MIN400 Reflective Practice in Contemporary Ministry (8)

This subject provides an overview of the basic tools of theological reflection and their application to reflective practice, forming the foundation for critical inquiry into the practice of Christian ministry. Students will develop their skills in reflective practice through the exploration of issues associated with their ministry experience. Topics include critical investigations of particular approaches to identified pastoral issues undertaken to understand thoroughly the strengths and weaknesses of methodologies. Students will apply reflection in action cycles in their own fields of ministry and establish a personal template for their reflective practice in ministry.


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

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: MIN400. 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

Only available to student enrolled in Master of Ministry Articulated Set 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to evaluate critically different methodologies and their applications in action-reflection cycles;
  • be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of the tools of theological reflection;
  • be able to critically investigate identified issues in the professional practice of Christian ministry;
  • be able to articulate an advanced understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of reflective practices in particular approaches to Christian ministry;
  • be able to integrate knowledge from other disciplines in theological reflection and ministry practice; and
  • be able to articulate a personal template for reflective practice.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Overview of theological reflection
  • Reflective practice in practical theology
  • Identifying contexts
  • The public practice of theology
  • The place of scripture in reflective practice
  • The theology of ministry
  • Reading the signs of change
  • The practice of ministry
  • The person in ministry
  • Constructing a personal theological template for reflective practice


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The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2019. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.