The Ministerial Program consists of 90 units/credits: 30 from the Pre-Ministerial Program which is the base for the following 60 credits of courses (see course listing here). The courses are done in semesters and are grouped together by 5 areas of ministerial formation. Each course consists of either 2, 3, or 4 academic credits. One year of a supervised internship is required in order to complete the program. Those who aspire to study in CHET should be able to count on the support of their church and will need to have an interview with the Academic Dean. The Evangelical Covenant Church considers graduates of this program ready to begin the process of ordination.
The Ministerial Program is designed in such a way that as the students assimilate the information they will be polishing and perfecting their ministerial abilities. These skills are practical abilities that the student acquires during the formation process. They are tools that are used in order to reflect on ministerial action with the purpose of achieving integration of theory with practice, with theology and the pastoring.
The development of skills is key to the formation of the student. Developing abilities is a complicated job. It depends upon the aptitude as well as the attitude of the professors and students. Achieving an integral education model requires preparedness, discipline, patience and time. CHET is committed to developing an “integral curriculum” for the Ministerial Program.
The abilities are expressed in the objectives of every course and they are organized around the following ten groups. The first three abilities are connected to the development of the person as minister and they are present in all of the courses. The following three (4-6) have to do with the ability to articulate oneself both verbally and in writing. The rest (7-10) are abilities connected with the role of pastor.
- Spiritual Maturity
- Ethical Discernment
- Critical and Reflective Thinking
- Written Expression
- Oral Expression
- English Language Ability
- Pastoral Administration
- Music and Worship Leading
- Counseling and Pastoral Care
IMPORTANT NOTE: The Hispanic Center for Theological Studies does not ordain people for ministry. The ordination and ministry licenses are administered by the different churches and denominations. Covenant Church students can get various licenses and upon graduating from the Ministerial Program, start the ordination process when they have a call to a congregation or a recognized body of the church.