Ministry Practicum Syllabus

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Course: Ministry Practicum
Course: Bible 425
Credit hours: 3 credit hours
Instructor: Robert J. Young

This course is designed to help the student apply the theoretical and factual knowledge gained 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 times to complete the practicum are no earlier than second semester of the student's junior year, with preference given to the summer immediately before the student's last year at OVC or the student's senior year.
The three credit hour practicum, considered a experiential "cap" course for ministry, has several prerequisites. Permission of the Bible faculty for admission to the practicum is required before enrollment. This process begins with a statement of intent (see handbook). The student must have been accepted into the Bible program to enroll in 425 (program admission requires that the student must have completed at least 60 hours). The student enrolling in 425 must not be on probation--academically or for any other reason.

Required Textbooks
Holy Bible. [Any translation.]
Pyle and Seals, Experiencing Ministry Supervision.
Robert J. Young. Ohio Valley College Practicum Handbook.
[Note: No other books will be required purchases, but the student may expect to read several books during the course of the field 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 handbook for a more complete understanding of the dynamics of the course.]

Student Expectations
[Student expectations are set forth in the catalog. These paragraphs clarify matters that pertain to this class.]
Attendance Policy and Classroom Conduct
Since no classroom time is involved in the course, these sections do not apply. The student is expected to spend the required time in the activities outlined in the handbook and practicum contract.
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. Fall enrollment is discouraged unless the student will complete the course work before the conclusion of the following spring semester. Unless an exception is granted in writing, the student should plan to complete the practicum within a calendar year after registration in the course.
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.

Criteria for Evaluation
Criteria used in evaluation are suggested in the Practicum Handbook.

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 BIB425. 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.


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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