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
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.