|dc.description.abstract||The ministerial externship program (MEP) is an academic discipline at Central
Philippine Adventist College (CPAC) School of Theology (SOT). This program
emphasizes the importance of practical field training (PFT) for students in ministry. The
program demands that students spend considerable amount of time on on-site nonclassroom
learning under the tutelage of ministry practitioners. Since CPAC SOT
founded the program in 1987, it had not undergone any evaluation on relevancy and
effectiveness to its implementation to current pastoral formation. Thus, this study
attempted to evaluate the MEP’s (a) biblical-theological and theoretical foundations,
(b) level of relevancy and effectiveness, (c) consistency of supervision and support, and
(d) level of effectiveness concerning pastoral formation.
Using descriptive statistics, the result shows a very significant link between
theoretical and practical knowledge to advance ministerial students’ learning.
Contextualizing theoretical instruction for each training modules was deemed very
relevant. The competence of theoretical input preparations preceding the on-site practical
training was perceived to be very consistent. The level of field support gained by the
program was similarly very consistent, indicating its positive impact on the community.
The respondents’ view on the relevancy of the MEP was also very relevant. The aspect of
supervision was also perceived as very consistent. However, the overall effectiveness of
the MEP was perceived to be effective only.
The study concludes that the MEP as a pastoral formation strategy finds support
from the Scripture and modern educational theories. However, the study reveals that there
is a need to streamline its implementation, suggesting that a manual/handbook could help
enhance its relevancy and effectiveness. The study ends with the formulation of a
handbook intended to serve as manual for the conduct of the MEP at CPAC SOT.||en_US