We, the VTS Field Education Program (Field Ed.), offer seminarians resources needed to develop skills and practices for experiential, contextual ministry, including:
- Integrating study of Christian tradition and practical Christian ministry
- Enhancing pastoral, liturgical, teaching, and leadership abilities
- Fostering personal and professional growth and identity
- Engaging in ongoing theological reflection on ministry
This integration of prayer, study, practice and theological reflection produces leaders who read, enter, and leave contexts well. Through Field Ed., seminarians are better equipped to think theologically about ministry, asking questions such as:
- “How is God present and active in this event?”
- “What resources from Christian tradition did I draw upon to inform my thinking and action?”
- “What might God’s dream for this relationship be?
- "How is God calling me to participate in this community?”
Through these principles, we prepare those pursuing The Order of the Priesthood or the Diaconate and empower The Order of the Laity.
The ministry of lay persons is to represent Christ and his Church; to bear witness to him wherever they may be; and, according to the gifts given them, to carry on Christ’s work of reconciliation in the world, and to take their place in the life, worship, and governance of the Church. (Catechism- The Ministry, The Book of Common Prayer, pg. 855)
The ministry of a deacon is to represent Christ and his Church, particularly as a servant of those in need; and to assist bishops and priests in the proclamation of the Gospel and the administration of the sacraments.(Catechism- The Ministry, The Book of Common Prayer, pg. 855)
The ministry of a priest is to represent Christ and his Church particularly as pastor to the people; to share with the bishop in the overseeing of the Church; to proclaim the Gospel; to administer the sacraments; and to bless and declare pardon in the name of God. (Catechism- The Ministry, The Book of Common Prayer, pg. 856)