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: Daryl Potts

Awards offering Introduction to Pastoral Ministry

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

Unit Content


  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. Forum Responses (30%)
  2. Project (40%)
  3. Essay (30%)

Prescribed Text

  • McIntosh, Gary L. & Arn, Charles. What Every Pastor Should Know: 101 Indispensable Rules of Thumb for Leading Your Church. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2013.

Please consult your instructor before purchasing any textbooks.