Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
- Critically evaluate concepts of boundaries, leadership and power, ethical practice, self-care, conflict, change.
- Demonstrate theological and pastoral insight into the principles behind specific examples of codes of ethics for pastoral leaders.
- Outline the factors contributing to the establishment of pastoral identity and leadership responsibility.
- Analyse the ways ministry and practice are informed and resourced by their theological, biblical, pastoral and spiritual formation processes.
- Articulate a theology of church leadership that integrates the elements of personhood, vocation and ethical leadership.
- One case study (1,500 words) (25%)
- Three theological reflection papers (500 words each) (25%)
- One essay (3,000 words) (50%)
Set texts recommended for purchase are highlighted in blue
- Anderson, R. Spiritual Caregiving as Secular Sacrament: A practical theology for professional care-givers. London: Jessica Kingsley, 2003
- Bush, J Jr. Gentle Shepherding: Pastoral ethics and leadership. St Louis, MO: Chalice, 2006
- Gardner, F. Critical Spirituality: A Holistic approach to contemporary practice. London: Ashgate, 2011
- Gula, R. Just ministry: Professional ethics for pastoral ministers. New York: Paulist Press, 2010
- Milco, M. Ethical Dilemmas in Church leadership: Case studies in Biblical Decision making. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel, 2997
- Miller-McLemore, B. The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Practical Theology. London: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.
- Shawchuck, N & R Heuser, Leading the Congregation: Caring for yourself while serving the people. Nashville: Abingdon, 1993
- Thompson, J. S Pattison & R Thomson. SCM Study Guide to Theological Reflection. London: SCM Press, 2008
- Trull, J. & Carter, J. Ministerial Ethics: Moral Formation for Church Leaders, (2nd. Ed.) Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Academic, 2004
- Whipp, M. SCM Study Guide to Pastoral Theology. London: SCM Press, 2013
- Wicks, Robert. The Resilient Clinician. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008.