The unit equips students with the essential practical skills that enable them more efficiently to carry out the daily tasks of their pastoral ministry. Topics covered include: pastoral self-care; developing a devotional life; setting goals; time management; mentoring; being a member of a team; administration; conflict resolution.

Unit code: DP1018L

Unit status: Approved (Major 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 the theological basis for attending to daily, practical matters of their ministry


Utilise case-study and/or journaling methodologies in the practice of ministry


Integrate their learning about practical skills for ministry into their personal practice


Find the necessary resources to meet daily practical needs as these arise

Unit sequence

Although not essential, it is preferable that students undertake this unit after they have completed Pastoral People 1.


This unit provides students with the opportunity to engage with online learning materials, audio, video, PowerPoint and regular discussions with the lecturer. The use of reflective journaling and the compilation of a project portfolio are consistent with an approach that requires a commitment to learning from experience and evidence – the linking of past knowledge and experience to new knowledge

Indicative Bibliography

  • Brazo, Carol Jo. Divine secrets of mentoring: spiritual growth through friendship. Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press. 2004.
  • Briggs, J. R. Fail: finding hope and grace in the midst of ministry failure. Amazon Digital Services. IVP Books. 2014.
  • Cladis, George. Leading the team-based church. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. 1999.
  • Harbaugh, Gary L. Caring for the caregiver: growth models for professional leaders and congregations. Washington, DC: Alban Institute. 1992.
  • Jones, Kirk Byron. Self-care strategies for clergy and other caregivers. Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press. 2001.
  • Lehr, J. Fred. Clergy burnout: recovering from the 70-hour work week … and other self-defeating practices. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress. 2006.
  • Melander, Rochelle, and Harold Eppley. The spiritual leader’s guide to self-care. Bethesda, MD: Alban Institute. 2002
  • Osborne, Larry. Sticky teams: keeping your leadership team and staff on the same page. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2010.
  • Oswald, Roy M. Clergy self care: finding a balance for effective ministry. Washington, DC: Alban Institute. 1995.
  • Ramey, Robert H. Thriving in ministry. St Louis, MO: Chalice. 2000.
  • Sande, Ken. The peacemaker: a biblical guide to resolving personal conflict. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books. 2004.
  • Simon, Henry A. Mentoring: a tool for ministry. St Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House. 2001.
  • Torrance, James B. Worship, community, and the triune God of grace. Carlisle, UK: Paternoster. 1996

IT learning resources and associated requirements

John Mark Ministries at National Church Life Survey at The Alban Institute at


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Summative Reflection

400 10.0
Project Report or Project Journal

Project 2400 words equivalent

2400 60.0


1200 30.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2019

Unit record last updated: 2021-06-07 08:43:51 +1000