This is the second of two units that will explore theological frameworks enabling students to reflect theologically on an area of their life (be it a ministry context, part-time job, family life, a friendship group, etc). Students will utilised the frameworks through personal mentoring, case studies and group reflection. Students will look to extend their experience of integrating learning from theological study into an observable context.

Unit code: DP0137W

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


Apply models of theological reflection


Describe core aspects of a personal operational theology


Explain how to use a personal operational theology within a context/ministry context


Create responses from theological reflection for use in a current context/ministry context

Unit sequence

18 Points in Systematic Theology; Growing as Disciples A; Prohibited combination: Growing as leaders, B


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, Illinois: IVP books, 2009.
  • Butler Bass, Diana. Christianity for the Rest of Us: How the Neighborhood Church Is Transforming the Faith. San Francisco CA: HarperOne, 2007.
  • Foster, Richard. Celebration of Spiritual Discipline. London: Hodder and Stougton, 1989.
  • Heinrich, Arnold, J. Discipleship. Rifton, NY: Plough Publishing House, 2011.
  • Kinast, Robert L. Let Ministry Teach: A Guide to Theological Reflection. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1996.
  • McGrath, A. The Passionate Intellect: Christian Faith and the Discipleship of the Mind. Downers Grove, Illinois: IVP, 2010.
  • Osmer, R.R. Practical Theology: An 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 (%)
Case Study

One 750 word case study

750 25.0

Five 200 word personal reflections

1000 30.0
Community Project

Develop a practical response drawing on a theological process to a current contextual issue.

1500 45.0

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

Unit record last updated: 2021-09-22 20:56:42 +1000