This unit is designed to contribute to the formation of participants for the diaconal ministry of the church by exploring the theology and practice of diaconal ministry with special reference to the Uniting Church in Australia. Participants will be provided with information and resources on different dimensions of diaconal ministry; be encouraged to develop relevant skills and an appropriate spirituality; gain opportunities for personal and theological reflection and development; and encouraged to develop their own theoretical and practical framework for diaconal ministry.

Unit Code: DP2100P

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit Discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Identify key biblical and theological resources for an understanding of the practice of diaconal ministry


Connect their knowledge of the history and understanding of diaconal ministry within and beyond the Uniting Church to their own ministry identity and practice.


Identify the connections between prior theological studies and their ongoing ministry and life experiences through theological reflection.


Contribute towards an ongoing diaconal community of practice.

Unit sequence

1 year or equivalent of theological study at undergraduate level or above. Enrolment is only permitted on the basis of prior approval of the unit lecturer.


Site visits, lectures, workshops


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Critical reflection journal based on class participation (1000 words)

1000 20.0
Book Review

Book review (1000 words)

1000 20.0

Integrative Essay (2500 words)

2500 60.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2016

Unit Record last updated: 2019-06-13 13:41:15 +1000