Thursday, February 03, 2011

the craft of ministry takes practical shape

Ministry is a craft:

  • as technique. Not mindless procedure, but the cultures in which we might flourish
  • as a unique and individual blend of skill, commitment and judgment
  • as the aligning of head and heart, intuition and intelligence, history and innovation

I’ve blogged about this themes last year, interacting with Richard Sennett’s book The Craftsman. And I then made some links to ministry training, ways to help leaders and their churches in their craft of thinking and acting in mission

Over the next few days, ways to grow in this craft begin to take practical shape here at Uniting College. Tonight (Feb 3, 5:!5-6:15 pm) there is an information evening that gives an overview of the Master of ministry. A chance for folk to kick tires.

Over the next weeks I am booked to sit with 13 individuals, existing “crafters” (students). I will be trying to find ways to turn what they see as their growing edges – their questions about their craft – into learning opportunities. Our Master of Ministry has such flexibility in this regard. We are not offering blocks of information taught by overseas experts, but able to flexibly craft unique assignments.

On Monday the Research intensive begins. We are partnering with other local post-graduate providers, which we hope will provide a richer experience. Research methods is a demanding course. But so essential for “crafters” to explore their tools of the research trade.

It looks like we will double our post-graduate numbers in our post-graduate ministry programme this year. This includes a jump in our Doctor of Ministry programme and interest (from around Australia and even New Zealand) in the new missional cohort we want to explore the craft of missional leadership.

God the crafter
enliven the craft of all who wish to craft with you,

Posted by steve at 11:22 AM


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  2. Steve, does a person have to undertake the DMin in a missional stream. Can it focus on other areas?

    Comment by Mark Stevens — February 4, 2011 @ 12:10 pm

  3. Hi Mark,

    The answer is any area. Currently we have DMin students exploring, or considering exploring
    – adult faith formation
    – church as learning community
    – theology of spiritual direction
    – the place of Christian practices in a

    The DMin is a 108 credit degree. 42 credits for a 42,000 word thesis; 21 credits for Program Seminars (attending a learning community of fellow students 6 times a year); 12 credits in compulsory introduction to research methods and theology of ministry; 33 credits in guided readings/intensives.

    Want me to send you more information? ๐Ÿ™‚


    Comment by steve — February 4, 2011 @ 1:20 pm

  4. What doe the intensives cover? (I have also emailed you) ๐Ÿ™‚

    Comment by Mark Stevens — February 4, 2011 @ 3:15 pm

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