Reader ministry is a public, licensed ministry and a key part of the training for Reader ministry is ensuring that those who are licensed have the right skills, knowledge, Christian maturity for that ministry. Assessments on the course are designed to aid in ensuring this – but also they are a key part of the learning on the course. Assessments give those in training the chance to clarify and develop their own skills, knowledge and approaches to real ministerial tasks such as preaching, worship leading and mission.
Assessments on All Saints modules are not just about writing essays. A central part of the All Saints approach is that it is about preparing people for Christian ministry, and we use a range of assessment approaches that are designed to help students grow and develop in knowledge, skills and maturity for Christian ministry. So while many assessments involve an element of written work, they also use live and recorded presentation, group work and a variety of tasks that are related to skills for Christian ministry. For example
Worship & Preaching is assessed by putting together an act of worship and then reflecting on it and by a video’d sermon with a commentary on how you prepared it.
Old and New Testament are assessed by in-depth study of passage that is then applied in putting together a sermon on that passage.
Local Mission is assessed by a survey of the mission opportunities in a specific church context and a presentation on how a specific mission initiative could be taken forward. In many cases this has led churches to put in place a new initiative for mission.
Assessment on modules is part of the overall assessment of whether people are ready for public ministry but it is not all of it. Each year the Director of Studies produces a report on each trainee, making recommendations for their future development and an assessment on whether they are on track for licensing. Various types of information feed into the report, including results of assessments, discussion with the student and reports from home church and external placement supervisors. The final decision to license someone is down to the Bishop of the relevant diocese, but the reports from Directors of Studies are an important recommendation to the Bishop on a trainees fitness for licensing and any future development needs.