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). Offered at u/g level 1 and as a p/g elective, it forms part of the core cluster of units that TCTS requires of candidates for ordination and other public ecclesial ministries.

Unit Code: DA8600T

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit Discipline: Mission and Ministry

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

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.


Develop analysis of context into apt liturgical and other ministerial resources


Give clear expression to integrated perspectives on ministry that engage together liturgical, missional and pastoral concerns.


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


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Verbatim 1500 words

1500 25.0
Summative Reflection

Ritual survey 1500 words

1500 25.0
Summative Reflection

Demographic study 3000 words

3000 50.0

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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-05-31 11:11:31 +1000