This is a Supervised Theological Field Education unit that introduces students to an action-reflection model of learning in the context of a ministry placement. Students will reflect on their engagement in a range of experiences to learn more about the skills and competencies required for ministry, and to discover individual core values and vocational identity. Professional ministry standards including the safeguarding of children and vulnerable people underpin this unit. This unit is predominantly delivered in non-classroom based settings.

Unit code: DP2147B

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Proposing College: Eva Burrows College

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Learning outcomes


Demonstrate the ability to reflect on ministry practice and ministry context.


Develop, work towards and evaluate achievement of goals for ministry practice, set within a ministry context.


Evaluate core values and personal attributes that help form and inform vocational identity.


Critically explore the benefits of individual supervision.


Demonstrate an integrated understanding of child safeguarding and professional ministry standards.

Unit sequence

UD Code of Conduct, Safeguarding Module and Prerequiste units: 18 points Field B, 18 points Field C


Learning is achieved through action-reflection on assigned placement experiences and observations, as well as individual supervision.

132 engagement hours is made up of 96 hours placement, 6 hours individual supervision, 18 hours placement review and peer feedback, and 12 hours planning/prep/classroom.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Carroll, Michael and Maria C. Gilbert. On Being a Supervisee: Creating Learning Partnerships. 2nd Edition. Melbourne: Psychoz Publications, 2011.
  • Floding, Matthew. Welcome to Theological Field Education. Alban Press. Virginia, 2011.
  • Kincaid, William B. Finding Voice: How Theological Field Education Shapes Pastoral Identity. Eugene, Oregon: Wipf & Stock, 2012.*
  • Lindsay, Rae. Recognising Spirituality: The Interface Between Faith and Social Work. Crawley: University of Western Australia Press, 2002.
  • Palmer, Parker J. Let your life speak: Listening to the voice of Vocation. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2000.*
  • Rees, Frank. ed. Fair Dinkum Ministry: Stories of Authentic Australian Spirituality and Struggle. Richmond (Victoria): Spectrum Publications, 1999.
  • Street, Robert. Called to be God’s People. London: Salvation Books, 2008.
  • Thompson, Judith with Pattison, Stephen and Thompson, Ross. SCM Study Guide: Theological Reflection. London: SCM Press, 2008.
  • Whetham, Paul and Libby. Hard to Be Holy: From Church Crisis to Community Opportunity. Adelaide: Soul Food Café 2020.
  • Winseman, Albert L. Clifton Donald O. and Liesveld, Curt. Living Your Strengths. New York: Gallup Press, 2016. *Available as ebook


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Report - Learning agreement and achievement report 1500 33.3
Case Study - Case Study 1500 33.3
Essay - Integrative Essay 1500 33.4

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 16 Sep, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2020-09-16 10:26:53 +1000