The Association for Theological Field Education (better known as "ATFE") has affiliate status with The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (better known as "ATS").
ATFE is a professional organization committed to excellence in theological education and ministry, and represents more than one hundred theological schools and seminaries across the United States and Canada. It has a constitution and bylaws and sustains its life through the work of an elected 8 member Steering Committee led by an elected Chairperson.
Queen's School of Religion maintains active "institutional membership" in ATFE. The Field Education Director, the Principal, the (Acting) Director of Field Education and the Executive Director, Administration Finance Operations, are the four individuals named as representatives for our institutional membership. QSR's Principal and former Field Education Director, Jean Stairs, served as Chairperson of ATFE in the biennial period 1997-1999 and hosted the 25th Biennial Consultation in Vancouver, Canada in January, 1999.
The purpose of the Association is to provide a network of support, continuing education and research for those who prepare persons for ministry through the art of supervision, as well as other forms of experiential education that help persons integrate the theory and practice of ministry. Every two years, ATFE sponsors a Consultation, which includes clinics for new and experienced Directors of Field Education. Members gather as peers to worship, share resources, discuss challenges in theological education, and to reflect theologically on their vocation as theological field educators.
ATFE publishes a newsletter, a Journal of Biennial Consultation Proceedings, a history of ATFE and other materials from time to time related to research in the area of field education.
For more information about the upcoming Biennial, ATFE, or field education resources, check out ATFE's website.