About The Program

Learning Outcomes

Each MDiv Major has its own ministry competencies that Interns will be expected to develop that will enable the Intern to serve more effectively.  At the completion of the internship interns should be able to:

  • Demonstrate growth in ministry capacities and competencies in accordance with their individualized learning covenant and their ministry major
  • Engage effectively in the practice of personal and group theological reflection on ministry experience
  • Analyze the social, cultural and global context of God’s mission in the world and in their own ministry setting
  • Understand the value of mentoring, supervision and peer accountability for lifelong personal, professional and spiritual growth
  • Identify and articulate one’s calling, aptitudes, growing edges and personal philosophy of ministry
  • Demonstrate an integrative understanding of the Biblical, theological, historical, spiritual and personal dimensions of Christian ministry
See also the projected Learning Competencies, specific to your program.

Program Prerequisites

Students must have completed the following:
  1. “Spiritual Formation” course. (SPIR 0700)
  2. “Leadership Formation” (LEAD 0510) course.
  3. The first two years of their academic program. 
Exceptional cases will be considered by the Director of TSIP.

Program Requirements

The components within the Internship Program distinguish it from other kinds of ministry or professional experiences including volunteer work, lay ministry, professional ministry, or other employment. (For this reason, previous experience is not considered for academic credit.) The components include:
  • 10 hours per week over two semesters of practical ministry experience (260 hours) in an approved Internship placement setting. 

  • the formulation of, and adherence to, an individualized Learning Covenant;

  • mentoring and weekly supervision sessions with an approved Internship Supervisor;

  • preparation of a Ministry Experience Report each semester (2 total) to be submitted to peers at one of the designated Ministry Reflection Seminars. This will be a 5-page paper consisting of the selection of a “ministry experience” from the placement that is current, open-ended and reveals personal action in the ministry situation;

  • an Integrated Reflection Paper that is to be written in the final month of the Internship and submitted two weeks before the last day of classes. The Integrated Reflection Paper provides an Intern an opportunity to write an 8-10 page reflection paper on his/her internship experience and how his/her theology, understanding of ministry, and practical experience have interacted with, and affected, each other;

  • submission of a mid-term (in December) and a final Self-Evaluation (at the end of the Internship) and an "exit interview" with the Internship Director where the Intern offers oral feedback about his/her Internship experience.