Here at Christian Life School of Theology Global Online we recognize the educational value of practical ministry experience. For that reason, we have designed three ways for you to earn education credit for your practical ministry:

1. Ministerial Experience Provides Advanced Standing

When you process a Request for an Evaluation of Prior Learning, the fourth category assessed is “ministry experience.” You can be awarded a maximum of 60 units of advanced standing for full-time ordained ministry. Any relevant ministerial experience will be assessed for advanced standing.

2. Ministry Experience Practicum

It is possible to actively engage in a ministry context that involves specific assignments and consistent responsibilities along with supervision, reporting and accountability. PT960 Practicum allows for 3 or 6 credits to be awarded for a supervised practicum. In fact, up to 10% of a degree program can be made up of ministry practicum.

3. Ministry Experience Internship

It is increasingly common for local churches and ministries to develop meaningful internships for up-and-coming leaders. Those internships may include course work (using courses from the CLST Global curriculum) and extensive, supervised ministry assignments. PT980 Internship allows for the possibility of earning as much as 30-36 units of advanced standing per year for ministerial experience in an internship. (Internship templates are available from the CLST Global office.)

Your practical ministry can make a very significant contribution toward the earning of a theological degree. To find out if your ministry experience qualifies for course credit, complete the Request for Evaluation of Prior Learning form.

If you have questions about these options or are unsure which ministry experience option is best for you, contact the CLST Global Online staff.