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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2020-2021 (archived)

Module TMMC1207: Elements of Ministry and Mission in Context

Department: Theology, Ministry and Mission

TMMC1207: Elements of Ministry and Mission in Context

Type Tied Level 1 Credits 10 Availability Available in 2020/21 Module Cap None. Location Durham


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Excluded Combination of Modules

  • L4-20 Foundations for Ministry and Mission in Context


  • To introduce students to key terms and themes relating to Christian ministry and mission in the ecclesial tradition and vocational context for, and within which, students are being prepared.
  • To enable students to reflect theologically on the relationship between their experience and practice in a particular context with the study of ministry and mission.
  • To enable students to become reflective and collaborative Christian ministers in mission.


  • Students enrolled on this module will be engaged in a sustained placement or place of work which, together with prior experience, forms the substrate for reflection on:
  • the nature of ministry, mission and vocation and their relation to ecclesiology.
  • and two of the following areas:
  • biblical and theological foundations for the church’s participation in the mission of God.
  • biblical and theological foundations for collaborative ministry and leadership.
  • the skills for analysing a community / congregation.
  • theological reflection methodologies for reflective practice.
  • Students are likely to focus on these subjects in relation to their own denomination and ecclesial tradition.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Locate their vocation within their church’s articulation of the nature of ministry and mission.
  • Investigate and discuss knowledgeably core aspects of theological understandings of mission and its relation to collaborative ministry and leadership or of methodologies for theological reflection on ecclesial practice in the context of the local community.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Engage appropriately in aspects of the church’s participation in the mission of God.
  • Reflect theologically on the local context of mission or on experience and practice of collaborative leadership in a mission context.
Key Skills:
  • Identify, gather and analyse source materials for a specific purpose.
  • Carry out a guided task that involves basic social research, evaluating its outcomes and learning from it.
  • Recognise key issues in their own personal and professional development.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Teaching methods to be specified by each TEI, selecting from the following:
  • Lectures provide content, a conceptual framework and a survey of approaches within a subject area that enable students to locate their learning in a wider context, to make connections with other disciplines, and to evaluate and apply their learning to different contexts.
  • Seminars offer students an opportunity to present, evaluate and apply their knowledge to specific contexts, and to engage with teaching staff and peers in debate and reflection.
  • Guided reading in conjunction with lectures encourages independent learning and underpins the knowledge and understanding gained in lectures and seminars.
  • Small group learning creates an environment where students learn to articulate their knowledge and understanding effectively and in a way that is relevant to the group and its context.
  • Tutorials enhance learning by offering feedback and encouraging students to reflect on their own response to the knowledge and skills they have acquired.
  • Placements and/or work-based learning ensures that students make habitual connections between knowledge, understanding, skills, professional practice and the reality of a specific context, under the supervision of an experienced practitioner.
  • Programmed online learning materials guide students through knowledge content, its wider framework and different approaches to its application.
  • Virtual discussion forums offer students the opportunity to articulate the knowledge and understanding they have acquired to others and to engage in informed debate.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 4 1.75 hours 7
Seminars 4 1.75 hours 7
Placement 40 hours 40
Personal study 46
Total 100

Summative Assessment

Component: Written Theological Reflection Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Written Theological Reflection 2,500 words 100%

Formative Assessment:

Students will be expected to demonstrate engagement with the subject matter and the learning outcomes throughout the module by suitable formative assessments that encourage integrative and reflective skills.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University