Resourcing Congregational Ministry TRS5106

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • 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
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This masters course explores the key issues involved in the practical management of a parish. Drawing on best practice developed across a range of denominations, denominational resources and relevant management theory, students develop skills for leadership and management, including the articulation of vision, communication and relationships within a congregation.


4 x 5hr sessions made up of lectures, seminars or workshops

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level

Excluded Courses





■ 2000 word portfolio using methodologies and approaches introduced in the course to analyse/audit a local case study (e.g. your local congregation/parish or community project) (40%)

■ 3000 word research project (60%)

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Introduce students to theories relating to group dynamics, learning styles and leadership styles;

■ Provide students with a high-level understanding of the diverse demands of legal, charitable, and denominational requirements;

■ Provide students with resources to undertake a parish audit;

■ Familiarise students with approaches to strategic planning and strategies for conflict resolution;

■ Equip students to apply relevant management theory in the particular context of local congregational management.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Critically analyse on their own leadership style and their interactions with others;

■ Appraise the relevant concepts in management theory to their local situation;

■ Critically evaluate the characteristics of everyday processes and interactions of a local congregation;

■ Assess the potential for, and challenges of, initiating change in congregational administration and practice;

■ Interpret the implications of charity and employment law, and regulations governing data protection and safeguarding for congregational management;

■ Assess the implementation of charity and employment law, and regulations governing data protection and safeguarding, in a specific congregational setting.

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.