This unit explores theologies of ministry and ordination in the Uniting Church in Australia, setting these in ecumenical and historical contexts, and relating them to tasks and practices enjoined on those ordained. Firmly contextualizing ordained ministries—deacon and minister of the word—within in the worship, witness and service that the UCA envisions for all its members, it emphasises the representative and collaborative nature of all ministry. The unit encourages skills in reading and interpreting the confessional foundational documents of the church and the debates they represent, encouraging and embodying their concerns in Christian assembly, and grasping the particular responsibilities of ordained ministries within Christian assembly in UCA contexts and the collective, varied, dispersed witness of all the church’s members, formed by the vision and shaped by the values of the UCA. To this end, the unit involves elements of practicum.

Unit code: DP1020P

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Identify key aspects of theologies of ministry in the UCA’s foundational documents, with reference to specific documents


Articulate the particular responsibilities of ordained ministers, according to the foundational documents


Relate the theologies of ministry in the UCA’s foundational documents to the ceremonial scenes of Christian assembly

Unit sequence

No prerequisite or co-requisite units


Input, peer-groups, guided reading, reflection, research, practicum

Indicative Bibliography

  1. Bos, R. and G. Thompson, eds, Theology for Pilgrims. Sydney: UC Press, 2008.

  2. Dutney, A. Angels in this Wilderness. Adelaide: MediaCom, 2020.

  3. Emilsen, W. ed., An Informed Faith. Melbourne: Mosiac, 2014.

  4. Thompson, G. Disturbing Much, Disturbing Many. Melbourne: UAP, 2016.

  5. Thompson, G. In His Own Strange Way. Adelaide: MediaCom, 2019.

  6. UCA, Uniting in Worship 2 (Sydney: UC Press, 2005)

  7. Walker, C. ed. Building on the Basis. Sydney: Assembly of the UCA, 2012.*

  8. WCC. Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry. Geneva: WCC, 1981.

  9. Theology for Pilgrims and Building on the Basis collect UCA documents.

  10. Other documents will also be used, such as The Manual for Meetings.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Essay - Essay on foundational documents

Essay on foundational documents (1500 words)

1500 40.0
Journal - Photography and Video Journal

Photography and video journal (1000-word equivalent)

1000 20.0
Essay - Biographical Theology

Essay (biographical theology engaged with prescribed resources) (1500 words)

1500 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 17 Sep, 2021

Unit record last updated: 2021-09-17 16:19:43 +1000