This unit offers students an introduction to Christian pastoral care from the perspective of the lay and/or volunteer pastoral carer, covering the theological dimensions integrated with a practical CARE model of basic pastoral care, consisting of the four elements of: connect; actively listen; respond; and encourage.

Unit code: DP1008L

Unit status: Approved (Minor revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Proposing College: Australian Lutheran College

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Learning outcomes


Articulate an informed understanding of pastoral care


Explore and develop aspects and understandings of pastoral care based on personal experience and reflection, utilising case-study and/or journaling methodologies


Show an awareness of and apply basic skills in pastoral care, using the CARE model

Unit sequence

Course relationship: A level 1 unit in undergraduate theology and ministry courses


This unit is underpinned by teaching practices and strategies (e.g. engagement with online learning materials, which may include audio/video, tasks, forums, and asynchronous discussion with lecturer; discussion with the student’s local mentor) which encourage student engagement and participation in a variety of learning tasks and opportunities which foster deep learning.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Egan, Gerard. The skilled helper: a problem-management and opportunity-development approach to helping. 9th ed. Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole, 2010.
  • Geldard, David. Basic personal counselling: a training manual for counsellors. 6th ed. Frenchs Forest, NSW: Pearson Education Australia, 2009.
  • Haugk, Kenneth. Christian caregiving: a way of life. Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg, 1984.
  • Ludwig, David J. The missing ingredient: the spiritual dimension in counseling. Adelaide, SA: Openbook, 1998.
  • Lutheran Church of Australia. Commission on Worship. Rites and resources for pastoral care. Edited by David A. Schubert. Adelaide, SA: Openbook, 1998.
  • Nelson-Jones, Richard. Basic counselling skills: a helper’s manual. 3rd ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2011.
  • Patton, John. Pastoral care: an essential guide. Nashville, TN: Abingdon, 2005.
  • Pelling, Nadine, Randolph Bowers, and Philip Armstrong. The practice of counseling. South Melbourne, VIC: Thomson Learning, 2007.
  • Ross, Alistair. Counselling skills for church and faith community workers. Philadelphia, PA: Open University Press, 2003.
  • Sims, Sally. Together through the storm: a practical guide to Christian care. Sydney: Matthias Media, 2016.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Report on theological basis of pastoral care

700 20.0

Case studies using the CARE model

3300 80.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 20 Jul, 2022

Unit record last updated: 2022-07-20 13:59:22 +1000