This unit explores relationships between theology, pastoral practice and context. It aims to help students develop a reflective capacity in pastoral ministry that is grounded in the Christian tradition, and in particular Christian theology of the human person. Consideration will be given to such matters as: the distinctiveness of ‘pastoral’ care; the roles of prayer, scripture and Christian spirituality in pastoral care; attention to the socio-economic and cultural setting of pastoral care; and differences between various traditions of pastoral theology. Scope will be given for students to explore a range of contextual issues and questions in pastoral ministry.

Unit Code: DP9509T

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: Trinity College Theological School

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Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate an understanding of biblical and theological foundations of pastoral care.


Communicate a theology of the human person.


Articulate integrative connections between pastoral practice, theology, and context.


Critically evaluate various models of pastoral care in the light of pastoral practice.


Evaluate a ministry with respect to its integration of theology with pastoral practice.

Unit sequence

Foundation Unit in Field D


Web material for reading, tutorial discussions


Description Weight (%)

Essay of 2,500 words


Book Review 1,500 words


Essay of 3000 words


Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 8 Oct, 2019

Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-22 10:27:46 +1100