This unit will present case studies from a variety of ministry placement settings in which students are engaged. Through experiential methodology students will identify issues, explore a variety of responses, and engage in critical reflection on the theological and pastoral dimensions of each case. A variety of congregational and pastoral issues will be explored, e.g. leadership for change, addressing conflict, self-care, family issues, sexuality, power dynamics, boundaries, interfaith dialogue, advocacy and mission.

Unit Code: DP2060S

Points: 36.0

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


Identify and illustrate the complexities of presenting cases in their ministries


Demonstrate the use of case study methodology in theological reflection and pastoral response


Critically evaluate a range of personal and institutional issues in ministry formation and practice


Theologically, pastorally and personally reflect on a pastoral response to selected case studies

Unit sequence

Students should normally have completed two years of full time theological studies or equivalent (including Foundational Studies in BH, BN, CT and Field D). It is also a prerequisite that students have completed 30 points in Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies.

Students are required to be engaged in a pastoral placement, approved by the Director of Field Education, for a minimum of sixteen hours per week for at least 35 weeks.


Classroom lectures and case studies. Students are required to engage with a number of supervision protocols and evaluation tasks outside of class. These protocols and tasks provide a framework for reflection, input and learning in ministry which is the focus of this unit. Meetings with a supervisor and peers also provide fora for theological reflection on ministry.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Case Study

4 x 1000 word case studies

4000 50.0

1000 word essay

1000 15.0

1000 word essay

1000 15.0

Completion of evaluation protocols, effective engagement and reflection with supervisors (equivalent 3000 words)

3000 20.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 31 Dec, 2015

Unit Record last updated: 2019-06-13 12:25:14 +1000