End of Studies Evaluation
Each degree-seeking or orientation Seminary student will participate in an End of Studies Evaluation after completing 2/3 of their degree. For on-campus students this is typically during the fall semester before you graduate. You will meet with a committee of two faculty members and a peer advocate in order to both reflect on your time at North Park Theological Seminary and think about your next steps in ministry.
The purpose of this evaluation is to:
- Assist you in evaluating your gifts
- Ascertain if you have a realistic view of your abilities
- Determine your readiness for ministry
To prepare for this evaluation, you will reflect on a series of questions relating to ministry and write a one page statement focusing on a theological issue and how it relates to ministry. Your faculty team will read your paper before you meeting, and then fill out an evaluation following your discussion, assessing your readiness for ministry. Their full evaluation will be submitted to the dean of students and a summary of the report will be submitted to the entire faculty. As needed, the dean of students will follow up with you to discuss any recommendations that arise in your faculty evaluation.
Distance learning and part-time students must also complete the End of Studies Evaluation, and should contact Seminary Student Services with questions.
Evangelical Covenant Church Students
If you plan to seek placement in the Evangelical Covenant Church, a recommendation from your End of Studies Evaluation will also be presented to the conference superintendents so they can best advocate for you in the Call to Ministry process.