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501.515 Foundations for Pastoral Practice

Credits: 15

NQF Level: 5

Year: 2018

Delivery Mode

Upper Hutt Campus: School for Officer Training; School of Bible and Mission

Course Description

This course is designed to enable students to explore the pastoral practice of The Salvation Army Corps (Church), to reflect on the theological thinking that underpins it and to consider how pastoral care of various kinds may be delivered. The term ‘pastoral practice’, rather than ‘pastoral care’ is used as a key concept for the course of study in recognition that The Salvation Army’s pastoral task is set in the broader context of its mission. This draws attention to the fact that the pastoral practice of the Corps is not limited to the care and nurture of the corps community and of individuals in crisis. Pastoral practice includes the care of those with whom Salvationists live and work, of the communities in which each corps is set, and the care of society at large.

Indicative Content:

  1. The Biblical view of humanity and Biblical foundations for pastoral practice.
  2. Planning pastoral practice of individuals, a corps faith community and the wider community of a Salvation Army corps.
  3. Recognising and pastorally responding to various life stages.
  • Understanding the development of Children and adolescents.
  • Care of Marriage and Family.
  • Mid-Life Issues.
  • Care of single people.
  • Pastoral practice of those in later life.
  • Bereavement and Pastoral Practice.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Identify and evaluate various models of Christian pastoral practice and the scriptural basis and theological beliefs and values that support them, and demonstrate the range of skills used in pastoral ministry including effective listening, self-care and safe practices.
  • Demonstrate a critical grasp of the salient features of a the various  stages of human  life in relation to effective  pastoral practice, apply these to their own practice, and demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate that practice.
  • Integrate the tools of pastoral practice, their knowledge of human development and the skills learned in responding to pastoral scenarios such as illness, grief, loss, crisis, depression and abuse to respond in cultural and ethically appropriate ways to particular pastoral situations.