This unit enables students to explore the theological foundations for pastoral ministry and the role of pastors as leaders in Christian formation in a parish setting. In particular, students will examine individual vocational understandings in light of the church’s expectations of pastors. This is achieved mainly by reading selected biblical and theological foundations for public ministry in the church and reflecting on the servant nature of pastoral ministry in light of those readings. Students will also examine the theological foundations for, and content of, Christian discipleship at a parish level; this exploration aims to equip and enable students for effective catechetical leadership in the educational program of a Christian congregation.

Unit Code: DP1204L

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit Discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Australian Lutheran College

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Learning Outcomes


Describe what a Lutheran congregation rightly expects of its pastor and reflect on this for vocational formation


Identify biblical and theological foundations for the pastoral ministry


Describe the implications of Lutheran theology for the formation of Christian discipleship


Reflect on the significance of Luther’s catechisms for the nurture and formation of Christian faith


Lecture, tutorial, class presentations


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Reflection paper exploring knowledge of the assigned readings, current understanding of the pastoral ministry, and reflections on that role.
1250 words

1250 30.0

Report on readings on aspects of catechesis 1250 words

1250 30.0
Learning Resource

Develop a catechetical resource to teach one aspect of the Christian faith 1500 words

1500 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-31 14:59:25 +1100