Ministry in the Church

This unit enables explores what it means to minister in the Church in the modern world. It assists reflection on the foundations for the practice of ministry. It investigates ministry in Scripture and in the first Christian communities, the ministry of the church as the whole people of God. It raises the issues of theologies of ordination, the relationship between lay and ordained ministry, ministry and leadership in ecclesial communities. There is a focus on an ecumenical perspective on ministry in the Church.

Study Level




Credit Points



18 credit points from 7200 series units in Theology

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. demonstrate a well developed understanding of the relationship between ministry and the mission of the Church
  2. research and analyse the history and present shape of ministry in the Church
  3. articulate a theology of church and ministry that takes account of the ecumenical consensus and of their particular ecclesial context
  4. develop a response to contemporary challenges
  5. apply the theology of ministry in a collaborative ecclesial context
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