Guidelines for Ministry Site Experience
What is an accountable ministry site?
- A congregation where the student works as a volunteer or paid employee a minimum of ten (10) hours per week in either a specialized position or in a position that has a breadth of opportunities for ministry across time
- A congregation that is recognized within the student’s denomination
- A congregation that officially (through Board, Council, Session, Vestry or Elders and Congregation) agrees to be one of the following:
- Serves as a Teaching Congregation (see Guidelines for Teaching & Affiliated Congregations); or
- Serves as an Affiliated Congregation (see Guidelines for Teaching & Affiliated Congregations).
What does a student need to do after identifying a ministry site?
1. Acquire an Assigned Local Mentor
2. Notify the Seminary and your Region, Conference, Presbytery or other church judicatory of your ministry site
3. Send a copy of the Serving-Learning Covenant to the Professor of Pastoral Leadership and your Region, Conference, Presbytery or other church judicatory the month before starting the M.Div. program
Boundary and Anti-Racism Workshops
Within the first year of starting the program at Lexington Theological Seminary (unless other arrangements have been made), the student will attend a Boundary workshop as well as an Anti-Racism workshop. If you need more information, please contact your church judicatory office or the Professor of Pastoral Leadership.