This unit is designed to help participants develop and explore their theological and practical frameworks for local church leadership. Students will use biblical metaphors to explore how these can guide and inform one’s ministry and mission in modern Australia. Students will be introduced to the dynamics and possibilities of mission shaped transformation processes in the various social and cultural contexts. These will be examined in the light of the diverse nature of Australian churches. Topics will include models of ministry leadership and church community life, strategies for congregational missional renewal, change and conflict management, motivation and empowerment of leaders, spiritual and ethical practices for church and ministry life.

Unit Code: DP9008S

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Stirling Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Articulate their theology of ministry and local church life, including the metaphors that shape the student’s theology and practice


Articulate a process for introducing and managing sustained transformation within a local church community.


Demonstrate an awareness of roles, accountabilities and relationships that exist between ministers and congregations.


Reflect on the experience of others and draw insights that relate to their own situation and practice of ministry.


Identify potential mission engagement opportunities that exist in their own contexts.


Integrate pastoral practice along with biblical, theological and spiritual insights with research into contemporary leadership theory.

Unit sequence

Pre-requisites: at least 48 points in Fields B or C and 24 points in Field D. This unit explores the strategies for and the theology behind the development of mission shaped local church communities and the leadership skills needed by ministers and leaders


A combination of lectures, workshops on themes led by students, and conversations with guests who are engaged in congregational transformation projects.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Case Study

3,000 word case study

3000 50.0

3,000 word research essay

3000 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 31 Dec, 2018

Unit Record last updated: 2019-06-21 09:30:17 +1000