This unit is divided into two main sections. Firstly, it will discuss a theoretical analysis of priesthood, ministry and pastoral care in the Orthodox tradition and contemporary life. Secondly, the unit will also study practical applications of the Church’s vision and experience to issues of priestly and pastoral life and service in the Church today. The unit will examine questions such as: How does the unique priesthood of Christ relate to the priesthood of all Church members and to the specific priesthood of the presbyter/bishop? How do we understand the Church to be both hierarchical and conciliar? How are we to understand the role of women?

Unit Code: DP2509A

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit Discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: St Athanasius College

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Learning Outcomes


Explain the relationship between the diaconate, presbytery and the episcopate and their interaction in the practical functioning of a diocese


Reflect on the pastoral role of the priest in the local parish and with the diocese and how to harmonise their competing roles and responsibilities


Evaluate the role of women in a local parish of the Orthodox Church


Appraise a parish’s or diocese’s goals for mission.


Describe the inter-relationship between the growth, development, administration, community participation and philanthropy of a parish.


Weekly presentations and class discussions


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Essay 1 (2000 words)

2000 40.0

Essay 2 (2500 words)

2500 60.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 31 Dec, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-06-14 08:57:22 +1000