This unit will foster an adult faith-learning community in which students will be helped to explore the dynamics of three interconnected elements in their lives in formation for ministry in the Anglican tradition: identity, vocation and mission. The key aim of this unit is to enable learning of Anglican understandings of dynamics of public representation in ministry, with various supporting aims within that central purpose. These include enabling understanding of patterns of Anglican communal life and daily prayer; Anglican understandings of church, culture and sociality; current issues in Anglican ecclesiology and the diverse self-understanding of the Anglican Communion. It will also introduce methods of theological reflection that assist the integration of Scripture of life experience for ministry.

Unit code: DA8109T

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: Mission and Ministry

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: Trinity College Theological School

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Learning outcomes


Articulate an understanding of the relationship between the ministry of the individual and the ministry of all God's people


Reflect on their understanding of their personal vocation in the light of life experience and their developing understanding of the Anglican tradition of Christian faith


Identify an appropriate a range of models of theological reflection to assist in reflective practice in ministry


Critically evaluate the way in which the Anglican Church in Australia embodies an Anglican polity.


Lectures, seminars, discussion, online and face to face

Indicative Bibliography

  • Avis, P. A *Ministry Shaped by Missio*n. London: T & T Clark, 2005.
  • Billings, A. Making God Possible: The Task of Ordained Ministry Present and Future. London: SPCK, 2010.
  • Bradshaw, P. Two Ways of Praying London: SPCK, 1995.
  • Cottrell, Stephen, On Priesthood: Servants, Shepherds, Messengers, Sentinels and Stewards, London. Hodder & Stoughton, 2020.
  • Countryman, W. The Poetic Imagination: An Anglican Spiritual Tradition. London: DLT, 1999.
  • Croft, S. Ministry in Three Dimensions: Ordination and Leadership in the Local Church. London: Darton Longman and Todd, [2] 2008. (* for ordinands)
  • Hein, D. and C. Henely, eds. Spiritual Counsel in the Anglican Tradition. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2010.
  • Kaye, B. ed., Wonderful and Confessedly Strange: Australian Essays in Anglican Ecclesiology. Adelaide: ATF Press, 2006.
  • Stancliffe, D. God’s Pattern: Shaping Our Worship, Ministry and Life. London: SPCK, 2003.
  • Worthen, J. Responding to God's Call: Christian Formation Today. Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2012.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Essay - Thematic Essay

2500 word essay

2500 30.0
Book Review - Book Review

1,500 words

1500 25.0
Forum - Class and reading Discussion Forum

Total of 4,000 words over four sessions

3000 45.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 13 Oct, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2021-06-07 08:43:52 +1000