The spiritual environment of Christian ministry and personal level of resources influence personal wellbeing and professional effectiveness. In this unit, participants will: engage current research on the causes of ministry burnout; be introduced to the patterns and indicators of ‘at risk’ practice; explore ways of integrating healthy practices for sustainable ministry. A core focus upon healthy personal, spiritual practices will engage different models in ways that respect cultural and theological diversity.

Unit Code: DA9717S

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Mission and Ministry

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: Stirling Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Describe and illustrate contextually the symptoms, patterns and causes of ministry burnout.


Articulate the practices and boundaries required for a healthy personal life amid the demands of ministry.


Articulate the challenges of spiritual and inter-personal dynamics in the ministry environment.


Describe variety of spiritual practices and identify those appropriate both to themselves and to the context of their ministry.


Theologically reflect on case-studies in leadership settings and integrate the learning within their context.

Unit sequence

At least two years leadership experience


12 online sessions for 3 hours student engagement and an overnight retreat


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Book Review

Book Review (1500 words)

1500 25.0

Interview and report (1500 words)

1500 25.0

Essay (3000 words)

3000 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-06-03 10:54:39 +1000