Congregational Field Education

This subject gives you the opportunity to spend a full year engaging with a chosen ministry at a deep level.

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

After setting your own goals through conversation with trusted mentors, you will meet weekly with a supervisor and monthly with a field committee who are part of the ministry you are undertaking.

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

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Subject Details

Mode On-campus 
Workload Two semesters, 12 credit points
Status Elective
Subject Cd ode PC092
Prerequisites  48 credit points of core foundational subjects
Teacher  Graham Stanton


  • 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 proactive 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

Study Expectations

Allow 5-6 hours of work per week for this subject. This includes involvement in congregational ministry, time in class, completing reading and any other required weekly learning tasks, self-directed study, and working on assessment items.


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