Details for Pastoral Theology

This paper discusses the theological issues involved in pastoral ministry at an advanced level in light of growing practical and theoretical experience.

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Unit code: THE
  • Credit points: 15
  • Total workload hours per week: 10
  • Number of timetabled hours per week: 3 *

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


Understanding the Faith THE101

Awards offering Pastoral Theology

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

Unit Content

Curriculum Objective

This course discusses the theological issues involved in pastoral ministry at an advanced level in light of growing practical and theoretical experience.


Students should be able to

  1.      Critically evaluate the theological and historical foundations of pastoral theology
  2.      Discuss the interplay of history and culture in the formation of pastoral theology
  3.      Explain the difference between pastoral theology and pastoral counselling and their     appropriateness within a theological framework
  4.      Evaluate a range of  pastoral situations and develop appropriate strategies of care within the context of the Aoteoroa/NewZealand church.
  5.     Critically Reflect on their ministry and that of others

Subject Content

  1. Historical perspectives in pastoral theology
  2. Various theological models for the integration of theory and practice
  3. Biblical examples of ministry and the theological understanding of these models
  4. Model of the self
  5. Contexts for pastoral care and counselling skills
  6. Application of the learning to specific pastoral situations

This course may be offered in the following formats

Classroom, intensive, extensive, distance learning modes.

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

Assessment Methods

Book Review (30%, 1500 words); Ministry Reflection (20%, 1250 words); Major Essay (50%, 2500 words)

Prescribed Text

No set text

Representative References

  • Paul J. Bauermeister, “Pastoral Care at the End of Life.” Currents in Theology and Mission 15 (April 1988): 173-181.
  • Ronald K. Bullis, “Pastoral Care for the Head-Injured: A Biopscylosocial/Spiritual Perspective.” Pastoral Psychology 42 (May 1994): 321-333.
  • Barbara Date, “Teaching ‘Things That Make for Peace’: Conflict Transformation in Our Communities.” Brethren Life and Thought 49, 1-2 (Winter-Spring 2004): 35-41.
  • Arthur Dobrin, “Death in a Religious Community.” Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling 56, 3 (2002): 233-242.
  • Nancy L Eiesland. “Irreconcilable Differences: Conflict, Schism, and Religious Restructuring in a United Methodist Church.” In Pentecostal Currents in American Protestantism (Urbana: Univ. of Illinois Press, 1999): 168-187.
  • Brian D. Hamilton, “A Practical Theology for Dealing with Conflict in the Church.” Didaskalia 7, 1 (Fall 1995): 31-39.
  • William K. Kay, “Role Conflict and British Pentecostal Ministers.” Journal of Psychology and Theology 28, 2 (Summer 2000): 119-124.
  • Jack D. Kinsbury, “Salvation and Healing.” Interpretation 49 (April 1995): 116-171.
  • Kagiso Billy Kgosikwena, “Pastoral Care and the Dying Process of People Living with HIV/AIDS: Speaking of God in a Crisis.” Missonalia 29 (August 2001): 200-219.
  • Daniel Johannes Louw, “Minstering and Counseling the Person with AIDS. Journal of Theology for Southern Africa 71 (June 1990): 37-50.
  • Janice Love, “From Insults to Inclusion.” Ecumenical Review 50 (July 1998): 375-381.
  • Michael A. Milton, “‘So What Are You Doing Here?’ The Role of the Minister of the Gospel in Hospital Visitation, or a Theological Cure for the Crisis of Evangelical Pastoral Care.” Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 46, 3 (2003): 449-463.
  • Harold R. Nelson, “The Near Death Experience: Observations and Reflections from a Retired Chaplain.” Journal of Pastoral Care 54, 2 (2000): 159-166.
  • George W. Paterson, “Pastoral Care of the Coronary Patient and Family.” Journal of Pastoral Care 39 (1985): 249-261.
  • John Patton, Pastoral Care: An Essential Guide (Nashville: Abingdon, 2005). ISBN 0687053226
  • Kirsten Peachey, “Expanding Our Practice: Integrating Body, Mind, and Spirit in Spiritual Care. Chaplaincy Today 15, 2 (1999): 2-66.
  • Alfred Poirier, The Peacemaking Pastor: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Church Conflict (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2006). ISBN 0801065895
  • Anthony Robinson, “Vicious Cycles: The Anxious Congregation.” Christian Century 121, 22 ((2004): 8-9.
  • Jeffrey Burke Satinover, “Hope for Healing Homosexuality.” Regeneration Quarterly 1 (Fall 1995): 24-29.
  • Bernard Spilka and John D. Spangler, Theology Today 38 (April 1981): 16-29.
  • Marlin E. Thomas, “The Pastor’s Role in Managing Church Conflict.” Direction 19, 2 (Fall 1990): 65-74.
  • Larry VandeCreek, “Spiritual Care for Persons with Dementia: Fundamentals for Pastoral Practice.” Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy 8, 1-2 (1999): 1-120, 139-148.
  • Antonia Van Loon, “The Challenges and Opportunities of Faith Community Nursing in an Ageing Society.” Journal of Religious Gerontology 12, 3-4 (2001): 167-180.
  • Ernest W. Walker, “Managing Conflicts in African American Congregations.” In Conflict Management in Congregations (Bethesda: The Alban Institute, 2001), 133-140.
  • Anne Streaty Wimberly, “Reverence for Life in Severe and Terminal Illness: A Theological Ethical Viewpoint.” Journal of Interdenominational Theological Center 20, 1-2 (Fall-Spring 1992-1993): 1-21.

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