This unit explores skills and issues in congregational leadership. A variety of real life ministry case studies will be presented for students to engage. Through experiential methodology students will identify issues, explore a variety of responses, and engage in critical reflection about the theological and pastoral dimensions of each case. A variety of congregational and pastoral issues will be explored, eg. leadership for change, addressing conflict, gender and power, vision and planning.

Unit code: DP3060W

Unit status: Archived (Minor revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning outcomes


Identify the complexities of situations encountered in ministry settings;


Demonstrate the use of case study methodology in theological reflection and pastoral response;


Critically evaluate a range of personal and institutional issues in ministry practice;


Articulate a reflective pastoral and theological response to cases presented; and


Analyse the pastoral response to a case study, with reference to theological sources.

Unit sequence

At least one Foundational unit in each of Field B, C and D


Lectures, Seminars and Tutorials

Indicative Bibliography

  • Bass, Richard. Leadership in Congregations. Herndon, VI: The Alban Press, 2007
  • Burns, Bob, Tasha Chapman & Donald Guthrie Resilient Ministry: What pastors told us about surviving and thriving. Dowers Grove, Il: IVP, 2013
  • Carroll, Jackson. God’s Potters: Pastoral leadership and the shaping of congregations. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2006
  • Chalk, Steve. Intelligent Church. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2006
  • Cole, Allan H. From midterms to ministry: Practical theologians on pastoral beginnings. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2008
  • Kinast, Robert L. Making faith-sense: Theological reflection in everyday life. Collegeville, Minnesota: The Liturgical Press, 1999
  • Pickard, Stephen. Theological Foundations for Collaborative Ministry. Surrey, UK: Ashgate, 2009
  • Reed, Angela H. Quest for spiritual community: Reclaiming spiritual guidance for contemporary congregations. London: T & T Clark, 2011
  • Stone, Howard W and James O Duke. How to think theologically. (2nd edn) Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1996
  • Swetland, Kenneth L. Facing messy stuff in the church: Case studies for pastors and congregations. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Kregel, 2005
  • Taylor, Steve. Built for change: a practical theology of innovation and collaboration in leadership. Unley, SA: Mediacom, 2016
  • Wilson, Henry S, T. Mofokeng, J Poerwowidagdo, R Evans, A F Evans. Pastoral theology from a global perspective : A case study approach Maryknoll: Orbis, 1996


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Case Study

500 word case study

500 10.0
Case Study

500 word case study

500 10.0

2500 word essay

2500 50.0
Case Study

500 word case study

500 10.0
Case Study

500 word case study

500 10.0
Case Study

500 word case study

500 10.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 20 Oct, 2022

Unit record last updated: 2022-10-27 14:32:13 +1100