This capstone learning experience requires students to undertake self-directed learning to address an issue (or issues) of pastoral ministry relating to today’s context. Students are required to choose a theme (or themes) specifically related to the contemporary practice of ministry in consultation with the lecturer and develop an appropriate methodology for investigation. The student will conduct a theological reflection on this theme (or themes) through engagement with methodologies and concepts from across different fields such as theology, biblical studies, spirituality, and also other non-theological fields where appropriate. The research will culminate with a presentation of key findings in a peer-engaged forum on how the issue (or issues) studied influences our understanding of the practice of pastoral ministry today.
Choose and use relevant and appropriate theological and historical sources, formulations and/or practices to engage creatively with issues of significance in church and culture
Apply advanced critical thinking and hermeneutical skills to texts and contexts, with particular reference to the historical setting and reception of theological formulations
Critically analyse the relationship between issues of ‘pastoral practice’ (in general) in contemporary context and the fundamental dimensions of Christian pastoral practice in particular.
Construct a rigorous and integrated presentation of a capstone learning experience, using methodologies and scholarly style of the relevant disciplines.
Unit may only be taken in the final two semesters of the Master of Pastoral Care course
The capstone learning experience requires students to undertake self-directed, multi-discipline, integrative and contextually-attuned study with the support of a supervisor.
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Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 27 Jul, 2019
Unit record last updated: 2019-09-09 08:48:42 +1000