Contextual Formation Overview

Contextual Formation is an intentional process for all MDiv and MAML students involving three distinct but related components:

  1. Ministerial Fieldwork
  2. Critical Reflection on Praxes of Ministry – CPE
  3. Ministerial Immersion – Internship

Reflecting the priorities of the curriculum, these Contextual Formation components are integrative and experiential with the goal of empowering students to empower the communities they serve for mission and ministry.

Each Contextual Formation component includes contextualized experiences in ministry settings, guided reflection, the integration of learning, direct feedback and assessment based on the degree program’s stated competencies (cf. Academic Catalog).  All components will be assessed as Successfully Completed (Pass) or Not Successfully Completed (Fail).

Please note: You can find more information under your specific degree program in the Academic Catalog.

Contextual Formation Staff

The Rev. Dr. Charles Leonard
Professor of Practical Theology, Director of Contextual Formation, and Co-Director of Worship Life
based on the Philadelphia campus

Deacon Chelle Huth
Director of Field Formation, Certificate Studies, Affiliate Students, TEEM Candidates and Adjunct Faculty - based on the Gettysburg campus

Ms. Sherry Crabbs
Contextual Formation Assistant