Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

Formation and Education for the Life of the Church

Certificates in Reflective Practices

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Part of ministry leadership means providing support and care for those serving others: an overworked pastor, parish minister, chaplain or deacon, etc. This program will give you the tools and competencies you need to provide such support and receive it yourself.

Certificates are available in two fields: pastoral care and preaching.

A Schedule that Fits Your Needs

Two five-day seminars are held on the Saint Meinrad campus-one in January and another the following January, with graduation in May following the second January session. For the rest of the 15-month program, you do the work at your convenience and arrange your supervisory sessions to suit your schedule.

Program Fees

The cost of the program is $2,500, which includes seminar fees, housing and meals.

Graduate Credits Policy

Students in the Certificates in Reflective Practices program have the option of earning 4 graduate credits for successfully completing the program. By the second January meeting of the supervision cohort, credit-seeking students must submit a course registration form to the Registrar, registering for either Certificate in Supervision - Preaching or Certificate in Supervision - Pastoral Care, for 4 credits.

There is no additional charge beyond the regular Certificates in Reflective Practices program fee, but to earn the credits students must complete their assignments by the regular spring semester grade submission deadline.

 

Students who successfully complete a certificate in ministry leadership will demonstrate:

  • the ability to participate actively in presentations, discussion, personal and group reflection, role play, demonstration, practice;
  • effective listening and communication skills;
  • an ability to reflect on and critically analyze their own and others' ministerial practice;
  • knowledge of the theories, models, and tools necessary to help others improve

 

Applicants should meet the following criteria:

  • Five or more years in ministry
  • Master’s degree, DMin, PhD or equivalent theological degree
  • Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) or some equivalent is recommended

To request an application packet, please click here.

Requirements for Certificate Completion:

  • Attendance at two five-day seminars at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology.
  • Completion of required reading provided for each five-day seminar.
  • 22 hours of supervision feedback from a trained supervisor; 10 hours will be achieved during the five-day seminars and the remaining 12 supervisory hours will be done at the participant’s own ministry site. For each supervision session, the student presents a case summary with videotape.
  • A final written project of 10 to 12 pages, plus a list of readings.