According to the UETS vision, participation in practical ministry of a church is as important as involvement in academic process. Studying at the seminary implies not only gaining of academic knowledge, but also learning the practical skills. Through involvement of every student in the 'Practical Ministry' course we desire to reach several objectives: first of all, the seminary seeks to help students to understand and to grow in their calling, as well as to receive valuable experience in different fields of Christian ministry, where the acquired knowledge may be applied. Students can be involved in various ministries of the local churches and para-church organizations, such as evangelism, praise and worship, preaching and teaching, social projects, counseling, leading and development of cell groups, planting new churches, etc. During the whole period of studying, students are supervised by practical ministry coordinator. This approach allows our students not only to get an experience in their ministry, but also to effectively provide support and help to the local churches, missions and ministries. Through realization of these objectives, students have an additional opportunity to reach transformation of their character and personal growth. Depending on the program, students receive certain amount of academic credits at the end of the course.
The Practical Ministry requirements for UETS students
All resident students have to be actively involved in certain ministry field of a local church (or para-church organization). Every student is assigned to a church in Kiev or in a nearby region, where he/she participates every week in the ministry relevant to the department they are studying on. 'Practical Ministry' course also includes attendance of UETS morning prayers, chapels and other services (i.e.: 'Mission Week', 'Spiritual Enrichment Days', etc). Every month all students give a report about their activity. In order to analyze and evaluate his/her ministry, a student has to write a 'Ministry Review' for each semester and also to submit 3-5 sermon or lecture outlines.
Every non-resident student has to be involved in a ministry in a local church or para-church organization in his/her city or region. Non-resident students have to submit 2 reports (personal report and report filled by a ministry leader) at the end of each semester. In order to pass this course a student must be actively involved in a ministry (mere attendance of services is not enough).
Practical Ministry Department is responsible for managing all the issues regarding students' activity in the local churches or para-church organizations. We are open for cooperation with different churches and ministries. If you have some comments or suggestions, do not hesitate to communicate Alexander Yepishev, Practical ministry coordinator.