UNITS

Undergraduate Units

Biblical Studies
MINS1002 - Interpreting the Scriptures

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Content

This unit provides an introduction and overview to the writings of the Old and New Testament, focusing in the interpreting them in the light of their historical settings, genres, and leading theological themes. it introduces students to the challenges of reading and interpreting ancient texts. Passeafws chosen for discussion reflect some of the major theological themes of the bible and the significant stages in the unfolding of salvation history.

Learning Outcomes

1. Read selected passages of the Old and New Testament and Interpret them according to the original content.

2. Demonstrate an understanding of genre sad it applies to biblical texts

3. Articulate the challenge of reading ancient texts

4. Explore the inter-contectedness between the Old and New Testaments

5. Discuss how the writings of the Old and New Testaments reflect and shape our understanding of salvation history.

MINS1101 - Interpreting the Old Testament

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Content

This  unit  gives  an  introduction  to  the  contemporary interpretation of the Old Testament by reading it as a collection of diverse writings and by exploring its varied historical, cultural and social backgrounds. It introduces some methods used in the exegesis of biblical texts, and explores some the issues surrounding the application of the ancient writings to contemporary contexts. A series of discrete but  incremental topics will be covered throughout the semester presenting both an overview of the literature and specific study of representative sections of biblical material. The modules will include the Pentateuch, Deuteronomistic History, Prophets, and Psalms and may include selections from other writings.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Read a selection of writings from the Old Testament and interpret them according to their original contexts.

  2. Encounter the methods of biblical interpretation and describe their use and limitations

  3. Explore ways of drawing contemporary relevance from the ancient writings.

  4. Demonstrate the ability to articulate, discuss and present orally the issues raised.

MINS1201 - Interpreting the New Testament

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Content

The   unit    gives   an   introduction   to   contemporary interpretation of the New Testament by reading it as a collection of different kinds of literature and by exploring the historical, cultural and social backgrounds of the New Testament writings. It introduces some methods used in the exegesis of biblical texts and explores some of the issues surrounding the application of the ancient writings to contemporary contexts. A series of incremental topics will be covered during the semester, presenting both an overview of the literature and specific study of representative sections of biblical material. The modules will include the Gospels and Acts, Pauline Writings, Other Christian approaches to the Judaic heritage (Hebrews, James, and Revelation) and Issues of canon and authority.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Read the various writings of the New Testament and interpret them according to their original contexts.

  2. Encounter the methods of biblical interpretation and describe their use and limitations.

  3. Explore ways of drawing contemporary relevance from specified texts.

  4. Demonstrate the ability to articulate, discuss and present orally the issues raised.

MINS2001 - Bible and Culture

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Content

This unit is designed to explore the ways in which the Bible and culture come into dialogue and mutually interpret each other. Drawing on theories of culture and on biblical themes and motifs, a range of topics will be considered in order to explore the Bible as a source of critique and liberation, ethical teaching and a framework within which questions of life and death, good and evil are considered. Throughout  the unit  students will engage with a variety of cultural forms, including art, film, theatre, popular music, literature and other print and electronic media in order to explore how the Bible is understood and  portrayed. In evaluating the dialogue between contemporary culture and the Bible, students will develop their understanding of the missional context of the contemporary church.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain how the Bible functions as a cultural resource affecting and critiquing popular culture.

  2. Identify some Biblical themes expressed in a variety of different media including film, music, art, theatre and literature.

  3. Discuss how the Bible interacts with the Australian cultural context taking into account other contemporary contexts and cultures.

  4. Describe how this shapes the missional understanding of the church.

MINS2002 - Guided Study in Biblical Studies A

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Prerequisites: MINS1101 and MINS1201

 

Content

This unit requires students to consider a particular aspect of  biblical  studies,  either  Old  or  New  Testament, in relation to contemporary Christian ministry and mission. Students are required to focus on a specific canonical book/division and to engage with both the body of scholarly works concerning the biblical text/s chosen and to consider issues relating to the relevance of that material for contemporary missional contexts.

 

Learning Outcomes for MINS2002

  1. Read a selection of writings from a particular biblical book/division and apply a range of methodological tools in order to interpret the text.

  2. Demonstrate competence in exegesis, including the ability to select appropriate critical tools for the text.

  3. Demonstrate  the  ability  to  research,  evaluate  and present reasoned discussion in support of arguments

  4. Be able to discuss the theology of a given text and articulate the hermeneutical principles used in applying the text to a contemporary ministry and missional context.

MINS2110 - Israel's Response to Exile

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Prerequisites: MINS1101

 

Content

This unit is designed to give an introduction to the Biblical responses to Israel's experience of exile (587-538 BCE). It

will examine books of the Bible currently known as the Deuteronomistic History (Joshua-II Kings), Ezra- Nehemiah, I and II Chronicles and sections of Second Isaiah. Passages for exegesis will be selected from these texts. A range of methodological approaches will be applied to the text, and issues surrounding the application of the text to contemporary mission and ministry contexts will be explored.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Read a selection of writings from the Joshua – II Kings, Isaiah 40-55, Ezra/Nehemiah and Chronicles and apply a range of methodological tools in order to interpret the text.

  2. Demonstrate clear thinking in the presentation of argument, communication of ideas, and quality of discussion.

  3. Critically evaluate secondary literature on the relevant Biblical texts.

  4. Describe the cultural and historical situation  which fostered the Deuteronomist’s theology and the theology of Ezra/Nehemiah, Chronicles and Isaiah 40- 55.

  5. Discuss ways of drawing contemporary relevance from the ancient and demonstrate the ability to apply the text in contemporary missional contexts.

MINS2111 - Pentateuch

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Prerequisites: MINS1101

 

Content

This unit provides an overview of the content and major

themes of the first five books of the Bible. It includes a detailed exegetical study of selected texts from the Pentateuch, an exploration of the composition of these books, the history of interpretation and the various interpretive approaches taken to the text. A range of methodological approaches will be applied to the text, and issues surrounding the application of the text to contemporary mission and ministry contexts will be explored. The modules will include detailed examination of Genesis and Exodus, and may include Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Read a selection of writings from the Pentateuch and apply a range of methodological tools in order to interpret the text.

  2. Demonstrate clear thinking in the presentation of argument, communication of ideas, and quality of discussion.

  3. Critically   evaluate   secondary   literature  on the Pentateuch.

  4. Discuss ways of drawing contemporary relevance from the ancient and demonstrate the ability to apply the text in contemporary missional contexts.

MINS2216 - Pauline Letters

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Prerequisites: MINS1201

 

Content

This unit studies the letters of the apostle Paul, which represent one of the most important collections of early Christian writings in the New Testament. Through employing different exegetical methods and comparing the letters attributed to Paul (authentic and pseudonymous), participants will gain an appreciation of the different contexts in which and to which Paul addressed his gospel and how Paul was subsequently interpreted. Key issues related to the expansion of Christianity into new cultures, the struggle to find a stable community identity and existence amidst a hostile environment and the demands of ethnic diversity will be investigated. Implications for contemporary missional practice arising from new interpretations of Paul's thought will also be addressed. A detailed exegesis of particular passages will be undertaken. An optional Greek component is available by agreement.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Read and interpret the undisputed letters of Paul as communications addressing specific concerns of particular communities in the Mediterranean world of late antiquity

  2. Demonstrate the use of relevant exegetical methods and assess a variety of interpretations

  3. Discuss ways of drawing contemporary relevance from these writings and demonstrate the ability to apply the text in contemporary missional and ministry contexts.

  4. Demonstrate the ability to articulate, discuss and present the issues raised.

MINS2217 - Romans

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Prerequisites: MINS1201

 

Content

This unit studies one of the most influential writings in the history of Christianity, written by the apostle Paul. It will employ various exegetical methods and interpretations which will give participants an appreciation of the nature of the issues that Paul was addressing, as well as the purpose, shape, style and content of this letter to the Christians in Rome. Participants will consider in detail some passages and their relevance for the contemporary context.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Discuss in an informed manner the main themes of Romans, particularly righteousness, justification, faith, flesh and spirit.

  2. Be familiar with the ‘new perspective’ on Paul.

  3. Assess a variety of interpretations and discuss the relevance of this foundational writing for the contemporary missional and ministry contexts.

  4. Demonstrate exegetical competence.

MINS2218 - 1 & 2 Corinthians

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Prerequisites: MINS1201

 

Content

This unit will study the correspondence which the apostle

Paul had with the Christians in Corinth. It will reconstruct and evaluate the developing situation that confronts him in Corinth, as he perceives it. Participants will acquire an understanding of the purpose, shape, style and content of Paul’s letters to  the Corinthians as well as gaining an understanding of the particularity of the letters and also their coherence within Paul’s thought as a whole. Detailed exegesis of certain passages will be undertaken.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Discuss in an informed manner the main themes of the

Corinthian letters and how these resonate with the other letters of Paul.

  1. Discuss in detail Paul’s thought on how he understands life in the body, life in the Spirit, life in the church and life eternal.

  2. Assess a variety of interpretations and discuss the relevance of this correspondence for the contemporary missional and ministry contexts

  3. Demonstrate exegetical competence.

MINS2219 - Synoptic Gospels

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Prerequisites:MINS1201

 

Content

This unit is designed to examine the Synoptic Gospels, in order to Understand the historical and cultural contexts in which they were written. Compare the distinctive witness of the three Synoptic Gospels. Examine questions that arise from exegesis of the text and learn the methodologies that have been developed to address these questions. Gain an understanding of the theology of the Synoptic Gospels. Explore connections between these writings and contemporary issues. A range of methodologies is used. A detailed exegesis of particular passages will be undertaken. An optional Greek component is available by agreement

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Read the Gospels of Mark, Matthew and Luke and apply  a  range  of  methodological  tools  in  order  to interpret them.

  2. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the structure, themes and distinctive features of one of the Synoptic Gospels and explain the similarities and differences between this Gospel and the other Synoptic Gospels.

  3. Discuss ways of drawing contemporary relevance from these writings and demonstrate the ability to apply the text in contemporary missional and ministry contexts.

  4. Demonstrate the ability to articulate, discuss and present the issues raised.

MINS2122 - Integrative Ministry Practice Old Testament: Text to Sermon

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Content

Preaching well through a biblical book poses a number of challenges to any preacher, no matter how seasoned or knowledgeable. This course equips participants to understand a biblical book as a whole so that a meaningful sermon series can be assembled (task 2), and to hone exegetical skills so that engaging sermons may be prepared (task 3) and delivered (task 4).

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Interpret selected passages of the assigned Old Testament book in its original historical, literary, and cultural contexts

  2. Explain and demonstrate the place of the Old Testament text in the canon and its impact and use in the NT

  3. Integrate the interpretive findings from the assigned Old Testament book into an outline for a sermon

  4. Outline a sermon series that is based on the interpretation and application of the assigned Old Testament book.

MINS2704 - Biblical Greek

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Content

This unit gives an introduction to Biblical (Koine) Greek. Students are introduced to the grammar and vocabulary of Koine Greek, learn to read and translate some passages of the New Testament and gain an understanding of the different insights which the study of this ancient language can offer.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Read and translate short passages from the Greek New Testament, with appropriate lexicographical aids.

  2. Understand the basic grammar of Koine Greek, with a focus on verbal forms.

  3. Analyse and  interpret  the  English  language more proficiently.

  4. Comprehend biblical commentaries that refer to the Greek text.

MINS2705 - Biblical Hebrew

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Content

This unit gives an introduction to Biblical Hebrew. Students are introduced to the Hebrew Biblical text, basic Hebrew vocabulary and grammar. They will learn to read and translate some passages of the Biblical text, using basic lexicographical aids.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. have learned the Hebrew alphabet and its pronunciation.

  2. acquire a basic Hebrew vocabulary and recognise the fundamentals of Hebrew grammar.

  3. read and translate a selection of passages from the Hebrew Bible.

  4. comprehend biblical commentaries that refer to the Hebrew text.

MINS3002 - Biblical Hermeneutics

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Prerequisites: MINS1101 and MINS1201

Content

This Unit surveys the variety of theologies of biblical interpretation and hermeneutical perspectives by which contemporary meaning is made from ancient scripture. Current approaches to scripture will be evaluated critically, and students will explore their own hermeneutic strategies. 

This unit will include:

  1. an overview of historical developments in biblical interpretation up to the mid 20th century

  2. a detailed examination of the developments and changes in biblical hermeneutics since the mid 20th century

  3. a series of workshops and discussions on a range of contemporary biblical interpretations

  4. opportunities to apply different approaches to the hermeneutics and a variety of contemporary contexts.​

Learning Outcomes:

At the completion of this unit the students will be able to

  1. Outline the history of biblical interpretation and discuss critically the shifts in methodologies and perspectives that have taken place since the mid 20th century

  2. encounter different hermeneutical strategies and describe their use and limitations

  3. apply hermeneutical theory to the interpretation of the context of mission, Christian education and the discipleship, leadership, liturgy,  spirituality and pastoral theology.

MINS3003 - Guided Study in Biblical Studies B

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Prerequisites: MINS1101 and MINS1201

 

Content

This unit requires students to consider a particular aspect of biblical studies, either Old or New Testament,  in relation to contemporary Christian ministry and mission. Students are required to focus on a specific canonical book/division and to engage with both the body of scholarly works concerning the biblical text/s chosen and to consider issues relating to the relevance of that material for contemporary missional contexts.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Read a particular biblical book/division and a selection of secondary literature on it and apply a range of methodological tools in order to interpret the text

  2. Demonstrate competence in exegesis, including the ability to select appropriate critical tools for the text

  3. Demonstrate the ability to research, evaluate and present reasoned discussion in support of arguments

  4. Be able to discuss the theology of a given text and articulate the hermeneutical principles used in applying the text to a contemporary ministry and missional context.

MINS3109 - Old Testament Writings

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Prerequisites: MINS1101 and at least one second level Biblical Studies unit

 

Content

This unit gives an overview of the biblical wisdom Writings, including the deuterocanonical / apocryphal texts. Interpretation draws largely upon historical critical methodology. Feminist Criticism and contemporary Literary Criticism are also utilized. Emphasis is placed on theologies of creation, theodicy and images of God in the wisdom literature. Particular attention will be given to contemporary ministry and missional implications of the wisdom literature.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. read a selection of writings from the canonical and deuteron-canonical/apocryphal wisdom writings and apply a range of methodological tools in order to interpret the text.

  2. demonstrate competence in exegesis, including the ability to select appropriate critical tools for the text.

  3. describe the cultural and historical situation that fostered wisdom writing.

  4. demonstrate the ability to research, evaluate and present reasoned discussion in support of arguments.

  5. be able to discuss the theology of a given text and articulate the hermeneutical principles used in applying the text to a contemporary ministry and missional context.

MINS3110 - Wisdom Literature

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Prerequisites: MINS1101 and at least one second level Biblical Studies unit

 

Content

This unit gives an overview of the biblical wisdom writings, including the deutero-canonical / apocryphal texts. Interpretation draws largely upon historical-critical methodology. Feminist Criticism and contemporary Literary Criticism are also utilized. Emphasis is placed on theologies of creation, theodicy and images of God in the wisdom literature. Particular attention will be given to contemporary ministry and missional implications of the wisdom literature.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. read a selection of writings from the canonical and deuteron-canonical/apocryphal wisdom writings and apply a range of methodological tools in order to interpret the text.

  2. demonstrate competence in exegesis, including the ability to select appropriate critical tools for the text.

  3. describe the  cultural and historical situation that fostered wisdom writing.

  4. demonstrate the ability to research, evaluate and present reasoned discussion in support of arguments.

  5. be able to discuss the theology of a given text and articulate the hermeneutical principles used in applying the text to a contemporary ministry and missional context.

MINS3111 - Prophets Then and Now

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Prerequisites: MINS1101 and at least one level 2 Biblical Studies unit

 

Content

The unit gives an introduction to contemporary interpretation of the Israel’s Prophetic Literature. It includes a detailed exegetical study of selected texts from the Prophets, with a primary focus on either the book of Isaiah or Jeremiah, as well has a range of texts from other prophetic books. A variety of methodological approaches to the interpretation of the prophets will be explored, including the reading of the prophets against their historical context alongside other approaches such as rhetorical and literary analysis. Particular attention will  be  given to contemporary ministry and missional implications of the prophetic literature.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Read a selection of writings from the Prophetic Literature and apply a range of methodological tools in order to interpret the text.

  2. Demonstrate competence in exegesis, including the ability to select appropriate critical tools for the text.

  3. Demonstrate the ability to research, evaluate and present reasoned discussion in support of arguments.

  4. Be able to discuss the theology of a given text and articulate the hermeneutical principles used in applying the text to a contemporary ministry and missional context.

MINS3218 - The Gospel of John and the Johnannine Letters

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Prerequisites: MINS1201

 

Content

This unit is designed to examine the Gospel of John, in order to:

  1. understand the historical context in which it was written

  2. appreciate its Jewish and Graeco-Roman cultural backgrounds

  3. compare this Gospel with the witness of the Synoptic Gospels

  4. deal with literary and socio-rhetorical questions that arise from exegesis of the text

  5. gain an understanding of the theology and symbolism of the Gospel

  6. explore connections between this writing and contemporary issues.

It also gives an introduction to the Johannine epistles and sets out the relationship between the Gospel and the Epistles.

 

A range of methodologies is used, including narrative, historical, social scientific, liberationist and feminist criticisms. A detailed exegesis of particular passages will be undertaken. An optional Greek component is available by agreement.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Read the Gospel of John as a whole and the Johannine Epistles and apply a range of methodological tools in order to interpret them

  2. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the structure, themes and distinctive features of the Gospel of John and  the relationship between the Gospel and the Epistles

  3. Discuss ways of drawing contemporary relevance from these writings and demonstrate the ability to apply the text in contemporary missional and ministry contexts

  4. Demonstrate  the  ability  to  articulate,  discuss  and present the issues

Christian Education & Discipleship
MINS1601 - Spirituality for 21st Century Disciples

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Content

The purpose of the unit is to provide students with the ability to articulate the biblical, spiritual and ethical bases for Christian discipleship, to reflect on the appropriation of these in their own lives as developing leaders, and to gain a general understanding of such issues for church members.

 

The unit is structured around four modules:

  1. An exploration of New Testament texts and theology regarding the nature of Christian discipleship

  2. An exploration of personal and communal practices of Christian discipleship as described in recent literature and the biographies of contemporary disciples, with students engaging in reflection on their own beliefs, values and practices

  3. An introductory understanding of the nature of Christian ethics in Australian society against a global context, and the implications for Christian beliefs, values and living

  4. An examination of a range of approaches to spiritual development in the Christian tradition, including contemporary approaches and consideration of forms of spiritual development appropriate to the student’s own experience.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Ability to explain biblical motifs of Christian discipleship as expressed in the New Testament.

  2. Ability to identify formative practices of Christian discipleship, both corporate and individual, and demonstrate some foundational practices suitable for personal development.

  3. Ability to articulate and apply basic ethical frameworks for decision-making from a Christian perspective

  4. Articulate an understanding of forms of spiritual development in the Christian tradition, and the ability to identify appropriate personal practices to foster these.

MINS1603 - Beyond Sunday

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Content

This unit includes:

  1. Biblical and theological foundations for a Christian approach to vocation, work and leisure.

  2. An exploration of the application of Christian discipleship to significant issues of 21st century life, eg. globalisation, economic factors, influence of technology.

  3. An in-depth examination of key pastoral issues in the life of the worker, eg. stress, anxiety, work/life balance, financial pressure, workplace bullying, and development of peer-based pastoral skills in relation to these.

  4. Principles of, and possibilities for, leisure and rest in 21st century Australian life.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. develop a theology of vocation, work and leisure.

  2. analyse a range of issues that impact the wellbeing of individuals in the contemporary workplace, and explore a range of Christian responses.

  3. identify ways in which the church can empower people to effectively live out a Christian approach to their vocation and leisure.

  4. demonstrate effective communication skills (written, verbal and technological).

MINS2601 - Guided Study in Christian Education & Discipleship

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Content

This unit involves study of a particular aspect of Christian ministry and mission. It could include study of the historical and theological foundations of the practice of ministry, and the contributions of the social sciences. The unit could also include analysis of contemporary practices, and orientation to the understandings and approaches that underlie such practice in particular contexts. This unit will be offered with particular foci, depending on the stream in which it is taken and on the method by which study is undertaken.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. demonstrate a knowledge of the historical influence shaping a particular area of study

  2. identify the primary biblical and theological dimensions shaping a particular area of study

  3. demonstrate an understanding of the primary ways in which culture, context and other social factors influence contemporary practice

  4. demonstrate elements of several key ministry practices in this area at a ‘professional’ level demonstrate the capacity to reflect theologically on current practice in this a particular area of study

MINS2602 - Youth & Young Adult Ministry

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Content

This unit provides a grounding in the fundamentals of effective youth ministry in terms of theology, strategy and practice, with a focus on young people aged 12 to 25 years.

 

The unit includes the following content:

  1. biblical and theological foundations for youth and young adult ministry

  2. exploration of the nature of ‘youth’ in Western society since the early 20th century

  3. analysis of significant models or approaches to youth ministry

  4. developmental theory regarding adolescence, in particular, psycho-social, faith and spiritual development

  5. examination of the pastoral needs of young people and appropriate responses by those in ministry leadership

  6. recent research regarding the spirituality of “Generation Y” and the implications for youth ministry

  7. frameworks for addressing the health and well- being of young people, and the role of the Church in contributing to the positive  development of young people in society.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. articulate a coherent theology and approach to youth or young adult ministry relevant to a particular social and geographic context

  2. identify common pastoral issues in the lives of young people and their families and articulate some appropriate responses

  3. describe stages of psychosocial and faith development of young people and develop appropriate approaches to spiritual formation and growth in Christian discipleship

  4. identify local opportunities to improve the well-being of young people and steps to develop the church’s support for them.

MINS2603 - Ministry with Children & Families

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Content

This unit will focus on family and children’s ministry as it takes place within an Australian and global context. In this unit students focus on theological and pastoral guidelines for ministry with families and children in order to develop strategies of appropriate care and support, especially in relation to faith formation, worship, pastoral care and engagement in Christian mission in the world. The process will include opportunity for personal reflection, small group discussion and presentations by the lecturer, with opportunity for dialogue with the material presented. Each week's unit will include a discussion on the implications of the unit for ministry in students’ own contexts. Participants will be encouraged to share their insights and concerns from their own life experience.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. explain contemporary characteristics of the lives of families and children in Australia today

  2. compare approaches to Christian ministry with families and children in relation to the varied contexts in which they live

  3. outline the nature and purpose of ministry with families and  children from both theoretical and contextual perspectives

  4. reflect on particular contexts in their own praxis with families and children to discover effective ways to minister to and with families and children.

MINS2604 - Chaplaincy & Ministry in Schools

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Prerequisites: MINS1601 and MINS2524

 

Content

This unit provides an overview of the nature of Christian chaplaincy and ministry in secondary school settings, with a particular emphasis on:

  1. exploring a pastoral praxis of chaplaincy appropriate to a range of school settings.

  2. examining the various roles performed by chaplains in relation to students, parents, staff and the wider community.

  3. providing an overview of the nature of state and church schools as workplaces, and an introduction to the professional and ethical responsibilities involved.

  4. in-depth examination of some key issues in the lives of

  5. young people – identity/peers, family. sexuality, substance use and abuse, thrill-seeking and self- harm, technology addiction – and pastoral skills development in relation to these.

  6. an overview of major approaches  to religious education in church schools, and the educational and theological methodologies underlying these.

  7. an in-depth examination of recent research regarding the spiritual development of young people in Australia and other Western countries, and consideration of the implications for pastoral practice.

MINS2605 - Leading & Facilitating Groups

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Content

This unit will cover the following content:

  1. theories of group dynamics, group process and interpersonal behavior.

  2. stages of group life and leadership practices and skills appropriate to each stage.

  3. causes of conflict, cycles of conflict, conflict behaviours and conflict management skills.

  4. facilitation theory and skills for a range of settings, including formal meetings, consensus procedures and other group settings.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. identify characteristics of group dynamics and demonstrate appropriate responses in a range of social or cultural settings.

  2. identify stages of group life development and explain leadership approaches appropriate to each.

  3. explain the dynamics of conflict escalation and resolution and demonstrate some skills for resolving conflict.

  4. identify types of group facilitation applicable to a range of settings and demonstrate skills appropriate to at least two settings

MINS2606 - Media & Communication

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Contents

The purpose of this unit is to introduce students to the significant changes in culture and society in relation to media and communication, to consider theological dimensions of these changes, and to identify implications for effective communication in Christian ministry and mission.

 

  1. An examination of developments in information and communication technology since the late 19th century/early 20th century, particularly with regard to media. This will include consideration of the political, economic and scientific aspects of technological development.

  2. An exploration of major theories about communication, particularly since the advent of television.

  3. An examination of social and cultural theory with regard to communication and technology, including the significance of popular culture as an arena for ‘meaning-making’.

  4. An identification of the implications of the above (1-3) for a range of communication contexts in which Christians and the Church (as an institution) engage.

  5. The development of the capacity to reflect theologically on these issues.

  6. The ability to understand and utilise multiple communication strategies and media within effective Christian ministry.​

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. ability to articulate and analyse key aspects of media and technology development since the start of the 20th century

  2. articulate an understanding of key shifts communication in theory in the last 60 years, in particular theories regarding ‘new’ media (or digital media) and ‘visual culture’

  3. explain of the relationships between culture, communication and technology, and an ability to identify implications for the ministry and mission of the Church

  4. identify aspects of effective communication and the conditions that support this, with particular reference to Christian worship, education, community life and mission ability to reflect theologically on the above issues.

MINS2612 - Faith at Work

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Content

  1. Advanced and contextual theologies with particular reference to vocation and work

  2. Historical perspectives on changing ideological approaches to work including Capitalism and Marxism.

  3. Ethical issues experienced in the contemporary workplace, with reference to student’s individual contexts, and examination of Christian perspectives.

  4. Case-studies of the experience and response of Christian workers to the impact of workplace culture on their personal identity, eg. Policeman, Teacher, Engineer, Journalist

  5. Missional principles for engaging particular workplace contexts, with examples.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Construct an integrated, personal theology of vocation and work

  2. Analyse the historical influence of changing political ideologies on the workforce (eg. Capitalism, Marxism), and critique them from a biblical perspective.

  3. Evaluate ethical issues relevant to protocols and professional practices of their contemporary workplace, and construct a response from a Christian perspective.

  4. Critically discuss the influence of workplace culture on personal identity, and how to discern an integrated Christian response.

  5. Construct a coherent Christian missional approach for their particular work context.

  6. Demonstrate effective communication skills (written, verbal and technological).

MINS2613 - Church Planting

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Content

This unit explores theological and missional principles for various models of church planting. It also covers the stages of a church planting process, including contextual analysis in order to determine appropriate church planting methodologies, and leadership dynamics in guiding a team through the embryonic stage to the launch. The development of key elements such as worship style, evangelism and discipleship strategies are covered, as well as practical considerations such as facilities, funding and administration for a church plant.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Outline a biblical and theological basis for church planting

  2. Explain the missiological principles and methodologies involved in planting a church in a given context

  3. Outline the dynamics involves in each stage of the lifecycle of a church plant

  4. Identify the leadership and ethical principles employed in guiding a church planting team

MINS3601 - Guided Study in Christian Education & Discipleship B

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Content

This unit involves study of a particular aspect of Christian ministry and mission. It could include study of the historical and theological foundations of the practice of ministry, and the contributions of the social sciences. The unit could also include analysis of contemporary practices, and orientation to the understandings and approaches that underlie such practice in particular contexts. This unit will be offered with particular foci, depending on the stream in which it is taken and on the method by which study is undertaken.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. demonstrate a knowledge of the historical influence shaping a particular area of study

  2. identify the primary biblical and theological dimensions shaping a particular area of study

  3. demonstrate an understanding of the primary ways in which culture, context and other social factors influence contemporary practice

  4. demonstrate elements of several key ministry practices in this area at a ‘professional’ level demonstrate the capacity to reflect theologically on current practice in this a particular area of study

MINS3602 - Creative Arts in Worship, Learning & Mission

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Content

The unit will cover the following:

  1. understandings of creativity and imagination from a range of perspectives – theological, philosophical, cultural and psychological

  2. exploration of aspects of ritual theory, communication theory and cultural theory

  3. examination of creative works and exploration of the  creative  processes  of  contemporary  artists, including Christian artist

  4. guided practice of the development of a creative project.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. articulate  a  theology  of  creativity,  imagination  and intuition in relation to both the mission of the church and the perceived activity of God in the world

  2. identify aspects of ritual theory, communication theory and cultural theory that relate to the church’s artistic expression of its ministry and mission

  3. formulate a creative project about which they can articulate the influence of theology, cultural theory, ritual theory and communication theory.

MINS3603 - Discipling Adults in Christian Community

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Content

The unit will address the following content areas:

  1. Theological foundations of Christian discipleship

  2. Adult development in the life cycle –psycho-social, vocational, physical and spiritual

  3. Adult learning theory, including gender differences

  4. Recent research regarding the faith development of adults

  5. Writing and research regarding ‘learning communities’ and ‘communities of practice’

  6. Recent thinking about practice of Christian discipleship and how they may be fostered.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. articulate a theological understanding of Christian discipleship with reference to the Bible, church history and contemporary experience

  2. explain contemporary understandings of the psycho-social, spiritual and vocational development of adults in relation to learning

  3. apply theory about learning communities and communities of practice to planning for educational leadership articulate an approach to educational

  4. articulate an approach to educational leadership appropriate to his or her ministry context

  5. apply adult learning theories to development of strategies for the formation of Christian disciples.

MINS3604 - Radical & Missional Discipleship

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Prerequisites: MINS1601

Content

 1. A biblical and theological basis for radical and missional discipleship

 2. An historical overview of radical discipleship movements within church history

 3. An understanding of the dynamic of radical discipleship in the context of recent western secularism

 4. The distinct nature of discipleship in the context of mission, poverty, or contexts hostile to Christianity

 5. The phenomenon of martyrdom, with examples

 6. A theological and ethical bases for civil disobedience and dissent

 7. A biblical and theological understanding of faithfulness and confession in the context of exile, with contemporary examples

 9. The political implications of Christian discipleship in a given context

Learning Outcomes

  1. Articulate a biblical and theological basis for radical discipleship.

  2. Outline an historical overview of radical discipleship movements within church history.

  3. Demonstrate an understanding of how missiological principles can inform the nature of discipleship in a given context.

  4. Articulate a theological basis, with corresponding ethical principles, for civil disobedience, resistance living and martyrdom.

  5. Identify appropriate principles common to discipleship lived in cultural contexts of poverty, consumerism, isolation or hostile to Christianity.

  6. Demonstrate an understanding of nature of discipleship appropriate to the context of a new church plant or church revitalisation endeavour.

Leadership & Pastoral Care
MINS1509 - Introduction to Leadership

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Content

The Introduction to Leadership unit is designed to assist in the formation of effective Christian leaders for contemporary ministry and mission contexts. Students will explore the nature and dynamic of leadership, especially in relation to Christian ministry and mission, the value of effective leadership as integral to the mission and ministry of the church. Topics covered may include: defining leadership;

theology and leadership; leadership as influence; models of Christian leadership (leader as servant, shepherd, change-agent, manager); leadership styles; leadership qualities.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. articulate definitions and understandings of leadership from the perspective of Christian theology in dialogue with secular leadership modes

  2. identify a number of models and styles of leadership and their applications to the given context and in relation to issues such as responsibility, power, authority and governance in general

  3. critically reflect on her/his personal experiences in leadership

  4. evaluate the culture and dynamics of a given organisation.

MINS1510 - Introduction to Formation Ministry

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Content

This unit is designed to introduce and orientate students to the nature of Christian formation, with particular application to their progress through the unit. It will allow students to analyse their learning styles and articulate personal learning plans. The students will undertake a self-assessment of their own learning style; formulate personal learning goals and strategies in response; develop a baseline description of understanding their identity in relation to taking on a professional role in ministry, and in relation to their faith and life; create a statement of vocation, develop a commitment to the ethical guidelines for ministry practice. This unit will provide an overview of selected practices of Christian formation, both individual and communal, and allow students to identify ways in which this might apply to their own formation. It will provide students with the opportunity to articulate a vocational statement and design a starting point for understanding their role, identify, faith  and  life in  ministry from which  to map further developments throughout the unit.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. developed awareness to various approaches to learning and recognise their own personal style of learning

  2. become able to articulate an ethical framework binding for ministry practice

  3. acquired skills in how to engage in a formational group process

  4. gained skills for dialogue and discussion using contemporary technologies

  5. identified various practices of Christian formation and their implications for individual practice

  6. engaged in a specific spiritual practice for the duration of the unit.

MINS1511 - Introduction to Preaching

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Content

Preaching is a ministry - and a spiritual gift - that brings together numerous areas of learning. It is a theologically constructive task that combines rigorous biblical study, social- and self-awareness, sharp communication skills, and pastoral sensitivity. This course therefore covers dimensions of preaching that are practical, theological, pastoral, and personal. Overall, the course is designed to enable students to discover their own distinctive preaching voices via a range of exercises and learning strategies. These include readings, lectures, Q&A, workshops, observation/reflection, and seminar style discussions. Along the way, students will be introduced to a number of significant preachers through videos and via weekly readings. The purpose and theology of preaching are explored with the intention of informing good homiletic practice, from the initial stages of exegetical preparation right through to final presentation. In addition, students will have opportunities to receive constructive feedback on a sermon from peers and from the lecturer in a safe and positive environment.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate an awareness of the key issues involved in a preaching ministry, with emphasis on the place of preaching within the life of the Church.

  2. Identify the foundational elements of a sermon

  3. Display basic techniques required for preaching from different genres

  4. Integrate theory with the practice of preaching and evaluate sermon design and delivery

  5. Evaluate methods for preaching within a contemporary Australian context.

MINS2524 - The Caring Practices of the Church

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Content

Students will firstly be introduced to a series of pastoral communication  skills: listening, reflective responding, exploring, affirmation, confrontation, pastoral prayer and the use of the Scriptures. They will secondly practice the effective application of these skills for a variety of contexts of care (prison, military, congregation, homeless shelter, disability, age care facility) and in response to a diversity of presenting pastoral issues. Material for pastoral conversations and other caring practices will be sourced from field visits, readings and discussions.

 

Learning Outcomes

Students who have completed this unit

  1. will be able to describe a number of presenting pastoral issues;

  2. will be able to apply a series of six pastoral conversation skills;

  3. will be able to explain how pastoral care is practiced in a diversity of contexts.

MINS2527 - Christian Leadership

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Prerequisites: MINS1509

Content

The Christian Leadership unit is designed to assist in the formation of effective leaders for a healthy, missional church. Students will explore strategic planning, putting plans into action and methods of evaluation. Topics may include: acquiring, developing and articulating vision; the art of strategy: goals, systems and strategic thinking; effective execution: decision making, tactics and programming; resourcing ministry; decision-making; programs and tactics; establishing evaluation systems.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Articulate a personal philosophy of leadership and management in dialogue with Christian theological understandings and perspectives.

  2. Evaluate critically a range of approaches to leadership, comparing concepts and styles.

  3. Identify the role of a Christian leader in relation to strategic planning including vision, goals, programming and evaluation.

  4. Articulate the value and contribution that systems theory can make to a Christian organization.

  5. Reflect on the nature of decision-making, particularly in relation to the leader’s style and personality as well as the use of power and authority

MINS2528 - Supervised Field Education 1

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Prerequisites: MINS1510.  Prerequisite or Corequisite: MINS1509.

 

Content

Supervised Field Education (SFE) includes the development of a learning contract with a goal and learning objectives related to practical ministry experiences. The supervisor, who is a person formally accredited by the Uniting College, will enable the student to reflect pastorally, personally and theologically on developing experience in ministry in relation to the learning contract, with the development of self- awareness and character formation for ministry as an overarching goal. The goals and objectives of the learning contract shall be related to the ministry development needs of the students and the pastoral needs of the placement.

 

Learning Outcomes

Students with the assistance of an accredited supervisor will:

  1. Achieve personal growth in ministry through integration of theory and practice

  2. Develop various skills for ministry and mission

  3. Reflect on their own particular ministry experiences.

 

Other requirements

  1. Initial meeting of Student and SFE Coordinator to set up framework including learning contract for unit and setting up a placement.

  2. Fortnightly or weekly face to face reflection with Supervisor

  3. Monthly face to face reflection with Ministry Reflection Team.

  4. Monthly face to face meeting with Peer Reflection Group.

  5. External mode students may complete the three reflection times via phone/Skype.

  6. Final meeting of Student, SFE Coordinator and Supervisor regarding assessment.

MINS2529 - Supervised Field Education 2

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

 

Prerequisites: MINS1510. Prerequisite or Corequisite: MINS1509.

 

Content

Supervised Field Education (SFE) includes the development of a learning contract with a goal and learning objectives related to practical ministry experiences. The supervisor, who is a person formally accredited by the Uniting College, will enable the student to reflect pastorally, personally and theologically on developing experience in ministry in relation to the learning contract, with the development of self- awareness and character formation for ministry as an overarching goal. The goals and objectives of the learning contract shall be related to the ministry development needs of the students and the pastoral needs of the placement.

 

Learning Outcomes

Students with the assistance of an accredited supervisor will:

  1. Achieve personal growth in ministry through integration of theory and practice

  2. Develop various skills for ministry and mission

  3. Reflect on their own particular ministry experiences.

 

Other requirements

  1. Initial meeting of Student and SFE Coordinator to set up framework including learning contract for unit and setting up a placement.

  2. Fortnightly or weekly face to face reflection with Supervisor

  3. Monthly face to face reflection with Ministry Reflection Team.

  4. Monthly face to face meeting with Peer Reflection Group.

  5. External mode students may complete the three reflection times via phone/Skype.

  6. Final meeting of Student, SFE Coordinator and Supervisor regarding assessment.

MINS2530 - Supervised Field Education 3

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Prerequisites: MINS1510. Prerequisite or Corequisite: MINS1509.

 

Content

 Supervised Field Education (SFE) includes the development of a learning contract with a goal and learning objectives related to practical ministry experiences. The supervisor, who is a person formally accredited by the Uniting College, will enable the student to reflect pastorally, personally and theologically on developing experience in ministry in relation to the learning contract, with the development of self- awareness and character formation for ministry as an overarching goal. The goals and objectives of the learning contract shall be related to the ministry development needs of the students and the pastoral needs of the placement.

 

Learning Outcomes

Students with the assistance of an accredited supervisor will:

  1. Achieve personal growth in ministry through integration of theory and practice

  2. Develop various skills for ministry and mission

  3. Reflect on their own particular ministry experiences.

 

Other requirements

  1. Initial meeting of Student and SFE Coordinator to set up framework including learning contract for unit and setting up a placement.

  2. Fortnightly or weekly face to face reflection with Supervisor

  3. Monthly face to face reflection with Ministry Reflection Team.

  4. Monthly face to face meeting with Peer Reflection Group.

  5. External mode students may complete the three reflection times via phone/Skype.

  6. Final meeting of Student, SFE Coordinator and Supervisor regarding assessment.

MINS2531 - Guided Study in Leadership A

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Prerequisites: MINS1509 and MINS2527

 

Content

This unit involves the study of contemporary approaches to leadership and management in dialogue with Christian theology. A variety of leadership models will be studied including approaches, practices and styles associated with the theology and practice of Christian ministry and mission. It will include an analysis of philosophical, cultural and theological understandings underlie such leadership practices in a variety of contexts.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. demonstrate a knowledge of a variety of approaches, practices and styles of leadership

  2. articulate a basic biblical understanding of leadership and the capacity to reflect theologically about leadership

  3. demonstrate an understanding of the primary ways in which culture, context and her social factors influence contemporary practices of leadership

  4. demonstrate attitudes and skills required for leadership in the ministry context

MINS2532 - Guided Study in Pastoral Care A

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Prerequisites: MINS1509 and MINS1510

 

Content

This unit involves study of practical theological aspect of Christian ministry and mission. It includes the study of the historical and theological foundations of practical theology as an academic discipline and its interdisciplinary links with and interests in other humanities and social sciences. This also includes an analysis of contemporary mission and ministry practices through a variety of lenses developed from within the practical theological stream, and an orientation to the understandings and approaches that underlie such practices in particular contexts. This unit will be offered with a particular focus on the concepts, reflective tools and practices that are emerging from this stream.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. demonstrate a knowledge of the historical influence shaping the area of practical theology

  2. identify authoritative sources such as the scriptures and other theological and philosophical writings of significance which have shaped this particular stream of study

  3. demonstrate an understanding of the primary ways in which  culture, context, interdisciplinary trends and other social factors influence contemporary practice

  4. show a detailed understanding of conceptual changes in the relationship between theology/theory and practice/praxis in contemporary debate

  5. describe and critically discuss elements of current ministry practices at a ‘professional’ level demonstrate the capacity to reflect theologically on current practice with tools developed from within the area of practical theology

MINS2533 - Homiletics

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Prerequisites: either MINS1101 or MINS1201. Corequisite: MINS1304

 

Content

Students will be involved in an integrated learning process reflecting on the theology of preaching, preparing and delivering sermons. As the performative aspects of preaching will feature in this unit exercises and class preaching will be used to enhance confidence and skills. The use of video will feature as a key tool for self-reflection of preaching. A combination of lecture, workshop, exercises and small group formats will be used to encourage dialogue with the lecturer, readings and experiences of others. Students will be encouraged to view lecture material critically, relate them to their own context and share their views.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. acquired theological and practical skills in diverse preaching settings.

  2. integrated exegetical skills with preaching practices to meet the needs of congregations

  3. learned new ways of preaching not practiced before

  4. demonstrated confidence in the practice of preaching through practical class experiences and reflection.

MINS2534 - Liturgy & Worship

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Prerequisites: MINS2528 (1 unit of Supervised Field Education)

 

Content

The unit will enable the student to have a critical awareness of the nature of Christian worship, its theology, history, practice and emerging trends. The unit will discuss the role ritual plays in human identity and development, the transforming function of worship and the development of diverse liturgical practice to date. An emphasis is placed upon the practical and creative skills needed for leadership of worship in a local church and examines the inter-relationships between the worship life, preaching and mission of the church.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. to explain the historical, theological and biblical foundations of Christian worship and how they relate to worship today

  2. to demonstrate the importance of the distinct components and flow of an order of worship

  3. to craft and deliver  liturgical material for diverse worship settings

  4. to describe a range of contemporary movements in the Christian church and their ways of enlivening worship.

MINS2536 - The Ministry of Pastoral Care

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Content

This unit provides the foundations for the confident and competent practice of pastoral care. The theological and ethical challenges of offering such care are examined, as well as the necessity for considering pastoral care in the wider context of a community of faith. A variety of pastoral issues are presented as case studies in order for students to consider their responses, and reflect on their learning from these pastoral situations. Pastoral caring skills are presented for practice and reflection.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Articulate a personal pastoral theology

  2. Outline the theological and  ethical foundations of pastoral care

  3. Develop the skills required in conducting a pastoral conversation

  4. Integrate personal skills to enable effective responses in a range of pastoral situations.

MINS2537 - Theology & Practice of Chaplaincy

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Prerequisites:  Two  units  from:  MINS1304,  MINS1305, MINS1510,MINS1601

 

Content

This unit will introduce students to practices, images and theological themes in a practical theology of chaplaincy. This will include developing skills and habits in areas of pastoral care, mission, leadership and worship from the perspective of actual human experience.

 

This unit will consider a range of questions including:

  1. How do we discern God in the face of people with whom we engage in ministry?

  2. How does the God we see present in the 'embodied other' inform a theological understanding of self that includes vulnerability, mutuality, spirituality, the love of God, belonging and justice?

  3. How might historic and contemporary pastoral thinkers inform our understanding?

  4. How might a theology of personhood from below shape ministry practice?

  5. What skills and habits enable a life-giving practice of chaplaincy?

Lectures, tutorials and case studies will explore issues in the Christian life from the perspective of the socially marginalised. This will include a survey of the historical tradition, from the Church Fathers, Augustine, Aquinas, Julian of Norwich, the Reformers, Bonhoeffer, Barth, Reinders, Eisland, Vanier and Hauerwas.

 

Using case studies, a model of practical theology and the attendant skills and practices will be developed in which an ‘upside down anthropology’ can inform how one practices Christian ministry in churches and in society.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. articulate a theology of chaplaincy

  2. summarise historic and contemporary literature on the theology and practice of the human person in ministry, with particular relevance to chaplaincy

  3. develop a theology and practice of being human as it relates to the ministry context, both personal and communal

  4. discuss the implications for theology and ministry when perceptions of God are considered in the face of marginalised persons

  5. develop a set of practices, skills and habits that enable the effective practice of chaplaincy.

MINS2801 - Integrative Ministry Practice A

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Corequisites: a Supervised Field Education unit (one of MINS2528, MINS2529, MINS2330), preferably in the semester prior.

Content

Developing skilled and reflective ministry practitioners is a key component of the Bachelor of Ministry. This unit builds competence and soul in the integration of ministry practice. The course will provide theoretical frameworks and tools, so as to facilitate considered reflection via key learning moments and peer reflection. It will also serve to enhance a desirable integration across the four streams that create the structure of the Bachelor of Ministry.

 

Each year a pertinent theme for ministry and mission will be chosen. The Coordinator and guest lecturers will present a range of perspectives on the nature, practice and theology of hope from the disciplines of Biblical studies, Missiology, Leadership Christian Discipleship and Chaplaincy. The nominated theme could include engagement with the common lectionary, a contemporary topic or case study, and it will be used to create common ground and a conversation partner.

 

A set of readings will be offered that will be specific to the topic. Students will be expected to read widely and be prepared to converse in class around their integrations of thought and praxis, employing the two chosen Methods of Theological Reflection.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. articulate a theoretical framework by which theory and practice can engage

  2. establish connections between ministry praxis and the disciplines of Biblical studies, missiology, leadership, Christian discipleship

  3. reflect critically at a theoretical level  on Ministry practice

  4. clarify and extend the learnings from Supervised Field Education units.

MINS3514 - Formation for Christian Leadership

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Prerequisites: MINS1509 and MINS1510

 

Content

Through interactive lectures, readings, discussions and personal reflections, students will explore themes and practices related to four areas of leadership development for the context of Christian ministry:

  1. the leader as person

  2. bodies of knowledge and skills relevant to congregational leadership practices

  3. the leader’s strategies

  4. healthy leadership  through supervision, evaluation and intentional self-care.

As part of the first section each student will explore issues related to self-knowledge and self-awareness. In the second section the students will engage in the study of congregational case studies and their implications for responding to the challenge of discernment of a vision, conflict resolution and facilitating change. In the third and fourth section students will be introduced to planning and evaluation procedures relevant to cycles of congregational life and mission and to supervisory and self-care practices as tools for sustaining a their ongoing involvement in leadership. Weekly journaling will offer opportunities for reflection and integration alongside in depth research on specific aspects of leadership for missional churches through essay writing.

Learning Outcomes

Students who have successfully completed this unit:

  1. will articulate who they are as persons, explain their strengths and growth areas and how they function most effectively in a leadership role in Christian Ministry

  2. will demonstrate a range of skills related to mapping, analysing, influencing and maintaining a congregational system

  3. will explain the connection between their articulated faith, their attitude toward and understanding of a range of leadership behaviours in the context of Christian ministry

  4. will integrate theological concepts, personal experiences and practical strategies in relation to leadership in the Church by using a variety of reflective tools.

MINS3515 - Leadership & Organisational Culture

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Prerequisites: MINS1509

 

Content

This unit is designed to assist participants to lead a volunteer intensive, non-profit organisation. Students will explore issues related to recognising and developing a missional culture, the role of relationships in setting culture and proactive ways of engaging and managing volunteers within the missional culture.

Topics may include: Understanding organisational culture; Challenging and changing culture; developing a missional culture; Emotional intelligence; Establishing a relational climate; Conflict mediation and resolution; difficult conversations; managing volunteers; Building teams.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. define  organisational culture and identify cultural traits within a number of organisations including Christian organisations

  2. identify and evaluate a range of approaches in developing and maintaining relationally and emotionally healthy organisations

  3. describe the nature of a volunteer, non-profit organisation and identify approaches and strategies in leading the organisation

  4. explain effective methods of bringing about change in a Christian or non-profit organisation.

MINS3516 - Supervised Field Education 4

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Prerequisites: MINS1510. Prerequisite or corequisite: MINS1509.

 

Content

Supervised Field Education (SFE) includes the development of a learning contract with a goal and learning objectives related to practical ministry experiences. The supervisor, who is a person formally accredited by the Uniting College, will enable the student to reflect pastorally, personally and theologically on developing experience in ministry in relation to the learning contract, with the development of self-awareness and character formation for ministry as an overarching goal. The goals and objectives of the learning contract shall be related to the ministry development needs of the students and the pastoral needs of the placement.

 

Learning Outcomes

Students with the assistance of an accredited supervisor will:

  1. Achieve  personal  growth in ministry through integration of theory and practice

  2. Develop various skills for ministry and mission

  3. Reflect on their own particular ministry experiences.

 

Other requirements

  1. Initial meeting of Student and SFE Coordinator to set up framework including learning contract for unit and setting up a placement.

  2. Fortnightly or weekly face to face reflection with Supervisor

  3. Monthly face to face reflection with Ministry Reflection Team.

  4. Monthly face to face meeting with Peer Reflection Group.

  5. External mode students may complete the three reflection times via phone/Skype.

  6. Final meeting of Student, SFE Coordinator and Supervisor regarding assessment.

MINS3517 - Supervised Field Education 5

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Prerequisites: MINS1510. Prerequisite or corequisite: MINS1509.

 

Content

Supervised Field Education (SFE) includes the development of a learning contract with a goal and learning objectives related to practical ministry experiences. The supervisor, who is a person formally accredited by the Uniting College, will enable the student to reflect pastorally, personally and theologically on developing experience in ministry in relation to the learning contract, with the development of self-awareness and character formation for ministry as an overarching goal. The goals and objectives of the learning contract shall be related to the ministry development needs of the students and the pastoral needs of the placement.

 

Learning Outcomes

Students with the assistance of an accredited supervisor will:

  1. Achieve personal growth in ministry through integration of theory and practice

  2. Develop various skills for ministry and mission

  3. Reflect on their own particular ministry experiences.

 

Other requirements

  1. Initial meeting of Student and SFE Coordinator to set up framework including learning contract for unit and setting up a placement.

  2. Fortnightly or weekly face to face reflection with Supervisor

  3. Monthly face to face reflection with Ministry Reflection Team.

  4. Monthly face to face meeting with Peer Reflection Group.

  5. External mode students may complete the three reflection times via phone/Skype.

  6. Final meeting of Student, SFE Coordinator and Supervisor regarding assessment.

MINS3518 - Guided Study in Leadership B

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Prerequisites: MINS1509 and MINS2527

 

Content

This unit involves the study of contemporary approaches to leadership and management in dialogue with Christian theology. A variety of leadership models will be studied including approaches, practices and styles associated with the theology and practice of Christian ministry and mission. It will include an analysis of philosophical, cultural and theological understandings underlie such leadership practices in a variety of contexts.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. demonstrate a knowledge of a variety of approaches, practices and styles of leadership

  2. articulate a basic biblical understanding of leadership and the capacity to reflect theologically about leadership

  3. demonstrate an understanding of the primary ways in which culture, context and other social factors influence contemporary practices of leadership

  4. demonstrate attitudes and skills required for leadership in the ministry context.

MINS3519 - Guided Study in Pastoral Care B

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Prerequisites: MINS1509 and MINS1510

 

Content

This unit involves study of practical theological aspect of Christian ministry and mission. It includes the study of the historical and theological foundations of practical theology as an academic discipline and its interdisciplinary links with and interests in other humanities and social sciences. This also includes an analysis of contemporary mission and ministry practices through a variety of lenses developed from within the practical theological stream, and an orientation to the understandings and approaches that underlie such practices in particular contexts. This unit will be offered with a particular focus on the concepts, reflective tools and practices that are emerging from this stream.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. demonstrate a knowledge of the historical influence shaping the area of practical theology

  2. identify authoritative sources such as the scriptures and other theological and philosophical writings of significance which have shaped this particular stream of study

  3. demonstrate an understanding of the primary ways in which culture, context, interdisciplinary trends and other social factors influence contemporary practice

  4. show a detailed understanding of conceptual changes in the relationship between theology/theory and practice/praxis in contemporary debate

  5. describe and critically discuss elements of current ministry practices at a ‘professional’ level

  6. demonstrate the capacity to reflect theologically on current practice with tools developed from within the area of practical theology

MINS3520 - Advanced Christian Leadership

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Prerequisites: MINS1509

 

Content

This unit is designed to enable participants to lead complex organisations from a Christian framework. Topics may include: Managing the organisation; Governance; Dealing with complexity; Being an effective communicator; Developing systems and cycles; Moving to the next level; Self-management, organisation and development; Developing leaders; reflecting on organisational issues from a Christian theological perspective.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. discuss the multi-faceted nature of Christian organisations and identify ways to lead and manage a complex organisation.

  2. identify key issues of governance within an explore approaches involved in organisation and developing effective governance structures and practices.

  3. articulate strategies involved in developing systems and cycles in a large organisation and evaluate them from a Christian theological perspective.

  4. identify strategies involved in developing skills, frameworks and capacities.

MINS3801 - Integrative Ministry Practice B

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Corequisites: a Supervised Field Education unit (one of MINS2528, MINS2529, MINS2330), preferably in the semester prior.

Content

Developing skilled and reflective ministry practitioners is a key component of the Bachelor of Ministry. This unit builds competence and soul in the integration of ministry practice. The course will provide theoretical frameworks and tools, so as to facilitate considered reflection via key learning moments and peer reflection. It will also serve to enhance a desirable integration across the four streams that create the structure of the Bachelor of Ministry.

 

Each year a pertinent theme for ministry and mission will be chosen. The Coordinator and guest lecturers will present a range of perspectives on the nature, practice and theology of hope from the disciplines of Biblical studies, Missiology, Leadership Christian Discipleship and Chaplaincy. The nominated theme could include engagement with the common lectionary, a contemporary topic or case study, and it will be used to create common ground and a conversation partner.

 

A set of readings will be offered that will be specific to the topic. Students will be expected to read widely and be prepared to converse in class around their integrations of thought and praxis, employing the two chosen Methods of Theological Reflection.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. articulate a theoretical framework by which theory and practice can engage

  2. establish connections between ministry praxis and the disciplines of Biblical studies, missiology, leadership, Christian discipleship

  3. reflect critically at a theoretical level on ministry practice

  4. clarify and extend the learnings from Supervised Field Education units.

Missiology & Innovation
MINS1304 - Introduction to Christian Thought

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Content

This unit introduces students to the study of theology at an introductory level. It outlines the content and method of Christian theology and explores the roles of Scripture and tradition in theological discourse through historical developments and in the present day.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to identify the history and scope of theological discourse

  2. Students will demonstrate the ability to critically engage with contemporary approaches to Christian theology

  3. Students will be able to outline and describe the importance of theological doctrine to ministry practice.

MINS1305 - Reading Cultures

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Content

This unit will analyse the concepts of culture and worldview from a Christian perspective and how their importance for contextual theology and appropriate ministry and mission practices. It will enable students to develop greater sensitivity to ways of viewing the world that are different to their own and provide students with some basic tools to understand and appreciate the influence of their own culture and worldview to their approach to theology and ministry.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain the need for an understanding of culture and context when engaging in mission and ministry.

  2. Identify different cultural forms within Christianity and the meanings behind them.

  3. Engage in a ethnographic analysis of a different cultural group and identify ways in which the culture and worldview of this group may influence engagement in ministry to, with and from the worldview

MINS2314 - The Theology of Jesus Christ, Word & Saviour

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Prerequisites: MINS1304 and MINS1305

 

Content

This unit combines biblical, historical, doctrinal and contemporary approaches to Jesus Christ and to salvation in Christ. It will include discussion of the theology of salvation in Christ in biblical, patristic, medieval, reformation and modern theologies. It will provide opportunities for students to survey biblical, historical, doctrinal and contemporary approaches to Jesus Christ. It will introduce students to the quest for the historical Jesus, the biblical foundation for Christology and developments up to and beyond the council of Chalcedon and allow reflection on the various approaches to salvation biblical, patristic, medieval, reformation and modern. It will address the meaning of Jesus Christ for the third millennium in relation to the quest for justice and liberation, feminism, evolutionary biology, ecology and dialogue with other religious traditions.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Critically examine a Christological issue in depth, using a theoretical framework.

  2. Demonstrate the ability to critically reflect upon the information presented within the unit

  3. Compare and contrast the various approaches to Christology that are presented and formulate an argument for one’s own position using materials and ideas presented in the unit.

  4. Describe and critique the thesis of a Christological text

MINS2315 - Human Being?

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Prerequisites: 

 

Content

This unit will introduce students to theological understandings of the human person. Students will be taken through: theological reflections on humanity as created in the imago Dei; understandings of original sin and original righteousness and the consequences of these understandings to contemporary theological anthropology and soteriology. Students will consider the role of the incarnation in the Christian understanding of the human person.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Outline and describe the development of theological anthropology within Christian theology.

  2. Identify the ways in which Christian understandings of Christology and ethics are influenced by theologies of original sin and original righteousness.

  3. Compare and contrast historical and contemporary theological anthropologies and show the outworking of these ideas in contemporary theological dialogue and ministry practice.

  4. Describe the contribution of theological anthropology to contemporary discussions of human rights and ethics.

MINS2316 - Guided Study in Missiology A

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Prerequisites: MINS1304 and MINS1305

 

Content

This unit involves study of a particular aspect of Christian ministry and mission. It could include study of the historical and theological foundations of the practice of ministry, and the contributions of the social sciences. The unit could also include analysis of contemporary practices, and orientation to the understandings and approaches that underlie such practice in particular contexts. This unit will be offered with particular foci, depending on the stream in which it is taken and on the method by which study is undertaken.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a knowledge of the historical influence shaping a particular area of study.

  2. Identify the primary biblical and theological dimensions shaping a particular area of study.

  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the primary ways in which culture, context and other social factors influence contemporary practice.

  4. Demonstrate elements of several key ministry practices in this area at a ‘professional’ level.

  5. Demonstrate the capacity to reflect theologically on current practice in this a particular area of study.

MINS2317 - Guided Study in Innovation A

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Prerequisites: MINS1304 and MINS1305

 

Content

This unit involves study of a particular aspect of Christian ministry and mission. It could include study of the historical and theological foundations of the practice of ministry, and the contributions of the social sciences. The unit could also include analysis of contemporary practices, and orientation to the understandings and approaches that underlie such practice contexts. This unit will be offered with particular foci, depending on the stream in which it is taken and on the method by which study is undertaken.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a knowledge of the historical influence shaping a particular area of study.

  2. Identify the primary biblical and theological dimensions shaping a particular area of study.

  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the primary ways in which culture, context and other social factors influence contemporary practice.

  4. Demonstrate elements of several key ministry practices in this area at a ‘professional’ level.

  5. Demonstrate the capacity to reflect theologically on current practice in this a particular area of study

MINS2318 - Mission Then, Mission Now

This unit has now been superseded - see MINS2324

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Prerequisites: either MINS1304 or MINS1305

 

Content

This unit provides an overview of the history of Christian mission, including attention to the impact of that mission on Australia, both in history and as it relates to contemporary issues. The unit will include mission in the Old and New Testament. It will cover mission in the following historical periods - early church (100-301), Monastic movement (313-907), Mendicant movement (1000-1453), Age of discovery (1492-1773), Age of Progress (1792-1914). Contemporary mission issues will be outlined.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe key points and people in the development of Christianity from the late first century to 1500 CE

  2. Identify and evaluate the key missional features of a movement from church history and discuss the lessons being offered for doing mission in Australia today

  3. Explain and evaluate the importance of an historical understanding of Christianity for mission and ministry in twenty-first century Australia.

  4. Describe the relationship between Christian thought and practice and the surrounding socio-cultural and political contexts at key points in Christian history to 1500 CE.

MINS2319 - Spirit & the World

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Prerequisites: MINS1304 and MINS1305

 

Content

This unit explores the doctrine of the Holy Spirit in relation to Christian tradition, contemporary theological questions, and practices of Christian spirituality and community. A recurring theme is the relationship of the Spirit and the world. Units could include Knowing the Spirit, The Spirit in the New Testament, The Spirit and the triune God, The Spirit as God’s mission, The gifts of the Spirit, The Spirit and the body, The Spirit and spirituality, The Spirit and charismatic experience, The Spirit and Christian hope. Engagement with source material, particularly Biblical, historical and contemporary, will be a focus.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Construct understandings of the Christian view of God as Spirit drawn from biblical sources.

  2. Recognise major historical developments of Christian debate about the nature and divinity of the Spirit

  3. Discuss critically differing perspectives on the operation of the Spirit in the world, for Christian life and in Christian practice.

  4. Describe critically at least one major contemporary pneumatology or theologian.

MINS2320 - Evangelism, Conversion & Mission of God

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Content

This unit is designed to assist leaders in forming and developing churches and faith communities in the task of evangelism. Students will examine the nature of Australian society and its implications for evangelism and the growth of the Church. They will explore understandings of the value of evangelism as integral to the mission and ministry of the church. They will develop skills and practices in implementing local church evangelism. They will explore some of the important issues around evangelism, conversion and the mission of God, including pluralism and postmodernity. Content could include theologies of evangelism and conversion, the Australian context in history, contemporary challenges, models and practices of  evangelistic churches, evangelism and special events and resources for evangelism today.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify major social, cultural and ecclesiastical trends that effect evangelism, conversion and the mission of God.

  2. Articulate a considered Biblical and theological rationale for evangelism and conversion.

  3. Present, and critically respond to, a number of evangelism styles and models.

  4. Develop skills and strategies in leading a Christian faith community to effective implementation of local and wider evangelism.

  5. Develop skills and confidence in articulation of a range of understandings of the Christian gospel and conversion

MINS2321 - Mission Then, Mission Now B

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Prerequisites:MINS1304

 

Content

This unit introduces the student to the social, political and cultural milieu in which new ideas and religious impulses arose and examines how they contributed to the 16th century reformations. It will consider some of the leading figures in the reforms as well as those less dominant people and groups. A selection of their writings and other documents of the reformation will be discussed. The unit will examine some of the important issues, theologies and practices which arose from the reformation; and how they continue to inform our understandings of the church today.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify some of the key religious, political and sociological processes that enabled the reformations of the 16th century to unfold

  2. Examine the shifts and developments that have occurred during the 16th century in the understanding of the life and ordering of the church, in sacramental theology and practice.  

  3. Critically examine the work of the mission movements that contributed to the expanse of Christianity around the globe and examine the implications of a shift in the world church to the global south.

  4. Articulate the implications of church history from the time of the Reformation in ministry and mission today

MINS2323 - Innovation as Pioneering

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Prerequisites: MINS1304 and MINS1305

Content

This unit involves study of a particular aspect of Christian ministry and mission, that of pioneering and innovation with a view to establishing new communities and ministries. It will include study of the historical and theological foundations of pioneering, exploration of contemporary practices essential to pioneering and the implications for leadership. It will orientate the practice of pioneering within the relationship between mission and church. A wide range of examples, both of pioneers and of communities established by pioneers, both local and international, will be used to appreciate how these understandings and approaches have been outworked in particular contexts.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a knowledge of the definitions of pioneering, including biblical, historical and cultural resources

  2. Demonstrate an understanding of ministry practices of pioneering, at different stages of the innovation cycle

  3. Reflect on the place of leadership within innovation, including accountability and relationships of influence and support

  4. Demonstrate the capacity to reflect theologically on the relationship between mission and church

MINS2324 - Christian Story A

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Prerequisites: MINS1304

 

Content

This unit introduces students to the study of the history of the Christian Church with particular focus on Christian mission to 1500 CE.  This will include consideration of the impact of that mission on Australia, both in history and as it relates to contemporary issues. It will address the development of Christianity in the Roman Empire to the middle of the Fifth Century, the expansion of Christianity beyond the Roman Empire to Britain, northern and eastern Europe, North Africa and Asia, and consider key movements within Christianity before the Reformation, including monasticism and mysticism.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe key points and people in the development of Christianity from the first century to 1500 CE.

  2. Identify and evaluate the key missional features of a movement from church history and discuss the lessons being offered for doing mission in Australia today.

  3. Explain and evaluate the importance of an historical understanding of Christianity for mission and ministry in twenty-first century Australia.

  4. Describe the relationship between Christian thought and practice and the surrounding socio-cultural and political contexts at key points in Christian history to 1500 CE.

MINS2325 - Christian Story B

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Prerequisites: MINS1304

 

Content

This unit introduces the student to the social, political and cultural milieu of pre-Reformation Europe and examines their contribution to the 16th century reformations. It will consider some of the leading figures in the reforms as well as those less dominant people and groups. A selection of their writings and other documents of the reformation will be discussed. The unit will examine some of the important issues, theologies and practices that arose from the Reformation; and how they continue to inform our understandings of the church today.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify some of the key religious, political and sociological processes that enabled the reformations of the 16th century to unfold.

  2. Examine the shifts and developments that have occurred during the 16th century in the understanding of the life and ordering of the church; in sacramental theology and practice.

  3. Critically examine the work of the mission movements that contributed to the expanse of Christianity around the globe and examine the implications of a shift in the world church to the global south.

  4. Articulate the implications of church history from the time of the Reformation in ministry and mission today.

MINS3335 - God the Trinity

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Prerequisites: MINS2314

 

Content

In this unit participants will be involved in the contemporary retrieval of the theology of the Trinity as a practical doctrine. The unit will involve reflection on the implications of Trinitarian theology in the context of the issues that confront us at the beginning of the 21st century. The theology of the Trinity will be studied in three stages, its biblical origins, its development in the patristic and medieval eras, and its contemporary retrieval. The unit will allow students to engage in the contemporary retrieval of the theology of the doctrine of the Trinity as a practical doctrine. Further, to reflect on the contemporary implications of Trinitarian theology, including such issues as inter-personal communion, ecclesiology, ecology, and a relational view of reality.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. trace the history of the emergence of the doctrine of God as Trinity from its biblical foundations and Patristic and Medieval development through to its contemporary expressions

  2. examine and evaluate the implications of an understanding of the Trinity as “Being in Relationship” for both systematic and practical theology

  3. Compare and evaluate Trinitarian theology from the Eastern and Western Churches with a view to assessing their ecumenical consequences.

MINS3336 - Church, Ministry & Sacraments

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Prerequisites: two of the following units: MINS1201, MINS1304, MINS1305

 

Content

This unit is an introduction to the theological study of the nature and mission of the Christian Church, Christian ministries lay and ordained, and to the celebration of the Christian sacraments. Content may include Church in the New Testament, Historical Development, Doctrine of Church in Recent Theology, Ministry in New Testament, Uniting church developments in doctrine of ministry, Doctrine of ministry today, what is a sacrament, Sacrament of Communion and Baptism, Role and Ritual in contemporary culture.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. outline the major historical developments in the understanding of the Christian Church, its patterns of participation and leadership, and its sacramental practice

  2. reflect critically on this history and apply to it contemporary Christian thought and practice

  3. critically reflect on contemporary religious practices.

  4. develop skills for leadership in religious communities.

MINS3338 - Heritage, Theology & Polity of the UCA

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Prerequisites: MINS1304

 

Content

This unit is designed to examine the heritage, theology and polity of the Uniting Church in Australia, by:

  1. Exploring the genesis of the Uniting Church in Australia, the struggles in moving towards union and subsequent challenges, and the nature of its beliefs and structures

  2. Examining the theology, distinctive characteristics, and declared mission of the Uniting Church in Australia

  3. Studying the 'Basis of Union' document, with a view to ascertaining its theological position vis-a-vis other Christian denominations in Australia, identifying the range of its missional activities, its place in the ecumenical movement, its interpretation of the relationship between gospel and justice, and the order of its various ministries.

 

Learning Outcomes

After completing this unit students will be able to:

  1. describe thoroughly the origins, nature and purpose of the Uniting Church in Australia. This will include showing how the process that led to the formation of the Uniting Church was conceived as responding to the call to serve God’s purposes in Australia in our time and generation

  2. identify the differences between the major denominations of the Christian Church in Australia, and make some informed judgement about valid and invalid reasons for remaining separate or non- cooperative

  3. demonstrate an appreciation of the ecumenical movement as a practical expression of God's act of reconciliation in Christ, and an understanding of Church union as an essential part of the gospel imperative

  4. describe the relationship between Church traditions and the structure of mission, and identify the Uniting Church's affirmation that structures must be the servant of mission.

MINS3339 - Missional Church Leadership

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Prerequisite: MINS1304 and MINS1305

 

Content

Mission to the West is a continuing missiological challenge. This course will explore that challenge with particular reference to the local church’s participation in what the Spirit is doing in and for the life of the world through Jesus Christ. This suggests a distinctive way of doing theology, with particular attention to lived experiences among the people of God as a primary location for theological reflection. Participants will be grounded in a context. In this context they will develop spiritual practices of listening, discerning and imagining. These spiritual practices will be integrated with readings concerning the theological and missiological nature of the missional church.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. critically examine a specific congregation of Christian community and construct a change strategy to enable this group to better engage missionally in the wider context

  2. Develop a critical understanding of different models of contextual theology

  3. Critically evaluate different spiritual practices and the ways in which these practices may impact missional activity, longevity and vitality.

  4. critically engage with a range of relevant literature.

MINS3341 - Guided Study in Missiology B

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Prerequisites: MINS1304 and MINS1305

 

Content

This unit involves study of a particular aspect of Christian ministry and mission. It could include study of the historical and theological foundations of the practice of ministry, and the contributions of the social sciences. The unit could also include analysis of contemporary practices, and orientation to the understandings and approaches that underlie such practice in particular contexts. This unit will be offered with particular foci, depending on the stream in which it is taken and on the method by which study is undertaken.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a knowledge of the historical influence shaping a particular area of study.

  2. Identify the primary biblical and theological dimensions shaping a particular area of study.

  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the primary ways in which culture, context and other social factors influence contemporary practice.

  4. Demonstrate elements of several key ministry practices in this area at a ‘professional’ level.

  5. Demonstrate the capacity to reflect theologically on current practice in this a particular area of study.

MINS3342 - Guided Study in Innovation B

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Prerequisites: MINS1304 and MINS1305

 

Content

This unit involves study of a particular aspect of Christian ministry  and  mission. It could include study of the historical and theological foundations of the practice of ministry, and the contributions of the social sciences. The unit could also include analysis of contemporary practices, and orientation to the understandings and approaches that underlie such practice contexts. This unit will be offered with particular foci, depending on the stream in which it is taken and on the method by which study is undertaken.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a knowledge of the historical influence shaping a particular area of study.

  2. Identify the primary biblical and theological dimensions shaping a particular area of study.

  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the primary ways in which culture, context and other social factors influence contemporary practice.

  4. Demonstrate elements of several key ministry practices in this area at a ‘professional’ level.

  5. Demonstrate the capacity to reflect theologically on current practice in this a particular area of study

MINS3343 - Living the Text in a Postmodern Context

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Prerequisites: Four units out of MINS1101, MINS1201, MINS1304, MINS1305, MINS3002

 

Content

This unit will explore the communication of the Biblical text in a contemporary world, with particular missiological reference to the use of the Bible in the postmodern, emerging church. It will apply theological insights around text, community and culture, to the task of maintaining and communicating the integrity of the Biblical text with reference to postmodernity. As a result of the unit, students will be better equipped to read and communicate the Biblical text in a postmodern context. This unit will take for granted skills in expository preaching, and deliberately seek to critically explore other ways to engage and present the Biblical text. Units will include the Biblical text today; Imagination; Community; Storytelling; Curating environments; Subversive readings; Strategies in preparation.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. appreciate the potential of Biblical resources in contemporary communication

  2. critically analyse the way the Bible is being used in the contemporary church

  3. practically apply techniques to living the Biblical text.

MINS3344 - The Gift of Forgiveness

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Prerequisites:  MINS1101, MINS1201,  MINS1304  and MINS1305

 

Content

This unit is designed to introduce students to the contemporary Christian theology of forgiveness and reconciliation. Students will read a range of contemporary theological materials on forgiveness. This will be placed against a range of contemporary contexts. These could include relationships with indigenous peoples, change leadership, conflict resolution in organisations, Christian practices, or individual experiences. As such, theory and theology will be developed for the practical challenges involved in living together and remembering well in a contemporary world.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. outline the history of forgiveness in Christian theology

  2. demonstrate a contemporary understanding of forgiveness by reference either to class texts or a contemporary ethical situation

  3. discuss the nature of the relationship between grace and forgiveness as it is disclosed by the theology of the gift

  4. demonstrate, either from a contemporary ethical situation or from class texts, a clear understanding of the role of memory in the event and process of forgiveness

  5. apply the  theology of the nature of grace and forgiveness to one area of contemporary life.

MINS3345 - Apologetics in a Secular Age

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Content

  1. Exploration of the philosophical and historical basis for secularism.

  2. Exploration of the history of the relationship between the church, the state, and society in the Australian context.

  3. Consideration and reflection upon classical apologetics and the principles and assumptions underlying the practice of apologetics in the modern period

  4. The role of apologetics in secular Australian society and ways in which traditional apologetics may be adapted appropriately for discourse with a secular society

  5. Understanding of the role of the public square within society and as a place for Christian discourse and mission

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a knowledge of the historical factors shaping Australian secular society

  2. Identify the primary principles of secularism

  3. Demonstrate an understanding of classical apologetics and the capacity to communicate the content of classical apologetics in a way appropriate to a secular society

  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the role and use of the public square

  5. Demonstrate the capacity to reflect theologically on Christian engagement with contemporary political and ethical discourse

  6. Demonstrate the ability to engage in apologetic discourse within a secular context

Postgraduate Units

MINS8201 - Guided Study A

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Guided Studies are an opportunity for students to pursue individualised study in areas of professional interest or, in the case of those coming from a discipline other than theology and ministry, to upskill in their knowledge and understanding of theological and biblical studies.

 

The focus is on being able to articulate, analyse, synthesise and critically evaluate key aspects or themes in theology, ministry theory and/or practice, assess the implications of these aspects or themes for current ministry practice in Australia, and identify and evaluate the potential of these aspects or themes for innovation in leadership in ministry contexts today.

 

With the approval of the course coordinator, students study and are assessed in selected areas of interest for professional development, under the guidance of an appropriate supervisor. Students may read an agreed select bibliography as individual study or as part of a group, build their study around interviewing experts, attending a conference, or conducting a field trip, complete an approved postgraduate unit, or undertake an agreed project set within the student’s ministry context.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Articulate, analyse, synthesise and critically evaluate key aspects or themes in theology, ministry theory and/or practice

  2. Critically assess the implications of these aspects or themes for current ministry practice in Australia

  3. Identify and evaluate the potential of these aspects or themes for innovation in leadership in ministry contexts today

  4. Demonstrate the capacity for critical reflection-on-praxis.

MINS8202 - Guided Study B

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Guided Studies are an opportunity for students to pursue individualised study in areas of professional interest or, in the case of those coming from a discipline other than theology and ministry, to upskill in their knowledge and understanding of theological and biblical studies.

 

The focus is on being able to articulate, analyse, synthesise and critically evaluate key aspects or themes in theology, ministry theory and/or practice, assess the implications of these aspects or themes for current ministry practice in Australia, and identify and evaluate the potential of these aspects or themes for innovation in leadership in ministry contexts today.

 

With the approval of the course coordinator, students study and are assessed in selected areas of interest for professional development, under the guidance of an appropriate supervisor. Students may read an agreed select bibliography as individual study or as part of a group, build their study around interviewing experts, attending a conference, or conducting a field trip, complete an approved postgraduate unit, or undertake an agreed project set within the student’s ministry context.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Articulate, analyse, synthesise and critically evaluate key aspects or themes in theology, ministry theory and/or practice

  2. Critically assess the implications of these aspects or themes for current ministry practice in Australia

  3. Identify and evaluate the potential of these aspects or themes for innovation in leadership in ministry contexts today

  4. Demonstrate the capacity for critical reflection-on-praxis.

MINS8203 - Guided Study C

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Guided Studies are an opportunity for students to pursue individualised study in areas of professional interest or, in the case of those coming from a discipline other than theology and ministry, to upskill in their knowledge and understanding of theological and biblical studies.

 

The focus is on being able to articulate, analyse, synthesise and critically evaluate key aspects or themes in theology, ministry theory and/or practice, assess the implications of these aspects or themes for current ministry practice in Australia, and identify and evaluate the potential of these aspects or themes for innovation in leadership in ministry contexts today.

 

With the approval of the course coordinator, students study and are assessed in selected areas of interest for professional development, under the guidance of an appropriate supervisor. Students may read an agreed select bibliography as individual study or as part of a group, build their study around interviewing experts, attending a conference, or conducting a field trip, complete an approved postgraduate unit, or undertake an agreed project set within the student’s ministry context.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Articulate, analyse, synthesise and critically evaluate key aspects or themes in theology, ministry theory and/or practice

  2. Critically assess the implications of these aspects or themes for current ministry practice in Australia

  3. Identify and evaluate the potential of these aspects or themes for innovation in leadership in ministry contexts today

  4. Demonstrate the capacity for critical reflection-on-praxis.

MINS8204 - Guided Study D

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Guided Studies are an opportunity for students to pursue individualised study in areas of professional interest or, in the case of those coming from a discipline other than theology and ministry, to upskill in their knowledge and understanding of theological and biblical studies.

 

The focus is  on being  able to articulate, analyse, synthesise and critically evaluate key aspects or themes in theology, ministry theory and/or practice, assess the implications of these aspects or themes for current ministry practice in Australia, and identify and evaluate the potential of these aspects or themes for innovation in leadership in ministry contexts today.

 

With the approval of the course coordinator, students study and are assessed in selected areas of interest for professional development, under the guidance of an appropriate supervisor. Students may read an agreed select bibliography as individual study or as part of a group, build their study around interviewing experts, attending a conference, or conducting a field trip, complete an approved postgraduate unit, or undertake an agreed project set within the student’s ministry context.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Articulate, analyse, synthesise and critically evaluate key aspects or themes in theology, ministry theory and/or practice

  2. Critically assess the implications of these aspects or themes for current ministry practice in Australia

  3. Identify and evaluate the potential of these aspects or themes for innovation in leadership in ministry contexts today

  4. Demonstrate the capacity for critical reflection-on-praxis.

MINS8205 - Guided Study E

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Guided Studies are an opportunity for students to pursue individualised study in areas of professional interest or, in the case of those coming from a discipline other than theology and ministry, to upskill in their knowledge and understanding of theological and biblical studies.

 

The focus is on being able to articulate, analyse, synthesise and critically evaluate key aspects or themes in theology, ministry theory and/or practice, assess the implications of these aspects or themes for current ministry practice in Australia, and identify and evaluate the potential of these aspects or themes for innovation in leadership in ministry contexts today.

 

With the approval of the course coordinator, students study and are assessed in selected areas of interest for professional development, under the guidance of an appropriate supervisor. Students may read an agreed select bibliography as individual study or as part of a group, build their study around interviewing experts, attending a conference, or conducting a field trip, complete an approved postgraduate unit, or undertake an agreed project set within the student’s ministry context.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Articulate, analyse, synthesise and critically evaluate key aspects or themes in theology, ministry theory and/or practice

  2. Critically assess the implications of these aspects or themes for current ministry practice in Australia

  3. Identify and evaluate the potential of these aspects or themes for innovation in leadership in ministry contexts today

  4. Demonstrate the capacity for critical reflection-on-praxis.

MINS8207 - Biblical Hermeneutics

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

This unit surveys the variety of methodologies of biblical interpretation and hermeneutical perspectives by which contemporary meaning is made from ancient scripture. Current approaches to scripture will be evaluated critically. Students will apply different approaches to a range of biblical texts and  discuss the implications of those approaches for the interface between the ancient text and contemporary ministry contexts.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe and critically evaluate different approaches to biblical hermeneutics overview of the literature and specific study of representative sections of biblical material. The unit will include the Gospels and Acts, and Pauline Writings.

  2. Critically assess the implications of different hermeneutical approaches for the interpretation of the biblical text in the contemporary Australian context

  3. Compare and contrast the application of a range of hermeneutical approaches to a biblical text and critically reflect on the impact different approaches have on the meaning drawn from the text for a contemporary context of ministry practice.

MINS8209 - Interpreting the Old Testament

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

This unit will introduce the fundamentals of Old Testament study, including an introduction to contemporary interpretation of the Old Testament by reading it as a collection of different kinds of literature and by exploring the historical, cultural and social backgrounds of the Hebrew Scriptures.

 

Students will develop skills in the exegesis of biblical texts and explore some of the issues surrounding the application of the ancient writings to contemporary ministry contexts. A series of incremental themes will be covered during the semester, presenting both an overview of the literature and specific study of representative sections of biblical material.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify and critically analyse the historical, social and cultural context of the Old Testament writings and their communities

  2. Evaluate the Old Testament as literature and the appropriateness of using various interpretive methodologies

  3. Demonstrate the application of the critical analysis of scriptures and the ability to prepare an exegesis

  4. Communicate the relevance of Old Testament texts, both verbally and in writing, for a range of contemporary ministry contexts

  5. Communication (grammar, spelling, style of presentation, strength and support of argument etc)

MINS8210 - Interpreting the New Testament

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

This unit will introduce the fundamentals of New Testament study, including an introduction to contemporary interpretation of the New Testament by reading it as a collection of different kinds of literature and by exploring the historical, cultural and social backgrounds of the New Testament writings.

 

Students will develop skills in the exegesis of biblical texts and explore some of the issues surrounding the application of the ancient writings to contemporary ministry contexts. A series of incremental themes will be covered during the semester, presenting both an may include  other Christian approaches to the Judaic heritage (Hebrews, James, Revelation) and Issues of canon and authority.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify and critically analyse the historical, social and cultural context of the New Testament writings and their communities.

  2. Evaluate the New Testament as literature and the appropriateness of using various interpretive methodologies.

  3. Demonstrate critical analysis of scriptures and the ability to prepare an exegesis.

  4. Communicate  the  relevance of New Testament texts, both verbally and in writing, for a range of contemporary ministry contexts.

  5. Communication (grammar, spelling, style of presentation, strength and support of argument etc).

MINS8211 - Introduction to Christian Thought

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

This unit introduces students to the study of theology. It outlines the content and method of Christian theology and explores the roles of Scripture and tradition in theological discourse through historical developments and in the present day.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate skills in interpreting historical and contemporary theological texts.

  2. Critically analyse the nature, sources and content of Christian theology

  3. Critically evaluate contemporary approaches to theology

  4. Demonstrate the importance of orthodoxy to orthopraxy

MINS8212 - Jesus Christ: A Theological Introduction

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

This unit combines biblical, historical, doctrinal and contemporary approaches to Jesus Christ and to salvation in Christ. It will include discussion of the theology of salvation in Christ in biblical, patristic, medieval, reformation and modern theologies. It will provide opportunities for students to survey biblical, historical, doctrinal and contemporary approaches to Jesus Christ. It will introduce students to the quest for the  historical Jesus, the biblical foundation for Christology and developments up to and beyond the council of Chalcedon and allow reflection on the various approaches to salvation, biblical, patristic, medieval, reformation and modern. It will address the meaning of Jesus Christ for the third millennium in relation to the quest for justice and liberation, feminism, evolutionary biology, ecology and dialogue with other religious traditions.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Critically examine a Christological issue in depth, using a theoretical framework

  2. Demonstrate the ability to critically reflect upon concepts that arise in the course of the unit

  3. Critically reflect upon one’s own theological understanding of Christology in light of the material presented in the unit. Articulate a theologically and philosophically logical argument for the position taken.

  4. Describe and evaluate the thesis of a Christological text in light of the material presented in the unit.

MINS8557 - Reflecting on Best Practice in Ministry

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

This unit will introduce students to models of ministry practice. Examples will be studied from scripture, tradition, historical and

contemporary local and global contexts in the interests of discovering elements of best practice for integrative ministry and innovative leadership in the Australian context. Attention will also be paid to the impact of intentional reflection on ministry practice.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe, compare and contrast models of ministry practice found in scripture, tradition, and historical and contemporary local and global contexts.

  2. Identify and critically evaluate elements of best practice for integrative ministry found within those models.

  3. Critically evaluate the ministry practice of a contemporary practitioner in the Australian context toward identifying best practice and innovative leadership in their setting. 

  4. Critically assess the impact of intentional reflection on ministry practice.

MINS8558 - Introduction to Community Research

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

This unit will underscore the importance of the community in Ministry Practice research in such a field. Students will be introduced to current research across the field of Ministry Practice research – both research that is written and research that is orally presented by invited researchers.  They will grow an ability to critically compare and contrast, analyse and evaluate the work of others, as well as critically reflect on the impact of the work of those others on their own thinking in regards to research. Throughout the implications for mission and ministry today of the wider socio-political, economic and cultural context of Australia will help inform the critique.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Critically analyse and evaluate the work of other contemporary researchers in the field of Ministry Practice, comparing and contrasting them.

  2. Critically reflect on the impact of the work of another on their own thinking in regards to research.

  3. Assess the value of the research for the socio-political, economic and cultural context of Australia and reflect upon the resulting implications for mission and ministry.

MINS8559 - Theology for Ministry Practice

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

This unit will enable students to demonstrate an advanced knowledge and awareness of personal ministry practice by drawing upon personal experience and recent developments in their ministry context, articulate a theology for ministry, and creatively apply recent developments in literature to personal practice in ministry.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Evidence advanced knowledge and awareness regarding personal ministry practice that engages personal experience as well as recent developments in the particular ministry context

  2. Articulate a clear and thoughtful theology for ministry

  3. Creatively apply recent developments in literature to personal practice in ministry.

MINS9032 - Research Methods

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

This unit will introduce students to the methodological landscape of research in Ministry Practice today. It will train them in recognising a research problem, undertaking a literature review, evaluating quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods approaches to data collection and analysis, identifying ethical issues, anticipating the interface between research and theological reflection, and writing a research or exegetical essay.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify a potential Ministry Practice research problem describing the context and rationale for it

  2. Identify available literature in the field of their research problem and provide an annotated bibliography of five promising resources.​

  3. Articulate an appropriate method or combination of methods for data collection and analysis, critically evaluating their anticipated effectiveness

  4. Identify potential ethical issues in the proposed research.

  5. Anticipate the interface of the proposed research with theological reflection

  6. Write a research (MMin) or an exegetical (DMin) essay.

MINS9201 - Community Research Folio 1

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Students will engage with other researchers within the field of Ministry Practice, including their peers. They will advance their ability to critically compare and contrast, analyse and evaluate the work of others, as well as critically reflect on the impact of the work of those others on their own thinking in regards to research. Throughout, the implications for mission and ministry today of the wider socio-political, economic and cultural context of Australia will help inform the critique. Students will also have the opportunity to give an oral presentation on the principles and methods of their own research.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Critically analyse and evaluate the work of other researchers in the field of Ministry Practice.

  2. Critically reflect on the impact of the work of another on their own thinking in regards to research

  3. Assess the value of the research for the contemporary context of Australia, and reflect upon the implications for ministry practice.

  4. Orally present their research to a critical audience of peers, discussing principles and methods of research relevant to their work and the value of the research for the contemporary Australian context.

MINS9202 - Community Research Folio 2

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Students will engage with other researchers within the field of Ministry Practice, including their peers. They will continue to advance their ability to critically compare and contrast, analyse and evaluate the work of others, as well as critically reflect on the impact of the work of those others on their own thinking in regards to research. Throughout, the implications for mission and ministry today of the wider socio-political, economic and cultural context of Australia will help inform the critique. MMin students will give an oral presentation on the principles and methods of research decided upon within their own work and detail the contribution to innovative Christian leadership that they see their research is making. DMin students in their oral presentation will focus purely on presenting and explaining their Research Method for critique.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Critically analyse and evaluate the work of other researchers in the field of Ministry Practice.

  2. Critically reflect on the impact of the work of another on their own thinking in regards to research

  3. Assess the value of the research for the contemporary context of Australia, and reflect upon the implications for ministry practice.

  4. Orally present their research to a critical audience of peers.

MINS9203 - Community Research Folio 3

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Students will engage with other experts within the field of Ministry Practice, presenting their research to a critical audience of peers.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Critically analyse and evaluate the work of other researchers in the field of Ministry Practice.

  2. Critically reflect on the impact of the work of another on their own thinking in regards to research

  3. Assess the value of the research for the contemporary context of Australia, and reflect upon the implications for ministry practice.

  4. Orally present their research to a critical audience of peers and supervisors and/or other experts.

MINS9301 - Ministry Practice Dissertation I

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Prerequisites: MINS9032

Ministry Practice Dissertation units are only available to students  admitted to the  Master of Ministry.

 

Students will develop specialised knowledge and skills for Christian leadership by interacting with the best of current thinking in theology and praxis in order to offer an innovative and well-researched response in the form of a dissertation to an identified contextual issue being encountered in Ministry Practice.

 

Learning Outcome

Develop specialised knowledge and skills for Christian leadership by interacting with the best of current thinking in theology and praxis in order to offer an innovative and well-researched response to an identified contextual issue being encountered in Ministry Practice

MINS9302 - Ministry Practice Dissertation II

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Ministry Practice Dissertation units are only available to students admitted to the Master of Ministry.

 

Students will develop specialised knowledge and skills for Christian leadership by interacting with the best of current thinking in theology and praxis in order to offer an innovative and well-researched response in the form of a dissertation to an identified contextual issue being encountered in Ministry Practice.

 

Learning Outcome

Develop specialised knowledge and skills for Christian leadership by interacting with the best of current thinking in theology and praxis in order to offer an innovative and well-researched response to an identified contextual issue being encountered in Ministry Practice

MINS9303 - Ministry Practice Dissertation III

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Ministry Practice Dissertation units are only available to students  admitted to the Master of Ministry.

 

Students will develop specialised knowledge and skills for Christian leadership by interacting with the best of current thinking in theology and praxis in order to offer an innovative and well-researched response in the form of a dissertation to an identified contextual issue being encountered in Ministry Practice.

 

Learning Outcome

Develop specialised knowledge and skills for Christian leadership by interacting with the best of current thinking in theology and praxis in order to offer an innovative and well-researched response to an identified contextual issue being encountered in Ministry Practice

MINS9304 - Ministry Practice Dissertation IV

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Ministry Practice Dissertation units are only available to students  admitted to the  Master of Ministry.

 

Students will develop specialised knowledge and skills for Christian leadership by interacting with the best of current thinking in theology and praxis in order to offer an innovative and well-researched response in the form of a dissertation to an identified contextual issue being encountered in Ministry Practice.

 

Learning Outcome

Develop specialised knowledge and skills for Christian leadership by interacting with the best of current thinking in theology and praxis in order to offer an innovative and well-researched response to an identified contextual issue being encountered in Ministry Practice

MINS9305 - Ministry Practice Dissertation V

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Ministry Practice Dissertation units are only available to students  admitted to the  Master of Ministry.

 

Students will develop specialised knowledge and skills for Christian leadership by interacting with the best of current thinking in theology and praxis in order to offer an innovative and well-researched response in the form of a dissertation to an identified contextual issue being encountered in Ministry Practice.

 

Learning Outcome

Develop specialised knowledge and skills for Christian leadership by interacting with the best of current thinking in theology and praxis in order to offer an innovative and well-researched response to an identified contextual issue being encountered in Ministry Practice

MINS9501 - Ministry Research Thesis I

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Prerequisites: MINS9032 

 

Ministry Research Thesis units are only available to students admitted to the Doctor of Ministry.

 

Students will develop expert and innovative knowledge and skills for Christian leadership by interacting with the best of current thinking in theology and praxis in order make a significant and original contribution to Ministry Practice by way of a 54 credit point thesis.

 

Learning Outcomes

Develop expert and innovative knowledge and skills for Christian leadership by interacting with the best of current thinking in theology and praxis in order make a significant and original contribution to Ministry Practice.

MINS9502 - Ministry Research Thesis II

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Ministry Research Thesis units are only available to students admitted to the Doctor of Ministry.

 

Students will develop expert and innovative knowledge and skills for Christian leadership by interacting with the best of current thinking in theology and praxis in order make a significant and original contribution to Ministry Practice by way of a 54 credit point thesis.

 

Learning Outcomes

Develop expert and innovative knowledge and skills for Christian leadership by interacting with the best of current thinking in theology and praxis in order make a significant and original contribution to Ministry Practice.

MINS9503 - Ministry Research Thesis III

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Ministry Research Thesis units are only available to students admitted to the Doctor of Ministry.

 

Students will develop expert and innovative knowledge and skills for Christian leadership by interacting with the best of current thinking in theology and praxis in order make a significant and original contribution to Ministry Practice by way of a 54 credit point thesis.

 

Learning Outcomes

Develop expert and innovative knowledge and skills for Christian leadership by interacting with the best of current thinking in theology and praxis in order make a significant and original contribution to Ministry Practice.

MINS9504 - Ministry Research Thesis IV

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Ministry Research Thesis units are only available to students admitted to the Doctor of Ministry.

 

Students will develop expert and innovative knowledge and skills for Christian leadership by interacting with the best of current thinking in theology and praxis in order make a significant and original contribution to Ministry Practice by way of a 54 credit point thesis.

 

Learning Outcomes

Develop expert and innovative knowledge and skills for Christian leadership by interacting with the best of current thinking in theology and praxis in order make a significant and original contribution to Ministry Practice.

MINS9505 - Ministry Research Thesis V

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Ministry Research Thesis units are only available to students admitted to the Doctor of Ministry.

 

Students will develop expert and innovative knowledge and skills for Christian leadership by interacting with the best of current thinking in theology and praxis in order make a significant and original contribution to Ministry Practice by way of a 54 credit point thesis.

 

Learning Outcomes

Develop expert and innovative knowledge and skills for Christian leadership by interacting with the best of current thinking in theology and praxis in order make a significant and original contribution to Ministry Practice.

MINS9506 - Ministry Research Thesis VI

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Ministry Research Thesis units are only available to students admitted to the Doctor of Ministry.

 

Students will develop expert and innovative knowledge and skills for Christian leadership by interacting with the best of current thinking in theology and praxis in order make a significant and original contribution to Ministry Practice by way of a 54 credit point thesis.

 

Learning Outcomes

Develop expert and innovative knowledge and skills for Christian leadership by interacting with the best of current thinking in theology and praxis in order make a significant and original contribution to Ministry Practice.

MINS9507 - Ministry Research Thesis VII

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Ministry Research Thesis units are only available to students admitted to the Doctor of Ministry.

 

Students will develop expert and innovative knowledge and skills for Christian leadership by interacting with the best of current thinking in theology and praxis in order make a significant and original contribution to Ministry Practice by way of a 54 credit point thesis.

 

Learning Outcomes

Develop expert and innovative knowledge and skills for Christian leadership by interacting with the best of current thinking in theology and praxis in order make a significant and original contribution to Ministry Practice.

MINS9508 - Ministry Research Thesis VIII

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Ministry Research Thesis units are only available to students admitted to the Doctor of Ministry.

 

Students will develop expert and innovative knowledge and skills for Christian leadership by interacting with the best of current thinking in theology and praxis in order make a significant and original contribution to Ministry Practice by way of a 54 credit point thesis.

 

Learning Outcomes

Develop expert and innovative knowledge and skills for Christian leadership by interacting with the best of current thinking in theology and praxis in order make a significant and original contribution to Ministry Practice.

MINS9509 - Ministry Research Thesis IX

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Ministry Research Thesis units are only available to students admitted to the Doctor of Ministry.

 

Students will develop expert and innovative knowledge and skills for Christian leadership by interacting with the best of current thinking in theology and praxis in order make a significant and original contribution to Ministry Practice by way of a 54 credit point thesis.

 

Learning Outcomes

Develop expert and innovative knowledge and skills for Christian leadership by interacting with the best of current thinking in theology and praxis in order make a significant and original contribution to Ministry Practice.

MINS9510 - Ministry Research Thesis X

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Ministry Research Thesis units are only available to students admitted to the Doctor of Ministry.

 

Students will develop expert and innovative knowledge and skills for Christian leadership by interacting with the best of current thinking in theology and praxis in order make a significant and original contribution to Ministry Practice by way of a 54 credit point thesis.

 

Learning Outcomes

Develop expert and innovative knowledge and skills for Christian leadership by interacting with the best of current thinking in theology and praxis in order make a significant and original contribution to Ministry Practice.

MINS9511 - Ministry Research Thesis XI

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Ministry Research Thesis units are only available to students admitted to the Doctor of Ministry.

 

Students will develop expert and innovative knowledge and skills for Christian leadership by interacting with the best of current thinking in theology and praxis in order make a significant and original contribution to Ministry Practice by way of a 54 credit point thesis.

 

Learning Outcomes

Develop expert and innovative knowledge and skills for Christian leadership by interacting with the best of current thinking in theology and praxis in order make a significant and original contribution to Ministry Practice.

MINS9512 - Ministry Research Thesis XII

 

Credit Points: 4.5      EFTSL:  0.125

Ministry Research Thesis units are only available to students admitted to the Doctor of Ministry.

 

Students will develop expert and innovative knowledge and skills for Christian leadership by interacting with the best of current thinking in theology and praxis in order make a significant and original contribution to Ministry Practice by way of a 54 credit point thesis.

 

Learning Outcomes

Develop expert and innovative knowledge and skills for Christian leadership by interacting with the best of current thinking in theology and praxis in order make a significant and original contribution to Ministry Practice.