Field Placement

As part of their learning in each Theme Year, each student spends a minimum of 12 hours a week working/learning in a supervised ministry setting (from September to April). In addition to the hours spent in ministry in the placement, the student meets for the equivalent of one hour per week with a Learning Facilitator, meets six times during the placement with a Local Committee, and spends the equivalent of ½ day per month with a diaconal/vocational mentor. Students submit learning logs and time logs to CCS staff on a regular basis throughout the year.

Students set up their own field placements in consultation with Program Staff. Field Placements can often be found in the student’s own community. In most cases the Field Placement in not a paid position (though some students have managed to combine their learning goals with their part-time paid employment.)

Guidelines for setting up a Field Placement, as well as other documents related to Field Placement, are found in the CCS Student Kit.

Field Placements provide students with practical ministry experience and the opportunity to develop in an area where the student feels the need to stretch and learn.

Educational Ministry Year Placements

science experimentare usually in a congregational/parish setting, and will provide opportunity to preach at least twice and lead various components of worship on a frequent basis.

Pastoral Care Year Placements

may be a congregation or an institution or agency which provides pastoral care (e.g. chaplaincy), and will usually provide opportunity to offer pastoral care related to grief and to offer leadership in at least one funeral.

Social Ministry Year Placements

learning to carry watermay be a church related ministry (eg. a community outreach ministry) or an agency or organization working for social justice (eg. a  shelter for women and children), and will involve the student in working directly with marginalized people, and will help students to develop skills in social analysis and to explore a commitment to solidarity.

What’s a Learning Facilitator?

A Learning Facilitator is someone who can reflect with the student on the practice of ministry (or issues related to work of the placement) and who is available on-site or close by to work with the student to provide support, direction and helpful feedback – for an equivalent of one hour per week.

There are resources related to the Learning Facilitator in the Student Kit.

What’s a Local Committee?

The Local Committee is made up of four or five people from the setting or community willing to meet regularly with the student to provide feedback and support.

There are resources related to the Learning Facilitator in the Student Kit.

What’s a Diaconal/Vocational Mentor?

The Diaconal or Vocational Mentor is someone in the area, usually a diaconal minister, available to meet with the student for an equivalent of 8-9 times during the year, to to explore with the student the meaning and practice of diaconal ministry.

There are resources related to the Learning Facilitator in the Student Kit.