Field Education (Field Ed.) Supervisors from parish and organizational sites collaborate with Virginia Theological Seminary to offer high quality supervision to seminarians being formed as leaders in God’s church. This partnership is essential to a healthy, life-giving Field Ed. experience.
The work of a dedicated Field Ed. Supervisor includes:
- Creating a safe environment to explore questions, concerns, joys and struggles in the Field Ed. experience
- Reflecting theologically with the seminarian on the seminarian's leadership and ministry at the Field Ed. site
A full list of expectations can be found in the Supervisor’s Covenant with VTS, in the downloads box at right.
To support supervisors in this important ministry, the Field Education Department offers eight monthly supervisor trainings, September through April, grouped according to level of experience supervising seminarians. The Field Ed. Director and an experienced clergy co-facilitator present and facilitate discussions on various aspects of supervision. Seminars occur on consistent Thursdays each month, unless otherwise notified.
- Level I First Thursday Focus: the development of supervisory skills.
- Level II Second Thursday Focus: the parish or organization as a living system.
- Level III Third Thursday Focus: deepening Supervisory identity and skill
New Supervisors Orientation
Prior to supervising a seminarian for the first time, you are required to attend our required 6-hour orientation concerning Field Ed. at VTS and our approach to seminarian formation.
Plenary: All Levels (December and March)
In two plenary sessions, a VTS faculty member presents on a topic from their discipline, followed by discussion of how this can be used in developing your supervisory resources.
In order to advance to the next level, supervisors will need to attend at least five of the eight training sessions, including the Fall Orientation and Winter Plenary sessions.