SP500: Spiritual and Personal Formation: Foundations and Traditions
Contact the Supervised Ministry department to set up a one-on-one internship orientation appointment. After this appointment, students will have access to the internship course to begin Pre-Internship Assignments. This course includes all resources and instructions for the internship process.
Two papers sorting through the foundational aspects of belief and ministry precede a second appointment. Three more assignments will detail specific plans, skills, and site for the internship activities.
Internship Plan Meeting
A supervisor is a ministry leader within the student’s ministry context who will observe, affirm, guide, and direct the student with regard to her/his practicum ministry. The supervisor may or may not also function as the student’s mentor. The supervisor must be approved by the Director or Ministry Placement Coordinator.
A mentor is a ministry leader who may
or may not be within the student’s ministry context. Students identify and
enter into a relationship with at least one mentor who will commit to assisting
the student reach her/his Development Plan goals. The mentor(s) must be
approved by the Director of Supervised Ministry or Ministry Placement
Coordinator, both of whom are available to assist students in identifying
suitable mentors. Special care must be exercised in selecting mentors; it is a
vital component of effective and high quality field education experience.
Among other things, mentors are selected for their commitment and capacity to assist students in achieving their developmental goals. Depending upon the nature and range of a student’s developmental goals, sometimes more than one mentor is necessary.
The Ministry Support Team (MST) members are selected by the student. The MST provides the kinds of relationships essential for a student’s stewardship of and accountability to her/his callings and strengths. The team should include the intern’s spouse and/or accountability partner, 1-2 vocational ministry peers, and 3-5 laity (people who participate with and/or receive ministry from the student). It is not required that all team members attend the same church or participate in the same ministry.
As students enter internship, a site visit with a Supervised Ministry Department representative is scheduled.
Prior to graduation, students must present 6 different, off campus sermons. Sermons presented as part of seminary Community Life Gatherings or Bethel Seminary’s preaching competition are approved.
MACE (Master of Arts in Christian Education) students have different requirements: 2 sermons, 2 adult teaching lessons and 2 children’s teaching lessons or other combinations as approved.
Each of these sermons or MACE lessons must be evaluated by both the student and
by at least one observer—a different observer for each sermon (MACE lesson). If
married, one of the evaluations should be completed by the student’s spouse.
The remaining evaluations should be completed by as wide a variety of people as
If your ministry context is not conducive to completing this assignment, contact Judy Johnson (651-638-6164) to be placed on the pulpit supply list.
This meeting is an opportunity to interact about the internship experience and understand the Evaluation and Reflection components.
Evaluations will be requested upon completion of the Practicum/Internship hours. It is best for the student to review the evaluations prior to writing their final reflection.