Christian ministry in our world requires leaders who demonstrate a thorough understanding of Scripture and theology, competence in ministerial functions, and spiritual maturity (including personal holiness, integrity, wisdom, love, and both emotional and psychological wholeness). Supervised ministry provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate their giftedness and suitability for professional ministry through a continuing process of discernment, real-life application, self-evaluation, and formation.

Objectives for students

  • Ongoing development of self-knowledge and personal maturity that contributes to worldview, personal integrity, responsible functioning, and interpersonal relationships;
  • Ongoing development of a biblically based philosophy of ministry that closes the gap between theory and practice;
  • Ongoing development of their own relationship with God through prayer, Bible study, meditation, and accountability; and
  • Ongoing development of skills in the basic functions of ministry such as preaching, teaching, evangelism, administration, and counseling.

Internship and Clinical Pastoral Education

St. Paul

TL561 • Internship Readiness. 1 Credit.

This course is designed as a place for students to assess and consolidate the self-examination and discernment work they have done during the seminary journey, processing through interactions with peers and instructors in order to confirm and refine a vocational call.
Prerequisites: TL001, SP001, SP510 (MA and MDiv); PC512 (MDiv only). Special Notes: Recommended prerequisites for MDiv students: BT510, CP510, GC512, TL523, and SP610 (MDiv only). Campus: St Paul.

TL563A • Professional Internship A. 1 Credit.

This course engages the application of ministry skills and personal developmental goals in a context that considers the individual’s design for ministry and vocational direction. Accountability relationships, regular reflection, and degree specific outcomes are woven into the practical ministry experiences.
Prerequisites: For MA students, TL001, SP001, SP510; for Master of Divinity students, TL001, SP001, SP510, PC512. Campus: St Paul. Special Notes: Course credit is only granted for internship experiences that have received preapproval from the Office of Office of Internship and Placement. Upon completion of the prerequisites, contact the Office of Internship and Placement to begin the internship process.

TL563B • Professional Internship B. 1 Credit.

This course engages the application of ministry skills and personal developmental goals in a context that considers the individual’s design for ministry and vocational direction. Accountability relationships, regular reflection, and degree specific outcomes are woven into the practical ministry experiences.
Prerequisites: For MA students, TL001, SP001, SP510; for Master of Divinity students, TL001, SP001, SP510, PC512. Campus: St Paul. Special Notes: Course credit is only granted for internship experiences that have received preapproval from the Office of Internship and Placement. Upon completion of the prerequisites, contact the Office of Internship and Placement to begin the internship process.

PC563A • Professional Internship A. 1 Credit.

This course is for Saint Paul students who wish to include CPE experience as part of their professional internship experience. Students participate in a total of 600-hours of ministry service in an accredited ACPE center (400/440-hours) and an approved non-chaplaincy setting (200- hours). Students contract with a CPE site for a supervised experience in a hospital, hospice site, elder care facility, homeless shelter, or affiliated CPE chaplaincy site.
Prerequisites: TL001, TL561, PC512. Special Notes: Supervisory fees are paid directly to the CPE center; this fee is deducted from the Bethel Seminary charges for course credits for PC563A-B. Students complete the required internship hours in a secondary non-chaplaincy setting such as a church or non-profit ministry setting.

PC563B • Professional Internship B. 1 Credit.

This course is for Saint Paul students who wish to include CPE experience as part of their professional internship experience. Students participate in a total of 600-hours of ministry service in an accredited ACPE center (400/440-hours) and an approved non-chaplaincy setting (200- hours). Students contract with a CPE site for a supervised experience in a hospital, hospice site, elder care facility, homeless shelter, or affiliated CPE chaplaincy site.
Prerequisites: TL001, TL561, PC512. Special Notes: Supervisory fees are paid directly to the CPE center; this fee is deducted from the Bethel Seminary charges for course credits for PC563A-B. Students complete the required internship hours in a secondary non-chaplaincy setting such as a church or non-profit ministry setting.

San Diego

In San Diego M.Div. and M.A.Min. students participate in 600 hours of ministry during one academic year in an approved vocational setting. The three different internship course offerings align with the specified degree program and concentration. Students with no concentration, as well as those pursuing Anglican Studies, Pastoral Care, Biblical Studies, or Historical Studies concentrations complete the TL565A-D Professional Internship course sequence. Students pursuing the Missional Leadership concentration complete the GC565A-D Cross-Cultural Internship course sequence. Students pursuing the Chaplaincy concentration complete the PC565A-B Clinical Pastoral Education Internship course sequence.

All students pay a vocational assessment fee.

TL565A • Professional Internship. 0.5 Credits.

This course supports spiritual, personal, and vocational formation through service in an internship setting related to the student’s intended field of service. Vocational skills are developed and strengthened through learning covenant goals emphasizing biblical and theological foundations, spiritual and personal formation, transformational leadership, intercultural competence, and holistic integration. Training, theological reflection, accountability, and assessment are provided through on-and-off campus interactions with qualified mentors and peers.
Prerequisites: SP510 and a ministry communications course specified by concentration requirements (MA students); SP510, CP510, ML527 (MDiv students). Special Notes: Course credit is only granted for internship experiences that have received preapproval from the Office of Supervised Ministry. Campus: San Diego.

TL565B • Professional Internship. 1 Credit.

This course supports spiritual, personal, and vocational formation through service in an internship setting related to the student’s intended field of service. Vocational skills are developed and strengthened through learning covenant goals emphasizing biblical and theological foundations, spiritual and personal formation, transformational leadership, intercultural competence, and holistic integration. Training, theological reflection, accountability, and assessment are provided through on-and-off campus interactions with qualified mentors and peers.
Prerequisites: TL565A. Campus: San Diego.

TL565C • Professional Internship. 0.5 Credits.

This course supports spiritual, personal, and vocational formation through service in an internship setting related to the student’s intended field of service. Vocational skills are developed and strengthened through learning covenant goals emphasizing biblical and theological foundations, spiritual and personal formation, transformational leadership, intercultural competence, and holistic integration. Training, theological reflection, accountability, and assessment are provided through on-and-off campus interactions with qualified mentors and peers.
Prerequisites: TL565A and TL565B. Campus: San Diego.

TL565D • Professional Internship. 1 Credit.

This course supports spiritual, personal, and vocational formation through service in an internship setting related to the student’s intended field of service. Vocational skills are developed and strengthened through learning covenant goals emphasizing biblical and theological foundations, spiritual and personal formation, transformational leadership, intercultural competence, and holistic integration. Training, theological reflection, accountability, and assessment are provided through on-and-off campus interactions with qualified mentors and peers.
Prerequisites: TL565A, TL565B and TL565C. Campus: San Diego.

GC565A • Cross-Cultural Internship. 0.5 Credits.

This course supports spiritual, personal, and vocational formation through service in a cross-cultural internship setting related to the student’s intended field of service. Vocational skills are developed and strengthened through learning covenant goals emphasizing biblical and theological foundations, spiritual and personal formation, transformational leadership, intercultural competence, and holistic integration. Training, theological reflection, accountability, and assessment are provided through on-and-off campus interactions with qualified mentors and peers.
Prerequisites: SP510, GC512, and GC609. Special Notes: This course is for San Diego MA and MDiv students with a Missional Leadership Concentration. Campus: San Diego.

GC565B • Cross-Cultural Internship. 1 Credit.

This course supports spiritual, personal, and vocational formation through service in a cross-cultural internship setting related to the student’s intended field of service. Vocational skills are developed and strengthened through learning covenant goals emphasizing biblical and theological foundations, spiritual and personal formation, transformational leadership, intercultural competence, and holistic integration. Training, theological reflection, accountability, and assessment are provided through on-and-off campus interactions with qualified mentors and peers.
Prerequisites: GC565A. Special Notes: This course is for San Diego MA and MDiv students with a Missional Leadership Concentration. Campus: San Diego.

GC565C • Cross-Cultural Internship. 0.5 Credits.

This course supports spiritual, personal, and vocational formation through service in a cross-cultural internship setting related to the student’s intended field of service. Vocational skills are developed and strengthened through learning covenant goals emphasizing biblical and theological foundations, spiritual and personal formation, transformational leadership, intercultural competence, and holistic integration. Training, theological reflection, accountability, and assessment are provided through on-and-off campus interactions with qualified mentors and peers.
Prerequisites: GC565A, GC565B. Special Notes: This course is for San Diego MA and MDiv students with a Missional Leadership Concentration. Campus: San Diego.

GC565D • Cross-Cultural Internship. 1 Credit.

This course supports spiritual, personal, and vocational formation through service in a cross-cultural internship setting related to the student’s intended field of service. Vocational skills are developed and strengthened through learning covenant goals emphasizing biblical and theological foundations, spiritual and personal formation, transformational leadership, intercultural competence, and holistic integration. Training, theological reflection, accountability, and assessment are provided through on-and-off campus interactions with qualified mentors and peers.
Prerequisites: GC565A, GC565B, GC565C. Special Notes: This course is for San Diego MA and MDiv students with a Missional Leadership Concentration. Campus: San Diego.

PC565A • Clinical Pastoral Education Internship. 1.5 Credits.

Students participate in a total of 600-hours of ministry service in an accredited ACPE center (400/440-hours) and an approved chaplaincy setting (200-hours). Students contract with a CPE site for a supervised experience in a hospital, hospice site, elder care facility, homeless shelter, or affiliated CPE chaplaincy site. Supervisory fees are paid directly to the CPE center; these fees are reimbursed to students from the Bethel Seminary PC565A-B course tuition. Students complete the required internship hours in a secondary chaplaincy setting such as a health care facility, educational institution, business or corporation, correctional institution, or military facility.
Prerequisites: PC512. Special Notes: This course is for San Diego MA and MDiv students with a Chaplaincy Concentration. Campus: San Diego

PC565B • Clinical Pastoral Education Internship. 1.5 Credits.

Students participate in a total of 600-hours of ministry service in an accredited ACPE center (400/440-hours) and an approved chaplaincy setting (200-hours). Students contract with a CPE site for a supervised experience in a hospital, hospice site, elder care facility, homeless shelter, or affiliated CPE chaplaincy site. Supervisory fees are paid directly to the CPE center; these fees are deducted from the Bethel Seminary charges for course credits for PC565A-B. Students complete the required internship hours in a secondary chaplaincy setting such as a health care facility, educational institution, business or corporation, correctional institution, or military facility.
Prerequisites: PC512. Special Notes: This course is for San Diego students with a chaplaincy concentration. Students pay a vocational assessment fee. Campus: San Diego


Mentored Leadership Development

The Mentored Leadership Development (MLD) courses, ML562DE-ML596DEare uniquely designed experiences. Each MLD course and sequence of courses is tailored to a particular degree program. The focus of MLD coursework is on facilitating students as they integrate the seminary learning experience into their ministry contexts and walk through specific developmental goals. Through a process of self-examination, developmental assessments, facilitated mentoring, group supervision, and reflection, students demonstrate the capacity for practical application of learning outcomes from the Three Centers learning philosophy. 

Prerequisites: St. Paul programs: SP001, and with the exception of M.A.T.L., SP510.

ML551DE • Mentored Leadership Development (MATL) I A. 0.75 Credits.

The Mentored Leadership Development (MLD) courses are uniquely designed experiences. Each MLD course and sequence of courses is tailored to a particular degree program. The focus of MLD coursework is on facilitating students as they integrate the seminary learning experience into their ministry contexts and walk through specific developmental goals. Through a process of self-examination, developmental assessments, facilitated mentoring, group supervision, and reflection, students demonstrate the capacity for practical application of learning outcomes from the Three Centers learning philosophy.
Prerequisites: SP001.

ML552DE • Mentored Leadership Development (MATL) I B. 0.75 Credits.

The Mentored Leadership Development (MLD) courses are uniquely designed experiences. Each MLD course and sequence of courses is tailored to a particular degree program. The focus of MLD coursework is on facilitating students as they integrate the seminary learning experience into their ministry contexts and walk through specific developmental goals. Through a process of self-examination, developmental assessments, facilitated mentoring, group supervision, and reflection, students demonstrate the capacity for practical application of learning outcomes from the Three Centers learning philosophy.
Prerequisites: SP001.