This Diploma unit will encourage students to grow as leaders using their experiences as an intern (either at Camp Wilkin in Anglesea, or in an approved mission or ministry setting). Students will be required to: set goals in conjunction with their teacher, have regular meetings with a mentor, write a fortnightly journal and engage with weekly classes and peer group meetings. This unit will specifically focus on skills surrounding leadership and self-awareness.

Unit code: DP0136W

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Diploma

Unit discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning outcomes


Set goals which are both manageable and realistic.


Outline the spiritual gifts as listed in the Scriptures and articulate their own sense of gifting and calling.


Describe their own strengths, skills, abilities and weaknesses and apply it to their current position.


Apply effective communication techniques in both the group and ministry context.


The unit will require theological and practical reflection on at least 96 hours of practice in an approved ministry or mission context, and attendance at twelve 2-hour classes.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Banks, Robert and Bernice M Ledbetter. Reviewing leadership. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2004
  • Blackaby, Henry T and Richard Blackaby. Spiritual leadership. Nashville: Broadman and Holman, 2001
  • Bugbee, Bruce and Don Cousins. Network participant’s guide. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2005
  • Charlesworth, R. Staying at the top. Sydney: Pan MacMillan Australia, 2002
  • Covey, Stephen R. Principle-centered leadership. New York: Simon Schuster, 1992
  • Greenleaf, Robert K. Servant leadership. New York: Paulist Press, 1991
  • Hybels, Bill. Interview with Bono. DVD. Willow Creek Leadership Summit, 2006
  • Lamb, Jonathan. Integrity: Leading with God watching. Nottingham: IVP, 2006
  • McRae-McMahon, Dorothy. Daring leadership for the 21st century. Sydney: ABC Books, 2001
  • Sinclair, Amanda. Doing leadership differently. Clayton Sth, Vic.: Melbourne University Press, 1998


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Internship Journal (1000 words) NB: Assessment: Pass/ Fail only. To obtain a Pass, students must satisfactorily complete the following:

  1. Establish a set of goals in the areas of personal development, spiritual formation and the practice of ministry.
  2. Maintain a journal of reflections on the internship experience (1,000 words).
  3. Present a case study to the peer group (1,000 words).
  4. Write a paper on the experience of internship, in particular how this experience has affected their understanding of leadership. This essay may also focus on how the experience of internship has given a sense of clarity in terms of calling and ongoing Christian service (1,000 words).
1000 33.0

Reflective Paper (1000 words)

1000 34.0
Case Study

Case Study (1000 words)

1000 33.0

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

Unit record last updated: 2019-06-07 13:39:12 +1000