Job and Pastoral Care

Unit Overview

This unit will cover the content and key themes in the Book of Job, and the issues of pastoral care that arise in the book, such as how to deal with suffering, advice-giving, the place of lament, prayer, persevering faith, pastoral care, and preaching on Job. Students will reflect on the application of Job in their own pastoral ministry context, and may choose to develop a sermon series addressing how the book speaks into a range of pastoral issues. This unit is offered as an intensive – please visit the timetable by clicking here for the dates of the intensive.

Unit Details

Mode On-campus 
Workload  Intensive, 12 credit points
Status  Advanced Elective
Unit code PC204-812 / PC204-912
Prerequisites  48 credit points level 8; 24 credit points in PC
Teacher Lindsay Wilson

Unit Content

  1. The content of the Book of Job
  2. Theological and pastoral issues in the book
  3. How to use the book in ministry

Study Expectations
This unit is taught at levels 8 and 9 as part of Ridley’s Master of Theological Studies and Doctor of Ministry professional development courses, and as an advanced elective in other Masters-level courses. Students are expected to demonstrate a capacity for independent research-driven perspectives on the unit content. Assessments include a reading report based on at least 500 pages of pre-reading, to be submitted before the intensive begins.  In addition to the time spent in intensive classes, students should allow 8-10 hours of study time per week for this advanced unit.


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