TFE Resources


Field Mentors Resources

Theological Field Education (TFE) at Gateway Seminary depends upon volunteer field mentors who supervise students during their ministry practicum. We are gratefully indebted to these men and women, who give at least one hour each week to meet with students during their practicum. If you are a current field mentor or desire to become one, the information found on this page will be helpful.

General Qualifications of a Field Mentor:

  • Successful completion of the Gateway Seminary TFE Field Mentor training prior to the TFE course.
  • Service in a full-time ministry position for at least three years.
  • Service in their current ministry for at least one year.
  • Possesses formal theological training and/or several years of significant ministry experience.
  • Practices the ministry skills needed by the student.
  • Commits to teaching new ministry skills.
  • Commits to the student’s professional and personal growth.
  • Commits to being a safe person with whom the student can share openly and honestly.
  • Commits to meeting one-on-one with the student for at least one hour per week during the year.
  • Commits to submitting monthly reports required by the syllabus due dates.
  • Commits to participating in the on-campus final Evaluation Conference in the spring.

Field Mentors may not be:

  • A relative of the student
  • Another Gateway Seminary student
  • A member of the student’s Ministry Reflection Group
  • The same person as the student’s Spiritual Formation Mentor

The Director of TFE or the Regional Campus TFE Coordinator may consider making exceptions as needed.

Field Mentor Files and Forms:

Spiritual Formation Mentor Resources

Theological Field Education (TFE) at Gateway Seminary depends upon volunteer Spiritual Formation Mentors who mentor students in the area of spiritual formation during their ministry practicum. We are gratefully indebted to these men and women, who give at least one hour each month to meet with students during their practicum. If you are a current Spiritual Mentor or desire to become one, the information on this page will be helpful.

General qualifications for Spiritual Formation Mentors:

  • Demonstrates spiritual growth and has a deep level of spiritual maturity.
  • Models transparency for open and honest discussion in areas of spirituality and personhood.
  • Maintains confidences.
  • Demonstrates spiritual and personal integrity.
  • Gives time and attention in meeting at least once a month for a minimum of an hour during the student’s ministry practicum. The student and mentor may meet longer or more often.
  • Challenges the student to go to higher levels in their spiritual journey.

A Spiritual Formation Mentor may not be:

  • A relative of the student
  • Another Gateway Seminary student
  • The student's Field Mentor

Spiritual Formation Mentor Files and Forms:

Ministry Reflection Group Resources

Theological Field Education (TFE) at Gateway Seminary depends upon volunteer ministry reflection groups (MRG) that provides feedback on ministry skills and performance as well as issues of character and personhood to our students. The MRG is a team created in a ministry setting by the student to work with him/her during the ministry practicum. The persons receiving or observing the ministry are significant persons from whom the minister can get feedback. We are gratefully indebted to these men and women, who meet with a student at least three times during each semester of TFE.

Guidelines for choosing members to serve on the MRG:

  • The student will enlist four to five members, schedule all bi-monthly MRG meetings, provide MRG training for the group, and enlist one member to be the MRG Recorder.
  • The MRG Recorder will complete the five bi-monthly reports.
  • The MRG Recorder and will normally be the MRG representative at the 270 Feedback session during the winter break and at the Evaluation Conference at the conclusion of the course.
  • Members should represent as many adult age groups within the ministry setting as possible.
  • Members should be ministry recipients (those the student leads or teaches) and/or ministry partners (those the student ministers alongside). It is preferred that ministry partners not be persons on the church staff.
  • The MRG should include at least one man and one woman.
  • The MRG should include at least one person that serves as a leader in the ministry setting.
  • If available, one member should be a supervisor in their vocation.
  • Students should not enlist admirers and/or supporters. Likewise, students should not enlist their greatest critic to win them over. Instead, enlist persons that will give direct, honest feedback.

The MRG members may not include:

  • Members of the student's family (including extended family)
  • Gateway Seminary professors
  • Other Gateway Seminary students

Responsibilities of the MRG:

  • Meet bi-monthly for one hour during each semester.
  • At least three members of the MRG must be present for each session. If fewer than three members are present, the meeting must be rescheduled.
  • Although the MRG provides guidance and opportunity for reflection, students bear the responsibility for each action and decision made, not members of the MRG.
  • MRG members give the student constructive criticism.
  • Each MRG meeting will include approximately 10 minutes with the student out of the room, which allows the group to discuss the student and ministry in private.
  • The student and the MRG must be sensitive and careful about confidences. The student should not present any material to the MRG that would violate a confidence. The MRG should demonstrate maturity and not discuss the consultation session and agenda outside the MRG meetings. All proceedings (information, discussion, comments, and completed evaluation forms) of the Ministry Reflection Group are to remain confidential.
  • The MRG will be represented during the 270 Feedback session during the winter break.

MRG Files and Forms: