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Postgraduate Coursework Units

Please see below the Doctor of Ministry/Master of Theological Studies units for 2020. Unless specified, each unit can be taken at level 8 or 9.

TH017: Preaching the Atonement and the Doctrine of God (20-23 April) – Peter Adam
This unit, undertaken as part of the Annual Ridley Preachers’ Conference, will explore the biblical understanding of the atonement and how this crucial doctrine can best be communicated in the contemporary context. Present-day questions and points of debate relating to the atonement will be evaluated, as well as how a deeper understanding of its significance is vital for life and ministry in the 21st century.

PC023: Professional Supervision for Ministry Workers (28/29 Feb, 14/15 May) and
PC024: Advanced Professional Supervision for Ministry Workers (31 Jul/1 Aug, 18/19 Sep) – Geoff Broughton and Len Firth

These two units will equip pastors and church leaders to promote ministry development in others. The units will present a range of theories and models in professional supervision in pastoral contexts and will provide practical training in the skills of professional supervision. Students enter the program as postgraduate professionals, and whilst engaged in their own supervision and supervising of one or two supervisees in the context, integrate the skills and knowledge they will learn in the unit. Professional Supervision for Ministry Workers is a prerequisite for Advanced Professional Supervision for Ministry Workers.

DM035: Practice Framework for Children’s and Youth Ministry (22-26 June) – Graham Stanton
This unit equips students to develop a framework for professional practice in children’s and youth ministry that integrates theological commitments and contextual understanding with ministry practice. Grounded in methodologies for contextual and applied theology, the unit explores the implications of major topics in theology for how we engage contemporary issues in gospel mission among children and young people.

NT204: New Testament Seminar (Interpreting and Preaching Philippians and Philemon) (24-28 Aug) – Mike Bird
This unit presents a study of Paul’s Letters to the Philippians and to Philemon with a view to unpacking their background, main themes, exegeting the text, mining for homiletical tips, relevance for theology, and contemporary application. Students will gain a good grasp of these two epistles as well as Paul’s biography and theology, and will be better equipped to preach and apply these two letters in their own church setting.

PC031: Gospel, Church and Australian Culture (online in semester two) – Tim Foster
What ‘vision for life’ does the gospel offer each of the sub-cultures in Australian society? How do we discern the values of the cultures we serve and engage them in the light of the coming kingdom? This unit will provide the tools to help us engage in the process of contextualisation, with a special focus on the Australian context. Assessment is practical, allowing students to develop a framework and gospel vision for the culture of their choice. Students will explore the nature of culture, its influence and how to discern a cultural narrative, the nature of the gospel, and the principles, process and limitations of contextualisation.

Sin and Evil: Ridley Mega-Intensive – Roy Ciampa and Ridley Faculty
*Please note that the megaintensive has been postponed until 2021 due to the Coronavirus Health Crisis. Keep checking this page for more updates in the months to come.*
A week-long intensive that dives deep into the theme of sin and evil, allowing you to look at the questions from multiple perspectives (bible, theology, ethics, history). You will consider the implications for your ministry, developing points of application with your peers. Featuring an international speaker, Ridley faculty and a rich and varied program.

AS001: Introduction to Research Methods (Available in Semester 1, 2 or 3)
MTS students wishing to continue into a research degree may choose to enrol in Introduction to Research Methods to learn the skills of academic research in a theological context. Doctor of Ministry candidates are required to complete a unit of Research Methods which introduces the ministry research candidate or practical theologian to the basic options that are available and used in human or social research today. During this unit, the researcher is introduced to the most commonly used qualitative methodologies as well as a range of ways to source and process the data upon which a compelling thesis may later be built. While no prior knowledge is presumed, by the end of this unit the committed candidate will be able to make their contribution as an authentic researcher of human experiences related to Christian ministry or mission.

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