Practices of Ministry (P/G)

Field: Mission and Ministry
Unit Code(s): DA8600T (Class based only)
Unit value: 24 points
Level: Postgraduate Foundational
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; ritual survey to enable liturgical critique related to pastoral and missional practices in wider ministry. As such, the unit nurtures integration from across disciplines in the fourth area of the academic theological curriculum, as well as making explicit and direct connection with supervised theological fieldwork (STFE). Offered at u/g level 1 and as a p/g elective, it forms part of the core cluster of units that TCTS requires of candidates for ordination and other public ecclesial ministries.

Learning Outcomes:

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

  • analyse congregational and wider community dynamics
  • enable critical reflection on ministerial experience, with reference to individual persons and social-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
  • develop analysis of context into apt liturgical and other ministerial resources
  • give clear expression to integrated perspectives on ministry that engage together liturgical, missional and pastoral concerns.
  • 1,500-word verbatim (25%)
  • 1,500-word ritual survey (25%)
  • 3,000-word demographic study (50%)
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

Bouma, Gary. Australian Soul: Religion and Spirituality in the Twenty-first Century. Melbourne: CUP, 2007

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

Heelas Paul, and Linda Woodhead. The Spiritual Revolution: Why Religion is Giving Way to Spirituality. Oxford: Blackwell, 2005

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

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

Miller-McLemore, Bonnie. Christian Theology in Practice. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2012

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