Want to learn the best ways to nurture a seminarian?
The website supervisor-training.org was produced by the Presbyterian and Reformed Theological Field Educators’ Group, and it’s an excellent resource on all aspects of working with a seminary student who is preparing to become a minister (or become a better one). Geared toward field education supervisors, it nonetheless offers good advice for anyone in the role of supporting, guiding, and providing feedback for a minister in training.
Want to be the best learning site possible?
One of your primary roles as a congregation with an LTS student is to provide the opportunity for her to test out and apply what she is learning in school.
Most LTS courses have congregation-based assignments embedded in them. These assignments are carried out in your midst and with your input. They range from, e.g., preaching a sermon during regular Sunday morning worship, teaching a class, conducting a congregational analysis, interviewing members, or creating a resource that could be used in pastoral care, Christian education, or mission. Assignments vary with respect to the level of your involvement but we hope you will find them interesting and even possibly useful in the life of your congregation! Note: Some courses at LTS are as short as two weeks, so at times your student may need to carry out an assignment on short notice. We appreciate your flexibility!
Your student will also complete competency exercises and a capstone project in your congregation. These will involve him in extended research and implementation of some ministry project in your congregation.
Want to know more about the LTS faculty?
When you partner with Lexington Theological Seminary, you become part of the teaching team for your student. To learn more about the background and approaches of the full-time core faculty at LTS:
Read their bios at
Watch faculty sermons and talks on the LTS YouTube channel:
Watch Jerry Sumney explain his approach to the Bible:
Want to make the most of your Ministry Support Committee?
One LTS student shares the following meeting format which has worked well for her over the years. [laurie’s document]
For more ideas and resources about best practices for committees, be sure to visit the following pages of the website supervisor-training.org: “Learning Environment” and “Feedback and Evaluation.”
Want to become a student yourself?
Audit an LTS course! For more information: