P7101 – Introduction to Pastoral Theology and Ministry

P7101 – Introduction to Pastoral Theology and Ministry

Unit Code


Unit Name

Introduction to Pastoral Theology and Ministry (undergraduate)

Unit Weighting

9 Credit Points

Type of Unit


Prerequisites, corequisites or exclusions


Academic Staff

Rev Fr. Mark Basily; BE (UNSW), MTh (UON), DMin PTS (cand.)

Curriculum Objectives

This course unit is an introduction to pastoral and practical theology for ministry. It is also an opportunity to overview the biblical and theological foundations of ministry. Common aspects of ministry will be considered.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the unit students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate a sound knowledge of key issues relating to the practice of pastoral care
  2. display a sound understanding of the role of the human sciences in pastoral theology and ministry
  3. apply the critical insights of biblical and theological foundations to the practice of ministry
  4. demonstrate the process of reflection in the practice of ministry
  5. develop and apply effective skills for pastoral ministry
  1. The theological, epistemological and biblical foundations of pastoral theology
  2. Aspects of church pastoral and caring ministry
  3. Human science perspectives on contemporary pastoral  issues
  4. Basic listening skills
  5. Developing reflective practice in pastoral ministry
  6. Methods of ministry and the place of ordination / leadership
Unit Weekly Schedule
Week 1 The Good Shepherd, Ministry of Christ – Biblical foundations:
Week 2 Pastoral Biblical Models – Biblical foundations:
Week 3 Practical Ministry – Aspects of Church Ministry:
Week 4 Spiritual Counselling – Listening Skills
  Critical Article Review
Week 5 Missiology – Key Methodologies:
Week 6 Theological reflection on contemporary pastoral issues – Ministry in a Secular Age:
Week 7 Theological reflection on contemporary pastoral issues – Bioethics for ministry:
Week 8 Patristic Reflection on Ministry:
  Student Presentation
Week 9 Methods of Ministry and the place of ordination – Spiritual Leadership and Authority:
Week 10 Preaching from Scripture and the Fathers – Human Sciences:
Week 11 The art of homiletics – Human Sciences:
Week 12 Scripture – Exegesis for Preaching – Human Sciences:
Major Essay



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