Practices of Ministry

Field: Mission and Ministry
Unit Code(s): DA1600T (Class based only)
Unit value: 18 points
Level: Undergraduate (Level 1)
Delivery mode: Face-to-face
Prerequisites: None

Practices of Ministry explores a number of foundational and everyday disciplines of reflective practice in Christian Ministry. It thus seeks both to inculcate and to connect basic skills for pastoral, missional and representative ministry in parish and other settings. The practices include local demographic study to enable basic cultural exegesis; mission auditing to survey and enable relationship between congregational and wider community dynamics; verbatim, a skill that will herald and/or consolidate experience of CPE, embedding it as a habitual discipline; and ritual survey to enable liturgical critique related to pastoral and missional practices in wider ministry. As such, the unit nurtures integration from across disciplines in the fourth area of the academic theological curriculum, as well as making explicit and direct connection with supervised theological fieldwork (STFE). 

Learning Outcomes:

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

  • analyse congregational and wider communal contexts
  • enable critical reflection on ministerial experience, with reference to individual persons and social-political and cultural settings
  • recognise and employ basic tools and foundational practices of ministry
  • articulate a representative understanding of ordained and other kinds of public ministry. 
  • Verbatim, equivalent of 1,000 words (25%)
  • 1,000-word ritual survey (25%)
  • 2,000-word demographic study (50%)
Recommended Reading:

*recommended for purchase

Billings, Alan. Secular Lives, Sacred Hearts London: SPCK, 2004

Burns, Stephen. Pastoral Theology for Public Ministry. New York: Seabury, 2015

Burns, Stephen. Worship in Context. Peterborough: Epworth, 2006

Burns, Stephen and Pearson, Clive, eds. Home and Away Eugene: W&S, 2013

Cooper-White, Pamela and Michael, Practices of Ministry. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2014

Ling, Tim, et al, Developing Faithful Ministers. London: SCM, 2012

Mayes, Paul. Spirituality in Ministerial Formation. Lampeter: UWP, 2009

Pattison, Stephen. A Critique of Pastoral Care. London: SCM, [3] 2000

Stoddart, Andrew. Advancing Practical Theology. London: SCM Press, 2014