This unit explores the theological nature of pastoral care and the relationship between theology and pastoral skills. It aims to help students develop a reflective basis for pastoral practice that is grounded in Christian theology and Biblical studies. Consideration will be given to the uniqueness of ‘pastoral’ care, to some of the challenging questions raised in situations of crisis, and to the appropriate use of prayer and Scripture in pastoral situations. Scope will be given for students to explore a range of contextual issues and questions in pastoral ministry.

Unit Code: DP2509P

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit Discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate an understanding of the biblical and theological foundations of pastoral care.


Articulate the integrative connections between theology and pastoral practice


Demonstrate an ability to integrate theology and skills in their own pastoral practice.

Unit sequence

15pts in each of Biblical Studies and Theology


Engagement in online materials, tasks and tutorial discussion


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Oral Presentation

15 minute class presentation about how the integration of theology and ministry skills was approached by a student in a particular context (1000 words equivalent)

1000 30.0

Essay of 1500 words based on the class presentation

1500 30.0

Reflective paper (2000 words) which sets out the student’s understanding of pastoral

2000 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2014

Unit Record last updated: 2019-06-14 09:07:11 +1000