Details for Ministry Internship 2

This paper builds upon Ministry Internship I (MIN2043), incorporating learning experiences at a practical level as well as giving opportunity to further reflect on both the practice and theory of ministry. This reflection occurs with an appointed mentor as well as the formal classroom situation. The mentoring would be with experienced ordained pastors or those in recognisedspecialist ministries

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Unit code: MIN303*
  • Credit points: 15
  • Total workload hours per week: 11
  • Number of timetabled hours per week: 4 *

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


MIN101 Introduction to Ministry

MIN203– Ministry Internship 1

The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Ministry Internship 2

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content

Curriculum Objective

Building upon the experience of the Ministry Internship 1, this paper seeks to increase the student’s confidence and expertise in the practice of public ministries of the church. The process should equip the student to develop skills in order to be able to exercise their own mentoring ministry.


Students should be able to:

  1. Explain the process of theological reflection
  2. Summarise and appraise the competencies required for effective ministry
  3. Compare the skills required for public ministry, leadership and team building
  4. Critically evaluate and reflect on personal actions in ministry
  5. Assess the value of feedback found in a mentoring relationship 

Subject Content

  1. Advanced level theological reflection
  2. Ministry competencies
  3. Workshops on specific ministry issues
  4. The practice of pastoral ministry in small and large church contexts
  5. Further development of the mentoring relationship and personal spiritual disciplines
  6. Ministry practice 
  7. Develop an inistial personal ministry profile

This course may be offered in the following formats

Observation, church placement and mentoring, reflection, class lectures and/or online readings

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

Assessment Methods

Portfolio (25%, 1500 words); Minor Essay (25%, 1250 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: Behrman House Inc, 2006.

Cosgrove, W. Christian Living Today: Essays in Moral and Pastoral Theology. Dublin: Columba Press, 2001

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

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

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

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

Kent, M. Becoming a Woman of Influence. Colorado Springs, COL: NavPress Publishing, 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.

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

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

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

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

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

NB. The bibliography for Ministry Internship I is also applicable

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