The purpose of the combined Mentored Ministry & Career Services Departments is to help students perceive, prepare and pursue their calling in Christ. “A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord determines his steps” (Proverbs 16:9). Our job is to help you use your mind to plan your way, while continuously looking to Jesus to be your guide.
Three Mentored Ministry field units are required for M. Div. students to complete during their time at Gordon- Conwell Theological Seminary. Prior to embarking on any of these requirements students must be oriented.
There are two pre-requisites for beginning field units of Mentored Ministry. First, students must attend the two Mentored Ministry Orientation Saturdays in the first semester in which they begin their program. Dates and times to be announced.
Second, the completion of MC501- Spiritual Formation for Ministry. You will need to take this course either prior to, or concurrent with, your first field unit of Mentored Ministry (MM505). We recommend to take this course during the first or second semester of the M.Div. program.
Students register for Mentored Ministry field units at the same time and the same way that they register for all classes. Note: The orientation is not a course in itself but is required to be attended before beginning any field units. Field units are 10 hours per week for 12 weeks of the chosen semesters. Summer Mentored Ministry must also be 12 weeks long, and can be registered for under the entire Summer Session. The following are the Mentored Ministry classes for which student must consecutively register in the semesters of their choice.:
Breakdown of Field Units
All Mentored-Ministry students will complete the three field units (MM505. MM605, MM705). Two of these units must be completed in a church setting. The third unit can be completed in a church or parachurch ministry setting.
An initial Learning Covenant must be submitted at the beginning of the semester during the student’s first field unit at a given site. If continuing at that site, a Learning Covenant Update must be completed at the beginning of all following semesters.
All student forms and requirements can be found here.
Off-Schedule Mentored Ministry – Not infrequently, students work in ministries which either begin earlier (and thus end earlier) or later (and thus end later) than the regular semester timeline. It is important that you inform the Mentored Ministry Office about this so they can help you set personalized assignment due dates. Particularly for those doing an Off-Schedule MM that runs later than the end of a term, you will need to make sure that you arrange for an Extension with the MM Office.