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In-Ministry Year

 

  In-Ministry Year

Diocesan College courtyard As explained in our General Information page, the Master of Divinity Program (M.Div.) is divided into two or three years of foundational studies at McGill Faculty of Religious Studies (i.e. the B.Th. program), integrative studies at the denominational college and finally, a year of professional studies, known as the In-Ministry Year, offered jointly by the Montreal Diocesan Theological College (Anglican/Episcopal), the Presbyterian College, and the United Theological College. The program is supervised and monitored by the Academic Committee of the Montreal School of Theology, on which all three Colleges and the McGill Faculty of Religious Studies are represented.

The In-Ministry Year is an integrated program of personal and pastoral formation intended as an immediate preparation for the exercise of Christian ministry. It combines a major component of field education with course work in practical theology and pastoral subjects, reflective seminar groups, workshops, field trips, and the writing of an integrative paper.

United Theological College While the program was developed primarily for the participating churches, the Montreal School of Theology welcomes students from other denominations and traditions, who are invited to participate through the sponsorship of one of the colleges.

Admission to the In-Ministry Year may be granted to students who complete the B.Th. degree or equivalent. Students may also be admitted on completion of the STM (Master of Sacred Theology), or the Montreal Diocesan Theological College Reading and Tutorial Course. Combined with the In-Ministry Year, these courses lead to the Diploma in Ministry. (Please also refer to General Information, Structure of the program.)

Graduation requires the satisfactory completion of all the course and field components of the program. The field placement component needs to be satisfactorily completed or repeated as no "make-up" is possible in this area.

The M.Div. program is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in US and Canada.

 

Languages

The primary language of work and instruction in the In-Ministry Year is English. However, students may write assignments and make class presentations in French. Wherever possible, field placements operating in French will be arranged for francophone students. Where the number of francophone or bilingual students makes it practicable, sections of the In-Ministry Year courses and seminar groups working in French will be arranged.

Les étudiant(es) francophones peuvent présenter leurs travaux écrits et oraux en Français. Dépendant du nombre d'étudiant(es), et selon les besoins, des groupes de travail en français ou bilingues peuvent être mis sur pied. Des lieux de stage en français ainsi qu'une supervision appropriée peuvent être réalisés.

Both French and English are used in the community life of the theological colleges and in the conduct of liturgy.

 

Field Education

Staff and students at In-Ministry Year orientation days About fifty percent of the In-Ministry Year is spent by students in their field placements, where they minister to persons under the supervision of experienced pastors. In this situation students are led to integrate all aspects of theological learning and to develop the art of reflecting theologically on events in ministerial life. In this way growth in understanding and competence in practice are fostered. There is a close relationship between field experience and course work. Practical experience in the field is brought into the classroom for critical consideration, while the more theoretical learning of the classroom is expressed practically through work in the field placement.

 

Course Work

Approximately 13 weeks are spent doing course work at the colleges, alternating with field placement weeks. Courses taken in common include Preaching, Pastoral Care and Counseling, Leadership, Education in the Church and Mission. Each of the colleges offers courses specific to their denominations.

 

Workshops and Field Trips

Cuba At regular intervals throughout the year, time is set aside for an in-depth, experiential look at a particular subject. A Workshop in Conflict Management is normally offered as well as field trips to examine first hand the problems of rural and inner city ministry. Particularly important among the field trips is the opportunity to explore the work of the church and the life of faith in another country at the beginning of the second term. This trip has become the highlight of the year for many students as we have developed an ongoing relationship with a sister-seminary in Matanzas, Cuba. Early in 2014 a group of In-Ministry Year students went to Cuba for the 11th time.

 

The Integrative Paper

The purpose of this paper is to provide students with an awareness of their own journey of faith, an understanding of the Gospel, the church and the world, and also the task of integrating these two into a theology of ministry which is reflected in the actual work of ordained people.

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