PRACTICUM PROGRAM

1. RATIONALE:  MBTS emphasizes on the holistic theological training of the: "HEAD (Knowledge), HEART (Spiritual discipline), HAND (Practical skills).








Hence, the Practicum and the Internship programs are vital avenues to achieve the following objectives:
  • Exploring "new" ministries & potentials
  • Experiencing the ministry dynamics
  • Employing one's gifting and ministry skills

In addition, the students meet specific needs of the church during the weekend practicum.

The Internship
The objectives are basically similar to the practicum except for a longer duration of 3 to 9 months "full time" on the job/field. Usually, the role is more focused and related to the ministry the students are leading to upon graduation.


2. PARTNERSHIP:  MBTS welcomes churches to partner with us in:
  • Mentoring the student under practicum there
  • Sponsoring students to go to smaller churches with financial constraint.

3. SOME ESSENTIAL CONSIDERATIONS:
  • The church has a specific supervisor to mentor and nurture the potentials of the students.
  • The seminary provides the practicum and internship objectives; the church provides the avenues to practice, and the students monitor their fulfillment of their requirements (General practicum; Pastoral & Mission Formational; related Major emphasis,) and the Internship Focus.
  • There is no financial obligation from the church to the seminary or the students, but any form of subsidy or allowance to offset the expenses incurred by the students is appreciated.
  • Student are there to work with, not for the church members.
  • Open communication between the church supervisors, the students, and the seminary mentors are essential to affirm and correct the students in the learning process.
  • Students' return to their sending churches for at least a year or during the internship is helpful to retain their mutual rapport or (re)adaptation prior to the return.
  • The sending churches are encouraged to release their students for exposure and experiences in other churches and places for a period.
  • Churches and students may indicate and initiate their preliminary options, but the seminary reserves the right of final assignment and placement.

3. PROCEDURE:
  1. Understand the rationale and objective of the partnership in the Practicum and Internship program.
  2. Direct enquiry or request to the Practicum Director.
  3. The church provides basic information and priority of their ministry needs.
  4. The students provide their basic information and meet up with the Practicum Director or Associates to plan out the practicum/internship scope and objectives.
  5. The Practicum Team will match or coordinate the possible placements.
  6. The churches will be informed of their prospect students and the required practicum/internship assignment to be fulfilled by the students.
  7. Upon mutual consent, the students and the church supervisors work out the primary roles and scope, and the specific responsibilities.
  8. Students are required to report to the faculty and church assigned mentor periodically.
  9. The church mentors report to their respective student's mentor either verbally or thru an assessment form.
  10. The Practicum and Internship handbooks are available for more detail reference.


 
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