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Pastoral Care Field Education

PC 443/643

WORKLOAD: Two semesters, 4 credit points.
STATUS: Elective
PRE-REQUISITES: 16 credit points of core foundation level units
WHEN: Semester 1 and 2
WHO: Richard Trist

This unit gives students the opportunity to spend a full-year engaging with a chosen ministry at a deep level.

Much more than a 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 a life-long learner.

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’re undertaking.

It’s 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’s like being in a public position of responsibility.

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.
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