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Christian Chaplaincy in Context

Learn about the role, function and challenges of Christian Chaplains within a variety of professional settings.

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Christian Chaplaincy in Context

This subject focuses on the role and function of the chaplain in institutional and workplace settings.

Chaplaincy is a ‘ministry of presence’, beginning with people where they are at and respectfully assisting them using the insights of Christian theology, all within pluralist and collaborative environments.

The subject looks at a theological framework for chaplaincy; the goals and tasks of a chaplain; and the professional, ethical, and personal challenges that can arise in various contexts. We examine the dual role that a chaplain inhabits, both as a Christian minister to people of all faiths and none, and as a team-participant in the aims of various workplaces and institutions.

The subject helps students critically to reflect upon their own experience in a given sector or field of specialisation, integrating this reflection with theory, issues, and vocational observations. It will be augmented by hearing from chaplains practising in various operational settings.

Whether you are considering entering chaplaincy, or seek to enhance your current chaplaincy role, the subject will expand your imagination about the possibilities of Christian chaplaincy for ministry to and service of others.

  • Lecturers: Rev’d Dr Andrew Cameron 
  • Delivery mode: Three-day Intensive + three 2-hour online meetings in January and February 2022
  • Date: Tuesday 23 to Thursday 25 November 2021
  • Time: 9:00am to 5:00pm

This subject is offered through Charles Sturt University’s School of Theology. It is also one of our subjects in our postgraduate ministry studies courses. Successful subject completion of this subject is creditable towards a Graduate Certificate in Ministry, or a Master of Ministry for eligible applicants.

Are you a current student? Students currently doing their Bachelor of Theology, Master of Arts (Theological Studies), Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies, or Graduate Diploma of Theological Studies may take this subject. Please contact our Course Director, Dr Bernard Doherty, for assistance.

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Single Subject Study gives you the flexibility and the University credit, without the commitment of a full degree. It’s a great way to dip your toe into a subject area and get a sense of what it’s like to study theology in an academic setting.

As a student, you get to access all subject materials and resources and gain access to CSU’s Interact2 learning environment – so you can study online from the comfort of your natural environment and work around your other life and work commitments.

Best of all, these subjects require no prerequisites, prior knowledge or experience. But if you do decide to commit to a related degree at the end of this subject study, our course advisor can help guide you through the application process and help get credit from your successful subject(s) towards your degree.

This subject will cover the following topics:

  • Theological framework for chaplaincy
  • Models of chaplaincy
  • The institutional and workplace contexts
  • Professional issues in chaplaincy
  • Personal issues in chaplaincy
  • Goals and tasks of the chaplain
  • Pastoral care and the chaplain
  • The chaplaincy “Culture”
  • Cultural diversity in chaplaincy
  • Interfaith perspectives in chaplaincy
  • Workplace management of gender and sexuality issues

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • be able to reflect critically on the role and function of the chaplain in institutional and workplace settings;
  • be able to articulate a well-developed theology of workplace chaplaincy;
  • be able to integrate and apply pastoral care theory with the function and role of the chaplain;
  • be able to exhibit an in-depth understanding of the role of the chaplain in diverse contexts, and the application of that understanding to the practice of the ministerial profession;
  • be able to evaluate critically professional issues in chaplaincy;
  • be able to reflect critically on their own experiences of being a Religious Practitioner in their chosen field of specialisation; and
  • be able to demonstrate skill in analysis of their strengths and growth areas as a Religious Practitioner in their chosen field.

View the full subject outline.

This subject is offered online, giving you the flexibility to fit study around your other life priorities. You can access recordings of classes through our learning platform, Interact2 .

Charles Sturt University’s online learning platform, Interact2, gives clear guidance, e-readings, teacher’s notes, and more.

This subject will also require students to complete assessments.

Last day of application

Sunday 21 November 2021

Class times

The three-day intensive will run from Tuesday 23 to Thursday 25 November 2021. 

After which, there will be three 2-hour online meetings in January and February 2022.

Content and tutoring support will also be available throughout the Summer Session.

The fee for this subject is $2,010.

This subject is offered through Charles Sturt University’s School of Theology. It is also one of our subjects in our postgraduate ministry studies courses.

Successful subject completion of this subject is creditable towards a Graduate Certificate in Ministry, or a Master of Ministry for eligible applicants.

About the lecturer

Rev’d Dr Andrew Cameron

About the lecturer

Andrew is the Director of St Mark’s National Theological Centre. He is also an Associate Professor in the School of Theology at Charles Sturt University.

Andrew has been a priest in the Anglican Church of Australia since 1993, and has had pastoral experience in a variety of Anglican and other denominational settings. He has also taught in ethics, social ethics, political and public theology, theological anthropology, theology and philosophy at a range of levels and institutions. His doctoral research interest was in a theological account of the relationship of ethics to emotion, and since then he has several other topics at the intersection of theology, ethics and public life.

Andrew is married to Mary-Anne, and they have two fluffy border collies, Wally and Colah. Their first grandchild arrived in mid-2019. Andrew’s latest hobby has been to create a veggie patch so vast it is known as ‘Vegetable Park’.

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