Supervised Ministry Program (SMP)
The Supervised Ministry Program is an intentional program of the seminary to provide students with the avenues of hands-on, practical involvement in the ministry. Because each student is both a learner and a minister, supervised ministry program is also designed to keep the students abreast with the needs of church while they are learning concepts in classroom situations.
Weekly Ministry Involvement
Participation and involvement in the Supervised Ministry Program of the seminary is essential for personal and spiritual growth of the studentlearner. Involvement in local communities of faith must be arranged through the Supervised Ministry Program Director. Attendance in the weekly seminar with the SMP Facilitator and submission of weekly ministry involvement reports are required to gain one unit of credit per semester.
Students who are paid staff in a church may fulfill their Supervised Weekly Involvement (SWI) requirements in that church provided they keep appropriate records and report them to their respective facilitators.
SMP assignments for students in local churches will be made so that there will be a maximum of two units to each assignment. A single student is considered a unit. A married couple is also considered a unit. Southern Baptist students are encouraged to do their SMP in SB churches in order to maintain scholarship for tuition and housing.
The one-hour weekly meeting will be with each respective facilitators for each year level. Furthermore, each year level of SMP will have a different emphasis or focus on spiritual formation for each semester. It is as follows:
- SMP 1 — Devotional Bible Reading
- SMP 2 —Spiritual Gifts
- SMP3 —The Vocation of Christian Ministry
- SMP 4 —Prayer & Fasting
- SMP 5 —Strategic Leadership
- SMP 6 —Ministerial Ethics
Please refer to curriculum plan on various degrees for Supervised Ministry Program requirements under each degree program.
The Internship Program is designed to further expose students to the different ministry involvements and contexts based on their degree program. This allows the students to put to test and apply the lessons learned in the classroom and the insights they have gained in their interactions with the seminary community on campus. The students will then be able to learn further through their intensive involvement and participation in an actual ministry context. The SMP Director is over-all supervisor of the Internship Program. A four-unit credit is given upon completion of this program.
Students with two or more years of substantial ministerial experience may substitute four units of electives for the Internship after receiving written approval from the Academic Dean.
Schedule of Internship
- For the Bachelor and Master of Arts students (two-year degree programs)
- For the Master of Church Music and Master of Divinity students (three-year degree programs)
Venues of Internship
- For students in the MA Missiology program:
- For students under Bachelor’s degree, MA Ministry, MCM, and M.Div.:
- The following will be the guidelines for local church internship:
Internship Program (IP) Basic Guidelines
- Internship Program enrollment is on the second semester of every year. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure that he/she is enrolled according to schedule (refer to Schedule of Internship above).
- During the second half of the second semester, the students enrolled in the Internship Program will attend seminars with the SMP Director once a week in lieu of the regular SMP weekly ministry seminars.
- Students attending the Internship Program seminars will submit their weekly ministry involvement reports to the SMP Director.
- The SMP Director will inform the enrolled interns the start of the weekly Internship seminars.
- Students will be graded in different areas of their internship as determined by the SMP director using a point-system.
- Each supervisor will also be evaluating their respective intern by giving them points. These will be counted towards the total points, which will then become the basis for the intern’s Pass or Fail.
- Enrollment in the internship program does not automatically mean Pass. It will be based on the points and its weighted average. The passing weighted average is 80%.