This unit provides an introductory framework for pastoral theology and ministry. Biblical and theological foundations for pastoral ministry and pastoral care are explored. People helping skills and practice are reviewed through the lens of pastoral ministry. Students will be helped to develop their understanding of self and others through structured experiences and reflection.

Unit code: DP8304B

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

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


Articulate the biblical and theological foundations for pastoral ministry.


Assess the place of pastoral care within the overall ministry of the church.


Demonstrate and evaluate effective helping skills for pastoral ministry and pastoral care.


Reflect theologically and personally on an understanding of self and others.


Critically evaluate approaches to pastoral care to aid implementation of a model within a local ministry setting.


Readings, discussions, practical exercises, videos, online forums

Indicative Bibliography

  • Benner, David G. Care of Souls: Revisioning Christian Nurture and Counsel. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 1998.
  • Creech, Robert R. Family Systems and Congregational Life: A Map for Ministry. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Publishing Group, 2019
  • Doehring, Carrie. The Practice of Pastoral Care: A Postmodern Approach. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2015.
  • Dykstra, Robert. Images of Pastoral Care: Classic Readings. St. Louis. MO: Chalice Press, 2005.
  • Flanagan, Bernadette, and Sharon G. Thornton. The Bloomsbury Guide to Pastoral Care. London: Bloomsbury. 2014.
  • Geldard, Kathryn, and David Geldard. Counselling Skills in Everyday Life. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003.
  • Lartey, Emmanuel Yartekwei. Pastoral Theology in an Intercultural World. Cleveland: Pilgrim Press, 2006.
  • Oden, Thomas C. Pastoral Theology: Essentials of Ministry. San Francisco, CA: Harper & Row, 1983.
  • Senkbeil, Harold L. The Care of Souls: Cultivating a Pastor’s Heart. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press 2019.
  • Veling, Terry. Practical Theology: On Earth As It Is In Heaven. New York: Orbis Books, 2005.
  • Whipp, Margaret. Pastoral Theology. London, UK: SCM Press, 2013


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Essay 1500 25.0
Verbatim Report 2000 30.0
Essay 2500 45.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 17 Aug, 2022

Unit record last updated: 2022-08-17 18:11:42 +1000