Introduction to Pastoral Theology and Ministry

This 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 a sound knowledge of key issues relating to the practice of pastoral care
  2. display a sound understanding of the role of the human sciences in pastoral theology and ministry
  3. apply the critical insights of biblical and theological foundations to the practice of ministry
  4. demonstrate the process of reflection in the practice of ministry
  5. develop and apply effective skills for pastoral ministry
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