Ministry Practicums2017-10-02T12:20:09+00:00

Ministry Practicums

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What makes SEU Ohio Network Campus unique is the combination of academic preparation with practical and valuable hands-on experience in a live environment.  In other words, the practicum serves as a canvas for students to gain a natural application of the craft they are learning in the classroom while they are guided by actual practitioners in the field.  An entrepreneurial pursuit of using hard skills in a real world application is at the heart of our instructional design.  Please visit the following practicum sites.

Each semester during a practicum, students get a chance to implement in the field what they have been learning within the classroom.  We have many practicum options.  In addition to those advertised on the site, students can choose any business, non-profit or church organization that fits within their field of study. We believe hands-on, practical training is a crucial part of your education.  You will have the opportunity to work alongside a ministry leader in an area you’re passionate about. nWhere do I complete my training?  You have many options to choose from:

Option 1: Study and serve local. This could be a local business or in your home church.

If you are actively serving in your home church, don’t stop!  We will partner with you and a ministry leader from your church to meet practicum requirements. First, talk with the person you will serve under to ensure he or she is willing to supervise your experience.  That person will need to fill out a simple form with contact information and his or her approval to oversee your practicum experience.  Second, submit the form to the Campus Director for approval.

Option 2: Study and serve in a business or ministry in Columbus or anywhere within the Midwest region.

SEU Ohio Network Campus partners with a variety of churches and ministry settings where students can serve and gain hands-on experience.  There are dynamic leaders in children’s ministry, youth and young adult ministry, worship arts ministry, media ministry, and more.  Pastors and leaders in each of these areas are ready to come alongside you and give you tools and experiences that will launch you into effective ministry.  Some of these can be done within a semester during an immersive program; others can be spread out over four semesters.

Click through the tabs for more information on a specific program.

Organize and Produce

  • Watch student minister/leader use tools like Propresenter, MediaShout, EasyWorship or other online tools to produce a service.
  • Watch student minister/leader use tools like Planning Center, Church Community Builder (CCB), Fellowship One (F1) to gather a team and equip leaders with the information to do their weekly student ministry assignments such as who to connect with during a given week.
  • Produce a student ministry service using the production tools at your practicum site.
  • Demonstrate competency operating in one of the tools related to church systems (like Planning Center, CCB, F1 or other organization tool the church uses).

Administer

  • Oversee the administration of one major event in partnership with the student pastor.  This must include producing the announcement scripts, post card, registration, and possibly t-shirt design for event.  The event should be an outreach, retreat, camp or other event that is not a weekly service. (Feel free to use tools like: FormSmarts, Formstack, WordPress, Vistaprint, Advent Pixel, PowToon, or other recommended tools to get the job done.)
  • Go with practicum/ministry site on one offsite trip to understand the steps involved in an offsite trip, such as securing the proper paperwork and preparing church vehicles.

Graphics and Design

  • Discuss how the student pastor leverages their time on designing relevant artwork for new sermon series, events, etc.
  • Practice using premade artwork from Creation Swap, Stuff I Can Use, Graphic River, or other premade graphics.

Communication and Community

  • Preaching and Teaching.  Produce and articulate a biblical and student-centered message for a large group of students.
  • Preaching and Teaching Presentation.  Produce artwork/presentation for a message (using Powerpoint, Prezi, Keynote, etc.).
  • Demonstrate competency in operating two of the social media tools within the practicum sites system to follow up on a message.
  • Go with student pastor to watch how he or she casts vision to the student ministry leaders in the preservice meetings and in the student ministry leadership team meetings.
  • Participate in a student ministry small group setting–if the student ministry has small groups for junior high and high school students, be part of both.
  • Discuss how the student ministry cultivates and creates community for their students.
  • Demonstrate competency in guiding, coaching, praying and connecting with students and with leaders.

Atmosphere and Budget

  • Discuss with student pastor the importance of creating and cultivating an attractive atmosphere for students to engage and participate in the life of a church.  This conversation such include ways of communicating, group dynamics, ministry room looks, and set design if appropriate to the site’s context. Feel free to spend some time on churchstagedesignideas.com or other websites dedicated to designing a church space.
  • Be part of a stage design or room design discussion and process.  This can include sites with a gym, a place for gaming, food, etc.
  • Practice setting up a student ministry room by looking at led lights, par cans, moving-heads, floods, washes, environmental projection, etc.
  • Discuss with student pastor a typical budget and how they raise funds for students and for their particular needs.

Organize and Produce

  • Work alongside kids and children ministry staff in creating and implementing ministry for children during a Sunday Morning and midweek experience.
  • Watch kids’ minister/leader use tools like Propresenter, MediaShout, EasyWorship or other online tools to produce a service.
  • Produce a Sunday kids’ ministry service using production tools available at the practicum site.
  • Practice using visual props during a kids’ ministry service including but not limited to props from oriental trading company, puppets, visual sleight of hand, electronic screens, etc.
  • Discuss, practice, and demonstrate scripture engagement/memory association with scriptures in a large group ministry setting.
  • Discuss and demonstrate proficiency in selecting large group and small group curriculum such as Orange, Group, Radiant Life, Hillsong, Lifeway, etc.
  • Watch kids ministry/leader use tools like Planning Center, Church Community Builder (CCB), or Fellowship One (F1) to gather a team and equip leaders including teenagers with the information to do their weekly kids’ ministry assignments.
  • Demonstrate the ability to invest in the lives of children and those that lead them by exhibiting creativity, understanding, humor and patience.
  • Demonstrate competency in operating in one of the tools related to church systems (like Planning Center, CCB, F1) or other organization tools the church uses.
  • Demonstrate ability in leading adult and teen leaders into greater levels of involvement.

Administer

  • Oversee the administration of one major event in partnership with the children’s pastor.  This could include producing the announcement scripts, post card, registration, and possibly t-shirt design for an event.  The event should be an outreach, retreat, camp or other event that is not a weekly service. (Feel free to use tools like: FormSmarts, Formstack, WordPress, Vistaprint, Advent Pixel, PowToon, or other recommended tools to get the job done.)

Graphics and Design

  • Discuss how the kids’ pastor leverages their time on designing relevant artwork for new sermon series, events, etc.
  • Practice using premade artwork from Creation Swap, Stuff I Can Use, Graphic River, or other premade graphics.

Communication and Community

  • Message. Produce and articulate a biblical and children-centered message to a large group of children.
  • Demonstrate storytelling ability using the proper visuals, stories, vocabulary level and interactive components.
  • Preaching and Teaching Presentation. Produce artwork/presentation for message (using Powerpoint, Prezi, Keynote, etc.).
  • Go with children’s pastor to watch how he or she casts vision to the ministry leaders in the preservice meetings and in the kids’ ministry leadership team meetings.
  • Participate in a kids’ ministry small group setting.
  • Discuss how the kids’ ministry cultivates and creates a safe community for their children.
  • Demonstrate competency in guiding, coaching, praying and connecting with children and with leaders.

Atmosphere and Budget

  • Discuss with kids’ pastor the importance of creating and cultivating an attractive atmosphere for children to engage and participate in the life of a church.  This conversation should include ways of communicating, group dynamics, ministry room looks, and set design if appropriate to the site’s context.  Feel free to spend some time on churchstagedesignideas.com or other websites dedicated to designing a church space.
  • Be part of a stage design or room design discussion and process, which may include the site’s gym, a place for gaming, food, etc.
  • Practice setting up a kids’ ministry room by looking at elements for a good environment.
  • Discuss with kids’ pastor a typical budget and how they raise funds for students and for their particular needs.

Video Production

  • Produce 8-10 minute featurette
  • Produce a sermon series trailer
  • Produce a message recap highlight
  • Demonstrate competency operating DSLR
  • Demonstrate competency operating a mounted camera
  • Edit highlight videos
  • Edit announcements
  • Produce a weekly podcast
  • Script a 30-60 second announcement video
  • Direct and produce a 3-5 minute testimonial video
  • Produce and edit a video podcast
  • Produce an event highlight video within 48 hours

Graphic Design Print Media

Produce a set of artwork for a sermon series

  • Social Media
  • PowerPoint
  • Facebook

Produce Church Signage

  • Kid’s Ministry, Café, etc.

Design a church logo

Design a church homepage or web page

Design a church app

Produce promotion for a church event

Social Media Training

  • Template for Instagram
  • Snap Chat the intro of one of the pastor’s messages (40 Snaps in one setting)

Track Description:

This track offers the student the opportunity to work in the area of leadership development.  This includes developing volunteers, greeting, hosting, working with small groups, mentoring, the multi-ethnic life, online learning, discipleship strategies, assessment, and developing a leadership pipeline.

The leader development objectives for this track are spread into several semesters.  The first is an overview of leadership development.  The second semester is called building community, which includes first impressions, connections, assimilation, serving, small groups, care and training.  The third semester is focused on church management and includes developing job descriptions, administration, training, online portals, apps, online tools, communications, cohesive branding techniques, and resourcing volunteers and staff.  The fourth semester explores personal and organizational growth and includes mentoring, coaching, assessments, team building, conflict resolution, vision casting, developing mission ownership, emotional intelligence, and discipleship.  The fifth and final semester of this track examines church strategy and includes vision, outreach, evangelism, developing culture, understanding demographics, and calculating ministry risks.

This track is designed to develop future lead pastors, executive pastors, connection pastors, and community-oriented business and non-profit leaders.  The training in this practicum is about mobilizing, developing, and empowering volunteers primarily for service in the local church.  Those in the business and non-profit sectors will benefit from the systems and scope approach to facilitating communication and implementation with volunteers and might make application for the community-relations aspect of their future work.

Objectives: 

  • The student will walk away understanding the overall role of mobilizing people in strategic and practical ways.
  • The student will be able to think about the types of structures, systems, and strategies necessary for developing a robust local church leadership pipeline that not only invites people into greater involvement but also invests meaningfully into those they lead.
  • The student will demonstrate spiritual maturity and growth in a manner that demonstrates deep relationship with God and fierce loyalty to the local church.
  • The student will demonstrate how to connect with teams through software and efficient communication.
  • The student will demonstrate how to recruit through relational connections and support teams.
  • The student will demonstrate how to train support teams and empower with vision clarity and release of volunteers.
  • The student will demonstrate an understanding of the strategies for retaining volunteers into members during the course of ministry changes and additions such as an additional church service.
  • The student will demonstrate team building, coaching, and assessment of volunteers.
  • The student will demonstrate the strategies related to gathering feedback and creating evaluation for the area of ministry.

Track Description

It is the goal of the Ohio Church Multiplication Network (OCMN) to promote a culture in Ohio of intentional church multiplication.  Our hope is that every church is planting churches or partnering in that process.  Through our church planters and network partners, the church planting practicum will offer prospective planters an opportunity to see a variety of models and connect with those in the field effectively multiplying the gospel by planting new churches across the state.

Objectives

  • Observe and experience a variety of church planting styles and multi-site models.
  • Discover resources and tools needed to effectively plant a new church in a given community.
  • Connect with the Ohio church planting community by developing key relationships with current church planters and network partners.
  • Gain an understanding of important policies and procedures related to planting a new church in Ohio.
  • Witness a variety of leadership styles and observe the effects of those styles on the church and ministry team.

Required Reading

Planting Missional Churches by Ed Stetzer

Recommended Reading

Exponential by Jon Ferguson

Requirements

The OCMN practicum would require ten hours per week for thirteen weeks (130 total hours) divided as follows:

  • Two weeks at each of the following church planting networks/sites (four weeks total)
    • C4 Network, Pickerington, Ohio
    • One Church, Gahanna, Ohio
  • One week at each of the following types of church plants (three weeks total)
    • Urban Core Church Plant
    • Suburban Church Plant
    • Rural Church Plant
  • Long weekends spent at the following church planting networks/sites (three weeks total)
    • The Dwelling Place, Toledo, Ohio
    • Journey Network, Cleveland, Ohio
    • The Movement, Niles, Ohio
  • Two weeks at the Network Resource Center in the Ohio Church Multiplication department

Site Experience

Each week spent at a church planting network/site would entail the following:

  • A one-hour meeting each week with the lead pastor or key staff member
  • Attending Saturday and or Sunday services
  • Attending staff/team meeting(s)
  • Five hours to serve and observe the ministry in progress

Reflection Paper

After each site visit, students are required to submit a one-page paper reflecting on the following:

  • What parts of this experience did you find most valuable?
  • What challenges did you observe in this particular plant/site?
  • How did this church planting model differ from others you have seen or observed?
  • What knowledge, insight, or resource did you take away from this experience?
  • If you were planting a church, what would you do the same? Differently?

Track Description:

This track offers the student the opportunity to explore and work in the area of music, worship and the arts.  Over the course of several semesters, student will have the opportunity to work alongside the worship department of a local church, possibly behind the scenes at major events, or even work behind the scenes with the Ohio Ministry Network on a large-scale event such as Synergy, Reach Conference, Network Conference or camp.

The objectives for this track are spread into several semesters. The first semester  focuses on creating an awareness of the types of worship expressions, personal connections, immersion, and building on the theological themes that one may integrate into their crafts as artisans and curators.  Students will be encouraged to work with worship and music teams of local churches.   

 

Included Group Discussion Topics Across Semesters:

  • Becoming an Effective Musician
  • Music Business
  • Theology and the Visual Arts
  • Human Story, Expression, and Beauty as part of Worship
  • Theological Engagement and Culture: Pop Music and Media Culture
  • Theological and Philosophy Modes of Viewing Film

Designed for Developing:

This practicum is designed to develop a person engaging in planning, leading, and evaluating corporate worship, particularly from the standpoint of the musical leader, production or creative arts pastor.  There will be personal and group experiences in the process of planning and leading worship expressions, including journaling worship experiences, creating materials for corporate worship, and principles for working with volunteers—all with an emphasis on spiritual formation.  Students will be encouraged to explore the use of a wide spectrum of worship styles and resources from AG churches.  Although the initial practicum semester will benefit a variety of students, the student who is or is seeking an active role in a worship setting will receive the greatest benefit for this practicum.

Developing Musicians:

With a few exceptions, most worship leaders are required to be practicing musicians.  This practicum introduces students to the world of worship leading, with some theological, relational, philosophical frameworks but it also requires the musicians to practice.  Along with a specific area of voice, guitar, piano, or percussion, the recommendation for this practicum is that aspiring worship leaders practice a minimum of 5 hours a week to lay down a praxis on a solid music theory foundation.

Objectives:

  • The student will walk away from this semester with some new contacts and relationships related to musicians and worship leaders in the state of Ohio.
  • The student will be able to articulate strategies necessary to develop the types of structures, and systems necessary for developing a group of musicians to lead in the local church setting that not only invites people into greater involvement but also invests meaningfully into those they lead.
  • If the student is considering worship leading as their primary role, they will select an area of music performance and will begin demonstrating basic proficiencies in their musical instrument of choice.
  • The student will learn about the varieties of artist expressions both in contemporary culture, historic expression in the church, and emerging worship practices.

Required Materials:

  • Computer with internet access and relevant tools from practicum site for working on a worship or production team
  • Musical instrument of choice
  • Additional musical software tools as needed

The Outdoor Education Practicum is facilitated in partnership with Heartland Conference Retreat Center, located in Marengo, OH. Heartland is one of the largest outdoor education providers in the state of Ohio.

Purpose of the practicum:

To acquaint participants with the philosophy of Outdoor Education and introduce them to its basic vocational elements.  The practicum will provide hands on discovery of general outdoor education logistics, activities, staff expectations and job requirements while additionally providing the opportunity for participants to gain knowledge and some skills in outdoor classroom management, nature interpretation and adventure course facilitation.

Specific Objectives: participants will…

  • Receive an overview of the Heartland Conference Retreat Center (HCRC) Outdoor Education program
  • Report on two individual Outdoor Education experiences evaluating each schools’ educational goals through classroom shadowing and feedback forms
  • Analyze an Incoming Day, a Typical Program Day and a Transitional/Exiting Day
  • Participate in and summarize the HCRC Teach, Train, Shadow, Produce process
  • Observe and experience teaching and facilitating learning in an outdoor setting
  • Complete the Nature Interpretation Training
  • Learn how to facilitate a Team Building experience
  • Gain knowledge and insight of high ropes and zip line facilitation

Outcomes:

Students who have completed several semesters of Outdoor Education training may be thinking about working in a field of business or a ministry associated with outdoor recreation, retreats or camping business. Outdoor recreation is bigger than you think and a significant economic driver in the United States. More than 140 million Americans make outdoor recreation a priority in their daily lives – and they prove it with their wallets. Each year, Americans spend $646 billion on outdoor recreation. This is more than pharmaceutics, motor vehicles, gas or fuel, or their household utilities annually. Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis, Personal Consumption Expenditures by Type of Product, based on available 2010 data.

America is globally recognized as the leader in outdoor recreation. Advancements in technical apparel, footwear and equipment for outdoor activities are driving innovation and entrepreneurism, while creating a demand for highly skilled workers in areas like technology, product design, manufacturing, sustainability and global commerce. A tremendous diversity of career opportunities exists beyond product-related jobs. When Americans play outside during day outings or overnight trips, their spending directly supports professions like guides and outfitters, lodging operators, park managers and rangers, concessionaires, small business owners and many more.

Websites:

www.heartlandretreat.com

www.heartlandoe.com

Location:

Heartland Conference Retreat Center
3201 County Road 225
Marengo, OH 43334

The Ohio Ministry Network is partnering with a few hospital health networks to infuse CPE (Chaplaincy) programs into its practicum program.  They are stand-alone programs for which students receive practicum credit.  The CPE programs we are connecting with are part of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE).  The student may apply for a particular program through the ACPE website www.acpe.edu.

The programs are more involved than the other practicums being offered because of the nature of CPE.  That said, chaplaincy continues to grow as a need in connection with the military, Veteran’s Affairs, prison systems, correctional centers, and health care networks.  This increases the likelihood of finding a place of ministry with sustainable income.

There are two options for students.

  1. The formal CPE training which is intensive and very important for those interested in Chaplaincy.  In addition to practicum credit, the student receives CPE credits which can lead to many open doors.
  2. The practicum only option which will include hospital visitation, crisis intervention, end of life ministry, and ministry to mental health patients.  This will fulfill standard practicum credit.  Note: There is also potential for those interested in infusing media and video design into either program.

What is CPE?

Clinical Pastoral Education is an interfaith professional education for ministry.  It brings theological students, laity, and ministers of all faith traditions (pastors, rabbis, imams and others) into supervised encounter with persons in crisis.  Out of an intense involvement with persons in need, and the feedback from peers and supervisor(s), students develop new awareness of themselves as persons and of the needs of those they encounter.  From theological reflection on specific human situations, they gain a new understanding of ministry.  A CPE unit is at least 400 hours combining no less than 100 hours of structured group and individual education with supervised clinical practice in ministry.  A half unit of CPE is at least 240 hours combining no less than 60 hours of structured group and individual education with supervised clinical practice in ministry.

CPE Part-time/Full Time

Part-time students are usually putting in 24-30 hours weekly for 5 months.

Full-time students are doing the intensive of 40 hours weekly for 4 months.

Note: There are additional applications, fees and tuition costs associated with this program, however we highly recommend it as a practicum.

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