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A Theological Field Education Toolkit

Edited by Matthew Floding - Foreword by Lucinda Huffaker

Theological field education, in which a ministry student steps out of the classroom and begins practicing with the supervision of a mentor, is a critical part of accredited ministry programs. Engage equips both students and their supervisor-mentors to engage in this important opportunity with energy and imagination, and it prepares students for the challenging work of integrating theory into real-world practice.

Engage provides coaching from recognized experts in the arts of ministry: preaching, administration, evangelism, pastoral care, public ministry, leadership, faith formation, liturgical arts and more. Other chapters address themes such as race, gender, and ministry across faith traditions (or no faith tradition). The book addresses field education in a range of contexts—from churches to non-profits.

Engage offers a valuable resource for students making the most of their transition from the classroom into real world ministry with all its joys and many challenges.
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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers / Alban Books
Pages: 180Size: 6 x 9
978-1-4422-7349-8 • Hardback • January 2017 • $75.00 • (£49.95)
978-1-4422-7350-4 • Paperback • January 2017 • $24.00 • (£15.95)
978-1-4422-7351-1 • eBook • January 2017 • $22.00 • (£14.95)
Matthew Floding is director of ministerial formation at Duke Divinity School. He previously served as director of formation for ministry at Western Theological Seminary. He has also served as pastor and college chaplain and is a consultant with expertise in field education issues. He is a former chair of the Association for Theological Field Education and editor of Welcome to Theological Field Education.
Foreword, Lucinda Huffaker
Introduction, Matthew Floding
1 Engaging Theological Field Education, Matthew Floding
2 Engaging with Your Supervisor-Mentor, Matthew Floding
3 Engaging with Your Field Education Student, Matthew Floding
4 Engaging Your Context for Ministry, William B. Kincaid
5 Engaging in Ministry Ethically, Barbara J. Blodgett
6 Engaging in Theological Reflection, Matthew Floding
7 Engaging in Sustaining Spiritual Practices, Deborah K. Davis
8 Engaging in Personal Self-Care, James Marshall
9 Engaging in Preaching, Jason Byassee
10 Engaging the Liturgical Arts, Josie Hoover
11 Engaging in Pastoral Care, Willard Walden Christopher Ashley, Sr.
12 Engaging in Evangelism, John G. Stackhouse, Jr.
13 Engaging in Faith Formation, Sung Hee Chang
14 Engaging in Church Administration, W. Joseph Mann
15 Engaging for Faithful Leadership, Kyle J. A. Small
16 Engaging in Public Ministry, David W. Watkins, III
17 Engaging Learning Across Generations, Nathan E. Kirkpatrick
18 Engaging as a Gendered Person, Kimberly L. Clayton
19 Engaging Race, Grace Ji-Sun Kim
20 Engaging in a Nonprofit Context, John E. Senior
21 Engaging in Clinical Pastoral Education, Jim Rawlings, Jr.
22 Engaging Technology in Field Education, Susan E. Fox
23 Engaging Ministry in Secular Settings, Laura S. Tuach
24 Engaging in an International Field Education, Chester Polk
About the Contributors
Once again, Floding shows us why he is a national expert in the area of theological field education. He has assembled an all-star cast of authors across denominational lines to equip both those preparing for ministry and those shepherding future ministers. Theological field education takes the classroom and integrates it into the real world of ministry, making education truly come alive. Engage: A Theological Field Education Toolkit is one of the most well-rounded, complete resources I have seen for ministry preparation.
George M. Hillman, Jr., Dallas Theological Seminary

Research has shown that the lecture is out, and hands-on experiential learning is in. This fantastic book not only offers a wide range of angles on formation for faith leaders, but it also pushes them to engage in making their learning as dynamic and creative as possible. No student should prepare for ministry leadership without this outstanding toolbox of a book in their pocket.
Christian Scharen, Auburn Theological Seminary

Engage is a valuable advice manual and resource guide for seminary students learning to live and serve in actual, real-life congregations and other ministry settings for the first time. Experienced pastors and thoughtful theological educators offer helpful guidance on many important aspects of learning and doing ministry. Dive in wherever your interests and concerns take you. You'll find thoughtful, practical advice as well as helpful suggestions for further reading.
Craig Dykstra, Duke Divinity School

  • An invaluable resource to help students make the most of the field education requirement of seminary and divinity school
  • Helps students make the bridge from theory to practice
  • A natural complement to theoretical introductions to the arts of ministry that shows students how to put these ideas into use
  • Acclaimed contributors with diverse backgrounds offer their expertise and hard-won wisdom
  • Addresses all facets of ministry, from preaching to faith formatting
  • Discusses challenging but important themes, such as race, gender, and practicing in pluralistic contexts
  • Relevant for practice in a range of contexts beyond the church, from hospital chaplains to international NGOs