Theological field education is an eye-opening process for young ministers as they begin the challenging work of integrating theory into real-world practice. Enlighten: Formational Learning in Theological Field Education shines a light on specific learning methods student ministers and their mentors can leverage to make the most of their field experience.
Expanding on the knowledge gathered in Engage: A Theological Field Education Toolkit and Empower: A Guide for Supervisor-Mentors in Theological Field Education, this book challenges students, peer reflection group members, and supervisor-mentors to utilize each learning theory to achieve deeper formation. Contributors to the volume introduce individual theories and identify potential areas of resistance and opportunities for growth through illustrative case studies. These practical examples provide support for students facing common obstacles while encouraging all participants in the field education process to be open to new avenues of growth.
Sung Hee Chang is Associate Professor of Supervised Ministry and Director of Supervised Ministry & Vocational Planning at Union Presbyterian Seminary. Previously, she served as an educator in several churches in Virginia and North Carolina.
Erika Tobin Bergh
Sung Hee Chang
Mark Chung Hearn
Joyce del Rosario
Trudy Hawkins Stringer
Angela Denise Davis
Damien Pascal Domenack
Carol J. Cook and Tyler D. Mayfield
Trygve D. Johnson and Tee S. Gatewood, III
Abigale Embry, Val Goins, Lindsay Ross-Hunt, and Sandra Monroe
About the Contributors
Enlighten is a remarkable collection of curiosity-driven, spirit-led reflections on deep and honest experiences. Listen closely to the diverse, accessible perspectives of these trusted companions and recognize how your own learning will infuse your ministry with important questions and fresh possibilities.
The narratives in this book give voice to the complex ways of learning within and beyond theological field education. This collection is essential reading for those seeking to deepen their understanding of contextual education, as well as engage actively in their personal and professional formation.
This collection of studies, the third book in Rowman and Littlefield's series Explorations in Theological Field Education, will undoubtedly prove to be as useful a resource to students engaged in contextual education-and to those who mentor them-as its predecessors have proved to be. Edited by two highly experienced field educators, the volume emerged from a colloquium held in 2019, supported by the Association for Theological Field Education and attended by North American field educators from a multiplicity of traditions, outlooks, and educational approaches. The intersectionality achieved by the weaving together of such varied voices is one of the many strengths of the book' making it both appealing and accessible to a wide range of readers. The editors are to be congratulated on compiling such an illuminating and welcome addition to the burgeoning literature on the formative nature of contextual education.