Theological Field Education

The field education program at Northeastern seeks to develop people who will be effective Christian leaders in the constantly changing culture of the 21st century. Through field education seminarians develop their professional understanding and competence in ministry, as they engage in the practice of ministry under capable supervision.

Essential Elements of Field Education

  • Customized placements are determined according to student goals of discernment and skill development—can include congregational, missions, and community-based ministry contexts such as a hospital, hospice, recovery program, corrections facility, schools
  • Students have a mentoring supervisor in each placement to foster personal and professional growth and observe ministry activities
  • Students complete a learning/serving covenant focused on knowing, doing, and being to help them identify the things they want to learn in the process of serving
  • Peer-reflection groups facilitate the integration of classroom training with field-based ministry experiences
  • Field education courses consist of a minimum of 8 hours of ministry practice each week
  • Students are encouraged to consider taking a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) from an accredited CPE center

Field education is an indispensable component of seminary training.