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The goal of Emmanuel College‚Äôs Contextual Education Program is to help students cultivate theological imagination and enrich theological action through reflective engagement with their practices of ministry. In this way, the program seeks to equip students with the theological acumen, pastoral instincts, and personal/spiritual dispositions that are required for responding to their vocational calls in the flux of 21st century religious life. 

Questions of gifts, growing edges and discernment of call are inevitably part of this reflective process. Contextual Education intends both to reflect on and to re-imagine ways to participate in the Divine redemption of creation as it manifests in the world today.

The Contextual Education Program at Emmanuel is comprised of two core courses at the Basic Degree level:

  • Context and Ministry EMP 2160
  • Contextual Education and Integration EMF 3020

Contextual Education and Integration EMF 3020 is a required course in the Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree program and can be an elective for the Master of Pastoral Studies (MPS) degree program at Emmanuel College. Context and Ministry EMP 1601 is its pre-requisite. Students must also successfully complete the core courses in each discipline (see the Emmanuel Student Handbook) before beginning this two-semester course (worth two credits). EMF 3020 combines in-class course work with supervised practicum hours in ministry/pastoral placements.

Potential Placement Sites


Natalie Wigg-Stevenson, director, Contextual Education

Shawn Kazubowski-Houston, program administrator, Contextual Education