Ministry Practicum 2 is the final course of the MDiv programme and is designed to help you integrate the various parts of the course into a practical ministry plan. This plan should be framed within one of the Practical Theology options you have selected and will be a continuation of work done in your Ministry Practicum 1. Ministry Practical 2 requires you to apply knowledge and skills obtained in the Church and Society courses, building on a thorough and accurate assessment of the community where this ministry would take place and seeking close cooperation with other Christian ministries in that community. The plan should also provide evidence of thorough reflection on and application of biblical and theological perspectives that are central to the envisaged ministry. The expectation is that you should be entrusted with the opportunity and responsibility to help shape Christian ministry in that specific setting. This usually flows from solid relationships with other Christians that have been built over time. If you are new to the area and/or the ministry, you might have to find a clear mandate from one of the local ministries. The planning process is done under guidance of a suitably qualified supervisor.
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
- Determine and assess the needs of a community for a particular type of ministry.
- Identify a Christian community suitably positioned and willing to respond to the identified needs.
- Obtain the necessary mandate and support from a Christian community for a new ministry initiative.
- Develop a contextual ministry plan in close cooperation with key stake- holders.
- Faciltate the implementation and assessment of a ministry plan.
The course consists of a multi-faceted planning process done under supervision. It comprises the following aspects:
- Connecting with your supervisor
- Identifying the community within which the ministry will take place
- Determining and assessing the ministry needs of the selected community
- Identifying the Christian community that will serve as the basis for the intended ministry
- Developing a contextual ministry plan in close cooperation with key stake- holders
- Initiating implementation and assessment of the ministry plan
Since it consists mainly of the application of what has been learnt in the other courses of the MDiv programme, this course does not require extensive additional reading. The following resources are added:
Fuder J 2014. Neighborhood Mapping: How to Make Your Church Invaluable to the Community. Chicago: Moody Publishers.
Mucherera TN. Lartey EY (eds.) 2017. Pastoral Care, Health, Healing, and Wholeness in African Contexts: Methodology, Context, and Issues (African Practical Theology). Eugene: Wipf and Stock.
Osmer R 2008. Introduction to Practical Theology. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.
Root A 2014. Christopraxis: A Practical Theology of the Cross. Minneapolis: Fortress Press.
Smith KG 2013. Integrated Theology: Discerning God’s Will in Our World. South African Theological Seminary Press.