Designed for students whose first language is not English, this unit provides an introduction to aspects of pastoral leadership. Students will learn the principles and practice of leadership and pastoral care in a church community. Selected forms of traditional and contemporary worship and liturgy will be discussed.

Unit code: DP0729W

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


Articulate key principles and practical issues of pastoral leadership in a church community.


Prepare and evaluate a Bible study or learning resource on a given topic or theme.


Describe different forms of worship in a church.

Unit sequence

No pre-requisite units


Lectures Class discussion and/or online tutorial forums

Indicative Bibliography

  • Alcántara, Jared E. The Practices of Christian Preaching: Essentials for Effective Proclamation. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2019.
  • Carrell, Lori J. Preaching that Matters: Reflective Practices for Transforming Sermons. Herndon, VA: Alban Institute, 2008.
  • Chu, Michael. Cultural Intelligence, Pastoral Leadership, and the Chinese Church. Macquarie Park, NSW, Australia: Morling Press, 2019.
  • Drury, Keith. The Wonder of Worship: Why We Worship the Way We Do. Indianapolis, IN: Wesleyan, 2002.
  • Gombis, Timothy G. Power in Weakness: Paul’s Transformed Vision for Ministry. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2021.
  • Lartey, Emmanuel Y. Pastoral Theology in an Intercultural World. Peterworth, UK: Epworth, 2007.
  • Pohl, Christine D. Living into Community: Cultivating Practices That Sustain Us. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2011.
  • Riches, Tanya, and Tom Wagner, eds. The Hillsong Movement Examined. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.
  • Root, Andrew. The Relational Pastor: Sharing in Christ by Sharing Ourselves. Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2013.
  • Whipp, Margaret. SCM Study Guide to Pastoral Theology. London, UK: SCM Press, 2013.
  • Taylor, Steve.  Built For Change: A Practical Theology Of Innovation and Collaboration In Leadership. Unley, SA, Australia: Mediacom, 2016.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Multiple Choice Quizzes or Tests

Multiple Choice Quizzes or Tests

750 25.0
Learning Resource

Learning resource

750 25.0


750 25.0
Tutorial Paper/Seminar Paper

Tutorial paper

750 25.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 13 Oct, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2020-10-13 15:05:28 +1100