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.
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:
The theoretical component of the unit is coordinated via the Ridley Online learning site and involves:
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:
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.
In order to satisfactorily complete this unit you will need to:
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 >