Contemporary Issues in Christian Ministry

Contemporary Issues in Christian Ministry

Contemporary Issues in Christian Ministry THL519 (Master of Theology, Master of Ministry, Bachelor of Theology Honours) is being taught at United Theological College Sydney in 2018 Session 2 by Rhonda White (pictured).

The subject is an identified scholarship subject with UTC in 2018.  For more information about our UCA scholarships please contact [email protected]

In this subject, students engage critically with the foundational theoretical and practical texts underpinning the discipline of Practical Theology. Students are enabled to apply cross disciplinary research, critical perspectives and a variety of methods to examine issues and questions of church practice, with a view to developing new approaches and understandings

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the breadth of thinking represented by the term Practical Theology
  • be able to demonstrate an appreciaton of the place of Practical Theology within the discipline of Theology
  • be able to evaluate critically significant contributors to the field of Practical Theology
  • be able to demonstrate an ability to understand and evaluate critically theological models of praxis, and appropriately apply them in given contexts
  • be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of a chosen contemporary issue from a perspective of Practical Theology
  • be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the relevance of other disciplines to Practical Theology including Indigenous, Feminist and Social Science perspectives
  • be able to demonstrate research and writing skills relevant to the discipline of Practical Theology

Syllabus
The subject will cover the following topics:

  • The place of Practical Theology within the larger discipline of Theology
  • Historical background and current context of Practical Theology: an overview of the complexity of the discipline
  • Critical engagement with Practical Theology’s distinctive starting point and methodology
  • Issues and prospects for the integration of the social sciences and other disciplines into Practical Theology
  • The relationship of Practical Theology to social justice, mission and evangelism
  • Contemporary approaches to Practical Theology: notable practical theologians, in Australasia and elsewhere
  • The critical engagement of Practical Theology with Biblical Studies, Church History and Systematic Theology
  • Critiques of Practical Theology approaches and method, e.g. Anderson, Ward and Darragh
  • Critical examination of two studies in Practical Theology to look at approach and method in more depth