Professional Ministry and Practice

MTh pathway in Biblical and Theological Studies
COURSE UNIT 400

UNIT DESCRIPTION

The content for this unit is largely determined by the expectations of the Baptist Union of Great Britain for the training of ministers. Students will engage critically with current understandings of good practice in the areas of ministerial competence, child protection and vulnerable adults, diversity and gender, rites of passage, leadership and codes of conduct and practice. This will take place in a variety of seminar and tutorial sessions and with supervised responsibilities in specific mission and ministry placements. They will engage in extensive theological reflection on their own practice in their placements with a view to becoming competent reflective practitioners.

In the students’ first year the unit will follow the PMP1 class timetable; in the second year students will plan their weekly participation in the PMP sessions across PMP2 and PMP3 in consultation with the Director of Training. Students who begin their master’s programme having already completed PMP1 at undergraduate level will complete M level Part 2 over two years and follow the PMP2 and PMP3 class timetables.

Aims

  • To equip candidates for Christian ministry with a range of understandings and skills to fulfil ministry to a high professional standard;
  • to explore further the competencies required for Christian ministry including the development of professional leadership and good teamwork in the context of local church mission and ministry;
  • to enable students to discern their own leadership strengths and style in these areas and apply them in practice;
  • and to enhance the skill of theological and theoretical reflection on Christian leadership practice.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES:

CATEGORY OF OUTCOMEBY THE END OF THIS UNIT STUDENTS SHOULD BE ABLE TO:
Knowledge and understanding
  • to construct, articulate and critically reflect upon a personal philosophy of mission and ministry based upon their experience in the context of their training placements
Intellectual skills
  • to demonstrate an integrative pattern of learning between class-based and placement-based learning and critically reflect upon it so as to structure continuing personal growth and professional development
Practical and transferable skills; personal qualities
  • to critically reflect upon and evaluate the personal practice and theological understanding of ministry against identified core ministerial competencies

Assessment:

ASSESSMENT TASK:LENGTH:WEIGHTING WITHIN UNIT
Formative:
  • A reasoned placement proposal

500 words

n/a
Summative:
  • A written articulation of the Minister in Training’s philosophy of ministry
  • A portfolio of evidence

4-6 pieces of evidence to illustrate each of the competencies

50%
Back to courses >

Professional Ministry and Practice

MTh pathway in Biblical and Theological Studies
Course Unit 400

Credits:

30

Level:

7

Hours of Learning:

300

Tutor:

Dr Peter J. Morden, Dr Nigel G. Wright, Dr Roger Standing, Dr Steve Latham, Dr Graham Watts, Rev. Dotha Blackwood

Know where you want to go? Use these quick links below to get you there.

Undergraduate Postgraduate Research Mission & Ministry Online Learning Counselling