This unit will provide a framework for reflection, input and learning in ministry. It takes a specific context of ministry and focuses on how theology, scripture, faith and identity impact on a student’s formation for ministry and leadership. Students will engage in critical reflection through case study presentations. A variety of theological and formational issues will be explored, e.g. active / contemplative modes of reflection, nature and cost of leadership, life-long learning and culturally engaged theological reflection.

Unit Code: DP2064S

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 cultural issues that shape formation and practice


Theologically, pastorally and personally reflect on the benefits of accountability, supervision and self-evaluation in ministry and leadership

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 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 28 Jul, 2016

Unit Record last updated: 2019-06-13 12:32:20 +1000