Syllabus for Introduction to Ministry/Missions Field Laboratory

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Course: Ministry/Missions Field Laboratory
Course #: Bible 325
Credit hours: 1-3 credit hours (variable)
Instructor: Robert J. Young (or appropriate faculty member serving as coordinator or supervisor)

This course is designed to help the student apply the theoretical and factual knowledge gained in readings and in the classroom to specific ministry settings. As such, the course serves to integrate the student's academic knowledge with practical situations to develop an understanding of the nature of the task of ministry. Ideally, the student should have completed enough academic training in biblical studies to appreciate the application process. Thus the most desirable time to complete a field lab experience is after the student's first two academic years have been completed, BIB225 has been completed, and program admission has been granted. Permission of the Bible faculty for admission to the field laboratory and approval of the project are required before enrollment.

Required Textbooks
Note: Professors may require more books than these listed. The books listed are books the student should have purchased as texts and resources in earlier classes. Holy Bible. [Any standard translation.]
Pyle and Seals, Experiencing Ministry Supervision.
Robert J. Young. Ohio Valley College Practicum Handbook. Privately published: Vienna, WV, 1996.
[Generally, the student may expect to read several books during the course of the field laboratory to contribute to the introspective nature of the ministry/missions orientation experience.]

Course Description
This course is designed to integrate factual knowledge of the Bible and the ministry process with practical field applications in actual ministry situations and settings. See above under prerequisites for additional information concerning the course. [See the catalog and practicum handbook for a more complete understanding of the dynamics of the course and how it differs from the practicum.]

Student Expectations
[Student expectations are set forth in the catalog. These paragraphs clarify matters that pertain to this class. Students are encouraged to consult the expectations available on-line at (] or to consult with the appropriate professor.
Attendance Policy and Classroom Conduct
Since no classroom time is involved in the course, these sections do not apply.
Late Assignments
Homework must be turned in on time. Students who do not submit timely work will fail the class. Students who enroll during the spring or Maymester academic term with the intention of completing the field lab at a later time, e.g. during the summer, should consider all materials due six weeks after the completion of the practicum or the first Monday of fall classes, whichever is later.
Withdrawal Procedure
Class withdrawal procedures set forth in the catalog must be followed. The student must initiate an official process. The student who neither does the work nor drops the class will receive a grade of "F."

Goals and Objectives
Goals and objectives for the ministry field lab experience are set forth in the Practicum Handbook. The specific goals and objectives of a ministry field lab experience will be delineated in a learning contract.

Criteria for Evaluation
Criteria used in evaluation are suggested in the Practicum Handbook. Students completing BIB325 must complete a learning contract in which evaluation bases are clarified.

Grading Scale [% of possible points]

A 93-100% B 85-92% C 75-84% F <75%
Please Note: This syllabus is an agreement between the student and the instructor of BIB325. The professor reserves the right to amend any or all of this syllabus as he deems necessary during the course of the semester, and will promptly notify all students involved of the changes. The student is expected to spend the required time in the activities outlined in the handbook and ministry/missions field lab or practicum contract.


Compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
If you have a diagnosed disability and need special accommodations, please notify the Office of the Provost before or immediately after your first scheduled class meeting. After your disability has been verified, your instructor will work with you and the Office of the Provost to insure that you have a fair opportunity to perform in the course.

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