This unit will provide a framework for reflection, input and learning in leadership and ministry. It takes a specific context 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 and peer reflection. A variety of relevant topics will be explored such as: Active and contemplative styles of ministry and reflection, the nature and cost of leadership and ministry, life-long learning and formation, finding voice – personal reflective capacities and culturally engaged theological reflection.

Unit Code: DP2164S

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


Identify and illustrate the complexities of presenting cases in their ministries


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


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 36 points in Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies. Students who enrol in this unit must enrol in Part A (DP2/3164S) in first semester and Part B (DP2/3264S) in second semester. Students who have successfully completed DP2/3160S Exploring Ministry through Case Studies, must enrol at Third Level (DP3164S). 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 16 weeks.


Lecture input 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 a context for theological reflection on ministry.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

1500 word essay

14500 40.0

Completion of evaluation protocols, effective engagement and reflection with supervisors (equivalent 1000 words)

1000 20.0
Case Study

1000 word case study

1000 20.0
Case Study

1000 word case study

1000 20.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 31 Dec, 2018

Unit Record last updated: 2019-06-13 15:14:04 +1000