Ministry Foundations

Unit Overview 

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

This unit gives students 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 them space to explore their own future, gifts and education pathways. This unit also aims to equip students 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 unit is usually completed in conjunction with RYM31/51: Personal Evangelism.

The dates for when this unit is offered varies. Please visit the timetable by clicking here for the most up to date information.

Unit Details

Online  On-campus 
Workload  One semester, 6 credit points (half-unit) One semester, 6 credit points (half-unit)
Status  Ridley Core. ACT Type B Elective Ridley Core. ACT Type B Elective
Subject code EM064 EM064
Prerequisites  None None
Teacher  Tim Foster Tim Foster with Rhys Bezzant

Unit Content
Section A: (30%)

  • 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 opportunity.

Section B (70%)

  • 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 (Online)
In Ridley Online units 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 themes and passages related to your unit. These usually include watching videos, reading, completing set learning tasks and contributing to online seminars and interacting with your peers. Allow 8-10 hours study time per week for this introductory unit.


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