school of theology and ministry
The Supervised Ministry program guides students in choosing ministry placements that reflect their personal and professional interests. Faculty directors and placement supervisors work with individual students to help them form, develop, cultivate, and deepen their pastoral skills.
The M.Div. and M.A. programs include field experience in which students can observe and explore ministerial work in different contexts, deepen pastoral and practical skills, and examine how their experience relates to theological study. With faculty guidance, students select their placements based on their own backgrounds and interests, with an emphasis on the opportunity for further development and deepening of pastoral and professional skills and sensitivities. Expert supervisors accompany students in their work, and on-campus class meetings provide a forum to reflect on and synthesize ministerial and academic experiences alongside other STM students.
Our supervised ministry faculty codirectors, Melissa Kelley, Ph.D. and Theresa O'Keefe, Ph.D., meet with students the year prior to their placement to discuss and help students discern their hopes and goals for their supervised ministry experience. Students are encouraged to consider and choose sites to which they feel called and which will offer helpful opportunities for pastoral and professional development. The entire supervised ministry team is available to support students and supervisors throughout the year.
The supervised ministry program consists of two degree-specific components. The contextual education practicum for M.A. in Theology and Ministry degree students is directed by Dr. O'Keefe. Dr. Kelley directs the professional ministry practicum for M.Div. degree students and the advanced diaconate ministry practica for Th.M. students (option B).