The unit considers the place and importance of spirituality in its various forms within educational leadership. It then focuses on Christian spirituality (particularly the Lutheran tradition) in the lives of school leaders, including the spiritual disciplines which support their leadership role. The unit concludes with a focus on the spiritual dimension of school life, including corporate and individual worship and service.

Unit code: DE9001L

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Education Studies

Proposing College: Australian Lutheran College

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Learning outcomes


Compare and contrast different understandings of spirituality and their practices


Evaluate the importance and role of spirituality in Christian educational leadership


Reflect critically on their own spirituality and the spiritual dimension of an education facility using a Christian model


Design strategies for enhancement of the spiritual dimensions of the life of the (education) site and its leaders

Unit sequence

Course relationship: A level 9 unit in postgraduate education courses

Prerequisites: DA9001L Leadership for a Christian Context or equivalent leadership theory unit


This unit uses teaching strategies (e.g. engagement with online learning materials, including audio/video, tasks, forums, and synchronous and asynchronous discussion) which encourage student engagement and participation in a variety of learning tasks and opportunities which foster deep learning.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Bartsch, Malcolm. A God who speaks and acts: theology for teachers in Lutheran schools. North Adelaide, SA: Lutheran Education Australia, 2013.
  • Baker, Robert C. Lutheran spirituality: life as God’s child. St Louis, MO: Concordia, 2010.
  • Blankstein, M., Robert W. Cole, and Paul D. Houston, eds. Spirituality in educational leadership. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press, 2008.
  • Foss, Michael W. Real faith for real life. Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg, 2004.
  • Giertz, Bo. The hammer of God: a novel about the cure of souls. Rev. ed. Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg, 2005.
  • Hanson, Bradley. A graceful life: Lutheran spirituality for today. Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg, 2000.
  • Kleinig, John W. Grace upon grace: spirituality for today. St Louis, MO: Concordia, 2008.
  • Rohr, Richard. Falling upwards: a spirituality for the two halves of life. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2011.
  • Smith, James K. A. Desiring the kingdom: worship, worldview and cultural formation. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2009.
  • Veith, Gene Edward. The spirituality of the cross: the way of the first evangelicals. 2nd ed. St Louis, MO: Concordia, 2010.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Spiritual practice in educational leadership

1200 20.0

Vision statement for spiritual leadership in a school

2000 30.0

Proposal for a strategy document for enhancing spiritual dimensions of institution and leaders.

4500 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 21 Sep, 2021

Unit record last updated: 2021-09-21 19:02:36 +1000