Ministry Foundations


When Christians begin to think about a future in ministry, many questions arise – about their suitability, whether they are ‘called’, what their gifts are and just how they should go about it. So much of what we read and think about ministry is subjective, but this subject encourages students’ thoughts and practice to be guided by the bible, and based on sound theology.

This subject will give you the opportunity to think theologically about ministry, about the purpose of ordination, the nature of ‘calling’, the place of full-time ministry and more. But it also gives you the space to explore your own future, gifts and education pathways. This subject also aims to equip you with some basic ministry skills, including service leading, bible reading, public prayer and basic communication – skills which are necessary in a church-based ministry context.

This subject is usually completed in conjunction with EM063 Personal Evangelism.

Please visit the timetable by clicking here for current information on subject availability.

Subject Details

Mode Online  On-campus 
Workload  One semester, 6 credit points One semester, 6 credit points
Status  Ridley-required foundational subject Ridley-required foundational subject
Subject code EM064 EM064
Prerequisites  None None
Teacher  Tim Foster Rhys Bezzant

Section A

  • Biblical perspectives on the nature of ministry, ministry roles, gifts and calling
  • Overview of types of ministry, including lay, ordained, voluntary etc. and introduction to theological foundations of these distinctions
  • Nature and purpose of theological training, relationship of fieldwork to classroom, how to maximise the training and formational opportunities

Section B

  • Basic principles, knowledge and skills required in 3-6 specific aspects of Christian ministry such as
    • Public Bible reading
    • Public prayer
    • Small group leadership
    • Introductory service leading
    • Basic communication principles

Study Expectations
In this subject, you can expect to be guided through a variety of weekly learning activities which are designed to develop your understanding of and skills in the topics covered in the syllabus. For online students, these usually include watching videos, reading, completing set learning tasks and contributing to online seminars and interacting with your peers. Students should allow 4 hours of study time per week for this half-subject.


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