Students will engaged in a planned program of activities within a supervised ministry context. The practice of ministry will provide opportunity for reflection on spiritual, personal and vocational identity. Critical and reflective analysis will provide an important basis for generating development of ministry competencies. Professional ministry standards including safeguarding underpin this unit. This is a Supervised Theological Field Education Unit.

Unit code: DP2906T

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Proposing College: Trinity College Theological School

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Learning outcomes


Demonstrate competencies in ministry practice in the field placement ministry context


Reflect critically on the value of the placement for spiritual and personal identity, wellbeing, and vocational development


Reflect critically on ministry practice and context, including an integrated understanding of Child Safeguarding and Professional Ministry Standards


Document evidence about self-awareness and learning which have arisen within the placement


Integrate wider theological reading into theological reflection on their ministry placement and its context

Unit sequence

This unit must not be undertaken as a sole first unit of study. The student must be actively engaged in a ministry context. Completion of at least the equivalent of one year of theological study. Students will have undertaken a learning module on the unversity’s Code of Conduct, and satisfied the training criteria for safe ministry required by their denomination before commencement of this module.


Students undertake a field placement in a ministry setting. Students negotiate and evaluate the field placement through a Supervised Theological Field Education Coordinator. The Coordinator will facilitate orientation and end of placement review seminars, and individual meetings with students throughout the placement. While on placement students attend regular meetings with an accredited Placement Supervisor and with a field committee as appropriate and engage in a peer group process for theological reflection.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Brown, Rosalind. Being a Deacon Today : Exploring a Distinctive Ministry in the Church and in the World. Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2005.
  • Cottrell, Stephen. On Priesthood: Servants, Shepherds, Messengers, Sentinels, and Stewards. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 2020.
  • Graham, Elaine L, Heather Walton, Frances Ward, and Katja Stuerzenhofecker. Theological Reflection : Methods. Second ed. London: SCM Press, 2019.
  • Hoyle, David. The Pattern of Our Calling. London: SCM Press, 2016.
  • Lassiter, Katharine Eleanor. Recognizing Other Subjects : Feminist Pastoral Theology and the Challenge of Identity. Eugene OR: Wipf and Stock, 2015.
  • Lynch, Gordon. Pastoral Care & Counselling. Ethics in Practice Series. London: SAGE Publications, 2002.
  • Maynard, Jane Frances, Leonard M Hummel, and Mary Clark Moschella. Pastoral Bearings : Lived Religion and Pastoral Theology. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2010.
  • Purves, Andrew. Pastoral Theology in the Classical Tradition. 1st ed. Louisville KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2001.
  • Whipp, Margaret. Scm Studyguide Pastoral Theology. London, England: SCM Press, 2013.
  • Willows, David, and John Swinton. Spiritual Dimensions of Pastoral Care : Practical Theology in a Multidisciplinary Context. London: J. Kingsley, 2000.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Journal - Reflective Journal

Reflective Journal (Minimum of 6 entries)

2500 50.0
Critical Review - Analytic Summary 2500 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 9 Oct, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2021-06-07 08:43:49 +1000