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DP1/8014S

Theological Reflection on Vocation and Purpose – Part A

Foundational unit for postgraduates

This unit will enable students to articulate a theology of vocation as they engage with a range of biblical, theological and contextual resources.  Students will also reflect upon experiential contexts in a posture of exploration, experiment and discernment regarding future purposeful vocation. Experiential contexts may include: work experience in fields of interest, areas of perceived passion / giftedness, volunteering to meet a community need.  Key theological and formational issues will be explored e.g. discerning vocation, identity and character, goal setting, ethics and work, spiritual disciplines.

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

  1. Develop and articulate self-learning goals and objectives to achieve these goals.
  2. Identify core aspects of their operational theology and spiritual identity through directed peer reflection.
  3. Critically evaluate a range of personal and theological perspectives on vocational motivation, giftedness and call.
  4. Articulate a theologically coherent understanding of vocation.
  5. (postgraduate) Integrate reflective practice and demonstrate self-awareness in their vocational setting.

Faculty: Penny Martin

Offered: in 2017 for Catalyst students in WA

Teaching Methods: Classroom lectures and experiential methodology in contexts. Students are required to engage in a number of experiential contexts which may include: work experience in fields of interest, areas of perceived passion / giftedness, volunteering to meet a community need.
These experiences provide a framework for reflection, input and learning about calling and vocation. Meetings with mentors and peers also provide opportunity for theological reflection.

Assessment:

Undergraduate:

2 x 500 word experiential journal summaries
1 x 1000 word reading report and response
1 x 1000 word integrative essay
Completion of evaluation protocols, effective engagement with peers and reflection with mentors (equivalent 1500 words)

Postgraduate:

2 x 500 word experiential journal summaries
1 x 1000 word reading report and response
1 x 2500 word integrative essay
Completion of evaluation protocols, effective engagement with peers and reflection with mentors (equivalent 1500 words).

Grading: The subject is marked on a Pass/Fail basis only – each piece of work must be completed to a satisfactory standard.

Select Bibliography:

Banks, R. God the Worker: Journeys into the Mind, Heart and Imagination of God. Sydney: Albatross, 1992.
Carroll, M. & Gilbert, M.C. On being a supervisee: Creating learning partnerships (2nd ed.). London: Vukani, 2011.
Flynn, Carl F. Learning to Walk: Theological Reflection on Vocation. Pepperdine
Garber, Steven. The Fabric of Faithfulness. Weaving Together Belief and Behavior. Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 2007.
Keller, Timothy. Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work. New York: Dutton, 2012.
Palmer, Parker, J. Let Your Life Speak. Listening for the Voice of Vocation. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2000.
Schuurman, Douglas J. Vocation. Discerning Our Callings in Life. Grand Rapids MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2004.
Schwehn, Mark R. and Bass, Dorothy C. (Editors) Leading Lives That Matter. What We Should Do and Who We Should Be. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2006.
Thompson, J., Pattison S. & Thompson, R. SCM study guide to theological reflection. London: SCM Press, 2008.
Veith, Gene Edward Jr. God at Work. Your Christian Vocation in all of Life. Crossway, Illinois, 2002.
Willard, Dallas. The Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes Lives. HarperOne, 1990.