THL418 Christian Ministry (8)

Students will explore the praxis of Christian ministry, both lay and ordained, through theological reflection upon leadership and spirituality. The curriculum is designed to build on the student's prior learning and to support their engagement with learning environments through the intentional integration and sequencing of knowledge, skills, and attitudes. Students will receive regular formative evaluation of their work throughout the study of this subject to aid in their learning.

Subject Outlines
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* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Canberra Campus
United Theological College
Online *
Canberra Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: THL418. 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

Graduate Diploma of Theology

Assumed Knowledge

THL460 and THL461

Subject Relationships

THL218 Paired Subject

Incompatible Subjects


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 practiced 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


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Ministry and the Mission Dei
  • What is Ministry?
  • The Changing Paradigm
  • Theological Reflection as a tool for ministry
  • Ministry and supervision
  • 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 2 day Optional Residential School.

The residential school for this 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.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or 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.