ERIC Number: ED201226
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Feb-20
Reference Count: N/A
Contextual Education: Internship. Occasional Papers No. 35.
Rohlfs, Claus H.
The process of contextualization of theological education through an internship experience at Perkins School of Theology is described. Perkins is a graduate professional school of theology preparing persons for leadership in the church, and the internship normally follows the second year of academic study. The intern is placed in a teaching congregation that accepts the student's learning as a high priority of its ministry, and the field instructor is the pastor or other competent professional person who is the immediate supervisor for the intern. The intern is required to prepare weekly verbatims or reflection papers on her/his own acts of ministry, and theological reflection is a critical part of this process. An intern committee consisting of from six to eight lay persons of mature faith participate in the negotiation of the learning covenant and share regularly, individually, and as a committee with the intern for support, feedback, and evaluation. Other components of the internship program are as follows: a consultant, who may be a mental health or social service professional, trains field instructors in supervision and facilitates the personal growth of the interns; the district superintendent in the United Methodist Church and the bishop provide supportive roles; the faculty for the internship program consists of five full-time persons; and evaluation/feedback is of vital importance throughout the internship. It is suggested that the internship is a contextual appropriation and execution of all that makes up ministry, including the academic knowledge. (SW)
Descriptors: Church Related Colleges, Churches, Clergy, Graduate Students, Higher Education, Internship Programs, Professional Education, Program Descriptions, Religious Education, Theological Education
United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry, Box 871, Nashville, TN 37202.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry, Nashville, TN.