Christian Service Program

 

Message from the Director



When I think about service, I think about getting the opportunity to utilize your gifts, talents, and skills in such a way that transforms a community for the better.

 

One of the goals of the word community is forming a fellowship with others that unite us together as one, regardless of humanity’s differences. Serving allows us to accomplish this goal.

Randy C. Whetstone Jr.

 Mission of the Community Service Program:

 

“The Christian Service Program equips students to serve and improve communities as an agent of change, while encouraging and supporting them on their inward journey of character development, strong interpersonal relationship skills, and a thorough understanding of scholarship through practical application.”Achieving Change: To bring about changes within the student while they are in the process of becoming professionals. The basic change which supervision wishes to bring about is in the inner character and outer behavior of students.


Developing A Professional: This suggests being able to do the craft in the most adequate and advantageous way for the disciplines necessary within a vocation.


Competence: Students must be able to function in an effective manner to bring about the goal which they have in mind.


Integration Of Theoretical And Experiential: Supervision, as a learning activity, is the task whereby students examine their experiences for meaning and plan future conscious of these guidelines.


Personal And Professional Identity: Students need to develop the identity of who they are as persons integrating all of the functions of their private and professional lives.


Spiritual Formation: This is the development of the interior life through specific exercises that create personal well-being.


Discipline: This is to develop appropriate discipline for personal activities, moral life, education, scheduling, planning, relationships, work, finances and devotional experiences.

About the Christian Service Program


OUR PHILOSOPHY

This kind of program is designed to place students in a setting that they may exercise their skills for community service in a hands-on approach. For this to happen in a productive way, there must be some intentional supervision. As we look at supervision of students our desire is to provide a support system for the enrichment of personhood and to assist in the performance of tasks. Reuel Howe has defined supervision as the “process by which the supervisor helps the student find the meanings in the educational encounter that will contribute to his learning and his competence in that and other situations.”


Community service at its best pulls together the disciplined scholarship and training for service in community settings. Community service begins with the experience and goes toward the disciplines to which the student is being exposed or has already been exposed. With this in mind, Simmons College of Kentucky will operate its Community Service Program with the educational development of the student in mind. Community service takes students to homes, missions, hospitals, private, churches, city streets, schools, factories and other college campuses, thereby giving rich opportunities for them to have concourse with people outside their private circles. They become confronted with the needs of the world in a direct manner, and this brings them in contact with the hearts and minds of people as they seek to meet those needs.


Simmons College of Kentucky requires all students to participate in Community Service every semester.


Time Required

Community Service is something that we hope at some point will become a natural part of your life if it is not already. Our College accrediting body, ABHE, requires that we encourage and keep a record of Community Service hours. Twelve clock hours of service equals one Community Service Unit. The expectation is that by the time you have studied for eight semesters, you will have earned eight units of Community Service, which means you would have served for a total of 96 clock hours. Students may serve for more than 12 clock hours per semester; however, only one unit of service may be earned per semester.


A Chance To Serve

Though we keep track of hours of service, it is not primarily about earning service points, there is a greater purpose. Serving others is a reflection of our mission to train students who are change agents and the Christian nature of our calling as Christians. 


Explore Career Opportunities

In addition, Community Service allows students to explore various ministry opportunities or even create new ones. We encourage students to participate in Community Service assignments that correlate with their chosen degree program. Some traditional ideas of Community Service include children’s and youth ministries, preaching and teaching, caring for the elderly and infirm, leading a Bible study in your neighborhood, singing in the choir, or serving in the Church.

Christian Service Program

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(Community) Service Program (CSP) Requirement 


The Christian (Community) Service Program (CSP) is an important element of a Simmons College of Kentucky education. Student community service helps us stay true to our mission of educating people in the urban context through strong academic and professional programs in order that they might become productive citizens and agents of change in society. Community service enables us to gain valuable experience in becoming “agents of change in society”.


The Director of the Community Service Program is Mr. Randy Whetstone Jr.


The Requirements:

   • Successful completion of Simmons’ Community Service Program (CSP) is required for graduation.

   • Every Student

   • Every Degree Program

   • Eight (8) semester credits for BA programs / Four (4) semester credits for AA programs

   • No fee is charged

   • No academic credit is granted

   • Supervised experience

   • 12 contact hours per semester

   • Each semester to have progressively greater responsibility

   • Each student will develop a Community Service portfolio that is maintained throughout the student’s career at Simmons. The portfolio will include:

   • Each semester’s community service placement

   • Covenant of participation outlining the student’s responsibilities

   • Supervisor’s forms

   • End-of-semester reflection paper concerning the volunteer opportunity (3 page minimum)


Key benefits for students include:

Experience in volunteer settings // Teamwork // Generosity // Networking opportunities

Soft-skills development // Potential letters of recommendation for future employers.


The mission: “The Christian Service Program equips students to serve and improve communities as an agent of change, while encouraging and supporting them on their inward journey of character development, strong interpersonal relationship skills, and a thorough understanding of scholarship through practical application.”


After completion of this program, students will be able to:


Program Learning Outcomes

   1. Illustrate the character of a change agent by developing inner character and outer behavior through serving and developing communities

   2. Exemplify professionalism by crafting the most adequate and advantageous way for the disciplines necessary within a vocation

   3. Integrate theoretical and experiential studies and experiences together to plan for future career/ministry/vocational opportunities

   4. Solidify an identity as a student and integrating all of the functions of their private and professional lives through spiritual disciplines, moral life, education, relationships, and work (Develop a portfolio of knowledge and understanding of how non-profits operate, spiritual growth, and political (rules of decision making) engagement).

   5. Build ministry and professional skills in students

   6. Design/manage/organize non-profit organizations

   7. Complete 96 hours (8 credits) for Bachelor’s students and 48 hours (4 credits) for Associate’s students. This is 12 hours a semester

   8. Each student will develop a Community Service portfolio that is maintained throughout the student’s career at Simmons. The portfolio will include:

   • Each semester’s community service placement

   • Covenant of participation outlining the student’s responsibilities

   • Supervisor’s forms

   • End-of-semester reflection paper concerning the volunteer opportunity (3 page minimum)

Christian Service Contracts