Most seminaries now require their students to get "real world" training by way of supervised theologicalfield education. This volume presents the wide array of issues that must be understood in orderto integrate theological education and practical ministry, including the importance of theological fieldeducation, its purpose and challenges, the need for flexibility in meeting different students' needs, and theresources available to create a meaningful and educational experience.
Written for ministry students, Bible college and seminary professors, church leaders, and nonprofit organization leaders, Preparing for Ministry addresses many of the questions raised by field education, contextualized learning experiences, and internship programs. Readers will learn about the value of theological field education, its purpose and challenges, the need for flexibility in education, and the resources available for students and instructors. Reminding readers that field education is part of spiritual formation, each chapter begins with Scripture and ends with prayer. Each chapter also includes reflection questions and recommended reading. CONTRIBUTORS " Harley Atkinson, Toccoa Falls College " Joye Baker, Dallas Theological Seminary " Luke Bobo, Lindenwood University " Thomas Fuller, Samford University " Nelson Grimm, Northeastern Seminary " Dipa Hart, Dallas Theological Seminary " Tara Hornbacker, Bethany Theological Seminary " Walter Kime, Ashland Theological Seminary " Katherine Kyte, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary " Doran McCarty, Southern Baptist Seminaries " Don Payne, Denver Seminary " Paul Pettit, Dallas Theological Seminary " Mary Sanders and Jeff Sanders, Bethel University " Phillip Sell, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School " Daryl Smith, Asbury Theological Seminary " William Torgesen, Moody Bible Institute " Timothy Witmer, Westminster Theological Seminary