Port Macquarie to host first UTC Intensive Course

Port Macquarie to host first UTC Intensive Course

United Theological College has proudly announced that Port Macquarie will host their first Intensive 5 Day course in one of the most practical based areas of theology – Practical Theology.

Port Macquarie Uniting Church will host expert practical theology lecturer, Rev. Dr Rhonda White (pictured below) and students in a five day course which explores theology and its practice from Monday 9 – Friday 13 July 2018.  This will be the first time that an intensive course has been delivered by UTC in the region and is planned to be the first of 8 theological courses subject delivered over the next four years.

“We understand that our students live busy lives and often the week-to-week format of learning can be a challenge, and more so in the regions.  The study of a subject in a short 5 day course intensive format combines the advantages of classroom learning with the flexibility usually associated with online learning. It is both time efficient and a great way to learn “, said course lecturer,” Dr White.

“I really enjoy teaching Practical Theology – as it is one of the most hands-on, practical and practice-based subjects in theology.  It is a subject that anyone can attend and enjoy.”

“THL120 is entry level theology with a focus on how we make sense of where God is present in our lives. There is no pressure to continue study, the subject stands alone, but many find the study of theology opens doors they didn’t even know exist.  For some, our Practical Theology subject becomes the start of their learning journey and they love it … Starting with an intensive course is a great way to dip your toe back into study…”

Practical Theology is one of eight subjects that UTC plans to deliver via the Port Macquarie hub in the next four years – two intensive subjects each year .  Should a student chooses to participate in all eight subjects, this can provide them with a Diploma of Theology, from Charles Sturt University’s School of Theology.

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Course THL120 – Scholarship Application Form

The intensive course is currently taking registrations with a number of scholarships available to support students.

Who should do this course?
– People involved in aged-care services
– Ministerial roles lay or ordained
– On a pathway to school chaplaincy – school or aged-care
– Those exploring a sense of call to discipleship
– Individuals who wish to develop their practical theology skills

What will you learn?
This subject introduces individuals to the discipline of practical theology in which theory and practice are considered together across a range of ministry, such as mission, worship, pastoral care and social justice.
Students will develop an understanding of what is distinctive about Practical Theology and the range of ways in which they can work with the material in a practical way in day to day life. Starting with how we experience God, practical theology examines the relationship between experience and biblical, systematic and historical theology. Students will develop an understanding of how practical theology informs our day to day discipleship and spirituality.

The Intensive mode condenses a full semester course into five consecutive days of face to face teaching. Assessment tasks extend over the semester but the course content is taught in just one week of classes. The subject code is THL120 and is accredited in the Bachelor of Theology degree through Charles Sturt University.

Course objectives
Upon successful completion of this subject individuals will be able to:
– Demonstrate a coherent understanding of the discipline of practical theology
– Articulate its relationship to the biblical, systematic and historical sub-disciplines of theology
– Demonstrate an understanding of the implications of both a lay and ordained practice-based ministry and mission
– Articulate and evaluate methods for doing practical theology
– Demonstrate initial skills in reflective practice

We invite people to join us for this five day course for their own personal biblical studies journey, if they have a passion for theology or perhaps are looking at a calling to work in this space.

Talk to one of the student admin team at United Theological College today via 02 8838 8900 to discuss your interest.