Theological Field Education (TFE)

Theological Field Education (TFE) is the required ministry practicum course in which students participate in a ministry internship under the supervision of mentors and in the context of a peer reflection group.

TFE is real-life, hands-on ministry in a safe setting that provides an opportunity for students to learn and grow while developing ministry skills through leadership and reflective feedback.

All master degrees and diplomas require the two-semester TFE course, except for the MTS degree which offers TFE as an option.

Important: All GGBTS students must enroll in TFE through the TFE office and NOT through the Registrar’s office by completing the application below.

Click for the TFE application

(NCC & Online students only - other campuses contact regional office)

TFE General Information:

TFE shapes Christian leaders through a ministry practicum that is based upon a "360-degree feedback" team. The objective is for every student to develop the core competencies needed for ministry, growth in their self understanding, and increased spiritual vitality.

TFE students create a personalized Covenant of Learning, which specifies the objectives and goals of their TFE ministry experience. The Covenant of Learning integrates leadership character qualities and ministry skills.
  • TFE is a two-semester course
  • TFE is offered in a fall-spring sequence only
  • Completion of both semesters is required to complete the course
  • Students will meet in the same class section for both semesters
  • TFE continues for at least 35 consecutive weeks (late August - early May)

TFE Resource Pages:

TFE Contact Information:

Director of Theological Field Education at  NCC Glenn Prescott   415-380-1438
TFE Office at NCC TFE Office   415-380-1436
SCC TFE Coordinator Guy Grimes   714-256-1311
AZC TFE Coordinator Jim Martin
RMC TFE Coordinator John Howeth
PNWC TFE Coordinator Jim Fitzpatrick   360-882-2200
Online TFE Coordinator Greg Cole   415-380-1436