This unit is designed to help participants develop and explore their theological and practical frameworks for local church leadership. Students will use biblical metaphors to explore how these can guide and inform one’s ministry and mission in modern Australia. Students will be introduced to the dynamics and possibilities of mission shaped transformation processes in the various social and cultural contexts. These will be examined in the light of the diverse nature of Australian churches. Topics will include models of ministry leadership and church community life, strategies for congregational missional renewal, change and conflict management, motivation and empowerment of leaders, spiritual and ethical practices for church and ministry life.

Unit Code: DP2008S

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit Discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Stirling Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Articulate their theology of ministry and local church life, including the metaphors that shape the student’s theology and practice


Articulate a process for introducing and managing sustained transformation within a local church community.


Demonstrate a basic awareness of roles, accountabilities and relationships that exist between ministers and congregations.


Reflect on the experience of others and draw insights that relate to their own situation and practice of ministry.

Unit sequence

At least 36 points in Fields B or C and 18 points in Field D. This unit explores the strategies for and the theology behind the development of mission shaped local church communities and the leadership skills needed by ministers and leaders


A combination of lectures, workshops on themes led by students, and conversations with guests who are engaged in congregational transformation projects.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

1,000 word reading journal

1000 25.0

1,000 word reflection paper

1000 25.0
Project Report or Project Journal

2,000 word project report

2000 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 30 Oct, 2018

Unit Record last updated: 2019-06-12 15:55:44 +1000