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DP2/3/9260S

Exploring Ministry Through Case Studies (Part B)

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 builds on and extends the reflective practices and skills in theological reflection acquired in Exploring Ministry Through Case Studies (Part A). Students will continue to present case studies from a variety of ministry placement settings in which they 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 broad leadership competencies such as:  Self-awareness, self-care (time management, life-balance), mentoring, discernment and vocation.

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
  • 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 a sophisticated awareness of current research as it relates to themes explored in case studies, input and discussion.

Postgraduate

  • Identify and illustrate the complexities of presenting cases in their ministries
  • Demonstrate the use of case study methodology in theological reflection and leadership
  • 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
  • Demonstrate a sophisticated integration and evaluation 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, as well as Exploring Ministry Through Case Studies (Part A). Students who enrol in this unit must enrol in Part A (DP9160S) in first semester and Part B (DP9260S) in second semester.
Undergraduate students who have successfully completed DP2264S Supervised Theological Field Education Part B, must enroll at Third Level (DP3260S).
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.

Faculty: Penny Martin and Andrew Menzies.

Offered: in second semester semester 2019.

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.

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.