1. Content This unit is designed for leaders in the Church or in the business world who wish to make the focus of their work more intentionally apostolic. The word “apostolic” comes from the Greek apostellō which, as it is used in the New Testament, means to be sent on mission to spread the Good News. The apostolic leader focuses on discerning God’s action in the world in new contexts. Students will be helped to develop their theological, collaborative, imaginative and spiritual capacities, and be given practical tools to create entrepreneurial responses to the challenges of apostolic leadership in the 21st Century. The unit is based on the premise that, in a rapidly changing world, leaders need to innovate and adapt to meet emerging needs. The theology of the Reign of God, the discernment of God’s action in the world and our responses will be examined.

Unit Code: DS9121J

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Spirituality

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Jesuit College of Spirituality

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Learning Outcomes


Reflect theologically on key concepts, models, procedures, tools, methods and literature in the innovation and entrepreneurship field


Describe the apostolic nature of Ignatian spirituality, with particular reference to a specific ministry project, using the Kingdom Meditation and the Contemplatio ad Amorem of the Spiritual Exercises as key conceptual frameworks


Demonstrate the skills necessary to design an apostolic ministry project with a team;


Formulate and test the assumptions of the model underlying the apostolic ministry project


Apply the reflective principles of theological action research

Unit sequence

Prohibited combinations: old codes: DS9112J / DS9113J


The face-to-face unit will be offered over 12 weeks. A significant proportion of each lecture will be devoted to: (i) the lecturer’s input, (ii) guided reading, (iii) personal reflection, and (iv) facilitated interaction in small groups.


Name Description Weight (%)

5000-word integrative essay


Engagement with and contribution to online forums equivalent to 1000 words


Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2016

Unit Record last updated: 2019-05-15 13:45:15 +1000