L3.1 Supervised Ministry 4: Theological Reflection in Pastoral Ministry

L3.1 Supervised Ministry 4: Theological Reflection in Pastoral Ministry

L3.1 Supervised Ministry 4: Theological Reflection in Pastoral Ministry

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The Supervised Ministry Series is designed to provide a practical internship in pastoral ministry over an eighteen-month progression.  The arc of this series begins with entering a new place of ministry and concludes with leaving a place of ministry. Along this arc, participants will explore issues of pastoral identity, ethics, and organizational dynamics.

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Course Description

SUPERVISED MINISTRY OVERVIEW

The Supervised Ministry Series is designed to provide a practical internship in pastoral ministry over an eighteen-month progression.  The arc of this series begins with entering a new place of ministry and concludes with leaving a place of ministry. Along this arc, participants will explore issues of pastoral identity, ethics, and organizational dynamics.

A requirement for the Supervised Ministry Series is to be engaged in pastoral ministry with a site supervisor for approximately 6 to 8 hours each week.  It is assumed that participants will be involved in pastoral ministry between the scheduled courses and arrange appropriate time off with the site supervisor.  Participants are required to meet with site supervisors every two weeks and site supervisors are asked to complete reports on those meetings. The coursework does not substitute for supervision of actual experience in ministry.  Instead, it provides a focused learning experience to gain a greater understanding of what competent and ethical pastoral ministry requires.

Participants may serve in any established setting for authorized ministry.  The usual placement will be in a local church. Some participants may be serving in institutional chaplaincies or community outreach programs.  The requirements for the place of ministry are that it be established, that the participant’s role is clearly designated as a ministerial position, and that the site supervisor be an authorized minister approved by the PATHWAYS Director.  The site supervisor may be engaged in ministry elsewhere but needs to be able to see the participant in the ministry setting. (For example, the site supervisor may be the pastor of a neighboring church while the participant is serving in a congregation without an authorized minister on staff.)

During the eighteen-month period, the participant should serve in no more than two different settings.  An essential part of pastoral ministry is to build relationships with people, allow them to grow, and to appropriately end those relationships.  This process, which is at the heart of pastoral ministry, takes time to evolve.

The Director of PATHWAYS has authority to approve both the setting for ministry and the site supervisor.  To be enrolled in Supervised Ministry courses, a participant is required to be engaged in ministry in an approved setting and have a site supervisor.  Questions can be directed to the Director of PATHWAYS.

Course Description

Theological reflection is a process of viewing the world around us from a faith perspective. Theological reflection is rooted in an individual’s theological understandings, which change and evolve over time and in specific contexts.  Because of this, theological reflection employs a systematic method to delve more deeply into how a specific experience or incident can be understood from a theological perspective and what ministerial actions are appropriate in the unique context of the experience or incident.

In this course, participants will learn a process for theological reflection in pastoral ministry and apply that method to a particular experience or critical incident

Learning Objectives

  • Engaging in theological practice within the context of pastoral ministry.
  • Articulating how one’s theological perspective is contextualized within specific pastoral experiences or events.
  • Synthesizing a pastoral response, which is grounded in one’s personal theology while also drawing on wider Progressive Christian theological perspectives.
  • Analyzing a variety of perspectives on theological reflection related to one’s own
  • particular pastoral experience or incident.

Required Texts

  • Kinast, Robert L. (1996) Let Ministry Teach: A Guide to Theological Reflection. The Liturgical Press