The purpose of the Student Ministry Practicum (SMP) Program is to allow the student to apply the principles learned in the classroom to real life situations. Ministry work is serving the people of God. We are each called to fulfill this purpose and we do so in a variety of ways.
– Do you know the purpose and plan God has for you?
– Have you uncovered your passion for serving?
Whether you are in a state of discovery and seek to uncover your passion or know where God desires your time and talents, the SMP Program is designed to engage and develop the passion the God has ordained within you.
In Year 1, students begin to discover the art of serving. Through observations and varied interactions, they will understand how organizations serve the public. They will uncover some of the barriers that exist in reaching certain populations, resource availability, and how these barriers could be overcome. Students will consider how barriers affect those that serve and their ability to be effective in their roles.
In Year 2, students begin to focus more on the clients of the organization and how they interact with the population they have chosen to serve. Students are encouraged to take a more active role in the organization during the second year of their practicum experience. Participating in group meetings, including leading small discussions under the direction and guidance of their mentor; preparing food or participating in menu decisions, looking at how these decisions are actually made for the client population served; etc… Then students consider how their participation and interaction in the organization has evolved their heart to serve. Has this experience ignited a passion for a specific area?
In Year 3, students should have identified a client population that he/she is passionate about. During this final year of ministry practicum, students seek to understand the inner workings of the organization. When considering your specific client population, what is the greatest need? How would you go about meeting those needs? What about the organization that you are involved with would you model? To gain insight into these aspects of serving people and understanding what accomplishing the task entails, your mentor should be in a leadership position within the organization.