Theory and Practice of Ministry 1

This postgraduate unit  incorporates learning experiences at a practical level as well as giving opportunity to reflect on both the practice and theory of ministry. This reflection occurs both with an appointed supervisor and mentor as well as in the formal classroom situation. The mentoring will be with experienced ordained pastors or those in recognised specialist ministries. It includes involvement in the process of mentoring and theological reflection with an appointed supervisor, seminars and group interaction, the theory and the practice of pastoral ministry, developing an initial personal ministry profile, and the legalities of pastoral ministry (e.g. Regulation check lists for children’s workers).

Study Level



Christian Life and Ministry

Sub Discipline

Pastoral Theology

Credit Points



P8501 Introduction to Pastoral Theology and Ministry.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. identify the key features of the support systems necessary to maintain a successful placement
  2. demonstrate a critical understanding of the issues involved in interacting within the mentoring and classroom situation
  3. incorporate the supervisory process and personal journaling as a means of critical self-evaluation
  4. demonstrate a sound level of practical involvement and initiative in the process of practical church ministry
  5. appreciate the value and process of being mentored as means of personal growth
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