This is the first of two units that will introduce students to theological frameworks for use in reflecting theologically on an area of their life (be it a ministry context, part-time job, family life, a friendship group, etc). Students will utilise frameworks through personal mentoring, case studies and group reflection. The basics of integrating learning from theological study into an observable context will be explored.

Unit code: DP0136W

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Diploma

Unit discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning outcomes


Use a model of theological reflection


Describe different models of theological reflection.


Articulate how you would apply and model of reflection into a current context/ministry context


Reflect on learning derived from the use of a theological reflection model

Unit sequence

Prohibited Combination: Growing as Leaders A


Action reflection model of theological reflection in peer group and mentored settings.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Benner, D.C. The Gift of Being Yourself: The Sacred Call of Self-Discovery. Downers Grove, IL: IVP books, 2004.
  • Greenleaf, Robert K. Servant leadership. New York: Paulist Press, 1991.
  • Kinast, Robert L. Let Ministry Teach: A Guide to Theological Reflection. Collegeville, PA: Liturgical Press, 1996.
  • Lamb, Jonathan. Integrity: Leading with God watching. Nottingham: IVP, 2006.
  • McGrath, A. The Passionate Intellect: Christian Faith and the Discipleship of the Mind. Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2010.
  • McRae-McMahon, Dorothy. Daring leadership for the 21st century. Sydney: ABC Books, 2001.
  • Osmer, R.R. Practical Theology: A Introduction. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2008.
  • Peterson, E.H. Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places. A conversation in spiritual theology. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2005.
  • Ungunmerr-Baumann, Miriam-Rose. ‘Dadirri’. Pages in A Spirituality of Catholic Aborigines and the Struggle for Justice. Edited by Joan Hendricks and Gerry Hefferan. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Apostolate, 1993.
  • Woolnough, B & Wonsuk Ma. Holistic Mission: God’s Plan for God’s People. Eugene OR: Wipf & Stock, 2010.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

One 750 word literature survey of models of theological reflection

750 25.0

Five 200 word personal reflections

1000 30.0
Case Study

Two 750 word case studies

1500 45.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 22 Sep, 2021

Unit record last updated: 2021-09-22 20:56:01 +1000