This unit invites students to develop a theology of vocation and ministry patterned on Christ, the Good Shepherd, who ‘came to serve and not be served’. Priest or lay, woman or man, young or old, what are the hallmarks of a healthy call to be a minister of Christ? This unit gives particular attention to the vision of Church of Vatican II, the insights gained from the experience of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Pastores Dabo Vobis and students’ own experiences of vocation and ministry.

Unit Code: CT3025Y

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: Systematic Theology

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning Outcomes


Identify the biblical foundations to Christian call to vocation


Reflect critically on the causes of shortcomings identified by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in ministerial formation and practice


Establish the factors that impede a healthy response to vocational calls


Identify the elements of a healthy theology of vocation within that of single, married, priestly or religious life.


Provide a critique of the causes and effects of clericalism

Unit sequence

Prerequisite of 15 Points of CT or DP


An interactive mode lecture, exploratory workshop, series of pre-prepared materials and online resources will be employed


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Essay 2000 words

0 40.0

3000 words

0 60.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Jul, 2018

Unit Record last updated: 2019-04-12 14:58:37 +1000