MIN419 Contemporary Issues in Practical Theology (8)

In this subject students engage critically with the foundational theoretical and practical texts underpinning the subdiscipline of Practical Theology, especially as these relate to ministry practice. Students are enabled to apply cross disciplinary research, critical perspectives and a variety of methods to examine issues and questions of church ministry practice, with a view to developing new approaches and understandings.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2021.

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

Subject Relationships

THL519 This subject is an 8-point ministry-oriented version of THL519.

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the breadth of thinking represented by the term Practical Theology;
  • be able to demonstrate a critical appreciation of the role of Practical Theology within the context of church ministry;
  • be able to evaluate significant contributors to the field of Practical Theology, especially in relation to the practice of ministry;
  • be able to demonstrate an ability to understand and evaluate theological models of praxis and also apply them appropriately in various ministry contexts;
  • be able to demonstrate a critical comprehension of contemporary issues in ministry from a practical theological perspective;
  • be able to demonstrate an advanced understanding of the relevance of other fields of enquiry to Practical Theology, including indigenous studies, feminist hermeneutics, and the social sciences; and
  • be able to demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills relevant to the discipline of Practical Theology, including critical reflection on ministry practice, social research methods, and appropriate communication skills.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The place of Practical Theology within the larger discipline of Theology, including its critical engagement with biblical studies, church history, and systematic theology
  • Historical background and current context of Practical Theology, including its relevance to the practice of ministry
  • Critical engagement with Practical Theology's distinctive starting point, methodology, and relation to ministry practice
  • The relationship of Practical Theology to social justice, varied forms of ministry, mission, and evangelism
  • Contemporary approaches to Practical Theology and their relevance to critical reflection on the practice of ministry
  • Critiques of Practical Theological methods and approaches, especially in relation to the practice of ministry
  • The relevance of other fields of enquiry for Practical Theology in relation to various forms of ministry
  • Contemporary issues in ministry examined from a practical theological perspective

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of MIN419 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Theological reflection
Class presentation

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.