Practicum’s are an essential part of a Four year Biblical Studies major. They are the opportunity to find a task, project or program that will garnish an experience that you will enjoy in ministry while being edifying to the College.
The purpose is twofold:
1. To create the conditions necessary for a student to apply what they have been taught in their classroom at a higher ministry level than the Christian service requirement, with a goal to produce learning.
2. To demonstrate to the College what you have learned in your Bible College experience.
What should I do?
Its preferred that you look to some area of ministry that you are not doing for your Christian service requirement. Discover your gifts, set a challenge, see examples below, have fun, but try not to take on something that is not expected of you.
Ideas and Examples:
Weekly Bible communication: GGCA, Bible Study, SCM class
In reach: assist P. Jason Moore with visitation leading, footsteps, follow up
Pastoral Assistant: assist a Pastor plant a church
Administrate in Bible College or some form of educational outreach
Administrate a Project: Student Council, Yearbook, Banquet
Administrate a church plant or new outreach
Junior Church worker
Overseas or local Missions trip. (Students must be approved by the Missions office, preferred outside a regular semester).
When do I start?
Meet with Philippe Serradji as soon as the semester starts or attend the Practicum meetings, calendar below. Practicum’s should not be commenced until you have reached 60 credits. Many times students are active in ministry that could qualify for Practicum before that time but we don’t recommend that. Better to spend the same time in study, prayer and fulfilling your current class requirements.
Freshman and Sophomore ministry time is about TWO hours weekly in evangelism Junior and Senior ministry time is THREE hours in addition weekly in Practicum. Juniors and Seniors should plan on having this necessary FIVE hours weekly.
Plan now to have this time available, or make plans to do your practicum later.
At registration, sign up for the appropriate internship below, charges are $50 per internship. Ideally, you commence right away. If you register late, within a semester, your grade will be calculated for the next semester. E.G. Register in October, receive credit at the end of the Spring semester, April, receive credit at end of Fall.
Spring of Junior Year: Internship I PRAC302
Fall of Senior Year: Internship II PRAC401
Spring of Senior Year: Internship III PRAC402
Maryland Bible College & Seminary
Practicum Info 14/15 Academic year
If you are clear on what you want to do, go ahead and use the Our Church form. If you need to make an appointment to speak with the Practicum coordinator, currently Philippe Serradji, email to set it up.
Submit your application through Ourchurch, or email email@example.com to get the link:
Your application will either be:
1. Accepted and you can go ahead and register or
2. Discussed: we may meet with you to ensure you are challenging yourself at the right level & location.
In the course of your Junior and Senior year you must complete THREE practicum internships or sessions, a minimum of 45 hours each, which equates to 3 hours per week for 15 weeks each, in order to graduate from the Biblical Studies Major. The curriculum has been structured that ideally this would be the sequence of events:
- Spring of Junior Year: Internship I PRAC302
- Fall of Senior Year: Internship II PRAC401
- Spring of Senior Year: Internship III PRAC402
- To receive Credit, you must:
- Register for Credit
- Submit monthly reports
- Submit final four page report
- Have mentor submit final evaluation report, (please note that your mentor will be contacted to ensure you are on task)
Failure to submit monthly reports will reduce grade by one letter for each month not reported or reported late.
Philippe Serradji, is the Practicum Coordinator. email him (firstname.lastname@example.org) for an appointment. Please communicate if due to illness or unforeseen circumstances, you cannot complete your practicum.
The monthly meeting is a time when you report what you’ve been active with, applying your classes and telling us of your learning’s. Many times, underclassmen who are in need of ideas for their Practicum are directed to come to this meeting.
Attending all four gets you an extra credit called Practicum Workshop.