Ministry in an Education Setting

Ministry in an Education Setting (P/G)

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Field: Mission and Ministry
Unit Code(s): DR9209T (online)
Unit value: 15 points
Level: Postgraduate (Elective)
Delivery mode: Online only
Prerequisites: At least one unit in Biblical Studies, Ministry or Education
Content: The unit is designed to identify the main characteristics of Christian ministry in the context of schools and universities. The theology and methodology of Christian ministry will be explored in the context of educational institutions and contrasted with Christian ministry in other contexts.
Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

  • demonstrate awareness of and engagement with a range of understandings of educational chaplaincy
  • identify key theological features of educational chaplaincy in a defined chaplaincy context
  • articulate a coherent theology and methodology of ministry for educational settings
  • critically evaluate key elements of their own ministerial praxis in educational settings.
Assessment:
  • 1 x 2,500-word theological evaluation of published understandings of chaplaincy (40%)
  • 1 x research paper of 2,500 consisting of either a situational analysis (for those already in chaplaincy) or a critical literary analysis (for those not presently chaplains) of an aspect of chaplaincy in an educational setting (40%)
  • Tutorial reflection, equivalent of 1,000 words (20%)
Recommended Reading:

* recommended for purchase

Astley, J., L. Francis, J. Sullivan, & A. Walker, eds. The idea of a Christian University: Essays on Theology and Higher Education. Milton Keynes: Paternoster Press. 2004.

Connell, R., et al. Education, Change and Society. South Melbourne: Oxford University Press. 2007.

Dean, K.C. & R. Foster. The Godbearing Life: The Art of Soul Tending for Youth Ministry. Nashville: Upper Room books. 1998.

Dunn, R. Shaping the Spiritual Life of Students: A Guide for Youth Workers, Pastors, Teachers and Campus Ministers. Downers Grove, Illinois: IVP. 2001.

Fowler, J., R. Maas & R. Wuthnow. Christ and the Adolescent: A Theological Approach to Youth Ministry. Princeton, NJ: Institute for Youth Ministry. 1996.

Groome, T.H. Christian Religious Education. San Francisco: Harper & Row. 1980


Hill, B.V. Exploring Religion in School: A National Priority. Adelaide: Openbook. 2004


Klassen, N. & J. Zimmermann. The Passionate Intellect: Incarnational Humanism and the Future of University Education. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic. 2006.

Lines, T.A. Functional Images of the Religious Educator. Birmingham: REP. 1992.

* Norman, J., ed. At the Heart of Education: School Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care. Dublin: Veritas, 2004.

Rowatt, G.W. Jr. Pastoral Care with Adolescents in Crisis. Louisville, Kentucky: Westminster/John Knox Press. 1989.

Rymarz, R. ed. Leadership in Religious Education. Sydney: St. Paul’s, 2006.

 Lecturer: The Revd Dr David Willsher
 Timetable: Offered in 2015 in Semester 2 only.