Personal Formation for Developmental Ministries


One semester, 4 credit points.

Semester 2, 2019.
12 August; 23-27 September; 21 October
Graham Stanton
Even with the most effective strategy, insightful theological understanding, and relevant cultural and developmental engagement, your ministry among children and young people will fail for lack of self-awareness, relational competence, and effective self care. This unit reflects on the importance of appropriate self-awareness and self-understanding for ministry, considers the relational dynamics in professional ministry among children and young people, and explores effective strategies for maintaining and developing personal and spiritual vitality.
The unit enables students to operate effectively in professional practice of developmental ministries and pursue effective practices for personal and spiritual vitality.
1. Self-awareness: personal identity; preferences of personality, spirituality, sexuality; family systems; sources of stress.
2. Personal and spiritual vitality: self care; boundaries; spiritual practices.
3. Interpersonal engagement: listening; responding to conflict; assertiveness and humility; relationship with family and friends.
4. Professional practice: the importance and place of safe ministry; power differential in ministry relationships; working in teams; submitting to leaders and leading others
5. Practices of wellbeing amidst adversity: acute stress and burnout; spiritual warfare and temptation; mental health; addictive patterns; complex relationships.

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