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Practical Ministry Field Education


PC 444/644
This is the subject page for the On Campus Subject.

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

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.

Unit Requirements

There are two parts to this field work unit: theoretical and practical. For the successful completion of this course, students are required to complete both components:

Theoretical Component
Throughout the year you will learn about 5 areas of practical ministry skills. Learning materials and tasks are provided online (videos, resources, readings and quizzes):

  • Leading a small group
  • Reading the Bible aloud
  • Leading Prayers
  • Leading Church Services
  • Presentation Skills

Practical Component
The practical ministry component will be undertaken in a ministry setting chosen by you and negotiated with the Field Education Coordinator. You will be expected to engage in:

  1. 200 hours practical ministry experience (supervised), consisting of:
    1. 120 hours actual ministry (e.g. 5 hours per week over 24 weeks)
    2. 60 hours preparation and writing verbatims (records of ministry experiences)\
    3. 20 hours reflection (individually, and with supervisor)
  2. Regular supervision meetings with your supervisor (at least 4 per semester).
  3. Collect at least 2 ministry feedback evaluations of your practical ministry work from others apart from your supervisor.

Assessment

1. Completion of online learning tasks and quizzes (10%)
2. A ministry “portfolio” consisting of several items:

  • Learning Agreement (required but not graded)
  • 2 x 750 word written reviews (case study, verbatim or book review) 20%
  • Mid-year self-evaluation report (20%)
  • End-year self-evaluation report (50%)
  • Reflective journal (required but not graded)
  • 2 x Ministry feedback evaluations from people other than your supervisor (required but not graded)
  • Evaluation reports from your supervisor (required but not graded)
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