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Field Education Practice


Many wheels have been re-invented in developing field education programs.

Programs, at their best, reflect the particular ministry context, theological grid, and operational theology of the organization providing STFE.

These resources are offered to help smooth a path for establishing field education. This does not imply permission to ‘cut and paste’ one model of field education practice into another context. This is not just under-professional – it misses the opportunity to identify and express the particular strengths of one’s own context for theology and ministry.

ANZATFE - Recommended Standards and Best Practice for Theological Field Education Programs 

Handbook examples:


Useful books for undergraduate level:

  • Hillman, George. Ministry Greenhouse: Cultivating Environments for Practical Learning. Herndon: Alban, 2008.
    A highly readable book for both students and lecturers with an excellent chapter on setting learning objectives (growth goals), one on theological reflection and receiving feedback


  • Hillman, George. Ed. Preparing for Ministry: A Practical Guide to Theological Field Education,  Grand Rapids: Kregal, 2008.
    A highly practical book aimed at developing and resourcing Mentors/supervisors. Includes a number of special chapters on key subjects e.g., working with women, working with International students, The impact of Marriage and Family.


  • Floding, Matthew. Ed. Welcome to Theological Field Education. Herndon: Alban, 2011.
    The language of this book suggests it is to be read by students but it is also useful for Field educators. Covers key formational areas e.g., Theological reflection, supervision, understanding context, self-care and ethics.


  • Nash, Sally and Paul Nash. Tools for Reflective Ministry. London: SPCK, 2009.

  • Nash, Sally, Jo Pimlott and Paul Nash. Skills for Collaborative Ministry. London: SPCK, 2011.
    Both are excellent resource books useful for both students and educators. Each chapter begins with a topic overview then explores ideas &/or offers tools/ activities to enhance development.


  • Perman, Matt. What’s Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2014.
    Entry level book useful for working on time management.


  • Webb, Keith. E. The Coach Model for Christian Leaders. Active Results LLC, 2014.
    The resource book for a full training programme available in NZ by qualified Coaches. The model assists mentors and supervisors in drawing out interns/practitioners (thus enriching conversation) by helping them to ask good questions rather than providing answers. 

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