Ministerial Formation in the Anglican Tradition

Field: Mission and Ministry
Unit Code(s): DA1100T (Class based) / DA1109T (Online)
Unit value: 18 points
Level: Undergraduate (level 1)
Delivery mode: Face-to-face and Online
Prerequisites: None
Content: This unit will foster an adult faith-learning community in which students will be helped to explore the dynamics of three interconnected elements in their lives in formation for ministry in the Anglican tradition: identity, vocation and mission. The key aim of this unit is to enable learning of Anglican understandings of dynamics of public representation in ministry, with various supporting aims within that central purpose. These include enabling understanding of patterns of Anglican communal life and daily prayer; Anglican understandings of church, culture and sociality; current issues in Anglican ecclesiology and the diverse self-understanding of the Anglican Communion. It will also introduce methods of theological reflection that assist the integration of Scripture of life experience for ministry.
Learning Outcomes:

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

  • articulate an understanding of the relationship between the ministry of the individual and the ministry of all God's people
  • reflect on their understanding of their personal vocation in the light of life experience and their developing understanding of the Anglican tradition of Christian faith
  • identify models of theological reflection to assist in reflective practice in ministry
  • discuss the way in which the Anglican Church in Australia embodies an Anglican polity.
  • 1,500-word presentation to class, submitted as a paper (40%)
  • 1,500-word reflective essay (40%)
  • weekly journal, equivalent of 1,000 words (20%)
Recommended Reading:

* recommended for purchase

Avis, P. A Ministry Shaped by Mission. London: T & T Clark, 2005.

Billings, A. Making God Possible: The Task of Ordained Ministry Present and Future. London: SPCK, 2010.

* Bradshaw, P. Two Ways of Praying (London: SPCK, 1995.

* Chase, S. The Tree of Life: Models of Christian Prayer. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2005.

Countryman, W. The Poetic Imagination: An Anglican Spiritual Tradition. London: DLT, 1999.

Croft, S. Ministry in Three Dimensions: Ordination and Leadership in the Local Church. London: Darton Longman and Todd, [2] 2008. (* for ordinands)

Hein, D. and C. Henely, eds, Spiritual Counsel in the Anglican Tradition. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2010.

Kaye, B. ed., Wonderful and Confessedly Strange: Australian Essays in Anglican Ecclesiology. Adelaide: ATF Press, 2006.

Stancliffe, D. God’s Pattern: Shaping Our Worship, Ministry and Life. London: SPCK, 2003.

Worthen, J. Responding to God's Call: Christian Formation Today. Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2012.