This unit introduces students to an action-reflection model of learning in a specific faith community placement. It includes a focus on the development of competency in ministry skills. Students will reflect on their engagement in a range of experiences in connection with the life, mission and ministry of a local faith community. This unit is predominantly delivered in non-classroom based settings.

Unit code: DP8108B (Approved)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Proposing College: Eva Burrows College

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Learning outcomes


Demonstrate competence, and contextualised understanding of pastoral practice, in a range of leadership and ministry skills in relation to local faith communities.


Reflect critically on the placement and its contribution to the formation of their vocational identity.


Analyse and critically evaluate the factors affecting a local faith community in delivering holistic mission and ministry.


Identify and illustrate how their action-reflection skills enabled them to evaluate their own learning through contribution to, and practical engagement with, the placement.


Analyse and contrast two models of action-reflection learning.

Unit sequence

15 points from Field B, C or DM or equivalent


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

  • Avis, Paul. A Ministry Shaped By Mission. London: T&T Clark, 2005.
  • Carroll, Michael and Maria C. Gilbert. On Being a Supervisee: Creating Learning Partnerships. 2nd Edition. Melbourne: Psychoz Publications, 2011.
  • Floding, Matthew. Welcome to Theological Field Education. Alban Press. Virginia, 2011.
  • 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, Oregon: Wipf & Stock, 2012.
  • Needham, Phil. Community in Mission: A Salvationist Ecclesiology. London: Campfield Press, 1987.
  • Palmer, Parker J. Let your life speak: Listening to the voice of Vocation. San Francisco: Jossey- Bass, 2000
  • Rees, Frank. ed. Fair Dinkum Ministry: Stories of Authentic Australian Spirituality and Struggle. Richmond (Victoria): Spectrum Publications, 1999.
  • Street, Robert. Called to be God’s People. London: Salvation Books, 2008.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

3000 word integrative essay

3000 50.0
Case Study

1500 word case study/critical incident reflection

1500 25.0

1500 word learning agreement and learning achievement report

1500 25.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 31 Dec, 2015

Unit record last updated: 2019-06-20 11:03:11 +1000