This unit is divided into two main sections. Firstly, it will develop a critical theology of priesthood, ministry and pastoral care in the Orthodox tradition and contemporary life. Secondly, the unit will study practical applications of the Church’s vision and ministry to priestly and pastoral life and service in the Church. The unit will examine topics including the nature of the priesthood of believers, the ordained priesthood, church tradition and structure and the role of women in the church.

Unit Code: DP8500A

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit Discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: St Athanasius College

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Learning Outcomes


Analyse the relationship between the diaconate, presbytery and the episcopate and their interaction in the practical functioning of a diocese


Reflect theologically and practically on the pastoral role of the priest in the local parish and within the diocese


Discuss the competing roles and responsibilities of a parish priest


Evaluate the role of women in a local parish of the Orthodox Church


Formulate a set of mission goals for a parish context.


Weekly presentations and class discussions


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Essay 1 (1500 words)

1500 25.0

Essay 2 (1500 words)

1500 25.0

Essay 3 (3000 words)

3000 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 31 Dec, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-06-20 14:23:43 +1000