Friday, August 31, 2007

Dean's Commentary from VTS - Rev. Dr. Ian Markham

The Dean and President of Virginia Theological Seminary, Rev. Dr. Ian Markham, is posting a daily commentary about various aspects of life at VTS. I have been reading it daily, and think that Dean Markham has done a fine job of highlighting some of the key aspects of the life and mission of VTS.

In today's post (August 31), Dean Markham takes up the topic of Field Education supervisors. I have quoted his posting below, but I need to echo this important work in my life and vocational development. My supervisor, Rev. Janice Robinson, at Grace Church, Silver Spring was absolutely outstanding and wonderful in her mentorship, friendship, and all around wisdom as I spent two years working alongside her with a wonderful congregation.

Here is a picture of the two of us at the 2007 Commencement, and below is the Dean Markham's Commentary.

Friday, August 31, 2007

The delivery of our mission is hard work. The formation of men and women so that they are ready to serve God effectively is difficult. Fortunately, we have many friends who recognize the importance of this mission and are ready and willing to help. In my conversation with Jacques Hadler, we talked about the demands made on our supervisors at the various field education sites. These are the placements, where students are given the opportunity to live into the demands of parish and congregational life.

On the list for 2007-8, we have 125 sites (mainly churches, but a few schools and hospitals). The supervisors are required to provide oversight and supervision for the seminarian, as well as undergo a rigorous training. The willingness to do this demonstrates a deep commitment to the mission of formation. These supervisors know that the next generation of clergy depends on their help.

This morning we thank all those who are willing to offer their time to supervise. We celebrate this important contribution to the delivery of the VTS mission.

The Very Rev Ian Markham
Dean and President

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