Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
- set ministry learning and personal development goals as demonstration of intentionality in ministry;
- articulate core aspects of their operational theology;
- constructively critique feedback from members of a congregation or agency;
- evaluate their ministry approach and actions with a supervisor, peer group, and/or congregational committee;
- integrate personal theological understanding and their ministry praxis;
- analyse the contribution of reflective practice in their formation for ministry.
This unit is marked on a Pass/Fail basis by the Director of Field Education. Students must satisfactorily complete each assessment task in order to pass the unit.
- One Goal Setting document development (750 words)
- One end of year self-evaluation (750 words)
- Two case study reflections each (1,500 words)
- One essay (3,000 words)
Additional Activities include:
- Reading and preparation for class discussions
- Participation in Congregational Reflection Group
- Participation in individual and peer group supervision sessions
- Satisfactory evaluation from the Lecturer in Field Education
Set texts recommended for purchase are highlighted in blue
- Burns, Bob, Tasha Chapman & Donald Guthrie. Resilient Ministry: What Pastors Told Us About Surviving and Thriving. Dowers Grove, IL: IVP, 2013.
- Cameron, Heather, John Reader, Victoria Slater, Christopher Rowland. Theological Reflection for Human Flourishing. London: SCM, 2012.
- Floding, M. Welcome to Theological Field Education. Herndon, Virginia: Alban, 2011.
- Graham, Elaine, Heather Walton, Frances Ward. Theological Reflection: Methods. London: SCM Press, 2005.
- Kinast, R L. Let Ministry Teach: A Guide to Theological Reflection. Collegeville, Minnesota: The Liturgical Press, 1996.
- Kinast, Robert L. Making Faith-Sense: Theological Reflection in Everyday Life. Collegeville, Minnesota: The Liturgical Press, 1999.
- Moon, J. Learning Journals: A Handbook for Academics, Students and Professional Development. 2nd ed. Oxon: Routledge, 2006.
- Stone, H W and J O Duke. How to Think Theologically. 2nd ed. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2006.
- Swetland, Kenneth L. Facing Messy Stuff in The Church: Case Studies for Pastors and Congregations. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Kregel, 2005.
- Thompson, J, S Pattison, and R Thompson. SCM Study Guide to Theological Reflection. London: SCM Press, 2008.