What does the church mean when it speaks of ‘pastoral’ care, what does it look like in practice, and how does it connect with a living Christian Faith? This unit offers a robust theological foundation for the practice of pastoral care. Drawing on the core theological resources of the Christian tradition it disrupts common understandings of pastoral care both within and beyond the church, clearing the ground for a fresh approach to a theologically informed pastoral ministry. Various contemporary issues and diverse life experiences provide a stimulating context for this pursuit.
Unit code: DP8500P
Unit status: Approved (Minor revision)
Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational
Unit discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies
Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological CollegeShow when this unit is running
Demonstrate an understanding of the biblical and theological foundations of pastoral care.
Articulate and critique the integrative connections between theology and pastoral practice
Integrate theology and skills in their own pastoral practice
Engage with challenging questions raised in contemporary pastoral ministry in such a way that demonstrates an integration of theology and pastoral practice
At least 48 points of Foundational Study
Interactive engagement among class participants between contextual pastoral experience and the foundations of Christian theology and Biblical Studies
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Written Reflective Journal 2000 words
Each week, the student will keep a journal which addresses the following two questions: What have I learned in relation to ‘my theology of pastoral care’? How will this impact on my pastoral practice?
Paper 4000 words
In this assessment, you are invited to unpack, analyse and critique the elements of theology and practice in pastoral ministry around a particular context or situation or theme, indicating how you might integrate your own theology with your pastoral practice. The main criteria will be that it is a project in which you can engage seriously with issues of pastoral care and theology, and one about which there is a good measure of passion and urgency.
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 23 Jul, 2021
Unit record last updated: 2021-07-23 16:55:45 +1000