PC001-512 - Ministry Formation
2,679 Standard Tuition Fee
Category foundational unitA
pastoral churchUnit Discipline
Prior to 2020, this unit content was delivered under the unit code PC201.
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will
A. Know and understand
Demonstrate Foundational knowledge and understanding of ministry and its personal and formal requirements, including the methods and standards of professional, safe and ethical practice.
B. Be able to
1. Outline the biblical evidence relevant to ministry
2. Describe ministry formation and styles
3. Maintain personal spiritual life and practise self-care
4. Present Organised evidence-based perspectives on ministry formation
C. Be in a position to
1. Relating perspectives and skills from ‘Ministry Formation’ to contemporary Christian life and ministry contexts
- Introduction to ministry formation; review of candidates’ past and present ministry experience as a resource for ministry formation.
- Reflection upon biblical passages relevant to ministry call, style and pastoral perspectives such as Exodus 3:1–4:17; Isaiah 6; Ezekiel 1–3; Mark 10:35–45; Acts 20:17–35; 2 Corinthians 4–5; Ephesians 4:1–16; 1 Timothy 3:1–7; 1 Peter 5:1–11.
- A brief historical overview of pastoral roles in Christian ministry.
- Vocation and guidance in the Christian life. The relation between individual and corporate Christian ministries.
- Personal security and identity; integrity; identifying strengths, limitations and uniqueness; developing a personable style; ministerial codes of ethics.
- The search for a pastoral identity: who/what is a pastor; identifying and negotiating expectations, including disparate expectations.
- Ministry formation issues in theological education: critical study of the Scriptures; theological education and spiritual growth.
This unit's indicative bibliography is currently being revised. Students should contact their home college for further details at the time of taking this unit.
Benner, D., The Gift of Being Yourself (Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2004).
Benner, D., Surrender to Love (Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2003).
Stevens, R. P., The Other Six Days: Vocation, Work and Ministry in Biblical Perspective (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1999).
Drescher, J., If I Were Starting My Ministry Again (Nashville: Abingdon, 2002).
Duce, P. and D. Strange, Keeping your Balance (Leicester: Apollos, 2001).
Lewis, G. D., Meeting the Moment: Leadership and Well-being in Ministry (Nashville: Abingdon, 2002).
Tovey, P., Growing in Ministry (UK: Grove, 2000).
Willicom, W., Calling & Character: Virtues of the Ordained Life (Nashville: Abingdon, 2003).
Schnase, R., Ambition in Ministry: Our Spiritual Struggle with Success, Achievement and Competition (Nashville: Abingdon, 1993).
Tidball, D., Builders and Fools (Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 1999).
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