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

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.