Details for Introduction to Pastoral Ministry

In this introductory unit, students will explore a broad variety of topics that form the very basis of pastoral ministry. Primarily, students will consider contemporary pastoral models that connect academic reflection with the real world. Topics discussed will range from defining ministry, calling and ordination to conflict resolution, and being effective in caring for others. Students will also be provided with ample opportunity to engage creatively with these topics to make connections with their own contexts.

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: MIN001
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Jeremy Weetman

Awards offering Introduction to Pastoral Ministry

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content


Students should be able to:

  1. Outline a biblical basis for pastoral ministry
  2. Differentiate between various facets of pastoral ministry
  3. Provide pastoral care
  4. Maintain records regarding pastoral care activities
  5. Review pastoral care strategies and effectiveness

Subject Content

  1. Pastoral care
  2. Ministerial ethics
  3. Listening skills
  4. Guidance and correction
  5. Spiritual health of the minister
  6. Pastoral structures
  7. Pastoral ministries and care
  8. Discipleship and ministry etiquette

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face to face on site
  • E-learning (online)
  • Intensive (One week: 7 hours per day for 5 days = 35 class hours + approx 85 hours out of class time for research, writing, exam preparation and execution, ancillary activities associated with completion of assigned tasks.)

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis College.

Assessment Methods

  1. Weekly Tests - 30%
  2. Project (1200 words equivalent) - 40%
  3. Essay (900 words) - 30%

Representative References

Artson, B.S. Gift of Soul, Gift of Wisdom: A Spiritual Resource for Mentoring and Leadership. Berham House, Inc, 2006.

Cahalan, K.A. Introducing the Practice of Ministry. Collegeville, Minnesota: Liturgical Press, 2010.

Hillman, George M. Preparing for Ministry: A Practical Guide to Theological Field. Grand Rapids: Kregel Academic & Professional, 2008.

Houston, J.M. & Parker, M. A Vision for the Ageing Church: Renewing Ministry for and by Seniors. Downers Grove, Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 2011.

George, D. What Pastors Wish Church Members Knew. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 2009.

Gula, R.M. Just Ministry: Professional Ethics for Pastoral Ministers. Mahwah, New Jersey: Paulist Press, 2010.

Jackson, A. Mad Church Disease: Overcoming the Burnout Epidemic. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 2009.

Jinkins, M. Letters to New Pastors. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2006.

Jones, L.J. Resurrecting Excellence: Shaping Faithful Christian Ministry. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2006.

Lutz, S. College Ministry in a Post-Christian Culture. Kansas City: The House Press, 2011.

McIntosh, G. & Arn, C. What Every Pastor Should Know: 101 Indisputable Rules of Thumb for Leading Your Church. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Books, 2013.

McSwain, L.L. The Calling of Congregational Leadership: Being, Knowing, Doing Ministry. Atlanta, Georgia: Chalice Press, 2013.

Patton, J., Pastoral Care: An Essential Guide. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2005.

Peterson, E.H. Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places. A Conversation in Spiritual Theology London: Hodder & Stoughton, 2005.

Roberts, S.B. Professional Spiritual and Pastoral Care: A Practical Clergy and Chaplain’s Handbook. Woodstock, Vermont: Skylight Paths, 2011.

Van Gelder, C. The Ministry of the Missional Church: A Community Led by the Spirit. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Books, 2007.


  • Clergy Journal
  • Evangelical Review of Theology
  • Journal of Pastoral Counselling
  • Journal of Psychology and Theology
  • Transformations