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Contextual Education

Contextual Education link for MDIV students
Contextual Education link for MACM students
Link for Immersions
Saint Paul School of Theology has a long tradition of integrating experience in ministry with work in the classroom to prepare persons for leadership in the church. Students are expected to integrate their academic study of faith and ministry with their actual experience and practice in a ministry setting.
Although integration of ministry experience and theological reflection occurs throughout the curriculum, it is the particular focus of all Contextual Education courses. Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Christian Ministry students enroll in Contextual Education courses designed for their degree program.
Contextual Education courses provide students with an appreciation for congregations within the context of their local communities. Practical skills and support are provided along with opportunities for reflection on the practices and arts of ministry in congregations or community settings. Students will develop expertise in theological reflection with an understanding of the ways theology informs practice.
Students must take initiative in locating a setting for ministry, and in making timely contact with the potential employer or volunteer coordinator, in order to have an approved ministry setting by the required date. Students are encouraged to begin their search for a ministry setting before courses begin.
Students may contact the Contextual Education Office for assistance in locating a ministry setting or may bring a request for a desired site to the Contextual Education Office to be considered for approval.

James Brandt, Ph.D.
Director of Contextual Education and

Professor of Historical Theology


Greater Kansas City Campus
4370 West 109th Street, Suite 300
Overland Park, KS 66211
Phone number: 913-253-5000
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2501 North Blackwelder Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
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