This unit introduces students to the ministry of chaplaincy, providing a biblical, theological and pastoral underpinning for the ministry of spiritual care in public places. Students will explore the relationship between pastoral and spiritual care with attention to the variety of contexts in which chaplaincy ministry can be expressed. Students will learn the art of reflecting theologically on ministry practice outside of the church.

Unit code: DA1044L

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit discipline: Mission and Ministry

Proposing College: Australian Lutheran College

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Learning outcomes


Identify a biblical and theological basis for chaplaincy ministry


Describe the challenges of ministering in diverse cultural and social contexts


Discuss the legitimacy and place of spiritual care in public places


Reflect on the ministry of chaplaincy from both a theological and personal perspective

Unit sequence

Course relationship: A level 1 unit in undergraduate theology and ministry courses


This unit is underpinned by teaching practices and strategies which encourage student engagement and participation in a variety of learning tasks and opportunities which foster foundational learning.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Caperon, John. A Christian theology of chaplaincy. Philadelphia, PA: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2017.
  • Dinham, Adam, Robert Furbey, and Vivian Lowndes, eds. Faith in the public realm: controversies, policies, and practices. Bristol, UK: Bristol University Press, 2009.
  • Lutz, Stephen. College ministry in a post-Christian culture. Kansas City, MO: Nazarene Publishing House, 2011.
  • Norman, James O'Higgins, ed. Education matters: readings in pastoral care for school chaplains, guidance counsellors and teachers. Dublin: Veritas Publications, 2015.
  • Pohlmann, David. School chaplaincy: an introduction. Preston, VIC: Mosaic Press, 2013.
  • Roberts, Stephen. Professional spiritual & pastoral care: a practical clergy and chaplain's handbook. Woodstock, VT: SkyLight Paths Pub, 2012.
  • Swift, Christopher, Mark Cobb, and Andrew Todd, eds. A handbook of chaplaincy studies: understanding spiritual care in public places. London: Routledge, 2016.
  • Threlfall-Holmes, Miranda, and Mark Newitt, eds. Being a chaplain. London: SPCK, 2011.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Reflection on assigned readings

1000 25.0

Ministry context analysis

1000 25.0

Spiritual and pastoral care in a chaplaincy context

2000 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 9 Oct, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2020-10-09 11:38:16 +1100