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INTRODUCTION TO PASTORAL THEOLOGY AND MINISTRY

P7101A

 

Unit Weighting                       

9 cps

Type of Unit                

Foundational

Prerequisites                

None

Academic Staff            

Rev. Alan Galt OAM (2006), BA (Sydney 1964) MA (Macquarie 1980), Acting Level 3 Supervisor of CPE (2003), Senior Lecturer

Curriculum Objectives

This course 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 will be considered.

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

Content

  1. The theological, epistemological and biblical foundations of pastoral theology
  2. Aspects of church pastoral and caring ministry
  3. Human science perspectives on contemporary pastoral  issues
  4. Basic listening skills
  5. Developing reflective practice in pastoral ministry
  6. Methods of ministry and the place of ordination / leadership

Assessment Profile

  1. Personal journal (1,200 words). Value: 30%
  2. Egan assignment (1,250 words). Value: 30%
  3. 2 pastoral theology papers (850 words each). Value: 40%

Schedule

3hr lecture per week on campus, or via distance education