Guidelines for the Summative Integrative Reflection Paper
This paper is designed to facilitate a theologically reflective process that integrates your seminary learning and your internship praxis. You should incorporate learning that occurred while at your ministry site, through reflecting on the case studies, during the Ministry Reflection Seminars and, while writing the self-evaluations, as well as formative learning experiences that occurred during your years in seminary. Incorporate the growth that happened as you pursued the learning goals detailed in your learning covenant. The questions below are suggestions that may assist you in formulating this integrative and summative process. Students are encouraged to be creative and reflective in their responses in whatever manner they wish.
Length: 12-15 typed, double-spaced pages (3000-4000 words).
Use 1-2 pages to describe the Learning Covenant outcomes
• Summary of activities - one paragraph in length; be specific.
• Describe your progress in achieving your goals as outlined on your Learning Covenant.
• Successes/Failures and Principles/Insights learned
• One thing that we went well. Why?
• One thing that did not go well. Why?
• Describe the major foci or themes discussed in your supervision/mentoring sessions?
Use 3-5 pages to describe:
• What have been some of the significant milestones during my years in seminary? What kind of impact have they had on my understanding of ministry?
• What particular learning experiences or spiritual insights stand out for me?
• In what ways has my theology or understanding of scripture been most stretched, changed, and transformed since I first began seminary?
Use another 3-5 pages to answer the following question:
• Looking back on all of the learning experiences, events, and people I have encountered in my seminary years, how would I sum up my current theological understanding of: a) God and the ways of God; b) the nature of Christian ministry in our current post-Christendom context; c) the church in this context; d) my own gifts and callings in ministry?
Finish off with a final 3-5 page answer to this question.
• At this point in my studies and my ministry, given that I have majored on a particular focus in my studies, how would I summarize my sense of call, my passion and my vision for ministry through a personal “mission statement" or “philosophy of ministry”?