Students will be introduced to pastoral care theory and its application. Attention will be given to the different settings of care, and to a range of pastoral issues which may arise within different contexts. Students will develop effective caring skills and begin to develop an understanding of their own pastoral identity, as well as how to sustain healthy pastoral practices, grounded in a biblical and theological approach to pastoral care.

Unit code: DP0109T

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Diploma

Unit discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Proposing College: Trinity College Theological School

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Learning outcomes


Outline key elements of pastoral care from a biblical and theological perspective


Apply pastoral helping skills in particular contexts


Reflect upon their pastoral practice using verbatims and case studies


Describe important issues which might arise in the practice of pastoral ministry and develop initial responses from a biblical and/or theological perspective.

Unit sequence

An introductory unit requiring no prerequisites


Online lectures, videos, discussion forums, zoom sessions

Indicative Bibliography

  • Corey, Marianne Schneider, and Gerald Corey. Becoming a Helper. Boston, MA: Cengage Learning, 2016.
  • Flanagan, Bernadette, and Sharon G. Thornton. The Bloomsbury Guide to Pastoral Care. London: Bloomsbury, 2014.
  • Lartey, Emmanuel Yartekwei. In Living Color: An Intercultural Approach to Pastoral Care and Counseling. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2003.
  • Nouwen, Henri J. M. The Wounded Healer: Ministry in Contemporary Society. London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 2014.
  • Palmer, Parker. Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation. San Francisco: Jossey Bass, 2000.
  • Patton, John. Pastoral Care: An Essential Guide. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2005.
  • _____. Pastoral Care in Context: An Introduction to Pastoral Care. Louisville, KY: Westminster/John Knox Press, 2005.
  • Pratt, Andrew. SCM Study Guide: Practical Skills for Ministry. London: SCM Press, 2010.
  • Whipp, Margaret. SCM Study Guide to Pastoral Theology. London: SCM Press, 2013
  • Worthington, Everett L. When Someone Asks for Help: A Practical Guide to Counseling, Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1982.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Reflective Verbatim (750 words)

750 20.0
Case Study

Case Study (1000 words)

1000 35.0

Essay (1500 words)

1500 45.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 18 Oct, 2018

Unit record last updated: 2019-09-26 16:07:15 +1000