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.

Guidelines

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:

  1. SMP 1 — Devotional Bible Reading
  2. SMP 2 —Spiritual Gifts
  3. SMP3 —The Vocation of Christian Ministry
  4. SMP 4 —Prayer & Fasting
  5. SMP 5 —Strategic Leadership
  6. SMP 6 —Ministerial Ethics

Please refer to curriculum plan on various degrees for Supervised Ministry Program requirements under each degree program.

Internship 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

  1. For the Bachelor and Master of Arts students (two-year degree programs)
    1. The Internship Program is required after completing two semesters (38 units) of study.
    2. Students who started in the first semester are expected to be in the internship program on the summer following the two semesters.
    3. Students who started in the second semester may be allowed to be in the internship program after three semesters has been completed.
  2. For the Master of Church Music and Master of Divinity students (three-year degree programs)
    1. The Internship Program is required after completing four semesters as full-time students (76 units).
    2. Students who started in the second semester may be allowed to be in the internship program after three semesters (57 units) of study.

Venues of Internship

  1. For students in the MA Missiology program:
    1. Students under the Master of Arts in Missiology degree program are required to do Internship under the Asia Vision Short Term Missions (AVSTM) program of the seminary. This is to ensure cross-cultural involvement of the student.
    2. A student may be allowed to do internship in one’s respective country when the AVSTM Director determines that it satisfies the E3 requirement.
    3. Students doing cross-cultural internship is supervised by the AVSTM Director.
  2. For students under Bachelor’s degree, MA Ministry, MCM, and M.Div.:
    1. Students may choose to do internship in a local church, CPE (except for Bachelor’s degree), Nehemiah Teams (within the Philippines only), and AVSTM.
    2. CPE is under the direct supervision of Bukal Life Counseling Center; Nehemiah Teams is under its supervisor; and local church internship is under the SMP Director.
  3. The following will be the guidelines for local church internship:
    1. International students are expected to return to their respective countries, otherwise, they are encouraged to do their internship within the Philippines.
    2. Filipino students are expected to minister within the Philippines and are encouraged to do internship in another local church not with their respective local church where they hold their current membership.

Internship Program (IP) Basic Guidelines

  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. Students attending the Internship Program seminars will submit their weekly ministry involvement reports to the SMP Director.
  4. The SMP Director will inform the enrolled interns the start of the weekly Internship seminars.

Grading

  1. Students will be graded in different areas of their internship as determined by the SMP director using a point-system.
  2. 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.
  3. 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%.