ECM1910EN - Community Ministry Associate Observership

Course description

Through shadowing a professional at work, you will identify duties of and skills and characteristics needed for a profession of interest, reflect upon course content as practiced by career related professionals, and develop skills to correlate course theories to Study Beyond Experiences (i.e. real-world situations). Specific course numbers by department include: ECM 1911 - Pastoral Care & Chaplaincy; ECM 1912 - Community Transformation; ECM 1913 - Medical & Health Services; ECM 1124 - Criminal Justice & Public Safety; ECM 1915 - Social Work & Ministry.

How this course benefits students

To direct their vocational studies, students need the opportunity to view professionals at work to determine if the duties and culture of a particular career are conducive to their interests and character. Assists students in determining career direction and, as such, educational direction.

Why this course is important

Experiential learning courses move students beyond the eclassroom to a sequence of experiences that foster practical interaction with course concepts as a means of preparing the student for lifelong mission in the service of God within their respective academic disciplines and equipping students to become missional professionals and leaders in their chosen fields of endeavors.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Experiential Learning SCM
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

Observation experiences are rooted in the Old Testament concept that integrates "observing" with following as such, through observership, a students will ascertain if they will continue to follow this profession through further educational studies.

Missionally driven

Students will identify where God is at work among peoples in a professional community and determine if they desire to join in this work.

Contextually informed

Through observership, students reflect upon the career related professional culture.

Interculturally focused

Students will observe the extent of cultural diversity within the profession of interest.

Practically minded

Students will determine if they will continue to pursue studies related to the observed profession.

Experientially transformed

Students experience a career environment and reflect upon themselves within such an environment.