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DA8108B Vocational Formation in Faith Communities

  • Unit Code & NameDA8108B Vocational Formation in Faith Communities
  • Cross CodeDP8108B
  • DescriptionThis unit, Reflective Practice - Vocational Formation in Faith Communities, introduces students to an action-reflection model of learning in a specific faith community placement.

    It includes a focus on the development of competency in ministry skills. Students will reflect on their engagement in a range of experiences in connection with the life, mission and ministry of a local faith community.

    This unit is predominantly delivered in non-classroom based settings.
  • FieldD - Theology: Mission and Ministry
  • DisciplineDA - Mission and Ministry
  • LevelPostgraduate
  • Semester2, 2018
  • Delivery ModePlacement
  • DateEnrolment in this unit will require a suitable placement, approved by the unit coordinator, and the ability to complete at least 120 hours of engagement in the placement.

    Four individual supervision sessions (1 hour each) and three group sessions (2 hours each) are also required.
  • Lecturer(s) Dr Christine Unicomb
  • Prerequisites15 points from Field B, C or DM or equivalent
  • Learning OutcomesUpon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate competence, and contextualised understanding of pastoral practice, in a range of leadership and ministry skills in relation to local faith communities.
    2. Reflect critically on the placement and its contribution to the formation of their vocational identity.
    3. Analyse and critically evaluate the factors affecting a local faith community in delivering holistic mission and ministry.
    4. Identify and illustrate how their action-reflection skills enabled them to evaluate their own learning through contribution to, and practical engagement with, the placement.
    5. Analyse and contrast two models of action-reflection learning.
  • Text BooksNo set texts recommended for purchase

    Avis, Paul. A Ministry Shaped By Mission. London: T&T Clark, 2005.
    Carroll, Michael and Maria C. Gilbert. On Being a Supervisee: Creating Learning Partnerships. 2nd Edition. Melbourne: Psychoz Publications, 2011.
    Faragher, Christine. Other Voices: Exploring the Contemplative in Salvationist Spirituality. Melbourne: Salvo Publishing, 2010.
    Floding, Matthew. ed. Welcome to Theological Field Education. Virginia: Alban Press, 2011.
    Kinast, Robert L. What are they saying about Theological Reflection? Mahwah: Paulist Press, 2000.
    Kincaid, William B. Finding Voice: How Theological Field Education Shapes Pastoral Identity. Eugene, Oregon: Wipf & Stock, 2012.
    Needham, Phil D. Community in Mission: A Salvationist Ecclesiology. London: Campfield Press, 1987.
    Palmer, Parker J. Let your life speak: Listening to the voice of Vocation. San Francisco: Jossey- Bass, 2000.
    Rees, Frank. ed. Fair Dinkum Ministry: Stories of Authentic Australian Spirituality and Struggle. Richmond (Victoria): Spectrum Publications, 1999.
    Street, Robert. Called to be God?s People. London: Salvation Books, 2008.