Alphacrucis College

Details for Ministry Internship 1

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Paper code: MIN203
  • Credit points: 15
  • Total workload hours per week: 150
  • Number of timetabled hours per week: 4 *

* Note: Papers with reduced contact hours (such as those taught in Intensive format) will have an increased assessment component.


MIN101 – Introduction to Pastoral Ministry

The following courses are prerequisites:

The paper Ministry Internship 1 is part of the subject area Ministry and is offered as a part of the following Awards: Bachelor of Contemporary Ministry (New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA)).

Paper Content

Curriculum Objective

This paper incorporates learning experiences at a practical level as well as giving opportunity to reflect on both the practice and theory of ministry. This reflection occurs with an appointed supervisor as well as the formal classroom situation. The mentoring would be with experienced ordained pastors or those in recognised specialist ministries.


Students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a knowledge of the process of theological reflection
  2. Explain the competencies required for effective ministry
  3. Identify and describe the skill level appropriate for their ministry experience
  4. Analysepersonal actions in ministry through theological reflection
  5. Discover and discuss the value of feedback found in  a mentoring relationship 

Subject Content

  1. Introduction to theological reflection
  2. Ministry competencies
  3. Workshops on specific ministry issues
  4. Personal development and discipline
  5. Legal and ethical requirements
  6. Ministry practice and the mentoring relationship 

This course may be offered in the following formats

Observation, church placement and supervision, reflection, journaling, interviews, class lectures, online discussions

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis College.

Assessment Methods

Critical Book review (25%, 1250 words); Portfolio (25%, 1500 words); Reflection essay on mentoring experience (50%, 100 hour placement, 1250 words)

Prescribed Text

Hillman, George M. Ministry Greenhouse: Cultivating Environments for Practical Learning. Herndon, Va.: Alban Institute, 2008.

Representative References

Artson, B.S. Gift of Soul, Gift of Wisdom: A Spiritual Resource for Mentoring and Leadership. Springfield, NJ: Behrman House Inc, 2006.

Brazo, Carol. Divine Secrets of Mentoring. Downer’s Grove: InterVarsity, 2004.

Hillman, George M. Preparing for Ministry: A Practical Guide to Theological Field.  Grand Rapids: Kregel Academic & Professional, 2008.

Holmes III, U.T. & Holmes, U.T. Spirituality for Ministry. San Francisco: Morehouse Publishing, 2002.

Kurht, G.W. An Introduction to Christian Ministry: Following Your Vocation in the Church of England. Church House Publishing, 2000.

Jinkins, M. Letters to New Pastors. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2006.

Jones, L.J. Resurrecting Excellence: Shaping Faithful Christian Ministry. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2006.

Mathew, T.K. Spirit-Led Ministry in the 21st Century. US: Xulon Press, 2004.

McKenna, R.B., Boyd, T.N. & Yost, P.R. “Learning Agility in Clergy: Understanding the Personal Strategies and Situational Factors that Enable Pastors to Learn From Experience”, Journal of Psychology and Theology. 35:3 (2007):190-201.

Piper, J. Brothers, We Are Not Professionals: A Plea to Pastors for Radical Ministry. Fearn: Mentor, 2003.

Peterson, E.H. Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places. A Conversation in Spiritual Theology. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 2005.

Sellner, E.C. Mentoring: The Ministry of Spiritual Kinship. Cambridge, MASS:Cowley Publications, 2002.

Shelp, E.E. and Sunderland, R.H. Sustaining Presence: A Model of Caring by People of Faith. Nashville, TN.: Abingdon Press, 2000.

Watts, F.N. Nye, R. & Savage, S.B. Psychology for Christian Ministry. New York: Routledge, 2001.

Wicks, R.J. Handbook for Spirituality for Ministers. New York: Paulist Press, 2000.

Willard, D. & Foster, R.J. The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering Our Hidden Life in God. San Francisco, CA: HarperSanFrancisco,1998.

Young III, F.L. “Caring for Your Inner Life While Caring for the Church: The Counsel of Gregory the Great”, Clergy Journal 81:8 (2005):10-12.



Clergy Journal

Evangelical Review of Theology

Journal of Pastoral Counselling

Journal of Psychology and Theology


Review of Religious Research