Practical Field Education

Field Education is a learning process that takes place through practical experience in a ministry setting. These experiences are often performed in a variety of contexts, preparing you for different kinds of ministry. Depending on your area of speciality, the setting might be a local church in a ministry role, or a focus on cross-cultural ministry, evangelism, or ministry in a para-church organisation.

Practical Field Education experiences normally take place within a semester time frame. There are two significant benefits for this mainly off-campus unit. Firstly, it allows you to use your existing ministry activity for credit and secondly, you will have flexibility in the use of your time, because you control when and where you undertake your ministry experiences with your Field Supervisor.

MST’s Practical Field Education units are structured around a “supervised learning” model. Through the interaction and modelling of those who are working in the field, you will gain insights into ministry practice that are often not touched on during lectures. Your Field Supervisor, together with your Field Lecturer, will guide your learning by helping you reflect upon your experiences in the light of your studies. It does not mean merely supervising work done. Placing you in a local church or ministry is not sufficient of itself: it must be accompanied by reflection and feedback in such a way that you learn from your experiences. Practical Field Education will focus you through the application of theology, personal reflection, self-evaluation and growth planning. MST’s Practical Field Education model will help guide your personal spiritual growth with a unique blend of college activities and ministry experiences.

Practical Ministry will focus on WHAT happens within a church or ministry, WHY these activities are done both theologically and culturally, and HOW they are best carried out to be effective in meeting their underlying objectives. (Acts 20:28; Heb 13:17; 1 Pet 4:10-11)

Subject CodePC244/444
Study ModeSelf-directed, with supervision from MST faculty and selected supervisors within the Field Education placement.
Next AvailableSemester 2, 2017

Peter Tyrrell and Sue Kimber


This subject will be taught by Peter Tyrrell and Sue Kimber.

    Time Commitment

    Practical Field Education requires you to undertake at least 160 hours of field time in addition to at least 15 hours of course work and/or reading related to your area of interest within a ministry or church context.


    A key element of Practical Field Education is the relationship between your Field Supervisor and your Field Lecturer. Your lecturer will arrange at least two informal meetings with your Field Supervisor over the course of the semester to discuss the activities your involved in and your progress to date. These meetings do not form part of your assessment. While it is not a requirement that you attend these meetings, you are invited should you wish.

    Field Work

    The total hours spent under supervision in ministry or church placement is at least 160 hours over 1 semester, or 12.5 hours per week. Your field education time should consist of approximately:

    · 117 hours of ministry activity (9 p.w.)

    · 32.5 hours of planning, preparation and writing (2.5 p.w.)

    · 13 hours of one-on-one reflections and discussions with your supervisor (1 p.w.)

    Course Work

    You are required to spend approximately 15 hours (1.25 p.w.) of allocated field time on course work. This is divided into two areas:

    · Reading a book related to your ministry focus.

    · A fortnightly skills based discussion and instruction with your MST Field Education lecturer.


      1. Student and Supervisor Agreements: Monday, 24th July 2017 (submit only)
      2. Book Review: Friday, 6th October 2017 (1000 words)
      3. Field Education Journal: Friday, 27th October 2017 (2000 words)
      4. Supervisor’s Report: Friday, 10th November 2017 (submit only)
      5. Reflective Essay: Friday, 10th November 2017 (1500 words)

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