PC443 - Pastoral Care Field Education
2,280 Standard Tuition Fee
Candidates may take two only of units PC442-444, and DM440-442.
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will
Know and understand
- The dimensions of pastoral care
- The ministry of pastoral care
Be able to
- Discuss the dimensions of pastoral care
- Analyse the ministry of pastoral care
- Under supervision, participate in the ministry of pastoral care in a local congregation
- Assess the ministry of pastoral care as observed in a local congregation
Be in a position to
- Integrate perspectives from their other theological studies with an approach to pastoral care
- To provide pastoral care in a ministry setting as a reflective practitioner
The total demand hours of this unit are 160 hours, to consist of:
Section A: Theoretical Study
- Pastoral visitation: congregational members, families, the sick, the home-bound, and those with fringe contacts.
- The pastoral care of new believers; assimilation into the life, work and witness of the church.
- Pastoral opportunities provided by enquiries for the baptism or blessing of children; preparation of candidates for communicant membership.
- An introduction to ministry to the dying and bereaved, including the preparation and conduct of funerals; follow-up or the bereaved.
Section B: Field Work
- The supervisory relationship; the supervisory session, learning covenants; evaluation; Field Committees.
not less than 117 hours’ experience (with supervision) in a local congregation;
a period of continuous residence (with supervisor) of not less than six weeks’ duration in a local congregation.
In all cases:
- Approximately 117 hours are to be spent in actual ministry, including preparation for and participation in the conduct of regular church services, and involvement in some aspect of the congregation’s service to its community;
- Approximately 17hrs are to be spent in reflection and the writing of reports and verbatims for supervisors. Such reflection must include comments from local congregation leaders;
- Approximately 13 hours are to be spent in theoretical study;
- Approximately 13 hours are to be spent meeting with an approved supervisor on an individual basis.
- Section A should entail approximately 12–14 class hours, at an introductory level only.
- If PC403/603 has been or is currently being taken, topic 4 need not be studied here.
- If PC442 has been or is currently being taken, topic 5 need not be studied here.
- It is the responsibility of approved institutions to ensure that candidates’ supervisors are appropriate, and trained in Field Education supervision methods.
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