This unit introduces students to an action-reflection model of learning in a specific community service placement. It includes a focus on the development of competency in skills relevant to holistic mission and ministry. Students will reflect on their engagement in a range of experiences in connection with the life, mission and ministry of a faith based social or community service agency. This unit is predominantly delivered in non-classroom based settings.

Unit code: DA8106B (Approved)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: Mission and Ministry

Proposing College: Catherine Booth College

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Learning outcomes


Demonstrate competence and contextualised understanding of pastoral practice in a range of leadership and service delivery skills in relation to a social or community service agency.


Reflect critically on the placement and its contribution to the formation of their vocational identity.


Analyse and critically evaluate the factors affecting a social or community service agency in delivering holistic mission and ministry.


Identify and illustrate how their action-reflection skills enabled them to evaluate their own learning through contribution to, and practical engagement with, the placement.


Analyse and contrast two models of action-reflection learning.

Unit sequence

15 points from Field B, C or DM or equivalent


Learning is achieved through action-reflection on assigned placements, as well as individual and group supervision. It is assessed on a Pass/Fail basis only.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Avis, P. A *Ministry Shaped by Missio*n. London: T & T Clark, 2005.
  • Billings, A. Making God Possible: The Task of Ordained Ministry Present and Future. London: SPCK, 2010.
  • Bradshaw, P. Two Ways of Praying (London: SPCK, 1995. (recommended for purchase)
  • Chase, S. *The Tree of Life: Models of Christian Praye*r. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2005. (recommended for purchase)
  • Countryman, W. The Poetic Imagination: An Anglican Spiritual Tradition. London: DLT, 1999.
  • Croft, S. Ministry in Three Dimensions: Ordination and Leadership in the Local Church. London: Darton Longman and Todd, [2] 2008. (* for ordinands)
  • Hein, D. and C. Henely, eds. Spiritual Counsel in the Anglican Tradition. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2010.
  • Kaye, B. ed., Wonderful and Confessedly Strange: Australian Essays in Anglican Ecclesiology. Adelaide: ATF Press, 2006.
  • Stancliffe, D. God’s Pattern: Shaping Our Worship, Ministry and Life. London: SPCK, 2003.
  • Worthen, J. Responding to God's Call: Christian Formation Today. Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2012.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

3000 word integrative essay

3000 50.0
Case Study

1500 word case study/critical incident reflection

1500 25.0

1500 word learning agreement and learning achievement report

1500 25.0

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

Unit record last updated: 2019-05-31 09:24:06 +1000