This unit examines the theological, developmental and methodological resources for contextual children and families ministries across the spectrum of Australian church based, community based and para-church expressions. Addressing the theology, spirituality and sociology of the child in relation to family, church, faith, culture, technology, history and philosophical discourse, the unit develops critical skills for evaluating and designing robust, contextual processes for discipleship, pastoral care, safe practice, mission and leadership with children and their families.

Unit Code: DA1000P

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit Discipline: Mission and Ministry

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Outline major frameworks of child theology, theologies of child, child spirituality and theology for children in religious education.


Articulate the interaction between child development, theology, social discourse and learning paradigms.


Identify ecclesiological, missional, religious education and discipleship structures and evaluate the place of child within these.


Identify and articulate best practice procedures regarding protective behaviors to safeguard the welfare of children, practitioners and the community.


Critically evaluate different methodologies in ministry with children and their families.


Lectures and tutorials reflective journaling plus attendance at annual Ministry To Children Conference


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Book Review

Theology of Child literature review 1000 words

1000 30.0

‘World of the Child’ Observation Journal Reflections 2 x 500 words

1000 30.0
Short Answer Tests

20 questions short-answer quiz on duty of care issues and safe practice (must pass). 500 word equivalent

500 10.0

Core Issues Essay 1000 words

1000 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2015

Unit Record last updated: 2019-05-28 13:17:30 +1000