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DP2/3/9164S

Supervised Theological Field Education (Part A)

Double subject over two semesters – Students who enrol in this unit will need to enrol in Part A (DP2/3/9164S) in first semester and Part B (DP2/3/9264S) in second semester

Second or third level unit for undergraduates
Elective unit for postgraduates

Content: This unit will provide a framework for reflection, input and learning in leadership and ministry. It takes a specific context and focuses on how theology, scripture, faith and identity impact on a student’s formation for ministry and leadership. Students will engage in critical reflection through case study presentations and peer reflection. A variety of relevant topics will be explored such as: Active and contemplative styles of ministry and reflection, the nature and cost of leadership and ministry, life-long learning and formation, finding voice – personal reflective capacities and culturally engaged theological reflection.

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 pastoral response
  • Evaluate a range of personal and cultural issues that shape formation and practice
  • Theologically, pastorally and personally reflect on the benefits of accountability, supervision and self-evaluation in ministry and leadership
  • (third level) Demonstrate a growing 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 pastoral response
  • Critically evaluate a range of personal and cultural issues that shape formation and practice
  • Theologically, pastorally and personally reflect on the benefits of accountability, supervision and self-evaluation in ministry and leadership
  • Articulate and integrate current research with themes explored in case studies, input and discussion.

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 36 points in Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies.
Students who enrol in this unit must enrol in Part A (DP2/3164S) in first semester and Part B (DP2/3264S) in second semester.
Undergraduate students who have successfully completed DP2/3160S Exploring Ministry through Case Studies, must enrol at Third Level (DP3164S).
Students are required to be engaged in a pastoral placement, approved by the Director of Field Education, for a minimum of sixteen hours per week for at least 16 weeks.

Offered: in first semester 2020

Faculty: Penny Martin and Andrew Menzies

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.
Floding, M (Ed), A Theological Field Education Toolkit, Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2017.
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
Kincaid, William, B., Finding Voice. How Theological Field Education Shapes Pastoral Identity, Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2012.
Lartey, E. Pastoral theology in an intercultural world, Peterborough: Epworth Press, 2006
McAlpin, K Ministry That Transforms. A contemplative Process of Theological Reflection. Collegeville, Minnesota: Liturgical Press 2009.
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.