Principles and Methods of Pastoral Work.

Course Information
TitleΑρχές και μέθοδοι του ποιμαντικού έργου. / Principles and Methods of Pastoral Work.
SchoolSocial Theology and Christian Culture
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorAthanasios Gkikas
Course ID600015750

Programme of Study: Orthodox Theology and Christian Culture

Registered students: 16
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Biblical, Patriarchal, Hagiological and Religious StudiesElective Courses belonging to the selected specialization1110
History, Doctrine, Philosophy and ArcheologyElective Courses belonging to the selected specialization1110
Applied TheologyCompulsory Course belonging to the selected specialization (Compulsory Specialization Course)1110

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
General Prerequisites
Bachelor Degree of Christian Orthodox Theology or what the ΠΜΣ department requests.
Learning Outcomes
Students and priests will gain special knowledge through the research about the practice of pastoral's work in parishes, institutions and social communities. They will be informed through realistic and direct resources about issues that priests and social workers are facing during their work. Moreover, the co-operation between lay theologians and the parish life, as partners of a pastor, is reinforced.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Design and manage projects
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
1) Introduction of the subject and its purpose. Presentation of work shop’s assignments and guidelines for their completion. Information on bibliography. 2) Basic Principles of pastoral practice. Pastoral practice and methodology within church’s tradition. 3) Conditions of pastoral ministry and practice. 4) The structure of the Church’s body as the carrier of Pastoral work. Priesthood, Charisma and Institution. 5) The personality of a priest and his responsibility towards his people. The Pastoral version of Sacraments 6) The individual action and pastoral’s involvement into challenging social teams. 7) Pastoral and Canonical Tradition. Pastoral Practice and the current world. 8) Parish and Administration. Parish and social Institutions 9) Spiritual advising (Counselling) and Psychological counselling today. Coordination, opposition or isolation. 10) Teenage crisis and personal identity. 11) Personality. Factors which contributes to personality’s growth. Pathological personality. 12) Approved psychotherapy and its association with the patristic therapeutic practice. 13) The spiritual life and the mental health.
Pastoral care, priesthood, parish, mysteries
Educational Material Types
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment60
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities50
Written assigments60
Student Assessment
The assesment of the Paper and oral exams related to the paper's subject (bibliography, structure, concept of the paper). The class attendance counts positively.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative)
  • Oral Exams (Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
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Additional bibliography for study
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