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DP2/3/9064S

Supervised Theological Field Education

(Part A in semester 1 and part B in semester 2) Elective unit for postgraduates

This unit will provide a framework for reflection, input and learning in ministry. It takes a specific context of ministry 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. A variety of theological and formational issues will be explored, e.g. active / contemplative modes of reflection, nature and cost of leadership, life-long learning and culturally engaged theological reflection.

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

  1. Identify and illustrate the complexities of presenting cases in their ministries
  2. Apply the use of case study methodology in theological reflection and pastoral response
  3. Critically evaluate a range of personal and cultural issues that shape formation and practice
  4. Critically reflect (theologically, pastorally and personally), on the benefits of accountability, supervision and self-evaluation in ministry and leadership
  5. (third level) Engage with current research as it relates to themes explored in case studies, input and discussion.
  6. (postgraduate) Integrate current research with themes explored in case studies, input and discussion

 

Teaching Methods: 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 for theological reflection on ministry.

Faculty: Penny Martin & Andrew Menzies

Pre-requisite: Students should normally have completed two years of full time theological studies or equivalent including 30 points in each of Field B, Field C, and Field D.
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 35 weeks.

Assessment:

Undergraduate Level 2

4 x 1000 word case studies 50%
2 x 1000 word essays 30%
Completion of evaluation protocols, effective engagement and reflection with supervisors (equivalent 3000 words)  20%

Undergraduate level 3

4 x 1250 word case studies 50%
2 x 1000 word essays 30%
Completion of evaluation protocols, effective engagement and reflection with supervisors (equivalent 3000 words)  20%

Postgraduate

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

Offered: runs over semesters 1 & 2 (double subject). Semesters 1 and 2 in 2018.

Select Bibliography:

Floding, M (Ed), Welcome to Theological Field Education. Herndon, VA: The Alban Institute, 2011.

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.

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.

Palmer, Parker J The Active Life. A Spirituality of Work, Creativity and Caring. New York, Jossy-Bass, 1990.

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.

Whitehead James D & Whitehead Evelyn Eaton Method in Ministry: Theological Reflection and Christian Ministry. Chicago: Sheed & Ward, 1995.