This unit will encourage students to reflect theologically upon their practice of ministry. The actual ministry undertaken may be a student’s everyday employment, voluntary work, or a placement negotiated for the duration of the unit with an approved church or agency.
Through experiential methodology students will identify issues, explore a variety of responses, and engage in critical reflection on the theological and pastoral dimensions of case studies from the diverse ministry settings of a peer group. Key congregational and pastoral issues will be explored, e.g. leadership and character, addressing conflict, self-care, power dynamics, mentoring, vocational calling and mission.

Unit Code: DP1011S

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit Discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Stirling Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Exercise intentionality in ministry through goal setting, personal supervision and peer accountability


Identify core aspects of their operational theology and ministry identity through case studies and reflection


Critically evaluate a range of personal and institutional issues in ministry formation and practice.


Articulate a reflective pastoral response to selected case studies.

Unit sequence

The Stirling Director of Supervised Field Education must approve all enrolments into this subject.


Supervised peer group reflection using case studies and verbatim reports brought by the participants and theory sessions facilitated by faculty


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Case Study

1000 word case study paper

1000 30.0
Case Study

1000 word case study paper

1000 30.0

2000 word essay

2000 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 4 Apr, 2014

Unit Record last updated: 2019-06-11 09:50:56 +1000