A major component of ASCM curriculum is the Community Transformation Initiative which aims to thrust participants into a three pronged holistic ministry venture. It is composed of a Field Education component which ensures that each participant is deeply involved in any one of the various ministries of a local church. Another component is the NSTP/CSW Course which provides not only training on how to do Christian civic action but also provides the opportunity to do civic social work activities, evangelism skills and opportunities to do evangelism alongside civic-social work activities. Third component of the CTI is the Internship. It is an integral part of the professional training of each student applying their gained classroom knowledge into practical Ministry.
Program Components (ASCM Required Curriculum)
As one of the components of CTI, Field Education is an important part of the Required Core Curriculum. Its purpose is to contribute to the student’s theological education, professional competence, and personal growth through selected supervised learning experiences. The field education program is designed to complement the overall academic program in two ways. First, it involves students in specific local church settings in which their theological capabilities and professional development can be enhanced. Second, the field education program gives students a participatory role within the church and the immediate society, a role that demands a style of life characterized by involvement and reflection.
As one of the components of CTI through separate CHED required program for Filipinos, National Service Training Program (NSTP) is a program aimed at enhancing civic consciousness by developing the ethics of service and general welfare while undergoing training and engaging in a Christian Civic Welfare Program and the counterpart of this is the Civic Social Work (CSW) for the International Students. The NSTP/CSW Program is composed of activities contributory to the general welfare and the betterment of life for the members of the larger community or the enhancement of its facilities, especially those devoted to improving health, environment, recreation and morals of the population.
As one of the components of CTI, Internship is a supervised experiential learning program where the student is given an opportunity not only to test and apply theoretical lessons of the classroom to the real world of ministry but also to reflect theologically and pastorally upon the internship activities and functions with the pastor/supervisor. Two basic goals if internship are: 1.) To acquire skills, experiences, and perspectives appropriate to ministerial competence, and 2.) To attain increased integration of personal identity with an emerging pastoral/ministerial identity.