1:45–2:35pm Tuesdays or Wednesdays
The thing that students say they love about Ridley is the community. The other thing they love is that we are about forming Christian character not just educating minds. One of the most important places we enjoy community and form character is in our Life and Ministry Groups (LMGs). These small groups meet with a faculty member for 50 minutes after lunch one day a week. LMGs are for full-time first-year students (completing their first eight foundational units. LMGs comprise 7–9 students and are led by a faculty member. The faculty person may invite a student to co-lead with them.
The Life and Ministry Groups are not designed to be the primary means of pastoral support (the student’s church, family and external mentor should provide that). The faculty person is not expected to mentor each LMG member, though mentoring by faculty is welcomed.
NB Weeks 1–3 of Semester 1 are the study skills sessions.
Week 1: Study Skills – input
(how to learn and record findings from lectures)
Week 2: Study Skills – analysis
(how to organise and evaluate such input in useful ways)
Week 3: Study Skills – output
(how to express [in writing] a specific answer to a question)
This is a skeletal curriculum. It seeks to work in conjunction with the new Ridley compulsory subject ‘Ministry Foundations’ and the Ridley study skills sessions.
|Who am I (are we?)||
Bible reflections on who am I (human, Christian, minister), Bible reflections on the nature of grace and self-understanding. Bible studies on a key passage(s) to understand our purpose (e.g. Eph 2:8–10; Eph 4:1–16; John 20)
|Some further skills not covered by Semester 1 Ministry Foundations unit||e.g. mentoring others, personal presentation, teamwork, time management and personal organisation, small-group leadership and your leadership style.|
|Further reflection on being a theological student||
Resources available in The Trials of Theology ed. A. Cameron, B. Rosner (Christian Focus, 2010).
e.g. B. B. Warfield, ‘The Spiritual Life of a Theological Student’
C. H. Spurgeon, ‘Frailty and the Grace of God’
See also chs 7 and 8 on the ‘trials of theological college/biblical studies’.
|LMGs may also like to socialize together||e.g. at faculty’s house for dinner, a local cafe, or other|