Your ministry portfolio may look different from the portfolio of another student. Why? You’re in different academic programs.

New academic programs launched in 2007 reflect major ministry portfolio design changes. The result is that portfolio expectations differ GREATLY among academic programs. How to keep from getting confused?

  1. Study the portfolio materials and instructions you received in the Touchstone course.
  2. In Unit 8 of every course is a link to portfolio information for YOUR academic program.
  3. Don’t approach your portfolio work based on what you hear from a fellow student. Students have had to withdraw from the Capstone course because of a wrong direction they took in portfolio work based on what another student told them.

Here is an overview of what is included in the portfolio by academic program:

MDiv/MML52 MINISTRY PORTOLIO

  • Touchstone documents– personal learning plan, competency assessment inventory
  • Course materials– including the syllabus, the signed mentor assessment, the student’s learning assessment from Unit 8, and major assignments
  • Project materials– from 5 projects, each designed by the student to show DEVELOPMENT in a competency chosen by the student (these are projects designed and conducted apart from the courses taken)
  • Competency development– take competency assessment inventory a 2nd time and analyze changes
  • Academic program learning assessment paper

DMS MINISTRY PORTOLIO

  • Touchstone documents– personal learning plan, competency assessment inventory
  • Course materials– including the syllabus, the signed mentor assessment, the student’s learning assessment from Unit 8, and major assignments
  • Competency development– take competency assessment inventory a 2nd time and analyze changes
  • Academic program learning assessment paper

MML39/DML39 MINISTRY PORTFOLIO

  • Touchstone documents– personal learning plan (called Statement of Learning Objectives in earlier courses), competency assessment inventory
  • Mentor assessment forms- from each course (called mentor reports in earlier courses)
  • Project materials- student designs/conducts a sufficient number of projects (beyond and apart from courses) to demonstrate ALL 35 competencies (students have the option of using a course to demonstrate the competency related to that course through the presentation of course materials)
  • Verification documents– another individual must verify that the student has demonstrated each of the 35 competencies (when & how)
  • Competency development– take competency assessment inventory a 2nd time and analyze changes
  • Academic program learning assessment paper

The greatest amount of confusion I’ve seen relates to projects.

The MDiv/MML52 students choose 5 competencies and design/conduct a project to demonstrate DEVELOPMENT in each of the 5 competencies chosen. The key word is development. Each project MUST be designed to help a student show DEVELOPMENT in the chosen competency.

The MML39/DML39 students build enough projects to demonstrate each of the 35 competencies (tying multiple competencies to a single project). Another person verifies that the student can demonstrate the competency. The key word is demonstrate.

Still have questions? Email student.advisor@rsconnect.org. We’ll be glad to help.