Growing faith and faith communities is a central question and concern for the Church as it confronts the complexity of its contemporary contexts, where engaging with those it seeks to form goes far beyond the Sunday School and the pulpit. From godly play with small children to pastoral care in aged care settings, being able to communicate the Word of God in varied contexts is central to supporting the growth of flourishing faith communities that can adapt to changing contexts.

In this unit, students will engage with the principles and skills of learning of and teaching the faith through a contemporary and dynamic understanding of Christian education. The learning is kept contextually relevant through practice-based experiential learning.

Unit code: DA2001Z

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit discipline: Mission and Ministry

Proposing College: St Francis College

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Learning outcomes


Articulate conceptual links between faith formation, formation of faith communities and pastoral care, demonstrated in ministry practice.


Demonstrate engagement with educational practices in faith formation across the human lifespan.


Demonstrate greater conceptual depth of understanding of roles liturgy, sacraments and communication of the Word plays in effective personal faith formation and faith formation of communities.


Demonstrate familiarity and agility with using advanced theological reflection frameworks.

Unit sequence

This unit requires two undergraduate foundation units in Mission and Ministry.


This unit fosters a collaborative peer learning environment in which students are encouraged to engage in constructivist and experiential approaches to learning. It will facilitate the development of reflective practice to support the integration of learning.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Ward, Pete. Introducing practical theology: Mission, ministry, and the life of the church. Baker Academic, 2017.
  • Thompson, Judith. Theological reflection. (2nd ed.) SCM Press, 2019.
  • Day, Juliette J. Reading the liturgy: an exploration of texts in Christian worship. Bloomsbury Publishing, 2014.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Forum - Participation

Participation in forum discussion.

500 15.0
Project Report or Project Journal - Project

Formation/Christian Education Project Plan and Report.

2000 50.0
Portfolio - Portfolio

Written Portfolio and Oral Presentation

1500 35.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 18 Nov, 2022

Unit record last updated: 2022-11-18 17:53:18 +1100