Academic Departments

Evangelical Association of Theological Field Educators (EATFE)

2016 Biennium

Developing Leaders for the Complexities of Ministry

We are Field Educators. We meld theory and practice, theology and ministry in order to lead our students in the adventure that is Christian leadership.

The EATFE 2016 Biennium is:

  • Designed to engage our shared wisdom.
  • Structured for maximum interaction.
  • Planned to foster professional relationships.
  • Intended to demystify accreditation standards.

Dates: January 12-14, 2016

  • Conference begins on Tuesday at 5 pm until Thursday at 9:00 pm (travel home Friday)
  • Optional sessions begin Tuesday morning at 9:00 am. See schedule below.
  • Check in: 3:00 pm Tuesday, Jan 12th (3 nights) OR Monday January 11th (4 nights)*
  • Check out: 10:00 am Friday, January 15

Conference Registration & Fees

Early Bird – paid before Tuesday December 1, 2015

  • $130 for first attendee from an institution
  • $105 for each additional attendees from the same institution
  • Optional sessions: no extra fee

After Wednesday, December 2, 2015

  • $150 for first attendee from an institution
  • $125 for each additional attendee from the same institution
  • Optional sessions: no extra fee

Registration & Payment Instructions

Register Here

  • If you need assistance with finding a roommate, please let us know when you register and by selecting the first options in Lodging reservations.
  • Fee Payment: The EATFE account is housed at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (GCTS) and they continue to graciously offer their assistance.

Credit Cards

 

  • Please call the GCTS Cashier at 978-646-4046
  • Tell him/her you need to pay for EATFE 2016 conference registration.
  • Please provide your individual or group total for attendees (see above).
  • Please provide the email address for an electronic receipt.

 

Checks

 

  • Payable to Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
  • Early bird registration checks should be mailed in advance to arrive before Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015
  • Send to:
  • Katherine Horvath, EATFE Registrar
    Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
    130 Essex Street - Box 241
    South Hamilton, MA 01982

 

Transportation

  • Travel between Denver International Airport (DEN) and the YMCA of the Rockies takes two hours in clear weather; sunset is about 5:00 pm. Arriving prior to sunset is advised.
  • Arrival: EATFE will provide shuttle service from the DEN to Estes Park on Monday evening, Tuesday morning and afternoon.
  • Departure: EATFE will provide shuttle service from Estes Park to DEN on Friday morning and afternoon.
  • Exact shuttle times will be assigned by flight arrival and departure times.
  • Registered conference attendees will be asked to provide specific flight information in early December.
  • Prior to the conference: Assigned arrival & departure shuttles will be provided to the participants needing transportation.
  • Use of the EATFE shuttle may require waiting at the airport until a shuttle departs.
  • You are welcome to rent a vehicle on your own. Please let us know so we don’t accidently leave you to hitch-hike with a moose.

Lodging & Meal Package

YMCA of the Rockies
2515 Tunnel Road
Estes Park, Colorado 80511

Lodging: Central Lodges
Group/Event: EATFE Biennium 2016
Phone: 888-612-9622 or 970-586-3341
Fax: 970-586-3501
ymcarockies.org

Airport: Denver International Airport (DEN)
Note: Travel between DEN and the YMCA of the Rockies takes two hours in clear weather; sunset is about 5:00 pm. Arriving prior to sunset is advised.

General Information

  • Meals: Aspen Dining Room included
  • Children under 12 are charged for food ($20/day), not lodging
  • Prices below are per person for the entire stay and include all meals for the conference attendees and guests
  • If you require tax exempt status, please use your organizations credit card and complete the highlighted portions of this form.
  • Extra days before and after are available.

Package Options

3 nights (1/12 – 1/14)

  • Arrive: Tuesday, Jan. 12
  • Depart: Friday, Jan. 15
  • Meals included: Tuesday dinner thru Friday lunch

4 nights (1/11 - 1/14)

  • Arrive: Monday, Jan. 11
  • Depart: Friday, Jan. 15
  • Meals included: Monday dinner thru Friday lunch
  • Monday arrivals include 3 additional meals: Monday dinner, Tuesday breakfast and Tuesday lunch
 
Number of nights 1 person in room 2 people in room 3 people in room 4 people in room
4 $468 $600 ($300/person) $732 ($244/person) $864 ($216/person)
3 $351 $450 ($225/person) $549 ($183/person) $648 ($162/person)
  • Example 1 (Just the participant): If Becky checks in on Tuesday and checks out Friday, that is 3 nights. If she stays by herself, it would be $351 for the week. If she decides to room with another EATFE member, they split the total $450.
  • Example 2 (Participant + spouse): Check in Monday, check out Friday. 2 people staying 4 nights in one room: $300 x 2 = $600 for entire stay, including meals.
  • Example 3 (Participant + spouse + child under 12): Check in Monday, check out Friday. Two adults people staying four nights plus the food for the child (20 x 4 = $80) would result in $680 for the for the stay, including meals.

Lodging Reservation & Payment Instructions

  • Reservations: click HERE
  • Holding a room does not require a deposit (it will be marked free). Payment will be paid by credit card or check to the YMCA when you arrive for the EATFE conference.
  • If you need assistance with finding a roommate, please let us know when you Register for EATFE and by selecting the first options in Lodging
  • Arriving and staying extra days are by availability only. Please contact Paula Mislosky, ACMNP, at admin@acmnp.com with questions or changes. She is also assigning roommates (as needed).
  • Remember Early Bird Registration deadline is December 1st

ADVISEMENT:The landscape of the YMCA of the Rockies is not level and may be covered in snow or ice. Weather may be sunny and pleasant (but cold) to winter storm: please plan to dress appropriately for changing weather conditions. Therefore dress for the conference will be “mountain casual.” Break out your flannel and boots! And don’t forget your bear spray.

Tentative Schedule

Date Time Details
Monday, January 11 3:00pm Optional Early Check in and enjoy your evening
Tuesday, January 12 8:00am Breakfast
  9:00am Optional Session 1: All attendees invited Topic: Forming at EATFE Steering Committee
  11:00am Optional Session 2: All attendees invited Topic: Updating EATFE Standards for Field Education (FE)
  12:00pm Lunch
  1:00pm Optional Session 3: TBD
  3:00-5:00pm Check In and Registration
  5:30pm Dinner (With Friends & Family) Topic: Updating EATFE Standards for Field Education (FE) Table Topics & Conversation: The State of Theological FE at Your School: Checking the Pulse of our Field
  7:00pm Session 1 Topic: The Sacred Trust & Vital Role of Theological FE with Don Payne
  8:00pm Discussion groups: Future of Theological FE
  9:00pm Late night with friends (optional)
Wednesday, January 13 8:00am Breakfast (with Friends & Family)
  9:00am Session 2 Topic: Facing the Complexities of Ministry in Current Culture with Ron Nydam Discussion in groups
  12:00pm Lunch (with Friends and Family)
  1:00pm On your own or with groups Cost: Pending negotiations Trip to town (EATFE vans, free), Sightseeing trip, Hiking, Outdoor Winter Activites, Others to be discussed prior to lunch
  5:30pm Dinner (with Friends & Family)
  6:30pm Session 3 Best Practices in Theological Field Education I Sharing widsom in small and large group discussions on outcomes, program, supervision/mentors and spiritual formation components
Thursday, January 14 8:00am Breakfast (with Friends & Family)
  9:00am Session 4 Renewing Your Spirit A time for worship and refreshment for the participants
  10:00am Break
  10:30am Session 5 Best Practice in Theological Field Education, Part 2 Sharing wisdom with small and large group discussion on faculty/administration, changing educational scene and in theological training, delivery systems & distance learning, legal Issues
  12:00pm Lunch (with Friends and Family)
  1:00pm TBD
  3:00pm Un-group Discussions
  5:30pm Dinner (with Friends & Family)
  6:30pm Session 6 Best Practices in Theological Field Education, Part 3 Conclusions and Summation Working toward new EATFE Standards
  8:30pm Worship and Blessing
  9:00pm Late night with friends (optional)

Bring to share

  • Syllabi
  • Field Education Handbooks
  • Favorite/New Resources for the book table
  • Post: Syllabi, handbook, or resources to the online group folder, HERE

Contact Information

Conference Registration Logistics & Payment

Katherine Horvath, Mentored Ministry & Placement
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
khorvath@gordonconwell.edu
978-646-4119

Host & Lodging Logistics

A Christian Ministry in the National Park
9185 E. Kenyon, Suite 230
Denver, CO 80237


David Degler, Director of Program
ddegler@acmnp.com, 303-220-2808


Paula Misloski, Administrator
admin@acmnp.com, 800-786-3450


Co-Chairs of EATFE

John Swope
Dir of Field Education & Asst Prof of Practical Theology
Ashland Theological Seminary, OH
jswope@ashland.edu
419.289.5772


Deborah Penny
Assoc Dir of Field Education
North Park Theological Seminary, IL
dpenny@northpark.edu
773.244.5259

About EATFE

EATFE is the evangelical caucus of the Association of Theological Field Education (ATFE). EATFE meets biannually (on the off years of ATFE’s Biennium) for the purpose of professional development and collegial support. www.atfe.org

Professional papers are presented by members at the biannual conferences on topics relevant to theological field education. Facilitated discussions explore various issues related to the formation, development, and placement of students preparing for Christian vocational ministry.