School for Ministry: Theological Field Education

Theological Field Education is a prerequisite and an integral part of the curriculum for diaconal and priestly ordination. It is a guided learning experience, under qualified supervision, that focuses on developing pastoral skills, knowledge, and habits for the work of ministry. The San Diego diocese offers a rich environment for experiencing and participating in ministry in diverse contexts and neighborhoods, and postulants are invited to explore the varied possibilities available.

The Rev. Canon Allisyn Thomas serves as the Field Education Director.

Download the Field Education syllabus

Parish placements for people in both the diaconal and priesthood candidates will be two consecutive semesters in the same parish. They will serve 5 hours per week in the parish, including worship.

There will be 1 agency placement for both diaconal and priesthood candidates.

The four areas of focus for the year are leadership, systems, pastoral care, and mission. Leadership and systems will be covered in the fall. Pastoral care and mission in the spring.

Required Reading


Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory
by Tod Bolsinger
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Uproar: Calm Leadership in Anxious Times
by Peter L. Steinke
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Pastoral Care: Telling the Stories of Our Lives
by Karen D. Scheib
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Joining God, Remaking Church, Changing the World: The New Shape of the Church in Our Time
by Alan J. Roxburgh
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