Introduction to Pastoral and Practical Theology

This postgraduate unit is an introduction to practical theology for ministry. It is also an opportunity to overview the biblical and theological foundations of ministry. Common aspects of ministry are considered. It addresses the theological, epistemological and biblical foundations of pastoral theology, aspects of church pastoral and caring ministry, human science perspectives on contemporary pastoral issues, basic listening skills, developing reflective practice in pastoral ministry and methods of ministry and the place of ordination/leadership.

Study Level



Christian Life and Ministry

Sub Discipline

Pastoral Theology

Credit Points




Learning Outcomes

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

  1. demonstrate advanced knowledge of the contemporary complex issues relating to the practice of pastoral care
  2. present a critical evaluation of the role of the human sciences in pastoral theology and ministry
  3. apply advanced critical skills and insights of biblical and theological scholarship to the practice of ministry
  4. demonstrate mastery of complex theological reflection in the practice of ministry
  5. use technical and communication skills to independently analyse professional practice
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