This unit seeks to contribute to the development of Christian professionals and leaders by providing a sound theological basis for understanding human well-being. Students will develop skills that allow them to apply theological understanding to Christian ministry and service and other professional practice. The unit will expose students to key questions and perspectives related to a theological understanding of human flourishing and well-being. We assess together the contribution of positive psychology from a biblical and theological perspective, with a view to application in ministry and professional settings. This unit is team-taught by experts from our Centre for Theology and Psychology at MST/Eastern College.

Chaplaincy Skills I develops foundational skills essential for chaplaincy across multiple industry sectors and fields of practice.  The unit focuses on developing a theologically reflective and practical pastoral application for chaplaincy.  Students will gain an insight into the theological foundations for chaplaincy, along with an understanding of other professional resources chaplaincy compliments as it bears witness to the Gospel at the coalface of the church’s interaction with the world.

Welcome to Gospel, Church and Australian Culture. Over the coming weeks we will explore the challenge of being church in an Australian secular culture.  We will explore how culture works, and the necessity to comprehend the nuance of Gospel contextualisation within the mosaic of Australian society.  We will attempt to embrace the current reality of being church in Australia, and the displacement of Christianity by a secular world shaped by a modern/post-modern world view.  In all this, our hope is to reorient participants into a mindset that sees the necessity of a missional approach to a Gospel proclaimed into Australian society by a church that embraces being uniquely Australian.

Intensive runs January 14 & 15 and April 14-16, 2021 

Online for the first part (Jan 14 and 15) available from Jan 4; online for the second part (April 14-16) available from approximately April 4.