Lecturer in Ministry Practice

Contact me:

Office – 8416 8432  /  Email

Education:

  • Bachelor of Theology – Flinders University, SA.
  • Diploma of Pastoral Care – Adelaide College of Divinity
  • Master of Arts (Hons) – Andover Newton Theological School, MA.

 

Biography:

Before joining the faculty at Uniting College, Sean spent over twenty years as a Minister of the Word in congregational ministry within the Uniting Church. He enjoys bringing the richness of that experience to leadership formation through Supervised Field Education and teaching in areas related to pastoral practice. He believes that the love of knowledge and imaginative application is foundational to fruitful expressions of mission and ministry. Sean is a PhD student at Flinders University, his thesis being the importance of spiritual affections in relation to the practice of Christian ministry.

Sean is somewhat eclectic. He is a reader of culture, a player of acoustic music, a writer of liturgy and an occasional writer of poetry and song. He is also a keen political observer, a life-long supporter of Essendon and a cricket watcher of long standing.

Sean is married to Christine and has a blended family of five, ranging in years from 15 to 33. He has one grandson, aged 3.

Units Taught at UCLT:

  • Supervised Field Education
  • Integrative Ministry Practice
  • Introduction to Formation for Ministry
  • Liturgy and Worship (in the Protestant Tradition)
  • Reflecting on Best Practice in Ministry
  • Church, Ministry and Sacraments
  • Guided Studies in Ministry Practice

Publications & Papers since 2013:

  • Eremos: Exploring Spirituality in Australia, December 2013, ‘Reaching: The Synergy of Poetry and Prayer.
  • Australian Leadership, June/July 2013, ‘Worship from the Heart’
  • Words for Worship, Mediacom, SA. July-December, 2013. April-June, 2015.
  • ‘Faith Beyond Construct: God and Spiritual Affect’,  ANZATS Annual Conference, Fremantle, July 2014
  • ‘The Promise and Perplexity of Jonathan Edwards’s Pneumatology’, Graduate Research Hour, Uniting College, SA, September 2015.
  • ‘Paying Attention to Divine Beauty: Jonathan Edwards, spiritual practices and the forming of affective disciples.’ National Assembly of the Uniting Church Research Colloquium, Melbourne, November, 2015.
  • ‘The Promise and Synergy of Integrative learning: Reflections on Recent Classroom Experience’, ANZATFE Biennial Conference, Melbourne, December 2015 & Revised for UCA National Educators Conference, Brisbane, 2016.
  • ‘Theological Aesthetics and the Atonement of Christ,’ 2016 ANZATS Conference, Melbourne, 2016.
  • ‘Why the art of Christian Ministry?’ ANZATFE Research Day, Melbourne, 2016.