Christian Ministry THL218/418

Christian Ministry THL218/418

Christian Ministry THL218/THL418 (Bachelor of Theology) is being taught at United Theological College in 2018, in Session 1 by Rhonda White.

This subject explores the praxis of Christian ministry, both lay and ordained, through theological reflection upon leadership and spirituality. This exploration takes into account changing paradigms of ministry. Topics cover essential components of responsible ministry (in the church and the world), including theological reflection, ethics, spirituality, worship, pastoral care, education, social justice and mission.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the principles and practices of Christian Ministry (lay and ordained), including an understanding of models of leadership and spirituality appropriate to Christian ministry
  • demonstrate the ability to reflect critically on aspects of their supervised ministry placement as well as their own day to day ministry
  • demonstrate a critical understanding of the range of ministries practised by the church in its ministries of pastoral care, Christian education, social justice, worship and evangelism
  • demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the partnership between lay and ordained in ministry, including an understanding of the ethics of ministry
  • be able to discuss and analyse critically new models of ministry available to the Christian church in a changing world
  • be able to demonstrate self-guided learning, including research, writing and communication skills


The subject will cover the following topics:

  • Ministry and the Missio Dei
  • What is Ministry?
  • The Changing Paradigm
  • Theological Reflection as a tool for ministry
  • Ministry and supervison
  • Leadership and spirituality for Ministry
  • Partners in Ministry – Lay and Ordained
  • Ethics for Ministry
  • Ministry of Worship
  • Ministry of Education
  • Ministry of Pastoral Care
  • Ministry of Social Justice
  • Understanding the Church as a System

Please note that the residential requirement is ONLY necessary if you study the subject as a distance student