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THL310 Ordination Studies (8)


This subject explores the origins, history and nature of an ordained ministry. It makes an inquiry into how such a ministry is related to the ministry of 'the priesthood of all believers'. It explores the tension between ecumenical practice and denominational perspective. The debates over the ordination of women and those in a same-sex relationship provide case studies into differing ethical and theological understandings of ordination, leadership and church practice. The subject is designed to create a theological understanding of ordination that is mindful of the complex history of the rite and office.

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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Theology

Enrolment restrictions

Bachelor of Theology

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to identify and describe the biblical background to ordination;
- be able to give a critical account of the distinctive understandings and practices that arose in the early church and during the Reformation period;
- be able to identify and describe various denominational practices and ecumenical understandings of ordination;
- be able to understand and evaluate the cases made for and against the ordination of women;
- be able to understand and evaluate the cases made for and against the ordination of those who are in a same-sex orientation; and
- be able to articulate an in-depth theological understanding of ordination.


The subject will cover the following topics:
1. What is ordination? 2. The biblical background. 3. The emergence of ordination in the early church. 4. Reformation understandings 5. The ecumenical witness. 6. The ordination of women. 7. The ordination of lesbians and gays. 8. Ordination and alternative patterns of ministry. 9. The theology of ordination. 10. Ordination sermons. 11. Ordination rites.


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.