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DP2/3/9160S

Exploring Ministry Through Case Studies (Part A)

Double subject over two semesters – Students who enrol in this unit will need to enrol in Part A (DP2/3/9160S) in first semester and Part B (DP2/3/9260S) in second semester

Second or third level unit for undergraduates
Elective unit for postgraduates

Content: This unit will present case studies from a variety of ministry placement settings in which students are engaged. 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 contextual and pastoral topics will be explored – with the focus being on practical leadership skills such as:  leadership and personality, leadership for change, managing boundaries and addressing conflict.

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

Undergraduate

  • Identify and illustrate the complexities of presenting cases in their ministries
  • Demonstrate the use of case study methodology in theological reflection and leadership
  • 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 a growing awareness and integration of current research with regard to themes explored in case studies presented.

Postgraduate

  • Identify and illustrate the complexities of presenting cases in their ministries
  • Demonstrate the use of case study methodology in theological reflection and leadership
  • 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
  • Exhibit a critical understanding and integration of current research with regard to themes explored in case studies presented.

Pre-requisites:

Students should normally have completed two years of full time theological studies or equivalent (including Foundational Studies in BH, BN, CT and Field D).  It is also a prerequisite that students have completed 48 points in Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies. Students who enrol in this unit must enrol in Part A (DP2/3/9160S) in first semester and Part B (DP2/3/9260S) in second semester.
Undergraduate students who have successfully completed DP2164S Supervised Theological Field Education, must enrol at Third Level (DP3160S).
Students are required to be engaged in a pastoral placement, approved by the Director of Supervised Field Education, for a minimum of sixteen hours per week for at least 16 weeks..

Pedagogy:

Lecture input 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 a context for theological reflection on ministry.

Faculty: Penny Martin and Andrew Menzies.

Offered: in first semester 2019.

Assessment:

Level 2
2 x 1000 word case studies          40%
1 x 1500 word essay       40%
Completion of evaluation protocols, effective engagement and reflection with supervisors and peers (equivalent 1000 words).      20%

Level 3
2 x 1000 word case studies          40%
1 x 2000 word essay       40%
Completion of evaluation protocols, effective engagement and reflection with supervisors and peers (equivalent 1000 words).      20 %

Postgraduate
2 x 1500 word case studies          40%
1 x 2000 word essay       40%
Completion of evaluation protocols, effective engagement and reflection with supervisors and peers (equivalent 1000 words).      20%

Select Bibliography:

Brown, Judy, A Leaders Guide to Reflective Practice, Bloomington, IN: Trafford Publishing, 2008.
Burns, B, Chapman, T & Guthrie, D, Resilient Ministry: What Pastors Told Us about Surviving and Thriving,  Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 2013.
Cameron, Helen, Reader, John, Slater and Rowland, Chris, Theological Reflection for Human Flourishing: Pastoral Practice and Public Theology, London: SCM Press, 2012.
Floding, M (Ed), Welcome to Theological Field Education. Herndon, VA: The Alban Institute, 2011.
Kinast, R L Making faith-sense: Theological Reflection in everyday life. Collegeville, Minnesota: The Liturgical Press, 1999.
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.
Swetland, K L Facing messy stuff in the church: Case studies for pastors and congregations. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Kregel, 2005.