Contextual Theology for Ministry

This unit explores the dynamic relationship between the Christian tradition and contemporary social, cultural context. It presents models and case studies of the engagement between the two and introduces the art of theological hermeneutics. The unit illustrates how all theology can lead to pastoral action and transformation by means of models of practical theology, local theologies as contextual, experiential learning and hermeneutics, social analysis, popular religion & local theology. It develops a method of theological reflection in practical theology.

Study Level



Christian Life and Ministry

Sub Discipline

Pastoral Theology

Credit Points



P7101 Introduction to Pastoral Theology and Ministry.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. ascertain and appreciate that all theology is contextual
  2. analyse the interplay of theory and practice in theological activity
  3. engage in active dialogue by integrating human experience, cultural understandings and Christian tradition in a way that leads to personal, social and ecclesial transformation
  4. differentiate different models of practical theology and know how to use them as a means of theological reflection
  5. Identify the influence of culture on religious formation and identity
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