PC501 - Ministry Formation
2,280 Standard Tuition Fee
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will
A. Know and understand
- The biblical evidence relevant to ministry.
- Ministry call, formation and styles.
- Personal identity, security and pastoral roles in ministry.
- Community ethical standards.
- Selected approaches to ministry formation.
B. Be able to
- Analyse the biblical evidence relevant to ministry.
- Critique ministry formation and styles.
- Develop an approach to ministry.
- Maintain personal spiritual life and practise self care.
- Evaluate selected approaches to ministry formation.
C. Be in a position to
- Introduction to ministry formation; review of students’ 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.
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Willimon, W., Calling & Character: Virtues of the Ordained Life (Nashville: Abingdon, 2003).