This unit provides an introductory framework for pastoral theology and ministry. Biblical and theological foundations for pastoral ministry and pastoral care are explored. People helping skills and practice are reviewed through the lens of pastoral ministry. Students will be helped to develop their understanding of self and others through structured experiences and reflection.

Unit code: DP1304B (Approved)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Proposing College: Eva Burrows College

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Learning outcomes


Articulate the biblical and theological foundations for pastoral ministry.


Assess the place of pastoral care within the overall ministry of the church.


Demonstrate and evaluate effective helping skills for pastoral ministry and pastoral care.


Reflect theologically and personally on an understanding of self and others.


Lectures, discussions, practical exercises, videos, online forums

Indicative Bibliography

  • Benner, David G. *Care of Souls: Revisioning Christian Nurture and Counse*l. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 1998.
  • Doehring, Carrie. The Practice of Pastoral Care: A Postmodern Approach. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2015.
  • Evans G. R., (ed). A History of Pastoral Care. London: Cassell, 2000.
  • Flanagan, Bernadette, and Sharon G. Thornton. *The Bloomsbury Guide to Pastoral Car*e. London: Bloomsbury. 2014.
  • Geldard, Kathryn, and David Geldard. *Counselling Skills in Everyday Lif*e. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003.
  • Laniak, Timothy. Shepherds After My Own Heart. Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2006.
  • Lartey, Emmanuel Yartekwei. Pastoral Theology in an Intercultural World. Cleveland: Pilgrim Press, 2006.
  • Oden, Thomas C. Pastoral Theology: Essentials of Ministry. San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1983.
  • Veling, Terry. Practical Theology: On Earth As It Is In Heaven. New York: Orbis Books, 2005.
  • Woodward, James, and Stephen Pattison, (eds.).* The Blackwell Reader in Pastoral and Practical Theology*. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers Ltd, 2000.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Personal Reflection

1,000 word personal reflection

1000 20.0

1,500 word essay

1500 40.0

1,500 written verbatim and critique

1500 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2017

Unit record last updated: 2019-11-15 14:27:12 +1100