Learning Covenant Process

. . . lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all . . . (Ephesians 4:1-6 ff)

Consider and reflect on the following ministry areas. What are the resident’s strengths in each of these areas? What does the resident need to learn to do or do better in these areas of ministry? In the exercise of these areas of ministry, how will the resident be given the opportunity to grow as a theologian, entrepreneur and/or faith community organizer?

  • Administration
  • Charity and Justice
  • Empowerment of others for ministry
  • Liturgical
  • Pastoral
  • Preaching
  • Sacramental
  • Teaching
  • Other

What specific ministry areas does the resident hope to concentrate on this year? (All areas could receive some focus over the two-year residency program).

Based on these reflections, develop a learning covenant listing three to five concrete learning goals which emerge from this reflection. For each goal state
An action plan
A hope-for outcome
An evaluative tool to be used
The date/month for reflection and discussion of the goal and outcome

Example:

Goal 1: To improve my preaching skills.
Action Plan: Preach monthly at the 10:30 service. Preach every other week at the mid-week service.
Evaluative Tool: Ask four people to complete a feedback form on my sermons. Receive regular feedback from the Rector.
Hoped-for outcome: More comfort, flexibility and variety in my preaching style.

The learning covenant is to be signed by both the resident and the supervisor. The resident and supervisor are encouraged to meet quarterly to review the resident’s progress, keeping these goals in mind.