This unit is a Supervised Theological Field Unit. Students will engage in a program of activities within a supervised ministry context. The unit will enable students to be involved in the practice of ministry and reflection on that ministry and their role in it. Professional ministry standards including safeguarding underpin this unit. Students will critically reflect on their strengths and weaknesses within the ministry placement while gaining competencies within their context.

Unit code: DP2025Z

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 36.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Proposing College: Wollaston Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Demonstrate competence within their ministry placement.


Demonstrate an integrated understanding of professional ministry standards and safeguarding and the role of those in ministry leadership in safeguarding children and other vulnerable persons.


Critically reflect on the contribution of the field placement to their spiritual and personal development and their vocational identity.


Demonstrate an integration of their biblical and theological learning and show how this informs ministry practice.


Develop goals and demonstrate key ministry practice skills required within a Field Placement context.

Unit sequence

Prerequisite: At least 72 points of study, including at least 18 points in field D. Students must have the required safeguarding documentation (such as a police check and working with children card) and the unit and must have completed a learning module about the University’s Code of Conduct before commencing the placement. If these are not provided, the student may not take the unit or enter the placement. All placements must be approved by the College Field Education Coordinator.


Students will undertake a field placement within a ministry setting where they will be supervised by an experienced minister. Decisions on the field placement and evaluation of the placement will take place in discussion with the Field Placement Coordinator. Students will meet regularly with a field committee and their placement supervisor. Students will engage in theological reflection within a peer group facilitated by a person experienced in leading theological reflection.

Indicative Bibliography

Bolton, Gillie and Russell Delderfield. Reflective Practice: Writing and Professional Development (fifth edition). Los Angeles: Sage, 2018.

Brown, Judy. A Leader’s Guide to Reflective Practice. Bloomington, IN: Trafford Publishing, 2008.

Cameron, Helen; John Reader, Victoria Slater and Chris Rowland. Theological Reflection for Human Flourishing: Pastoral Practice and Publish Theology. London: SCM Press, 2012.

Cottrell, Stephen. On Priesthood: Servants, Shepherds, Messengers, Sentinels, and Stewards. London: Hodder& Stoughton, 2020.

Floding, M (Editor). A Theological Field Education Toolkit. Lanham, MD: Rowan & Littlefield, 2017.

Graham, ElaineL, Heather Walton, Frances Ward, and Katja Stuerzenfecker. Theological Reflection: Methods. Second Ed. London: SCM Press, 2019.

Lassiter, Katherine Eleanor. Recognising Other Subjects: Feminist Pastoral Theology and the Challenge of Identity. Eugene OR: Wipf and Stock, 2015.

Roberts, Stephen (Editor). Professional, Spiritual and Pastoral Care: A practical Clergy and Chaplain’s Handbook. Woodstock, Vermont: Skylight Paths Publishing, 2012.

Wenger, Etienne. Communities of Practice: Learning, Meaning and Identity, Learning in Doing. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1998.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Personal Reflection

2 x 750 word personal reflections

1500 15.0
Case Study

2 x 750 word case studies

1500 15.0

8x250 word entries in a journal

2000 20.0
Essay 2500 25.0
Personal & Professional Evaluation 1500 25.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 2 Dec, 2022

Unit record last updated: 2023-01-23 15:05:54 +1100