In this unit learning is achieved through deep engagement in approved placements and a theological action-reflection model of learning. Students will utilise this praxis learning method to synthesise their theological learning and placement practice, enabling holistic development. This will include consideration of how scripture, theology, tradition, culture and experience coalesce in their own experiences of ministry formation. This unit is predominantly delivered in non-classroom based settings.

Unit code: DP2121B (Approved)

Points: 36.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Proposing College: Eva Burrows College

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Learning outcomes


Demonstrate competence in a range of leadership, mission and ministry skills.


Integrate their wider theological learning with reflection on their placement context.


Critically engage in self-evaluation of their practice of ministry with their supervisor and peer group.


Articulate their developing operational theology.


Utilise theological reflection skills to learn holistically from practical settings.

Unit sequence

60 points from Field B and C


Learning is achieved through action-reflection on assigned placements, as well as individual and group supervision. It is assessed on a Pass/Fail basis only

Indicative Bibliography

  • Floding, Matthew. Welcome to Theological Field Education. Virginia: Alban Press, 2011.
  • Graham, Elaine, Heather Walton and Frances Ward. Theological Reflection: Methods. London: SCM Press, 2005.
  • Kinast, Robert L. What are they saying about Theological Reflection? Mahwah: Paulist Press, 2000.
  • Kincaid, William B. Finding Voice: How Theological Field Education Shapes Pastoral Identity. Eugene: Wipf & Stock, 2012.
  • McAlpin, Kathleen. Ministry That Transforms: A Contemplative Process of Theological Reflection. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2009.
  • Needham, Phil. Community in Mission: A Salvationist Ecclesiology. London: Campfield Press, 1987.
  • Paver, John E. Theological Reflection and Education for Ministry. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006.
  • Swetland, Kenneth L. Facing Messy Stuff in the Church: Case Studies for Pastors and Congregations. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2005
  • Thorsen, Donald A.D. The Wesleyan Quadrilateral: Scripture, Tradition, Reason & Experience as a Model of Evangelical Theology. Lexington: Emeth Press 2005.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

2,500 word integrative essay

2500 30.0
Case Study

Four class presentation of case studies/incident reports (1,000 words each – 2 each Semester) 4,000 words total

4000 40.0

Two Learning agreement and learning achievement reports (one for each Semester) 2,500 words total

2500 30.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 30 Sep, 2019

Unit record last updated: 2019-10-30 15:32:17 +1100