Supervision at its best enables the learners to link their activities of ministry with their theological concepts of ministry, to select effective resources for understanding and addressing events for ministry, and to relate religious traditions and values to the human needs of the world. One finds a great deal of biblical precedence for this kind of process in the preparation of people for ministry.
(George I. Hunter, Supervision and Education Formation for Ministry)
See the official policy statement of the Association of Theological Supervised Ministry on “Excellence in Supervision” and the “Code of Ethics for Supervised Ministry Supervisors” provided in the Appendix of this Handbook.
Responsibilities of the Supervisor
Preceding Site Selection:
- February: Attend the Site Fair
- March: Meet with potential students, and negotiate learning covenants with students with whom the supervisor is willing to work, to be confirmed by CRCDS at the April Evaluation I.
- April 15. The Site Covenant is due
- May 15 Due Date: The Learning Covenant is due. After student completes April Evaluation I, submit signed learning goals, site supervisor covenant and site committees covenant with a minim of two names with contact information.
During the Year:
- Consider reading along with the student the assigned chapter for the Supervised Ministry class. Supervision and Supervised Ministry are theological practices. Help the student build his/her theology of ministry through reflecting theologically on experience and event at the ministry site.
- Participate in a Orientation meet in the beginning of the Fall Term
- Participate in the Supervised Ministry class at CRCDS when your student presents a case from their Supervised Ministry Site.
- Hold weekly supervisory sessions at a designated time and place with the student for a minimum of one hour per week.
- Prepare a mid-year evaluation report, due in December 1, and a final evaluation report, due by April l (please honor this due date as your insights and wisdom will assist in the Evolution II process – which is an advancement tool of CRCDS). Lastly, assist with the collection of site committee evaluations each semester.
General Comments for the Site Supervisor
- Supervisors must submit their résumé for faculty approval each year that they participate in the Supervised Ministry program.
- Supervisors and sites that wish to be considered as approved Supervised Ministry sites must participate in the Supervised Ministry Site Fair and Orientation.
- No more than one student may be placed in a site at a time.
- Support for Supervised Ministry supervision, including a publications list, can be found on web page of the Association of Theological Supervised Ministry, at: http://www.atef.org
- In appreciation for the supervisor’s service, the supervisor will be given notice that enables him or her to audit a CRCDS class tuition-free In appreciation for the supervisor’s service, the supervisor will be given a coupon that enables him or her to audit a CRCDS class tuition-free (this is non-transferable) or attend a continuing education event for a reduced price. Coupons must be used within three years of such service.