A core pillar of Westminster Online courses is required, face-to-face small group interactions. Ministry is personal and we believe the practice of interacting with diverse peers in a learning environment is essential to growth in ministry skills.
Each student will be assigned to one, student-run small group per course, composed of about 4 people in each group. Groups are assigned randomly, so that students have opportunities to interact on the topics of ministry and theology with peers of various ages, geographies, cultures, ministry experiences, and professions. Our students come from over 20 countries and average nearly 10 years of ministry experience each.
Small groups will meet several times per term in every course. Not only do they discuss ministry and course content, but they prepare their group questions to submit to faculty. After your group has met, your small group will be required to submit a written response to your course instructor, presenting questions your group surfaced. Once all groups have submitted their questions, your course instructor will post a video response to the class's questions and thoughts. Details are outlined in the syllabus.
Small groups can also use the online video rooms to meet throughout the term for study time, assignment prep, and more. They reset with each class and in each term, to maximize the number of peers you get to meet and learn from.
You'll receive more information about who is, where to find, and how to meet with your small group co-members once class starts.