Pastoral Care Field Education

This subject gives students the opportunity to spend a full year engaging with their 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. Students not only learn from doing but learn how to be life-long learners.

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 are undertaking.

It provides 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 is 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 code PC093
Prerequisites  48 credit points of core foundational units
Teacher  Richard Trist

In this subject you will look at

  • Pastoral Visitation – congregational members, families, the sick, the home-bound, those on the fringe of the church
  • The pastoral care of new believers; assimilation into the life, work and witness of the church
  • Pastoral opportunities provided by enquiries for the baptism and blessing of children; preparation of candidates for communicant membership
  • An introduction to ministry to the dying and bereaved, including the preparation and conduct of funerals; follow-up of the bereaved
  • Field Work: the supervisory relationship; the supervisory session; and learning covenants; evaluation; field committees

Study Expectations

Allow ten hours of work per week for this subject; this will include class time in the first semester and fieldwork in your chosen ministry setting over the year.


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