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Lay Committee
During Field Education congregational placements students learn to partner with church laity by the establishment of a Lay Committee. Persons on the interview team and/or others who work closely with the student may constitute such a group. Lay Committees need not meet weekly; however, a monthly meeting can provide helpful input for the student and can help students learn to partner with laity. Such a circle of congregational members can offer the “view from the pew” which is indispensable to the practice of ministry. Each fall the Director of Field Education offers a training session for Lay Committees.

In December and May, Lay Committees are asked to submit to the Field Education Office an evaluation from their perspective of the student. These are sent to the student’s ordaining body to help that group in the assessment of the student’s readiness for ministry.

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