Will I be in the same group throughout seminary?
We do our best to keep groups together. However, sometimes there are reasons that necessitate some shuffling. Most likely you will stay with at least some of your original group members, but be prepared to be flexible and welcoming should we need to add a member to your group.
Is independent study an option?
In the best case scenario you stay with your group for every semester. However, if there are extenuating circumstances such as international travel, mentoring, etc., independent study is possible. As with independent study for other courses, arrangements and approval must be made ahead of time. You must have approval and decide on curriculum with the Assistant Director of Spiritual Formation. Please note that independent studies are not granted until after 4 completed semesters of Covenant Group.
What if I need to drop out of Covenant Group for the semester?
Contact the Assistant Director of Spiritual Formation to discuss your options. We highly advise that you do not skip a semester of covenant group as it will create significant challenges for all of us in the future and you will be out of sequence. We want you to have the best experience possible.
Can I take more than one covenant group at a time in order to finish more quickly?
Covenant group courses can only be taken one at a time. Formation is not something that we can hurry through. It is a slow and deliberate process. Taking more than one covenant group at a time would be counter productive.
Can I switch covenant group times because I have to work or have a class?
No, you should not schedule class or work that conflicts with your covenant group. You need to stick to the outlined plan.
Our group needs to move times to accommodate one person who cannot meet at our covenant group time, can we do this?
No, that is not possible. Can you imagine the impossibility of everyone trying to find an appropriate time to meet? That one student with the conflict needs to talk to the spiritual formation office. Students should schedule work around classes and covenant group is considered a class.
When do Covenant Groups meet?
Groups meet on Mondays at 12:30 for students who commute and at 11:00 on Thursdays for 7001 and 7002 and 12:00 on Thursdays for 7003-7006. Occasionally a 5-6th semester group may need to meet on a Wednesday or Friday and you will need to make those arrangements with the spiritual formation office.
Is it ok for our group to meet off-campus?
No, all covenant groups need to meet on campus for your group meetings. You can however meet off campus for a meal on your own time and this is encouraged.
What books do I need to purchase for Covenant Group?
The required books vary semester to semester. This is discussed at beginning of the semester at Covenant Group orientation and in your syllabus.
Who is responsible for leading?
7001-7004 Covenant Groups are led by an outside mentor/leader who is responsible for leading the group each week. This is often an alumni or an upper level student. 7005-7006 groups rotate leadership or join a special topics group led by a designated leader.