Supervised Theological Field Education

Field: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies
Unit Code(s): DP1906T
Unit value: 18 points
Level: Undergraduate (1)
Delivery mode: Placement
Prerequisites: Completion of at least one unit of theological study, or concurrent enrolment in at least one unit of theological study.
Content: This unit will introduce students to the basic processes of field education and theological reflection. Through a supervised experience in a ministry context, students will be guided in establishing learning goals appropriate to the context in which they are placed and to their learning style, encouraging a capacity for self-directed learning. Attention will be given to the development of foundational skills in ministry and in theological reflection on ministry experience, and to the integration of theological study and ministry practice.
Learning Outcomes:

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

  • create and evaluate goals in the context of a field placement
  • document the learning which has resulted from the placement and their ministry experience
  • demonstrate a basic understanding of the key ministry skills required in the context in which the placement occurred
  • articulate the role of theological reflection in the practice of ministry
  • reflect critically on the contribution of the field placement to their spiritual and personal development and ministerial identity.
  • 2 x reports (mid-placement & end of placement), equivalent of 2,000 words in total (60%)
  • 1 x essay of 2,000 words, including theological reflection, on a key aspect of the learning experience (40%)
Teaching Method:

Students undertake a field placement in a ministry setting. Students negotiate and evaluate the field placement through a Supervised Theological Field Education Coordinator. The Coordinator will facilitate orientation and end of placement review seminars, and individual meetings with students throughout the placement. While on placement students attend regular meetings with an accredited Placement Supervisor and with a field committee as appropriate, and engage in a peer group process for theological reflection.

Recommended Reading:

* recommended for purchase

Ames, S. ‘Theological Reflection: What is at Stake?’ in Together in Ministry. Melbourne: Uniting Academic Press, 2009.

* Anglican Diocese of Melbourne. Supervised Theological Field Education Manual (annual).

Graham, E., H. Walton and F. Ward, Theological Reflection: Methods. London, SCM Press, 2005.

Kinast, R.L. What are they saying about Theological Reflection? Mahwah: Paulist Press, 2000.

Pattison, S. ‘Some Straw for the Bricks: A Basic Introduction to Theological Reflection’, in The Blackwell Reader in Pastoral and Practical Theology. Oxford: Blackwell, 2000.

Paver, J.E. Theological Reflection and Education for Ministry. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006.

Pyle, W.T. and M. Alice Seals, eds. Experiencing Ministry Supervision. Nashville, Broadman & Holman, 1995.