This unit provides the opportunity for students to explore the nature of learners and learning and to develop skills in facilitating effective learning in ministry contexts. Learning theory and what this indicates about good teaching practice, particularly when working with adults, will be considered and applied. Opportunities to practise, critique and peer review the strategies and instructional skills of good teaching will be inherent in the course.

Unit Code: DP8213L

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit Discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Australian Lutheran College

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Learning Outcomes


Defend the teaching role of the ordained pastor and other personnel in the educational ministry of the church


Incorporate theories of learning and faith development stages into preparation for teaching in a ministry context


Develop suitable learning outcomes for a specific parish or education context and choose content and structure learning experiences to lead towards these outcomes


Demonstrate an array of instructional skills which respond to the realities of the teaching/learning context and which are appropriate to the age and experience of the learners


Evaluate the effectiveness of various teaching strategies in a range of ministry contexts


This unit takes a learner-centred approach and incorporates elements of inquiry learning. Online stimulus materials and an action/reflection model that requires students to develop, trial and reflect on strategies for effective teaching in ministry contexts are used. Some collaborative work will be involved for all students, including those online.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Investigation Teaching role of ministry personnel 1500 words

1500 25.0

Portfolio Portfolio of individual and collaborative evidence of capacity to design, plan, implement and evaluate effective teaching strategies for ministry contexts

5500 75.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 26 Sep, 2019

Unit Record last updated: 2019-11-04 23:55:08 +1100