div. student must participate in at least two integration seminars. These are semester-long weekly sessions of one hour each in which no more than 12 students meet with faculty to analyze and discuss the actual ministry experience of the participants. The seminars are offered each semester and are not assigned academic credit. However, each student must participate in two seminars to complete the requirements of Mentored Ministry.
The Mentored Ministry Experience for M.Div. Counseling program students will ordinarily occur in a counseling setting. It is strongly recommended that at least one unit be completed in a cultural setting different from the student’s own. A limited number of interships are available at CCEF each year. Although priority consideration for CCEF internships will be given, CCEF cannot guarantee counseling internships to each M.Div. Counseling student.
One unit of Mentored Ministry credit is received for 100-120 hours of mentored field experience under an approved mentor. Units of Mentored Ministry are not assigned credit hours and no grades are given. Approval for any unit may be withheld by the Director of Mentored Ministry if ministry proposals are not fulfilled or if evaluations and other requirements are not completed by prescribed dates.
No credit may be given for ministry experience prior to matriculation at Westminster. Transfer credit for up to two units of Mentored Ministry may be given to students who transfer from other seminaries with approved programs of mentored field experience.
M.Div. candidates are strongly encouraged to take Evangelism Explosion training for one unit of credit in the Mentored Ministry program. One unit of credit in the program also can be given for successful completion of the Sonship course available through World Harvest Mission. Also, one credit unit can be received by serving on campus as a Mentored Ministry Partner to incoming international students. Upon completion, the student must submit a statement reflecting on the implications of this program for ministry in the church and in the world. The Mentored Ministry Office will seek to make such training opportunities accessible.
6.4.2.d Sample Schedules
Suggested schedules for the M.Div. programs and the Hebrew and Greek language tracks are provided in the links below.
Hebrew Language Track
Greek Language Track
Pastoral Ministry Track - Suggested Three-Year Schedule
Pastoral Ministry Track - Suggested Four-Year Schedule
General Ministries Track, General Studies Emphasis - Suggested Three-Year Schedule
General Ministries Track, General Studies Emphasis - Suggested Four-Year Schedule
General Ministries Track, Counseling Emphasis - Suggested Three-Year Schedule
General Ministries Track, Counseling Emphasis - Suggested Four-Year Schedule
General Ministries Track, Urban Mission Emphasis - Suggested Three-Year Schedule
General Ministries Track, Urban Mission Emphasis - Suggested Four-Year Schedule