One very important aspect of a student’s education is gaining ministry experience. Churches and para-church organisations often assume that a student possessing a diploma or degree is completely equipped to begin ministry. But too often, the student has obtained a vast quantity of knowledge, with only a minimal idea of how to properly put it to good use. Putting knowledge to use is known as an application, and supervised placements are one method of giving students the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills to real-life situations.
Gaining this type of experience will not only add an important dimension to the overall value of the student’s diploma or degree, but will enable him/her to bring the experience back into the classroom to breathe life into what might otherwise become dry, or purely theoretical academic study.
Supervised placements are carried out under the direction of the Chaplain. We also depend on each student finding a pastor or experienced Christian worker to act as a supervisor.
Placements are designed to give students a wide variety of ministry exposure during their years of training, and for this reason, we urge students to participate in a different type of placement each year.