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; 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).

Unit code: DA1600T (Approved)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit discipline: Mission and Ministry

Proposing College: Trinity College Theological School

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Learning outcomes


Analyse congregational and wider community dynamics;


Enable critical reflection on ministerial experience, with reference to both i. individual persons and ii. 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 (aka lay) public ministry.


Lectures, student presentation, guided discussion, modelling of tasks, on-line resources

Indicative Bibliography

  • Alan Billings, Secular Lives, Sacred Hearts (London: SPCK, 2004)
  • Stephen Burns, Pastoral Theology for Public Ministry (New York: Seabury, 2015)
  • Stephen Burns, *Worship in Contex*t (Peterborough: Epworth, 2006)
  • Stephen Burns and Clive Pearson, eds, Home and Away (Eugene: W&S, 2013)
  • Pamela Cooper-White and Michael Cooper-White, Practices of Ministry (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2014)
  • Tim Ling et al, Developing Faithful Ministers (London: SCM, 2012)
  • Paul Mayes, Spirituality in Ministerial Formation (Lampeter: UWP, 2009)
  • Stephen Pattison, A Critique of Pastoral Care (London: SCM, [3] 2000)
  • Andrew Stoddart, Advancing Practical Theology (London: SCM, 2014)


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Demographic study 2000 words

2000 50.0

Verbatim 1000 words

1000 25.0

Ritual survey 1000 words

1000 25.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2016

Unit record last updated: 2020-10-30 19:16:47 +1100