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Field Education

Welcome to Field Education at Louisville Seminary!

Field Education remains a cornerstone of the Master of Divinity curriculum at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. We believe that deep learning occurs not only through readings and classroom experiences, but also through the very practice of ministry. By doing, reflecting on that doing with peers and mentors, and then going back to do again, we learn more about God, ourselves, and our communities.

Louisville Seminary supports a variety of opportunities to serve in ministry. Congregational placements are reserved for middler students who have completed several vital introductory courses. If interested, first-year students are able to work in unique agency placements, such as the VA Medical Center, Wayside Christian Mission, nursing homes, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) offices, and more.

Field Education Director Marcus Hong and Administrative Assistant Fran Schnuerle are available to guide you through the joys and challenges (and paperwork!) of Field Education. Come see us on the first floor of Schlegel Hall, offices 103 and 104.

Whether you intend to do an agency placement during your first year or not, ALL incoming MDiv students must make an appointment to meet with Professor Hong. A major part of our work at the Field Ed Office involves getting to know each of you individually, exploring your past leadership experiences, your vision for future ministry, and your personal learning goals.

Please make an appointment ASAP. A sign-up sheet will be put up outside of Office 103 in Schlegel Hall. If you are considering a first-year agency placement, please reserve an earlier date.

Before we meet, you must complete and return both the “Field Ed Information Form,” which indicates your intentions regarding a placement for the coming academic year, and the “Biographical Sketch,” which will help you to begin reflecting on your vocation, and will jump start our conversation. You will find these forms, along with more information on Field Education, in the links on the left side of this web page.

May God richly bless you during this new season in life and ministry! We look forward to meeting you.

Marcus Hong 2016
Marcus Hong
Field Education Director and
Prof. of Practical Theology
(502) 894-2294
email Marcus

Out in the Field
By Marcus Hong

Fran Schnuerle
Fran Schnuerle
Administrative Secretary
(502) 894-2297
email Fran

Field Education Program Goals

Field education is an integral part of preparation for ministry at Louisville Seminary. Through supervised experiences in congregations and agencies, the student has an opportunity to:

  • develop basic skills in the practice of ministry;
  • clarify and focus the sense of call;
  • discern specific gifts for ministry;
  • integrate theology and theory with experience;
  • develop pastoral identity and character;
  • build a network of persons (ordained and lay) who can serve as references as the student seeks a first call and who can continue to be mentors during early years in ministry.
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