Pastoral Skills and Methods

Subject CodeDatesLecturerLevel
PC403/60324-26 June
19-21 August
Judy WilkieUndergraduate and

This intensive is designed to acquaint candidates with various aims and methods of pastoral care. It will help you to identify and develop skills to develop empathy for the needs of others; opportunities to model skills and to role play real life pastoral care situations.

The class begins with an introduction to aims and methods in pastoral care and pastoral counselling and their implications for Christian community. It will also cover relational and listening skills; equipping skills; mechanics of care; administration, publicity, the various settings of care and record-keeping.

Pastoral care of persons with special needs will also be covered, including the recognition of normal and abnormal conditions; the mentally ill; handicapped and disabled persons. Pastoral care of people in the following situations will be discussed: marital disharmony and divorce; dying, death and bereavement; the grief process; depression; pastoral care of those in crises, or with chronic conditions.

Other issues that may be covered throughout the intensive include: alcoholism & drug dependence; attempted suicide; long-term illness; child abuse and domestic violence; AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases; unemployment and work related stress; those in trouble with the law; financial or debt-related stress; community resources for pastoral care, including other helping professions and when to refer clients on to someone else.

Chaplaincy Skills

Subject CodeDatesLecturerLevel
PC452/PC6526-10 JulyAccess MinistriesDegree/Ungergraduate

Patterns of Spiritual Formation

Subject CodeDatesLecturerLevel
PC357/52729 June to 3 JulyRev. Tim Meyers Graduate/Undergraduate

This intensive is designed to help students appreciate various approaches to Christian spirituality; to set Christian spirituality in its biblical and theological contexts; to equip candidates to practice spiritual disciplines leading to maturity in Christ.

We will cover issues such as spirituality from both Christian and non-Christian approaches; expressions of life in Christ as seen in
contemporary Christian churches; and spirituality as applied theology.

Spiritual disciplines for maturity in Christ will also be examined; including disciplines of the inner life, lifestyle disciplines; corporate disciplines such as public worship and confession.

Narrative and Theology in the Gospel of Luke

Subject CodeDatesLecturerLevel
NT7647-9 July
21-22 September
Dr. Doug McComiskeyPostgraduate

The overall aim of this unit is to understand and appreciate how the Gospel of Luke uses narrative to communicate its theological message.

Christian Ministry in Islamic Contexts

Subject CodeDatesLecturerLevel
EM78227-31 JulyDr. Richard ShumackPostgraduate

Islam is no longer distant from the Australian ministry context. We live, work, study and play with Muslim neighbours. Increasingly, many Muslims are walking into churches interested to find out more about Christianity. At the same time globally, Muslims remain the majority among those who have yet to hear meaningfully about the gospel of Jesus – who they claim as Christ. Are you, or your church, equipped to engage with this mission challenge?

Ministry in Muslim Contexts is a one week intensive designed to help you understand the Muslim worldview, the shape of Islam in the world today and to think missiologically about ministering to Muslims. The major contemporary models of ministry are evaluated with the aim of you developing a Biblical approach to ministry to Muslims in your context.