This unit engages students in a process of discipleship formation. It encourages interdependence and constructive life practices that reflect the student’s own expression of faith and vocation. Students are introduced to skills and practices that develop self-awareness, self-evaluation, critical thinking and deliberative action. Specific attention is given to the student identifying and developing their own practices and expressions of faith that reflect integrity and authenticity in response to their personal circumstances and relationships.

Unit code: DP0150W

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Diploma

Unit discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning outcomes


Articulate an emerging appreciation of their own life-values and personal identity drawing upon resources from both the social sciences and the Christian tradition;


Evaluate a variety of personal, relational and institutional resources necessary for their current and future expression of faith.


Identify and engage with spiritual practices that reflect the student’s lived priorities and personal faith;

Unit sequence

Prohibited combinations: DP0151 Discipleship and Purposeful Living (30 points)


Lectures, tutorials, small groups, personal coaching.
In addition to lectures and tutorials, the unit will also utilise small group work and personal coaching to provide students with the opportunity to explore opportunities for personal development, critical reflection as well as engage in action-reflection processes.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Clinton, R. The Making of a Leader. Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress, 1988
  • Collins, G. Christian Coaching: Helping Others Turn Potential into Reality (2nd Ed.) Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress, 2009
  • Jones, L.B. The Path: Creating Your Mission Statement for Work and for Life. New York, NY : Hyperion, 1998
  • McNeal, R. A Work of Heart : Understanding How God Shapes Spiritual Leaders San Fransisco, CA : Jossey-Bass, 2000
  • Peace, R. Spiritual Autobiography: Discovering and Sharing Your Spiritual Story. Carol Stream, IL: NavPress, 1998
  • Rima, S. Leading from the Inside Out: The Art of Self-Leadership. Grand Rapids, MI : Baker Books, 2000
  • Smith, H. W. What Matters Most: The Power of Living Your Values. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2001.
  • Stanley, A. The Principle of the Path: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2009
  • Simon, S. Howe, L. and Kirschenbaum, H. Values Clarification. New York, NY: Warner Books, 1995
  • Sine, C, and Sine, T. Living on Purpose: Finding God’s Best for Your Life. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2000


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Essay 1000 words

1000 30.0

Essay (1000 words)

1000 30.0

Essay 1500 words

1500 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 27 Sep, 2019

Unit record last updated: 2021-06-07 08:43:50 +1000