MIN541 Reflective Practitioner Perspectives in Ministry (16)

This subject provides a structure for candidates to work as reflective practitioners within the collaborative, pastorally oriented settings of Christian ministry. Outcomes of this subject are determined by the nature of the research projects being developed and are negotiated on an individual basis between students and supervisors. Projects are likely to be critical investigations of a particular approach to an identified pastoral issue in a nominated area of practice, undertaken to understand thoroughly its strengths and weaknesses. A detailed exploration of techniques relevant to the research topic is developed by candidates through reflection-in-action cycles in their own field of ministry.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Canberra Campus
Canberra Campus
Session 2 (60)
On Campus
United Theological College
Canberra Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: MIN541. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Theology

Enrolment Restrictions

Master of Ministry students only

Subject Relationships

MIN741 Equivalent Subject at Doctoral level

Incompatible Subjects

MIN741, THL510

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to investigate critically identified issues in the professional practice of Christian Ministry
  • be able to demonstrate a higher order skill in theological reflection on the identified issues in the professional practice of Christian Ministry
  • be able to articulate an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses involved in these identified issues
  • be able to demonstrate skill in research through the development of reflectioninaction cycles in their field of professional ministry.


This subject will cover the following topics:

Topics will be negotiated with the student's supervisor on an individual basis. Suggested projects are: a critical investigation of a specific pastoral issue in a nominated area of practice, in order to understand thoroughly its strengths and weaknesses; a detailed exploration of a technique or techniques relevant to the research topic (for example a reflective practitioner study of styles of caring in pastoral visitation). It is expected that the work produced would include a study of trends and developments in outcomes-based evaluation procedures.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or ask@csu.edu.au or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.