TH5620 - Experiential Learning in Christian Ministry


Experiential Learning in Christian Ministry


20 CC   10 ECTS

Distance Learning: King's Evangelical Divinity School eCampus / Local workplace associated with learning experience


10 hours of guided support 10 hours
190 hours of generated study time. 190 hours

Notional learning time is 200 hours for a 20-credit module.  Students will engage in an experiential learning project of their own choosing but with support and guidance from a member of KEDS faculty. The type of project may include personal reflection on:

  • a church or charity based activity over a short period.
  • a work placement in church/charity/secular job or other suitable location to function as work-based learning 
  • the student's normal work be it in a church, mission, or other job. 
  • in some cases, a home-based reflective study is possible provided it enables the student to undertake suitable experiential learning appropriate to the aims of this module and enabling of the appropriate learning objectives of this module. Such opportunity will be guided by the module tutor.

This module is guided by an appointed tutor who is available to assist with reading and reflection and is available for supervisory contact time for the preparation of experiential work, research and writing for the assignment.

Students have access to an online discussion forum to communicate with tutors and other students, along with direct support from a nominated tutor.

Scheduled hours Placement Hours Independent Guided study
10 0 190

This is dependent upon the experiential project chosen but will typically involve practical work in a church, mission, charity or workplace. Specific guidance is discussed as part of normal project approval and assistance with the nominated tutor. Also included is research and guided reading facilitated through the KEDS eCampus.

The experiential learning module will typically involve a practical study and may take place in a church, ministry, charity or workplace. Students are encouraged to develop and submit their own ideas but the following list represents acceptable experiential learning options:

  • Short church placement, where they reflect on a particular personal, practical aspect (eg response to preaching, counselling, Children's work, Youth work, leadership).
  • Participation in a short-term missions trip, enabling them to reflect on some or other aspect of practical theology or missiology relating to their own experience.
  • Attendance of several church services from a range of traditions, reflecting critically on some or other aspect as it relates to their personal experience (eg worship, use of Scripture, etc).
  • Student placements with public service groups such as homeless shelters, counseling centres, youth programmes, community work, or as student chaplains in hospitals, prisons, or armed services with reflection on their personal experience

The above list is not exhaustive. The module tutor will asisst and develop a proposal in line with the aims and intended outcomes of this module. The student's choice for a particular project is subject to review and approval by the college who will also provide a nominated supervisor.

  • To build upon Certificate level modules already taken in theological theory and practice, thereby enhancing existing skills in theological analysis and practice.
  • To provide students with critical reflection upon the nature and practice of Christian experience in public or private service.
  • To provide students with first-hand experience of personal reflection upon their chosen activity
  • To enable students to understand one or more important aspects of contemporary practices of ministry or work.
  • To experience personal and corporate spirituality in the context of their chosen study project

Experiential learning takes place in a suitable context in accordance with the student's project. In addition, the module supervisor will provide guided reading, individual study and research, together with individual tutorial support where appropriate. Students will prepare for their assignment individually. Students are encouraged, but not required, to participate in online theological discussion on the eCampus Forum.

Students should:

  1. demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of issues affecting their project (e.g. church ministry and practice) as appropriate to individual work placements
  2. interact with appropriate critical and academic resources relevant to their project
  3. be able to reflect critically upon the experience with appropriate academic rigou
  4. communicate information and ideas effectively and coherently, as appropriate to the specific modes of assessment adhering to academic referencing standards.

Component Weighting % Learning outcome(s) assessed Assessment category
14000 word assignment.100%1-4Coursework

Reassessment: As assessment

Guided reading will be provided by the supervisor according to the topic. General resources are as follows:

Ballard P and Pritchard J, 1996, Practical Theology in Action, London : SPCK

Swinton, J., & Mowatt, H. (2006). Practical theology and qualitative research. London: SCM Press.

Woodward, J., Pattison, S., & Patton, J. (2000). The Blackwell reader in pastoral and practical theology. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers



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