The required coursework units are: Reflecting on Best Practice in Ministry, Introduction to Community Research, and Theology for Ministry Practice.
Guided Study Units Years 1 and 2 (22.5 credit points)With the approval of the course coordinator students study and are assessed in selected areas interest for professional development under the guidance of an appropriate supervisor.
Students are required, in order to satisfactorily pass Ministry Research Thesis II to submit a Research Proposal to a committee made up of the student’s supervisors, the course coordinator or a person they nominate from the postgraduate committee, and an outside expert in the field.
The focus will be on the student’s chosen methodological approach.
Its aim is to assist Christian leaders in developing their personal, spiritual, pastoral and intellectual capacities.
As with the other postgraduate degrees, t is usually studied part-time to ensure an ongoing process of reflection-on-action and enable students to keep abreast of contemporary approaches to and research in the field of Ministry Practice.When appropriate, theological education is provided in the group’s primary language to varying degrees.In addition, one’s place of ministry becomes a site for reflection and analysis, integrating academic inquiry with professional context.The thesis project is rooted in the student’s place of ministry, in partnership with the congregation or agency, and ordered toward the transformation of ministry in that specific setting.To do so, the program integrates theory and practice, values experiential knowledge, focuses on peer-based learning in cohorts, and provides theological education that addresses both the internal needs of congregations and the external needs of the broader communities in which the congregations or agencies are located.Transfer of status for students who have completed most of their study under the pre-2014 Master of Ministry course structure will be determined on an individual basis.The Doctor of Ministry is a 108 credit point course requiring six years of part-time study or full time equivalent.Students may read an agreed select bibliography as individual study or as part of a group, build their study around interviewing experts, attending a conference, or conducting a field trip, complete an approved postgraduate unit, or undertake an agreed project set within the student’s ministry context.Each year one or two intensives are offered at postgraduate level, which students may choose to attend and complete as a Guided Study unit.It comprises: 36 credit points of coursework including core coursework and Guided Study units, and 72 credit points of research including 18 credit points of Community Research Folios and 54 credit points of research by means of a Ministry Practice Thesis.Coursework Units (13.5 credit points)These prepare students for specialist thinking and skills use in the area of Ministry Practice, engagement with current research in the field, and theological reflection upon their own ministry practice and leadership in the Australian context.