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Reflective Practice in Contemporary Ministry

An overview of the basic tools of theological reflection and their application to reflective practice.

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Reflective Practice in Contemporary Ministry

Reflective practice is an essential part of ministry as it invites us to carefully consider and thoughtfully respond to the people we serve and the things we do. 

This subject provides an overview of the basic tools of theological reflection and their application to reflective practice, forming the foundation for critical inquiry into the practice of Christian ministry. Students will develop their skills in reflective practice through the exploration of issues associated with their ministry experience. The subject will assist students to develop the lifelong task of ensuring that tasks and activities are aligned with what really matters, in what has been called the integration of “soul’ with “role”.

Students will apply reflection in action cycles in their own fields of ministry and establish a personal template for their reflective practice in ministry.

  • Lecturers: Rev’d Dr Andrew Cameron & Rev’d Rebecca Newland
  • Delivery mode: One intensive session. Content and tutoring support will also be available throughout the Summer Session.
  • Dates of Intensives: Tuesday 16 to Thursday 18 November 2021
  • Time: 9:00am to 5:00pm

This subject is offered through Charles Sturt University’s School of Theology. It is also our core subject 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 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:

  • Overview of theological reflection
  • Reflective practice in practical theology
  • Identifying contexts
  • The public practice of theology
  • The place of scripture in reflective practice
  • The theology of ministry
  • Reading the signs of change
  • The practice of ministry
  • The person in ministry
  • Constructing a personal theological template for reflective practice

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • be able to evaluate critically different methodologies and their applications in action-reflection cycles;
  • be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of the tools of theological reflection;
  • be able to critically investigate identified issues in the professional practice of Christian ministry;
  • be able to articulate an advanced understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of reflective practices in particular approaches to Christian ministry;
  • be able to integrate knowledge from other disciplines in theological reflection and ministry practice; and
  • be able to articulate a personal template for reflective practice.

View the full subject outline.

The subject is taught by a ‘live’ lecturer online and not an absent, pre-taped expert. All our lecturers are experienced and qualified in their area. You won’t be referred to a less qualified ‘tutor’.

Classes are live-streamed so you can engage in real-time with the lecturer and your classmates. This is especially important as theological study is best done in community. Can’t make that time? You can also access recordings of classes later through 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

Intensives dates

  • 16-18 November 2021

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 our core subject 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.

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