PC402/602 Foundations of Pastoral Care

This subject examines the theological, psycho-social and developmental foundations that underlie the ministry of pastoral care, and explores some of the implications of these perspectives.

Subject CodePC402 - Undergraduate
PC602- Graduate
Study ModeMST Wantirna Campus or Distance
Next AvailableSemester 2, 2016

Dr. Thomas Kimber


Students learn and practise some basic pastoral skills and begin to minister to individuals and families in various life stages. There are opportunities to reflect personally and theologically on such ministry as students work towards an integrated understanding of themselves and pastoral ministry.


    This subject will be taught by Dr. Thomas Kimber.

      Time Commitment

      The On-Campus mode of this subject will require a time commitment of roughly 10-12 hours per week, which is made up of both lecture/in-class time and self directed study.

      The Distance mode of this subject will require a time commitment of roughly 10-12 hours per week in total.

      Whatever method of study you choose, you will require Internet access to access the resources on our eCampus.


        Assessments will be advised first week of class.

          Recommended Text Books

          • Andrew Purves, Reconstructing Pastoral Theology (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2004).
          • Andrew Purves, Pastoral Theology in the Classical Tradition (London: Westminster John Knox Press, 2001).
          • Eugene H. Peterson, Working the Angles (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1989).

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