This unit engages with the distinctive and diverse culture of rural Australia with a view to exploring the needs and opportunities for ministry. Interaction with and observation of agricultural life will provide a basis for theological reflection on agriculture, the land, social and family life, the environment and economics in a rural setting. Out of reflections on these themes using the Bible and contemporary discussions, appropriate models for pastoral care, church life, community involvement and support in times of natural disaster will be developed and evaluated. The unit will orientate those who have not previously worked in rural communities. It will also be valuable to rural clergy and other professionals, including farmers and lay workers who seek tools to be more effective in their roles.
Articulate the ways in which theology relates to context, with particular reference to Australian rural contexts
Identify and interpret the social, environmental and spiritual needs of a rural community
Describe and engage both challenges and opportunities of missional work in a rural context.
Create a personal and community-based plan of missional engagement within a particular rural context.
Identify and apply biblical passages which shape faith in a rural context
Develop a theology of farming, land and ministry
2 x 3 day semi-intensive sessions throughout semester, including lecture and group/tutorial work
Book review of 1000 words
Essay 3000 words
Ministry Survey/Plan 2000 words
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 17 Oct, 2015
Unit Record last updated: 2019-04-26 10:41:11 +1000