Congregational Field Education

PC442/ PC642

Two semesters, 4 credit points
16 credit points of core foundation level units
Semester 1 through semester 2, 2019
Graham Stanton


This unit gives students the opportunity to spend a full-year engaging with a chosen ministry at a deep level.

Much more than a placement, field education aims to develop reflective learning, self-awareness and a critical approach to ministry. Students not only learn from doing, but learn how to be a life-long learner.

After setting their own goals through conversation with trusted mentors, students meet weekly with a supervisor and monthly with a field committee who are part of the ministry they’re undertaking.

It’s a rich time of self-reflection as students gain confidence through practice and learn how different ministries operate, take lessons from experienced practitioners and discover what it’s like being in a public position of responsibility.


  • An introduction to the planning and conduct of church services and other programs connected with the life and work of a local congregation, and the pastoral opportunities they present.
  • A basic study of church administration including the role of ordained ministers, church secretary, treasurer and other leaders; church organisations; the conduct of business meetings.
  • Ministers as a pro-active leaders and managers; strategy and goal setting; appropriate leadership styles for different situations; anticipating and managing conflict.
  • Ministers as agents of social change; the local church in the local community.
  • Field Work: the supervisory relationship; the supervisory session; and learning covenants; evaluation; field committees.



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