Practices of Ministry

Practices of Ministry

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Field: Mission and Ministry
Unit Code(s): DA1600T (Class based only)
Unit value: 15 points
Level: Undergraduate (Level 1)
Delivery mode: Face-to-face
Prerequisites: None

Practices of Ministry explores a number of foundational and everyday disciplines of reflective practice in Christian Ministry. It thus seeks both to inculcate and to connect basic skills for pastoral, missional and representative ministry in parish and other settings. The practices include local demographic study to enable basic cultural exegesis; mission auditing to survey and enable relationship between congregational and wider community dynamics; verbatim, a skill that will herald and/or consolidate experience of CPE, embedding it as a habitual discipline; and ritual survey to enable liturgical critique related to pastoral and missional practices in wider ministry.

Learning Outcomes:

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

  • Analyse congregational and wider communal contexts
  • Enable critical reflection on ministerial experience, with individuals and in socio-political and cultural settings
  • Recognise and employ basic tools and foundational practices of ministry
  • Articulate a representative understanding of ordained and other kinds of public ministry. 
  • Verbatim, equivalent of 1,000 words (25%)
  • Ritual survey of 1,225 words (30%)
  • Demographic study of 2,225 words (45%)
Recommended Reading:

* recommended for purchase

Billings, Alan. Secular Lives, Sacred Hearts: The Role of the Church in a Time of No Religion. London: SPCK, 2004

Burns, Stephen. Pastoral Theology for Public Ministry. New York, NY: Seabury, 2015

Burns, Stephen. Worship in Context. Peterborough: Epworth Press, 2006

Burns, Stephen, and Clive Pearson, eds. Home and Away: Contextual Theology and Local Practice. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2012

Cooper-White, Pamela, and Michael Cooper-White, Practices of Ministry. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2014

Ling, Tim, et al, eds. Developing Faithful Ministers. London: SCM Press, 2012

Mayes, Paul. Spirituality in Ministerial Formation. Lampeter: UWP, 2009

Pattison, Stephen. A Critique of Pastoral Care. London: SCM Press, 2000

Pratt, Andrew. Practical Skills for Ministry. SCM Studyguide. London: SCM Press, 2010

Stoddart, Andrew. Advancing Practical Theology: Critical Discipleship for Disturbing Times. London: SCM Press, 2014

 Lecturer: The Revd Dr Cecilia Francis and the Revd Associate Professor Stephen Burns
 Timetable: Offered in 2016 in Semester 2 only