Office of Supervised Ministries

Where Theory Meets Practice...


The programs in supervised ministries help students gain professional competence, build frameworks for raising practical theological issues, acquire comprehensive and realistic views of ministry in the Church and other settings, and develop ministerial identities.


The Office of Supervised Ministries helps students negotiate a supervised ministry experience that will develop or enhance the skills and practical wisdom required for the ministry to which they are drawn.  Each unit of supervised ministry requires a total of 400 hours, including some preparation and commuting time and time spent in Practicum.  Each site has an experienced supervisor who directs and supports the student’s experience and a theologically trained mentor who engages in regular theological reflection with the student about that experience.  Most often there is a single supervisor/mentor that performs both roles.  

Supervised Ministry Sites 

Supervised ministry is one of the most important ways that Yale Divinity School partners with churches, schools, nonprofit organizations, and other institutions in the theological education and formation of individuals for ministry. 

  • Sites participating in the internship program represent a broad range of theologies, missions, and denominations.  
  • Sites include parishes, campuses, and both faith-based and secular community organizations.