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DA2/3/9018S

Supervised Ministry Immersion

Elective unit for postgraduates

Content: This unit engages with the art and challenges of Christian mission and ministry in the globalised twenty-first century, through a two-week supervised field trip into an urban cross-cultural context.  Students will explore ways of expressing Christian faith in ministry and mission by living in a contemporary urban mission environment. This will include examining critical issues such as (but not necessarily all of the following) contextualisation and incarnation, cross-cultural communication, wholistic mission, justice, poverty and systemic evil, globalisation, pluralism and inter-religious engagement, through a combination of readings and reflection on the field trip.

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

  1. Demonstrate sensitivity towards and a willingness to learn from those of other cultures, traditions, faiths and backgrounds
  2. Articulate critical issues impacting on the effectiveness of an urban ministry
  3. Analyse a variety of ministry responses to those critical issues
  4. Demonstrate skills in self-evaluation and critical theological reflection upon their practice of ministry and spiritual growth in the light of their field experience
  5. (and at third level) Evaluate theologically and pastorally the missional approach of a cross-cultural urban ministry
  6. (and for postgraduates) Articulate and evaluate their theology of ministry in the light of their field experience

 

Prerequisites:
(for undergraduates) Three first level units, preferably across fields B, C, and D,
(for postgraduates) A foundational (level 8) unit in Biblical Studies.
although lecturers may vary pre-requisites – see special note (1) below.

 

Special note regarding cost: the cost of the field trip is separate to, and above the normal cost of a University of Divinity 15 point unit of study. Payment of a $500.00 deposit for the two-week field trip may be required when enrolling.

Mode of Teaching:

  • Intensive days preparation prior to the field trip.
  • 3 hours orientation and introduction to field work during the trip
  • 2 x 1.5 hours peer supervision sessions during the trip
  • Intensive days debrief and reflection after the trip

Offered: 2017 for the Catalyst Cohort

Faculty: Brian Macallan

Assessment:

undergraduate level 2

Weighting

Learning Outcomes  Assessed
3 x 500 words Reflective summaries of journals

30 %

To assess learning outcomes 1, 2, and 4.
1 x 1000 word book review.

20 %

To assess learning outcomes 2, 3, and (for 3rd level) 5.
2500 word essay

50 %

To assess learning outcomes 2,3,4, & (for 3rd level) 5.
undergraduate level 3

Weighting

Learning Outcomes  Assessed
3 x 500 words Reflective summaries of journals

30 %

To assess learning outcomes 1, 2, and 4.
1 x 1500 word book review.

30 %

To assess learning outcomes 2, 3, and (for 3rd level) 5.
2500 word essay

40 %

To assess learning outcomes 2,3,4, & (for 3rd level) 5.
postgraduate 

Weighting

Learning Outcomes  Assessed
1 x 1000 word book review

20 %

To assess learning outcomes 2, 3, and 5.
1 x 1000 word self-awareness report

20 %

To assess learning outcomes 1, 2, 4, and 6.
1 x 4000 word essay

60 %

To assess learning outcomes 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6.

Recommended reading:

* = set texts recommended for purchase

Ballard, P. and Pritchard, J. Practical Theology in Action: Christian Thinking in the Service of Church and Society. London: SPCK, 1996, 2006.
Barker, A. Slum Life Rising: How to Enflesh Hope in a New Urban World. Springvale, UNOH, 2012.
Benner, D. G. Spirituality and the Awakening Self. Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos, 2012.
Bevans, S. B., & Schroeder, R.  Prophetic Dialogue: Reflections on Christian Mission Today. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2011.
Gittins, A. J. Ministry at the Margins: Strategy and Spirituality for Mission. Maryknoll: Orbis, 2002.
Jones, T. The New Christians: Dispatches from the Emergent Frontier. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2008.
Knitter, Paul F. Theologies of Religions. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2002.
Lingenfelter, S. G. Ministering Cross-Culturally: An Incarnational Model for Personal Relationships. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 1986, 2003.
Luzbetak, L.J. The Church and Cultures: New Perspectives in Missiological Anthropology. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1989.
Myers, B. L. Walking with the Poor: Principles and Practices of Transformational Development. Revised edition. Maryknoll: Orbis, 1999, 2011.
Neuliep, J. W. Intercultural Communication: A Contextual Approach. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publ., 2011.
Taylor, C. A Secular Age. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2007.
Wink, W. The Powers That Be: Theology for a New Millennium. New York: Doubleday, 1998