Ministry Reflection Groups are a valued dimension of the congregational placement. They are comprised of four to six lay persons. They meet six times during the student's academic year. The Ministry Reflection Group's purpose is two-fold:
The Ministry Reflection Group becomes an opportunity for the student to learn how to form pastoral relationship and to hear the life stories, faith issues, ministry concerns, rituals, structures and symbols that shape the lives of group members. In a sense, it is a microcosm of a congregation where the minister is focused on the faith needs of the members. Therefore, the student needs to learn the skills of listening and faith-interpreting. On the other hand, it is an opportunity for lay persons to exercise their responsibility for the church's ministry by offering critical feedback to the student's ministry in the congregation. Group members can offer growth-oriented feedback on the student's ministry.
For more information about the role and responsibilities of Ministry Reflection Groups, see the Guidelines for Ministry Reflection Groups (PDF, 212 KB).