Unit code: DA8701W (Approved)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: Mission and Ministry

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning outcomes


Listen sensitively and critically to their own story of faith


Examine a theological theme identified within their own life-narrative


Examine the concept of vocation and ministry vision


Articulate the contours of practical theology and its major sub-disciplines of ethics, pastoral care, mission and spirituality.


Utilise models of theological reflection that integrate theory, Biblical themes and practice

Unit sequence

Foundational unit


Synchronous: (16 hours)- 3x4 hour sessions on Saturdays 8x0.5 hours time-tabled sessions online during week 2,3, 4,5,7,8,10, 11
Asynchronous: (20 hours) – readings, personal reflection, participation in on-line forum.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Anderson, Ray S. *The Shape of Practical Theology: Empowering Ministry with Theological Praxi*s. Downers Grove: IVP, 2001.
  • Astley, J & Francis, L. Explorations in Practical, Pastoral and Empirical Theology. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2002.
  • Bass, Dorothy.Practicing our Faith: a way of Life for a Searching People. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Inc, 1997.
  • Brenner, D.C. The gift of being yourself: The sacred call of self-discovery. Downers Growver, Illinois: IVP books, 2004.
  • Ellis, C.J. Approaching God: A guide for Worship leaders and worshippers. Norwich, Canterbury press, 2009.
  • Kinast, Robert L. Let Ministry Teach: A Guide to Theological Reflection. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1996.
  • Palmer, Parker J. Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2000. (recommended for purchase)
  • Volf, Miroslav, and Dorothy C. Bass, eds. Practicing Theology: Beliefs and Practices in Christian Life. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2002.
  • Whipp, M Pastoral Theology. London: SCM, 2013.
  • Woolnough, B & Wonsuk Ma,Holistic Mission: God’s plan for God’s people. Eugene OR: Wipf & Stock, 2010.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

500 word reflection paper building from online forum discussion

500 10.0

1500 word Theological reflection Paper

1500 30.0

500 word reflection paper building from online forum discussion

500 10.0

3000 word Essay

300 40.0

500 word reflection paper building from online forum discussion

500 10.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 30 Jul, 2015

Unit record last updated: 2020-11-03 16:07:02 +1100