The Ministry Practice program equips you to be a reflective ministry practitioner through the development of the skills and theological understanding needed for your unique ministry context. Rigorous individual courses and full degree programs, including field education and capstone experiences, are designed to help you become the person God calls you to be, while outcomes-focused, formational education, will prepare you to live and lead in a wide array of vocations.
The habits, attitudes, and skills you will develop in the Ministry Practice program include the:
- Attention to God’s active presence in your own life, the lives of others, and the world.
- Ability to interpret Scripture and the Christian tradition in ways that faithfully respond to questions arising in your vocational context.
- Aptitude for theological reflection on issues of justice, equity, and seeking the common good in the context of personal and vocational life.
- Demonstration of essential competencies in ministerial contexts along with personal and professional goals for the future.
Ministry Frameworks | 18 Credits
Choose any 3 BHT or THE Courses*
Choose three (total of 9 credits) of the Bible, History, and Theology (BHT) or Theological Studies (THE) courses offered at Northeastern Seminary.
Choose any 3 BHT or BIB Courses*
Choose three (total of 9 credits) of the Bible, History, and Theology (BHT) or Biblical Studies (BIB) courses offered at Northeastern Seminary.
Ministry Practice | 18 Credits
Choose any 3 MIN or PSF Courses*
Choose three (total of 9 credits) of the Ministry (MIN) or Personal Spiritual Formation (PSF) courses offered at Northeastern Seminary.
Choose any 3 MIN or SOC Courses*
Choose three (total of 9 credits) of the Ministry (MIN) or Social Ethics (SOC) courses offered at Northeastern Seminary.
Additional Courses | 8 Credits
Integrative Capstone | 2 Credits
In the capstone course for the program, you will complete a final portfolio project and presentation on the integration of faith and your vocation. You will:
- Identify vocational next steps beyond the program and evaluate ways in which learning in the program has prepared you to live out this vocation.
- Identify ways in which those called to this vocation can contribute to imparting wholeness to the world.
- Identify one major question of ethics and justice that you anticipate may arise in the regular practice of ministry and how this issue might be considered in light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
- In a church setting, among friends and family, with neighbors, or in the community or workplace, design and present a project that summarizes the learning from the program and the connection to life and ministry.
Contextual Ministry | 6 Credits
Field education courses provide the student with hands-on professional training from capable practitioners and educators. Students will develop professional understanding and competence in ministry. Each course provides time for on-site training, personal and peer-reflection, and classroom instruction. Personal and spiritual formation is a continuing aspect of field education.
Total Credits: 44
*Course selections must meet requirements for graduation. You will choose courses through academic advising.