New Paradigms of Christian Ministry

The unit New Paradigms of Christian Ministry aims to focus upon new paradigms of Christian ministry, both lay and ordained, in all of its diverse manifestations. This unit draws upon the human behavioural sciences, in a lived tension, to advance the future treatment of the care of souls. The unit explores the liberation of the human spirit, through critical dialogue, with the knowledge of living experience. The unit highlights that Pastoral Theology is a matrix through which all theological endeavour, lived experience, and biblical tradition is inserted into the local and universal ecclesial community.

Study Level



Christian Life and Ministry

Sub Discipline

Pastoral Theology

Credit Points






Learning Outcomes

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

  1. interrogate the disciplinary assumptions and intellectual history of their major area of study
  2. consider their personal experiences in studying theology and ministry in a broader social and critical context with a view to future ministry
  3. construct an original argument in relation to a field of scholarly debate and support arguments with textual evidence using appropriate critical skills
  4. strive to be contextual, to convey an authentic sense of the Christian reality, while consistently looking to construct dynamic ministry paradigms for the future Church
  5. apply theory to practice, work effectively in employment-related teamwork situations, and effectively use professional networking opportunities.
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