THL218 Christian Ministry (8)


This subject explores the praxis of Christian ministry, both lay and ordained, through theological reflection upon leadership and spirituality. This exploration takes into account changing paradigms of ministry. Topics cover essential components of responsible ministry (in the church and the world), including theological reflection, ethics, spirituality, worship, pastoral care, education, social justice and mission.

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Session 1
InternalCanberra Campus
InternalUnited Theological College
Distance*Canberra Campus
*This subject offering contains a residential school. Please view following information for further details.
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: THL218
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Theology

Assumed Knowledge

THL115 and THL120

Enrolment restrictions

Incompatible subject(s)Related subject(s)
THL121 THL418 THL418 Paired Subject

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the principles and practices of Christian Ministry (lay and ordained), including an understanding of models of leadership and spirituality appropriate to Christian ministry
  • demonstrate the ability to reflect critically on aspects of their supervised ministry placement as well as their own day to day ministry
  • demonstrate a critical understanding of the range of ministries practised by the church in its ministries of pastoral care, Christian education, social justice, worship and evangelism
  • demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the partnership between lay and ordained in ministry, including an understanding of the ethics of ministry
  • be able to discuss and analyse critically new models of ministry available to the Christian church in a changing world
  • be able to demonstrate self-guided learning, including research, writing and communication skills


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Ministry and the Missio Dei
  • What is Ministry?
  • The Changing Paradigm
  • Theological Reflection as a tool for ministry
  • Ministry and supervison
  • Leadership and spirituality for Ministry
  • Partners in Ministry - Lay and Ordained
  • Ethics for Ministry
  • Ministry of Worship
  • Ministry of Education
  • Ministry of Pastoral Care
  • Ministry of Social Justice
  • Understanding the Church as a System

Residential School

This subject contains a optional 2 day residential school. The residential school for this introductory subject provides an orientation to the subject matter, methodology, library resources, and research tools pertaining to the study of Christian Ministry.

Activities include lectures, library orientation and group work.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.