Introduction to Pastoral Theology and Ministry

This unit introduces 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. identify key issues relating to the practice of pastoral care
  2. understand the role of the human sciences in pastoral theology and ministry
  3. apply the insights of biblical and theological foundations to the practice of ministry
  4. demonstrate the ability to reflect in the practice of ministry
  5. develop and make use of effective skills for pastoral ministry
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