Meets Thursdays 3-5 PM Central Time. (May not meet every week.) Replaces Congregational Studies II. This Spring semester course is linked with an approved, 20-hour a week, congregational or community internship. The focus of this Spring semester course is on the work of ministry in diverse communal and congregational settings. The internship site serves as a place for structured engagement and reflection on a range of topics and moves students more deeply into praxis. Students explore the roles and responsibilities of ministry including the intersections of personal, cultural, and professional identities, emotional literacy, professional boundaries, the influence of shifting trends and demographics on religious leadership, the impact of context on leadership, and public speaking, among others. Students must register for the internship separately.