Shepherding Competency 2: Tips

How do I demonstrate Competency 2? “Examined the contemporary practice of integrating psychology and theology and assessed the legitimacy of such an endeavor and its implications for the practice of counseling within the church.”

  • Most learners draw heavily on their work on Unit 1 and Unit 3 projects to demonstrate this competency. The second project in Unit 1 focuses on how the idea of counseling is understood in our culture today in contrast with the early church. This can address the first part of this competency in providing an examination of the contemporary practice of integrating psychology and theology. The first project in Unit 3 focuses on a position paper on the issue of integration of psychology and theology which assumes an examination of the subject as well as an assessment of its legitimacy and implications for the practice of counseling within the church.
  • The project example on the “Integration of Psychology and Theology” is a mature example of the position paper genre in the BILD Leadership Series courses. It’s clear, substantive, and well-resourced from the theological readings within the course. However, the learner is not required to agree with its conclusions in order to receive credit in the Antioch School. Like all BILD Leadership Series course projects, this project is an example of the kind of document that learners could create to expresses their own understanding and convictions on an important subject. The project example is consistent with the paradigmatic perspective of the course as a whole. However, the learners are encouraged to fully express their own convictions and the rationale that supports them.
  • This competency also lends itself particularly well to using Life Development Reading Summaries as a means to demonstrate aspects of the competency. Specifically, each of the theological readings that are listed in Unit 3 address the subject of integration of psychology and theology. So, many learners summarize and interact critically with these readings to satisfy the “substantive,” “resourced,” and/or “critical” criteria required by the Student Competency Assessment Guide.
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