Learning goals or objectives are formulated by the student with the assistance and consultation of the supervisor, and also of community members if they are involved in the process in the site. A goal is stated in a way so that it can be reviewed at the end of a semester to see if there is any behavioral or phenomenological way of knowing whether the goal has been met.
Learning goals can be job related, i.e.,
- To learn to teach a sixth-grade Sunday School class;
- To learn to conduct an every-member canvass;
- To learn to train laity to be youth group advisers;
Or, goals can be oriented toward personal growth, i.e.,
- To gain poise and confidence in leading public worship;
- To continue to grow in listening to ideas of others without becoming defensive;
Or, goals may focus on one’s relationship with God and the Church, i.e.,
- To understand the relationship between the concept of “Laos (the whole people) of God” and “those people who seem to have only a passive interest in the Church.”
Once goals or objectives are determined, state them in concrete terms. For instance, even with something as ethereal as God’s presence in healing, the Learning Covenant can include such things as participation in the healing services, calling on parishioners who attended such services and/or participation in a group, which concerns itself with healing. From these experiences, evaluate with the supervisor, objectively and subjectively, what is going on with the healing ministry. Unless learning goals are set, it is difficult to evaluate anything beyond outward performance in the job.
Learning goals themselves can be evaluated in light of the lifelong learning of development in skills, vocation and practical wisdom.
Lastly, Learning Goals may shifts in the course of the Supervised Ministry Year. Part of the Mid-year Evaluation should be the review, honing or revising of Learning Goals.