The following documents provide detailed guidance for MDivX interns, supervisors and committee members.
The handbook includes expectations the Contextual Learning office holds for internship sites (congregation), supervisors and lay committees:
- Every congregation requesting an intern must have a current application on file with the Contextual Learning office. Site applications must be updated and resubmitted every year.
- The congregation's financial obligations include: ACPE-certified CPE supervision, housing and utilities and/or housing and utility allowance (for geographically open placements), work-related expenses, car/mileage reimbursement, cluster meeting expenses, supervisor orientation registration fee, travel pool fee, moving expenses (for geographically open placements). Please refer to the Financial Guidelines page for details on these financial obligations.
- The ELCA requires that every congregation which hosts an intern must have in place a policy against sexual harassment. The text of the congregation's policy is a required part of the congregation's application form. View a sample policy. If you have any questions about the formation of such a policy for your congregation, please contact Contextual Learning Office.
- Supervisors must attend the MDivX Supervisor Training on the Luther Seminary campus prior to the beginning of the internship. For the 2019-2021 cohort this training was held April 24-26, 2019.
- The supervisor is responsible for forming the internship committee.
- The supervisor will arrange at least one hour per week for a supervisory meeting with the intern, concerning theological reflection, pastoral identity and ministry. This time should be kept free from external interruptions and routine calendar planning, and should focus on the intern's development as a pastor.
- The supervisor will attend internship clusters with the intern.
- The supervisor will complete the evaluation forms as required by the intern's judicatory body.
The lay committee
- A lay committee, usually consisting of five to eight congregational members, will be a special resource to the intern. The committee will observe the intern's work, engage in regular discussions with the intern, and provide feedback and evaluation. The lay committee and the committee chair will be designated before the arrival of the intern and will be prepared to welcome and assist the intern upon arrival.
- The lay committee will meet at least once a month with the intern.
- The lay committee will complete the mid-point and final evaluations of the intern.