Details for Foundations of Pastoral Theology
This unit discusses the theological issues involved in pastoral ministry and presupposes a degree of practical experience and theoretical knowledge.
- Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
- Course code: MIN401
- Credit points: 10
The unit Foundations of Pastoral Theology is part of the subject area Ministry and is offered as a part of the following Awards: Master of Arts (Christian Studies) (Alphacrucis College (NSW Dept. of Education)).
At the successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
- demonstrate knowledge of the theoretical and practical aspects of pastoral theology;
- display evidence of expertise in one sector of research on pastoral care, counselling, or conflict resolution by composing an annotated bibliography;
- analyse the relevance of Christian pastoral theology to contemporary popular Australian culture and the arts by writing a reflection paper on a current movie;
- formulate strategies for effective pastoral care by analysing how one’s life experience affects one’s response to care-giving situations, by reflecting on the required reading, and by receiving feedback from other students by means of the Moodle forums and small group interaction;
- replicate cooperative learning strategies in practical ministry settings by means of training in small group co-teaching activities during residency sessions;
- provide peer evaluation and feedback to the work of other students in a constructive, fair, tactful, and thoughtful manner by means of role playing and simulation activities in triad groups;
- be open to personal growth and scholarly development through peer evaluation; and attest to a growing commitment to the pastoral ministry of the church.
- The Dangerous Opportunity of Practice: Defining Pastoral Theology
- Theoretical and practical aspects of pastoral theology.
- Major currents of academic research on pastoral care, counselling, and conflict resolution.
- Student participation in cooperative learning in a small group setting.
- Facilitation of experiential learning through role playing, simulations, and socio-drama; Understanding of the relevance of Christian pastoral theology to contemporary media.
Forum reflections, reflection essay, annotated bibliography, learning triads, exam.
- Patton, J. Pastoral Care: An Essential Guide. Nashville: Abingdon, 2005.
- Poirer, A. The Peacemaking Pastor. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2006.
MacArthur and Master’s Seminary Faculty, Pastoral Ministry: How to Shepherd Biblically. Nashville TN: Thomas Nelson, 2005.
Milton, M. “‘So What Are You Doing Here?’ The Role of the Minister of the Gospel in Hospital Visitation, or a Theological Cure for the Crisis of Evangelical Pastoral Care.” Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 46, no. 3 (2003): 449-463.
Nelson, H. “The Near Death Experience: Observations and Reflections from a Retired Chaplain.” Journal of Pastoral Care 54, no. 2 (2000): 159-166.
Peachey, K. “Expanding Our Practice: Integrating Body, Mind, and Spirit in Spiritual Care. Chaplaincy Today 15, no. 2 (1999): 2-66.
Purves, A. Pastoral Theology in the Classical Tradition. Westminster: John Knox Press, 2001.
Purves, A. Reconstructing Pastoral Theology. Westminster: John Knox Press, 2004.
Robinson, A. “Vicious Cycles: The Anxious Congregation.” Christian Century 121, no. 22 (2004): 8-9.
VandeCreek, L. “Spiritual Care for Persons with Dementia: Fundamentals for Pastoral Practice.” Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy 8, nos. 1-2 (1999): 1-120, 139-148.
Van Loon, A. “The Challenges and Opportunities of Faith Community Nursing in an Ageing Society.” Journal of Religious Gerontology 12, nos. 3-4 (2001): 167-180.
Walker, E. “Managing Conflicts in African American Congregations.” In Conflict Management in Congregations (Bethesda: The Alban Institute, 2001), 133-140.
Willows, D. and Swinton, J. (eds). Spiritual Dimensions of Pastoral Care: Practical Theology in a Multidisciplinary Context. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2000.
Woodward, J., and Pattison, S (eds.). The Blackwell Reader in Pastoral & Practical Theology. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 2000.