Supervision Requirements

Supervisor Qualifications and Requirements

Committed and effective supervision is crucial to the success of supervised ministry.  In order to maintain the integrity of the program, each supervisor is expected to have certain qualifications and meet specified requirements, including:

  • A minimum of three years of experience in a professional position that qualifies them to supervise students;

  • At least one year in their current position, which is full-time and permanent rather than interim;

  • Provide a structure that is challenging and educational, as well as ample time to observe the intern’s practice of ministry and provide concrete feedback on it;

  • Meet weekly for one hour with the student for supervision;

  • Being present and able to work with an intern throughout the internship;

  • Participation in orientation (if new to the YDS program) and one continuing education event annually in the skills of supervision/mentoring;

  • Punctual submission of paperwork for the internship, as required by the Office of Supervised Ministries.  

Theological Mentor Qualifications and Requirements

If the student has a theological mentor as well as a site supervisor (because the supervisor is not theologically trained or for another reason), the mentor should have the follow qualifications and meet these requirements:

  • Theological education;

  • A minimum of three years of experience in a professional position that qualifies them to mentor students;

  • Thorough knowledge of the internship site, including its mission and activities;

  • An understanding of the work the student is to undertake as a form of ministry;

  • Meet weekly for one hour with the student to reflect critically on the meaning and practice of ministry as well as the practical aspects of ministry;

  • Being present and able to work with an intern throughout the internship;

  • Participation in orientation (if new to the YDS program) and one continuing education event annually in the skills of supervision/mentoring;

  • Punctual submission of paperwork for the internship, as required by the Office of Supervised Ministries.