Students in the Master of Divinity program who aspire to become ministers in the Canadian Reformed Churches, are expected to complete the Pastoral Training Program (PTP). The aim of this program is to improve the students' readiness for the ministry by giving them the opportunity to obtain practical experience in the churches. This includes a three month internship with an experienced minister.
The PTP has four components:
- Orientation Week: Introduction to various aspects of the ministry with a designated minister (after the first year of studies)
- Catechism Teaching Practicum (during the second year)
- Evangelism Practicum (after second year, or during the third year)
- 10-12 week Summer Internship with a designated minister (after third year)
Evaluation of the student's performance in the program is determined by the program director in consultation with the minister/mentor.
During the fourth year, after a student has completed all the required internships and practicums successfully, the Senate issues the PTP certificate. This certificate is required for the classis examination for eligibility for call within the Canadian Reformed Churches.
The director of this program is the Professor of Diaconiology,Dr. A. J. de Visser.
To read more about the PTP program and to see some photos of recent participants, click here.