This is a Supervised Theological Field Unit and 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. Professional ministry standards including safeguarding underpin this unit. Of 132 engagement hours: 96 placement, 24 reflection, integration, 12 personal supervision

Unit code: DP2164S

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Proposing College: Stirling College

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Learning outcomes


Demonstrate an integrated understanding of Child Safeguarding and Professional Ministry Standards.


Demonstrate competencies in leadership and ministry practice in the field placement context.


Theologically reflect on ministry practice and ministry context using case study methodology


Reflect critically on the contribution of the field placement to her/his spiritual and personal development, and vocational identity.

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 are required to be engaged in a field placement, approved by the Director of Field Education, for a minimum of sixteen hours per week for at least 16 weeks.

Prior to commencing their placement students will have completed a Learning Module about the University’s Code of Conduct as well as additional learning about Safeguarding, including safeguarding processes particular to their denomination.


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.

Indicative Bibliography

Brown, Judy, A Leaders Guide to Reflective Practice, Bloomington, IN: Trafford Publishing, 2008. (Reserve)

Burns, B, Chapman, T & Guthrie, D, Resilient Ministry: What Pastors Told Us about Surviving and Thriving, Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 2013.

Cameron, Helen, Reader, John, Slater and Rowland, Chris, Theological Reflection for Human Flourishing: Pastoral Practice and Public Theology, London: SCM Press, 2012. (Reserve)

Floding, M (Ed), A Theological Field Education Toolkit, Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2017. (Reserve)

Floding, M (Ed), Welcome to Theological Field Education. Herndon, VA: The Alban Institute, 2011.

Kinast, R L Making faith-sense: Theological Reflection in everyday life. Collegeville, Minnesota: The Liturgical Press, 1999.

O’Neill, Gary (ed) Straw for the Bricks. Theological Reflection in Practice, London: SCM Press, 2018. (Reserve)

Palmer, Parker J Let your life speak: Listening to the voice of Vocation. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2000.

Pattison, S. The challenge of practical theology: Selected essays, London: Jessica Kingsley, 2007.

Paver, John E Theological Reflection and education for ministry: The search for integration in theology. Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing, 2006.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Case Study - Case Study 750 15.0
Case Study - Case Study 750 15.0
Essay - Integrative essay 1200 40.0
Journal - Placement Journal 1000 15.0
Personal & Professional Evaluation - Evaluation protocols, effective engagement and reflection with supervisors 800 15.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 8 Oct, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2021-06-07 08:43:49 +1000