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NAT11232003 Initiate Research in Christian Ministry

NAT11232003 Initiate Research in Christian Ministry

In this unit, we explore the necessary skills and knowledge needed to effectively plan, conduct, and report on applied research within a Christian ministry context. The objective is to use this research to influence and improve ministry practices and outcomes within an organizational setting.

To achieve this, individuals must possess the ability to develop a comprehensive applied research strategy, employ appropriate techniques for conducting applied research, and effectively analyze and present their findings. These skills are crucial for leaders within Christian organizations who aim to enhance the performance and outcomes of individuals, teams, and the organization as a whole.

By engaging in applied research, these leaders can gain valuable insights and make informed decisions that positively impact their ministry efforts. This unit serves as a guide for developing the necessary skills and knowledge to engage in effective applied research within a Christian ministry setting.

In this unit, we explore the necessary skills and knowledge needed to effectively plan, conduct, and report on applied research within a Christian ministry context. The objective is to use this research to influence and improve ministry practices and outcomes within an organizational setting.

To achieve this, individuals must possess the ability to develop a comprehensive applied research strategy, employ appropriate techniques for conducting applied research, and effectively analyze and present their findings. These skills are crucial for leaders within Christian organizations who aim to enhance the performance and outcomes of individuals, teams, and the organization as a whole.

By engaging in applied research, these leaders can gain valuable insights and make informed decisions that positively impact their ministry efforts. This unit serves as a guide for developing the necessary skills and knowledge to engage in effective applied research within a Christian ministry setting.

Performance Criteria

Conduct a literature review               

  • Research and critically assess material from a diverse range of sources on a ministry topic
  • Analyse, synthesise and apply the material to a contemporary ministry issue
  • Plan and develop an applied research strategy

Determine research objectives 

  • Review policies and procedures in relation to conducting applied research including research ethics and codes of conduct
  • Establish methods for collecting data and assessing its reliability and validity
  • Frame a research hypothesis and strategy
  • Evaluate different applied research methods, theories and data collection techniques and select methods suited to the research strategy

Use applied research techniques to collect data       

  • Use suitable technology to support data collection and analysis
  • Collect data in accordance with the research strategy
  • Confirm integrity of the data collected and analysis tools used
  • Collate data relevant to the research focus and strategy

Analyse and present finding              

  • Examine, analyse and evaluate information according to research strategy and objectives
  • Evaluate the impact of the research findings on ministry practice
  • Document and present research in a clear and logical manner consistent with objectives
  • Demonstrate that assumptions and conclusions used in analysis are clear, justified, supported by evidence and consistent with the research strategy

Performance Evidence

The candidate must show evidence of the ability to complete tasks outlined in the elements and performance criteria of this unit, manage tasks and manage contingencies in the context of the job role. There must be demonstrated evidence that the candidate has researched and analysed a minimum of three ethical issues

In the course of the above the candidate must:

  • apply relevant concepts, theories and disciplines to the analysis of the ethical issue
  • articulate complex information and concepts clearly
  • apply the research to a contemporary context
  • document and present research in a clear and logical manner
  • use a minimum of ten resources for advanced theological research on ethical issues

Knowledge Evidence

The candidate must be able to demonstrate the essential knowledge required to effectively complete the tasks outlined in the elements and performance criteria of this unit. This includes knowledge of:

  • key theological themes and ideas relevant to Christian ethics
  • ethical theories, frameworks and approaches and their application
  • connections between Christian ethics and contemporary social ethics
  • Christian understandings of personal conscience and its application in a Christian community
  • theological interpretive principles
  • subject matter expertise in the area of research

Assessment

This unit utilises the subject Evangelism and the Local Church

Assessment must be conducted in an environment that reflects workplace conditions, with access to resources for advanced theological and ethical research

Students will present a comprehensive portfolio of evidence

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