Resourcing Congregational Ministry TRS5106

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course explores key processes and perspectives involved in the leading and resourcing of churches amidst complexity and change. Drawing on the disciplines of congregational and organisational studies, theology, and best practice from a range of church and not-for-profit settings, students will develop interpretive, relational and implemental perspectives for leading local church communities.


4 x 5hr seminars as scheduled on MyCampus

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level

Excluded Courses





■ 2000-word portfolio (40%)

■ 3000-word research project (60%)

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Examine and evaluate concepts and theories in congregational and organisational studies for interpreting church contexts.

■ Critically review practices and approaches relating to group dynamics, leadership styles and strengths, and conflict. 

■ Enable theological interrogation of congregational identity and purpose amidst changing societal conditions

■ Equip students to reflect on their leadership role and tasks in the circumstances of congregational ministry and mission.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Undertake congregational appraisal within their own ministry and mission setting.

■ Identify missional and organisational objectives in congregational contexts.

■ Assess the congregation's readiness for negotiating changes in culture and practice.

■ Critically reflect on their own leadership role, style and interactions with others.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.