Local Mentor Qualifications and Requirements

Guidelines for Ministry Site Experience

What is an accountable ministry site?

  1. 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.
  2. A congregation that is recognized within the student’s denomination
  3. A congregation that officially (through Board, Council, Session, Vestry or Elders and Congregation)  agrees to be one of the following:
    1. Serves as a Teaching Congregation (see Guidelines for Teaching & Affiliated Congregations); or
    2. 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

See Local Mentor Qualifications and Requirement

2.  Notify the Seminary and your Region, Conference, Presbytery or other church judicatory of your ministry site

3. Boundary and Anti-Racism Workshops

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

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.

Rev. Dr. Steven Monhollen, Professor of Pastoral Leadership

smonhollen@lextheo.edu 859-280-1218