Drew Theological School has long recognized the importance of experiential learning in preparation for full-time Christian services in the Church and the world. As a result, Supervised Ministry is a requirement in the Master of Divinity Program. This requirement, normally fulfilled in the second year of study, involves a nine month placement in a ministry setting in which the student works under the close supervision of a seasoned pastor or agency director and a lay evaluative committee.
Through regular conversations with the supervisor and lay committee, students are able to discuss issues that are vitally important to the practice of ministry in today’s church and world. Students make new discoveries about themselves as ministering persons as they develop the necessary skills for leadership.
Clinical Pastoral Education
Clinical Pastoral Education – CPE as it is commonly known – is for seminarians and other people interested in developing their skills as pastoral care givers. CPE is based on an action-reflection model of learning, one in which the student engages in ministry and then reflects intentionally on this experience. For example, students working in hospital settings visit patients, produce written reports including factual details and personal reflections, and then present this work to their supervisor and colleagues where they receive feedback in a group setting.