Details for Ministry Practicum 1

This paper incorporates learning experiences at a practical level as well as giving opportunity to reflect on both the practice and theory of ministry.



Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: MINM05
  • Credit points: 30

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Unit 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.




Students should be able to:

  1. Identify and describe the skills required for pastoral ministry.
  2. Demonstrate competence in a broad range of pastoral ministry functions under supervision.
  3. Describe and reflect on the experience of pastoral ministry.
  4. Identify and examine the need for the ministry gifts evident in the church today.
  5. Describe the personal values necessary to lead within a Christian context 

Subject Content

  • a wide variety of ministry competencies
  • practicum experience of pastoral ministry in the local-church context
  • personal spiritual disciplines
  • ministry practice

Prescribed Text

Patton, John. Pastoral Care – An Essential Guide. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2005.



Representative References

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

Brazo, Carol. Divine Secrets of Mentoring. Downers 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. London: 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.

Matthew, T. K. Spirit-Led Ministry in the 21st Century. Fairfax: 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.

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.

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