NB. Curates whose work is being validated by the University of Chester or the University of Durham should refer to the separate guidelines in Programme Information. For Curates whose work is being validated by the University of Chester this corresponds to “Reflection on Ministerial Practice I” and “Reflection on Ministerial Practice II”.
In both the first and second years of curacy each curate should submit a written assignment. The second assignment will be a written case study arising from a particular situation or experience of ministry within the parish, the wider church or (for MSEs) in the workplace. It should be both descriptive and theologically reflective and completed to an appropriate standard reflecting the academic level of their most recent academic qualification (eg L6 or L7).
It might consist of reflection upon an individual event (eg a difficult funeral) or on an ongoing situation or project in which you are involved (e.g. setting up house groups in the parish or working with someone who is terminally ill). MSEs may write one case study based upon experience in the parish and one based upon their experience in their place of work.
The case studies might consist of a critical and theological reflection upon an individual event (eg a difficult funeral for IME or an incident that has challenged your gifts, competencies or understanding of Christian leadership).
This is an exercise in theological reflection. Please refer to Judith Thompson’s Theological Reflection (SCM, 2008), or similar, as well as to books and articles addressing the issues raised in your case study. Use your theological resources to filter your findings and then propose your response. The date for submission is June 30th.
The first section of the assignment should consist of two parts:
The second section should consist of no less than 2500 words of related theological reflection.
This section relates to and draws on the analysis in the first section to identify and think through the theological issues in dialogue with the situation and with other wider concerns (putting theology, Bible, the incident, other wider issues into a mix and letting one challenge, critique or agree with another) and then seeking to resolve the situation and remaining faithful to Christian faith and way of living. You are trying to find a way forward, a response to the critical incident
Finally there is a kind of evaluation/conclusion of your early and current responses and a reflection on what you have learned to take forward into similar situations or into wider ministry.
Each assignment should be 4,000 to 5,000 words in length (with half that amount given to theological reflection).
Assignments should be submitted to Jane Hood (preferably electronically), firstname.lastname@example.org (5500 Daresbury Park, Daresbury, Warrington WA4 4GE) by the date specified on the list of submission dates. Assignments will be read by the IME Phase 2 Officer, Suffragan Bishop, and, sometimes, Diocesan Bishop.
The following are some areas that should be included in a case study:
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