Theological Field Education (TFE)

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

TFE is doing real-life, hands-on ministry in a safe setting that provides opportunity for the student to learn and grow in personhood, spiritually, and develop ministry skills through ministry leadershp actons and reflective feedback.

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

Important: All GGBTS students must enroll in TFE through the TFE office, and NOT through the Registrar’s office. 


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TFE General Information:

 (NCC & Online students only - other campuses contact regional office) Theological Field Education (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 understanding of self, 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 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)

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TFE Contact Information:

Director of TFE & NCC Director 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 Dan Coker   480-941-1993
RMC TFE Coordinator Greg Cole   303-779-6431
PNWC TFE Coordinator Jim Fitzpatrick   360-882-2200
Online TFE Coordinator Greg Cole   415-380-1436