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PC301/501 Ministry Formation

3 hours per week semester 2, annually

Lecturer: Peter Hastie

Description: An overview of the many facets of practical ministry, including: the office of minister/pastor (both biblically and as seen in church history), the call to the ministry, dealing with congregational expectations and the personal spiritual development of the minister.

Textbooks:

  • D Prime, On Being a Pastor, (Moody, 2004);
  • D Fisher, The 21st Century Pastor, (Zondervan 1996);
  • I Murray, The Life of Martin Lloyd Jones, (Banner of Truth, 2013)
  • C Bridges, ​The Christian Ministry ​(Banner of Truth, 1997)


PC402/602 Foundations of Pastoral Care

3 hours per week semester 1, annually

Lecturer: Karl Hood

Outcomes: 

  1. To give an introduction to basic issues in pastoral theology;
  2. To begin to develop an integrated biblical and theological understanding of pastoral ministry;
  3. To equip for ministry to families and to people in various life stages and transitions.

Description: Includes a brief history of pastoral care; special revelation and common grace; a biblical-theological model of the person, life, change, and helping relationships; care and change in Christian community; an integrated approach to physiological issues; an introduction to a Christocentric approach to a range of basic difficulties that are common to many life stages - suffering, grief and loss, anger, anxiety and fear, addiction, conflict and reconciliation, and, marriage and family issues.

Content: Biblical and theological perspectives (40%); Pastoral care in the stages of life (60%)

Textbooks:

  • E L Johnson, Foundations of Soul Care (IVP, 2007).
  • T S Lane & P D Tripp, How People Change (New Growth, 2nd edition, 2008).
  • M R Emlet, CrossTalk: Where life and Scripture Meet (New Growth, 2009).
  • D A Powlison, Seeing With New Eyes: Counseling and the Human Condition through the Lens of Scripture (P&R, 2003).
  • D A Powlison, Speaking Truth in Love: Counsel in Community (New Growth, 2005).

Choice of one of the following books by E T Welch:

  • Running Scared (NewGrowth, 2007).
  • When People Are Big (P&R, 1997).

PC403/603 Pastoral Skills and Methods

3 hours per week 1 semester, annually

Lecturer: Karl Hood

Outcomes:

  1. To acquaint students with various aims and methods of pastoral care;
  2. To help students identify and develop people helping skills, so as to deliver pastoral care with the candidate's own empathetic involvement;
  3. To provide students with opportunities to see skills modelled and to role play, with supervision, such skills themselves, so as to enable them to help persons pastorally.

Description: includes a Christocentric and biblical-theological approach to relational skills, equipping skills, and pastoral care of people with a range of problems including depression, bereavement, addictions, unemployment, marital conflict and divorce, and psychiatric disorders.

Pastoral methods and skills (40%). Pastoral care in particular situations (60%).

Prerequisites: Approximately half of the content of PC402/602 Foundations of Pastoral Care.

Textbooks:

  • P D Tripp, Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands (P&R, 2002) 
  • P D Tripp, Journal of Biblical Counseling (P&R, 2002) 

Choice of one of the following books by E T Welch:

  • Addictions (P&R, 2001)
  • Depression (New Growth, 2004)

And one of the following books:

  • W Smith, Marriage Matters (New Growth, 2010)
  • P D Tripp, What Did You Expect (IVP, 2010)

PC411/611 Preaching in the Christian Tradition

2 hours per week 1 semester, 4 sermons under supervision

Lecturer: John Wilson

Description: A study of preaching as found in the OT and in the NT early church. Particular study of Chrysostom, Luther, Cranmer, Edwards, Whitefield and Spurgeon.How to preach from the various types of biblical literature. How to preach for special occasions and under particular circumstances. Various types of sermons.

Textbooks:

  • P Adam, Speaking God’s Words (IVP, 1996).
  • G Goldsworthy, Preaching the Whole Bible as Christian Scripture (Eerdmans, 2000).
  • P S Wilson, A Concise History of Preaching (Abingdon, 1992).

PC442/642 Congregational Field Education

1 hour per week & 200 hours field work, even years.

While students are enrolled in first semester the practical component is covered over the entire academic year.

Lecturers: Peter Hastie, Neil Chambers, Richard O'Brien, Andy May.

Description: To gain the most from the supervised field experience appointment.To be able to relate these lessons to peers. An introduction to practical issues related to congregational leadership and change.

Textbooks:

  • J Adams, Shepherding God’s Flock (3 volumes in one) (Baker, 1980).
  • N Kirkwood, Pastoral Care in Hospitals (Dwyer, 1995).
  • J MacArthur Jr, Rediscovering Pastoral Ministry (Word, 1995).

PC443/643 Pastoral Care Field Education

1 hour per week & 200 hours field work, even years.

While students are enrolled in first semester the practical component is covered over the entire academic year.

Lecturer: 

Description: To gain the most from the supervised field experience appointment. To be able to relate these lessons to peers. An introduction to the practical issues related to pastoral care in congregation and other ministry settings.

Textbooks:

  • J Adams, Shepherding God’s Flock (3 volumes in one) (Baker, 1980).
  • N Kirkwood, Pastoral Care in Hospitals (Dwyer, 1995).
  • J MacArthur, Rediscovering Pastoral Ministry (Word, 1995).

PC447/647 Introductory Preaching

3 hours per week semester 1, odd years

Lecturer: 

Outcomes: a personal acquaintance with the principles, aims and types of Christian proclamation through the application of exegetical and expository methods.

Description: Biblical principles and patterns. The aims, forms and context of preaching, the preacher himself. The basic principles of exegesis and exposition.The various components of a sermon and how to put them together. Methods and techniques of preaching.

Fieldwork: Requirements include four sermons reviewed variously by the lecturer and appropriately qualified and experienced supervisors.

Textbooks:

  • Scott Gibson (ed), Preaching to a Shifting Culture (Baker 2004).
  • WilliamPhilip (ed), The Practical Preacher (Proclamation Trust, 2002).
  • Christopher Ash,The Priority of Preaching (Christian Focus 2009).
  • Graham Johnston, Preaching to a Postmodern World (Baker, 2001).
  • Stewart Gill (ed) Preaching the Word: Essays in Honour of Professor Tom Wilkinson (RTR Supplement Series 3, 2009).

PC489/689 Preaching for Lifelong Learning

3 hours per week semester 1, even years

Lecturer: 

Outcomes: Acquaintance with the principles, aims and demands of Christian proclamation; ability to construct, deliver and critique sermons.

Description: Preaching as a lifelong ministry, focusing on the development of the preacher and effectiveness in preaching as a life-long process, work-shopping sermon preparation, particularly from different biblical genres and developing biblical criteria for critiquing sermons; Preaching for life-long change, including preaching to the heart without being pietistic or individualistic. Field work is required.

Textbooks:

  • J Adams, Sermon Analysis (Accent, 1986).
  • C Ash, The priority of Preaching (Christian Focus, 2009).
  • B Chapell, Christ-Centered Preaching (Baker, 2005);
  • W Philip (ed), The Practical Preacher (Proclamation Trust, 2002).

PC489/689 dsc Biblical Counselling and Contemporary Thought

Semi-intensive mode

Lecturer: Karl Hood

Outcomes: 

  1. To develop skills in interacting with various conselling models and their adherents-including critique, reinterpretation, and learning from other models.
  2. To be equipped to minister to people who have been unhelpfully influenced by counselling models

Description: Various models of current influence will be studied by classroom discussion and readin, such as: cognitive behavioural therapy, positive psychology, secular and Christian needs-based models, biochemical psychiatry, behaviourism, and 'pop psychology'. 

Also includes a self-critique of biblical counselling.

The unit will be taught in semi-intensive seminar mode over 3 or 4 days spread throughout the semester.

Prerequisites: Foundational units in biblical counselling.

Textbooks: These will be selected according to the learning needs of individual students. They include articles and books by:

  • J Adams, ​Sermon Analysis, ​(Accent, 1986)
  • C Ash, ​The Priority of Preaching​ (Christian Focus, 2009)
  • B Chapell, ​Christ-Centere Preaching ​(Baker, 2005)
  • W Philip (ed), ​The Practical Preacher​ (Proclomation Trust, 2002)

PC489/689 dsc Pastoral Counselling Topics and Practices

Directed Study Contract Mode

Lecturer: Edward Welch, recorded 2001 MA(Th) lectures. Karl Hood tutorials and grading

Outcomes: 

  1. To study in depth some of the features of progressive biblical counselling in relation to selected problem areas
  2. To apply theological insights to personal and pastoral needs.

Description: Includes current Christian counselling approaches compared and contrasted with progressive biblical counselling; systematic and biblical theology for counselling; Scripture and private pastoral ministry; pastors counselling within their congregation; counselling skills for pastors; eqquipping the saints for personal ministry of the word- a mutual ministry model (approx 40%)

Specific problem areas in pastoral counselling (approx 60%).

This unit requires listening to lectures delivered by Ed Welch at PTC Melbourne in 2011; some set reading with a written reading report and tutorial presentation; a pastoral counselling analysis and ministry plan for a literature based case study; and an essay on a particular problem area. There will be 6 hours of face to face contact with the lecturer.

Prerequisites: A foundational course in biblical counselling is desirable.

 

Textbooks: These will be selected according to the learning needs of individual students. They include articles and books by:

  • E L Johnson
  • P D Tripp
  •  A Purves
  • E T Welch
  • M R McMinn
  • D A Powlinson
  • G R Evans
  • M R Emlet
  • T S Lane
  • D Tidball
  • T J Keller
  • A Poirier