What are Ministry Practicums?
At SEU NorCal, we believe hands-on, practical training is a crucial part of your education. You will have the opportunity to serve in a ministry area you're passionate about, with an experienced ministry leader. Whether you want to become a senior pastor, minister to children or youth, facilitate experiences in God's presence as a worship leader, serve on the mission field, or engage in some other ministry of the church, we will provide a training ground for you to fulfill the call on your life.
As a full-time Ministerial Leadership major, you can participate in a three-credit practicum each semester as part of your education. As a part-time Ministerial Leadership major, you can participate in as many practicums as there are elective spaces on your ML degree (up to 4 times for an Associate and 8 times for a Bachelor).
Students will fulfill their practicum requirements when they do the following...
1. Serve a minimum of eight hours a week in an approved ministry setting
2. Create a ministry portfolio, which includes...
Students will be encouraged to work with an evangelism/mission team and participate in a mission trip at least one semester they are enrolled at SEU NorCal.
We also highly encourage every student to spend one semester with our counseling mentors, learning the basics of counseling ministry and gaining important lay counseling certification. Regardless of what ministry area students serve in, they will be faced with moments of crisis. Having necessary tools to effectively counsel those in need is a great asset to anyone's training.
Where do I complete my training?
Students have two options to fulfill their ministry training at SEU NorCal.
Option 1: Serve in your home church!
If you are actively serving in your home church, don't stop! We will partner with you and a ministry leader from your church to meet practicum requirements. First, talk with who you will serve under to ensure he/she is willing to supervise your experience. That person will need to fill out a simple form with contact information and his/her approval to oversee your practicum experience. Second, submit the form to the Campus Director or Student Life Director for approval. Finally, complete all of the requirements listed on the opposite page.
Option 2: Serve in a ministry at our host church, The House Modesto!
The House Modesto offers a variety of ministry settings where students can serve and gain hands-on experience. There are dynamic leaders in children's ministry, youth and young adults ministry, worship arts ministry, media ministry, and more. Pastors and leaders in each of these areas are ready to come alongside you and give you tools and experiences that will launch you into effective ministry. There are invitation-only, full-immersion programs - The House Ministry Internships - as well as discipleship programs and general ministry experiences for every student.
Students interested in the invitation-only internship are required to complete an application for The House Ministry Internships program. Each semester internship directors will review applications and prayerfully consider students' participation. Internship directors consider factors such as spiritual maturity, faithfulness to serve, and a student's character when reviewing applications. As an intern, you will be challenged to do more than just the minimum required. You will have weekly times of prayer and mentoring with the Student Life Director and/or Internship Directors, be part of our traveling ministry team, and serve in key leadership roles within your chosen ministry area. Students who are not accepted into the full-immersion program will still plug into a chosen ministry area, but be encouraged to complete Two-Six, a young adult discipleship program for one year before reapplying. A general ministry experience is also available to those who are not invited into The House Ministry Internships within the first couple semesters of their studies.