This unit enables students to integrate theology and pastoral practice. By explores the theological nature of pastoral care and the relationship between theology and pastoral ministry, it helps students develop a reflective basis for pastoral practice that is grounded in Christian theology and Biblical studies. Consideration will be given to the uniqueness of ‘pastoral’ care, to some of the challenging questions raised in situations of crisis, to diverse cultural perspectives, and to the appropriate use of prayer and Scripture in pastoral situations. Liberty will be given for students to explore a range of contextual issues and questions in pastoral ministry.

Unit code: DP2500P

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Demonstrate an understanding of the biblical and theological foundations of pastoral care.


Articulate the integrative connections between theology and pastoral practice


Integrate theology and skills in their own pastoral practice

Unit sequence

18pts in each of Biblical Studies and Theology


Lectures, Seminars, Tutorials

Indicative Bibliography

  • Burns, S. Pastoral Theology for Public Ministry. New York: Church Publishing, 2015.
  • Van Deusen Hunsinger. D. Pray Without Ceasing: Revitalizing Pastoral Care. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2006.
  • Doehring, C. The Practice of Pastoral Care: a Postmodern Approach. Rev. ed.. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press 2015.
  • Dykstra, R. Images of Pastoral Care. St Louis, US: Chalice Press 2005
  • Lartey, E. Pastoral Theology in an Intercultural World. Rev. ed. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2013.
  • Ramsey, N., ed. Pastoral Care and Counseling: Redefining the Paradigms. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2005
  • Pembroke, N. Renewing Pastoral Practice: Trinitarian Perspectives on Pastoral Care and Counselling. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006
  • Swinton, J. Raging with Compassion: Pastoral Responses to the problem of evil. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans 2007.
  • Thornton, S. Broken Yet beloved: A Pastoral Theology of the Cross. St Louis: Chalice Press 2005
  • Woodward, J. and S. Pattison. The Blackwell Reader in Pastoral and Practical Theology. Oxford: Blackwell, 2000.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Paper 2500 words

2500 70.0

Written Reflective Journal 1500 words

1500 30.0

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

Unit record last updated: 2021-06-07 08:43:50 +1000