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Practical Ministry Field Education


PC 444/644D
This is the subject page for the Online 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 develops skills in the processes of reflective learning, self-awareness and a critical approach to ministry while spending a full year engaging with a chosen ministry at a deep level. Students not only learn from doing, but learn how to be a life-long learner.

Unit Requirements

This is a 4-credit-point unit that extends over two semesters. 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. Students are required to organise for themselves a ministry supervisor who is able to meet with them regularly (roughly fortnightly, for about an hour each time).

As a unit that integrates theological knowledge with analysis of practical ministry experiences, this unit is best completed towards the end of your program of study after you have developed your biblical, historical, and theological understanding. Field Education is an appropriate unit to complete as a capstone experience for the Master of Divinity or Master of Ministry degrees.

Because of the requirement for mentoring and reflective journaling, only one Field Education unit can be taken at any one time and should not be undertaken concurrently with units in Guided Spiritual Formation.

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

The theoretical component of the unit is coordinated via the Ridley Online learning site and involves:

  • An introduction to the ministry issues pertaining to the context in which the fieldwork will be undertaken in discussion with your ministry supervisor
  • Directed reading of a book / books relevant to the ministry context
  • Working through the learning materials provided for you on the Ridley Online Learning site which include videos and resources on:
    • goal setting
    • the supervisory relationship & action-reflection learning
    • methods of recording and analysing ministry experience: verbatim report, critical incident study, time and motion study.
  • Participation in an online discussion forum for each learning module throughout the year.

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:

  • 117 hours of actual ministry (e.g. 3-4 hours per week over 20-30 weeks)
  • 13 hours of reflection meetings with ministry supervisor (12-15 meetings, fortnightly of roughly 60 minutes each)
  • 17 hours of preparation and writing reflection reports for supervisory meetings including
    • journaling reflections on ministry experience (30 minutes per week)
    • preparation for supervisory meetings (60 minutes for each meeting)

At the end of the year you will be expected to collect feedback evaluations of your practical ministry work from your supervisor and at least two other people.

Assessment

In order to satisfactorily complete this unit you will need to:

  1. Submit a learning agreement prepared in consultation with your supervisor (required but not graded). This is due by the end of the first month. Guidelines for preparing your learning agreement are provided.
  2. Participate in online discussions (6-8 focused discussions over the year) (PC444, 25%; PC644, 20%)
  3. Submit a theological reflection on an incident from your ministry, and engage in discussion with other unit participants (PC444, 25%; PC644, 20%)
  4. Submit a final report (PC444, 50%; PC644, 60%). The final report summarises your learning experience. The report ought to demonstrate use of the action-reflection learning cycle, connecting learning to ministry experiences, and make reference to journal entries and discussions with ministry supervisor. Guidelines are provided

Note: Students enrolling in this unit need to be in a position to organise and engage in supervised ministry experience in line with the expectations outlined above. The Field Education Coordinator, Graham Stanton, is available to assist and advise you regarding arrangements for your practical ministry experience. Contact Graham Stanton >

 

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