Jun 18, 2024  
2012-2013 Saint Joseph’s College Online 
2012-2013 Saint Joseph’s College Online [Archived Catalog]

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TH 526 - Theology of Pastoral Ministry

This course explores the theological foundations of pastoral ministry based on the nature, mission and ministry of the Church. The course will emphasize the nature, purpose, and tasks of pastoral ministry put forth by the Second Vatican Council and by the contemporary magisterium of the Church.

Assignment Overview
Assignments: 5 Units

Interactivity: Discussion Board

Final Assessment: Final Paper

Course Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to do the following: 

  • Explain the definition, purpose and nature of Church. 
  • Identify the ministry of the Apostles and their co-workers on whom the Churchs foundations are built. 
  • Define key terminology concerning pastoral ministry. 
  • Identify the task, nature, and purpose of pastoral ministry. 
  • Identify the vocations and ministries within the Church in light of the teachings of the Second Vatican Council. 
  • Identify the specific mission of the laity. 
  • Recognize the elements of the “call narrative” and understand one’s own call emanating from the Sacrament of Baptism and one’s Baptismal promises. 
  • Survey contemporary culture in which the Church exists and explore contemporary challenges in bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ into culture. 
  • Explore the “Catholic view” and its relevancy to contemporary culture. 
  • Examine the pastoral initiatives set forth for the third Millennium.

Credits: 3

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