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DP2/3/9060S

Exploring Ministry Through Case Studies

30 point unit (double subject)

Elective Unit for postgraduates

This unit will present case studies in a variety of ministry settings for students to engage and explore. Through experiential methodology students will identify issues, explore a variety of responses, and engage in critical reflection on the theological and pastoral dimensions of each case. A variety of congregational and pastoral issues will be explored, eg. leadership for change, addressing conflict, self-care, family issues, sexuality, power dynamics, finances, gender, interfaith dialogue, advocacy and mission.

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

Identify and illustrate the complexities of presenting cases in their ministries
Demonstrate the use of case study methodology in theological reflection and pastoral response
Critically evaluate a range of personal and institutional issues in ministry formation and practice
Theologically, pastorally and personally reflect on a pastoral response to selected case studies
(third level) Demonstrate awareness and integration of current research with regard to themes explored in case studies presented.
(postgraduate) Exhibit an awareness and integration of current research with regard to themes explored in case studies presented.
Assessment:

DP2060S
4 x 1250 word case study papers (50%)
2 x 1250 word essays (30%)
Completion of evaluation protocols, effective engagement and reflection with supervisors (equivalent 3000 words) (20%).

DP3060S
4 x 1500 word case study papers 50%
2 x 1250 word essays 30%
Completion of evaluation protocols, effective engagement and reflection with supervisors (equivalent 3000 words) (20%).

For postgraduates
4 x 1500 word case study papers 50%
2 x 1500 word essays 30%
Completion of evaluation protocols, effective engagement and reflection with supervisors (equivalent 3000 words) (20%).

Prerequisites:

for undergraduates:
DP2060 – Students should normally be in the second year of full time theological studies or equivalent (including Foundational Studies in Biblical Studies, Systematic Theology and Ministry Studies). It is a prerequisite that students have completed 30 points of DP units prior to this unit.
DP3060 – Students should normally have completed two years of full time theological studies or equivalent (including Foundational Studies in Biblical Studies, Systematic Theology and Ministry Studies). It is a prerequisite that students have completed 45 points of DP units prior to this unit.
for postgraduates:
Students should normally have completed Foundational Studies in Fields B, C & D).

All students:
Students are required to be engaged in a pastoral placement, that has been approved by the Director of Field Education, for a minimum of sixteen hours per week for at least 35 weeks.

Faculty:  Andrew Menzies and Penny Martin

Teaching method: Classroom lectures and case studies. Students are required to engage with a number of supervision protocols and evaluation tasks outside of class. These protocols and tasks provide a framework for reflection, input and learning in ministry which is the focus of this unit. Meetings with a supervisor and peers also provide fora for theological reflection on ministry.

Offered: in 2017 over semester one and semester two (double subject) on Wednesdays (9.30am – 11.30am).

Recommended reading:

Kinast, R L Let ministry teach: A guide to theological reflection. Collegeville, Minnesota: The Liturgical Press, 1996
Kinast, R L Making faith-sense: Theological Reflection in everyday life. Collegeville, Minnesota: The Liturgical Press, 1999
Lartey, E. Pastoral theology in an intercultural world. Peterborough: Epworth Press, 2006
Palmer, Parker J Let your life speak: Listening to the voice of Vocation. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2000
Pattison, S. The challenge of practical theology: Selected essays. London: Jessica Kingsley, 2007.
Paver, John E Theological Reflection and education for ministry: The search for integration in theology. Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing, 2006
Rees, Frank D (ed) Fair dinkum ministry. Richmond: Spectrum Publications, 1999
Stone, H W and J O Duke, How to think theologically. (2nd edn) Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1996
Swetland, K L Facing messy stuff in the church: Case studies for pastors and congregations. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Kregel, 2005
Whitehead James D & Whitehead Evelyn Eaton Method in Ministry: Theological Reflection and Christian Ministry Chicago: Sheed & Ward, 1995