This is a practical, vocational unit, focussed on the teaching of Christian Studies and leading worship in a Lutheran school. Students will explore the concepts of Christian education, Christian Studies and Christian worship. Current curriculum documents are used to plan units of work reflecting understanding of purpose and good pedagogy in teaching Christian Studies. Students consider various complexities and issues surrounding school worship while developing their own school worship service order.

Unit code: DE3012L

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit discipline: Education Studies

Proposing College: Australian Lutheran College

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Learning outcomes


Articulate and demonstrate understanding of key concepts of Christian education, Christian Studies and worship in the life of the Lutheran school


Engage with Christian studies curriculum materials (CSCF) in practical and meaningful ways which clarify the purpose and good pedagogical practice in teaching Christian Studies


Explain and analyse worship in the context of the Lutheran school, considering issues relating to the practice of worship


Demonstrate a developed capacity to engage in the process of theological reflection in an education context

Unit sequence

A level 3 unit in undergraduate theology and ministry courses


This unit provides students with the opportunity to engage with online learning materials including video, tasks, discussion, forums and asynchronous discussions with the lecturer. An intensive workshop of three days x 6 hours (18 hrs) of lectures, inquiry, group activities, guest speakers and discussion is also offered.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Bartsch, Malcolm I. A God who speaks and acts: theology for teachers in Lutheran schools. Lutheran Education Australia. North Adelaide, SA, 2013.
  • Fowler, James W. Stages of faith: the psychology of human development and the quest for meaning. Blackburn, VIC: Dove Communications, 1981.
  • Hebart, Friedemann. One in the gospel: the Formula of Concord for our day. 2nd ed. Adelaide, SA: Openbook Publishers, 2000.
  • Lutheran Education Australia. Christian Studies curriculum framework. Rev. ed. North Adelaide, SA: LEA, 2015. Accessed 11 June 2015.
  • Murdoch, K. The power of inquiry. Northcote, VIC: Seastar Education, 2015.
  • Ryan, Maurice, and Patricia Malone. Exploring the religion classroom: a guidebook for Catholic Schools. Wentworth Falls, NSW: Social Science Press, 1996.
  • The Bible. Preferred translations are: the New International Bible (NIV), the Revised Standard Version (RSV) or the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV).
  • Wallace, Sue. Multi-sensory prayer: over 60 innovative ready-to-use ideas. Milton Keynes, UK: Scripture Union, 2000.
  • ———. Multi-sensory worship: over 60 ready-to-use prayer activities for creative churches. Bletchley, UK: Scripture Union Publishing, 2009.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Worldview in a Lutheran or other Christian education context

1000 20.0
Learning Resource

Christian Studies unit plan

2500 50.0
Learning Resource

Worship Order

1500 30.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 24 Aug, 2022

Unit record last updated: 2022-08-24 15:23:28 +1000