(a) To help candidates toward an understanding of themselves as persons and of pastoral roles;
(b) To provide opportunity for candidates to study and discuss biblical and other literature in order to gain insights concerning individual personhood and pastoral roles;
(c) To influence candidates towards an open, affirming style: an attitude toward persons, including children and the vulnerable, and ministry which is non- defensive, pro-active and positive, arising both from the candidate’s view of him/herself as a secure person and as one who is growing in understanding about pastoral tasks;
(d) To help students begin to develop their own ministerial code of conduct in the light of recent literature on this issue;
(e) To give candidates a foundation for further studies in pastoral ministry.
1 Introduction to ministry formation; review of candidates’ past and present ministry experience as a resource for ministry formation.
2 Reflection upon biblical passages relevant to ministry call, style and pastoral perspectives such as Exodus 3:1–4:17; Isaiah 6; Ezekiel 1–3; Mark 10:35–45; Acts 20:17–35; 2 Corinthians 4–5; Ephesians 4:1–16; 1 Timothy 3:1–7; 1 Peter 5:1–11.
3 A brief historical overview of pastoral roles in Christian ministry.
4 Vocation and guidance in the Christian life. The relation between individual and corporate Christian ministries.
5 Personal security and identity; integrity; identifying strengths, limitations and uniqueness; developing a personable style; ministerial codes of ethics.
6 The search for a pastoral identity: who/what is a pastor; identifying and negotiating expectations, including disparate expectations.
7 Ministry formation issues in theological education: critical study of the Scriptures; theological education and spiritual growth.
EM216 and PC210
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