Introducing Student Lifecycle Groups
The Seattle School prepares people for the work of serving God and neighbor. Whether this looks like practicing as a therapist, pastor, organizer, artist, or some other kind of innovator, we know that you’re entering challenging vocations where you are personally entering into the world’s deep needs. Part of what we mean about becoming “competent in the study of text, soul, and culture” is that your credibility as a practitioner will depend on your ongoing growth and development over time. Through your academic and interpersonal formation here, we partner with you to help you develop rhythms and practices that allow you to flourish spiritually, relationally, and professionally as you steward your own vocation.
To facilitate this work, the Office of Students & Alumni gathers data about our Student and Alumni lifecycles. We’ve used this data to identify the kinds of resources and capacities that our Alumni need in order to thrive in their vocational work. Working alongside of the Faculty and Alumni, we’ve traced the arcs of personal, professional, and vocational growth across each year of your journey as a student and into your own life as a practitioner. As a result of this work, we created Student Lifecycle Groups.
While at The Seattle School, you will meet six times each year with other students from your cohort in a group facilitated by an Alum from your degree program who is practicing in their field. These gatherings of six to nine students focus on topics like:
reflection on your ongoing formation
identifying resources for vocational development
understanding and navigating diverse contexts as a practitioner
sharing resources and support with others in your field
Later this month, you’ll receive an email from the Office of Students & Alumni with instructions on how to register for your Student Lifecycle Group.
For MACP students:
One of the program requirements for MACP students is to maintain a portfolio of your academic and professional work. This portfolio serves as a place to collect and represent the core concepts, theoretical approaches, and resources you will use in your work as a practitioner. The portfolio is aligned with your Lifecycle Group curriculum, and the two have been designed to fit together throughout each year of your program in order to prepare you for work in your field. You’ll learn more about how to create and curate your portfolio at Orientation.