Practical Theology


This subject introduces students to the discipline of Practical Theology in which theory and practice are considered together across a range of areas of ministry, mission, worship and pastoral care. It emphasises the importance of congregational life and wider social contexts as opportunities for (a) theological reflection and (b) as places of conversation between Christian living and the biblical, systematic and historical sub-disciplines in theology. Students will develop an understanding of what is distinctive about Practical Theology and the range of methodologies appropriate to it.


One Semester


Semester 2 every year

Subject Points



Delivery Mode

On site at St Francis College Milton; or Externally – log in to listen and participate or view the lecture via video later.



There is no prescribed text for this subject however, a useful text is
Introducing Practical Theology: Mission, Ministry, and the Life of the Church / Pete Ward, 2017. [ISBN: 9780801098192]

The year of publication and ISBN given corresponds to the copy placed in Closed Reserve at the Roscoe Library; there may be other valid ISBNs that differ because of a different publisher or format. Please contact your lecturer or the Roscoe Library staff to confirm text before purchasing. If purchasing, we recommend that you use

Prescribed Texts

To be advised



This subject will cover the following topics:

  • Practical Theology as a method for studying and doing theology with an emphasis upon the art of theological reflection

  • Practical Theology as an activity of faith among disciples 

  • Practical Theology as a discipline among scholars

  • Practical Theology as training for ministry

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • be able to demonstrate an appreciation of the distinctive nature of Practical Theology within the discipline of theology;

  • be able to articulate the relationship of Practical Theology to the biblical, systematic and historical sub-disciplines of theology;

  • be able to demonstrate a foundational understanding of the place of practical theology in ministry and mission;

  • be able to describe the basic models of theological reflection and demonstrate initial skills in reflective practice; and

  • be able to demonstrate self-guided learning, including basic research, writing and communication skills.