This unit builds competence and soul in the integration of ministry practice by developing skilled and reflective ministry practitioners.The course will provide theoretical frameworks and tools, so as to facilitate considered reflection via key learning moments and peer reflection. Each year a pertinent theme for ministry and mission will be chosen.The Unit Coordinator and guest lecturers will present a range of perspectives from a breadth of knowledge and ministry experience. The nominated theme could include engagement with the common lectionary, a contemporary topic or a field case study. A set of readings will be offered that will be specific to the topic. Students will be expected to read widely and be prepared to converse in class around their integrations of thought and praxis, employing nominated Methods of Theological Reflection.

Unit code: DP2742Z

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Proposing College: Uniting College for Leadership and Theology

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Learning outcomes


Articulate and use a contextual theoretical framework for theological reflection


Establish connections between ministry praxis and its associated disciplines


Reflect critically on ministry practice in contemporary environments


Integrate emerging understandings of complex ecclesiastical and social ministry contexts

Unit sequence

A Level 2 unit in undergraduate theology and ministry awards


UCLT uses primary and secondary sources considered through different lenses to identify and explore both the challenges and applicability of the unit material for the sake of credible Christian ministry within the contemporary world. Students are engaged in a range of comparative, analytical and reflective practices to identify the original meanings of the text in their contexts and to interpret them hermeneutically.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Bass, Dorothy C., & Dykstra, C. Editors. For Life Abundant: Practical Theology, Theological Education and Christian Ministry. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2008.
  • Bonhoeffer, Dietrich. Life Together. Trans. Daniel Bloesch & James Burtness. Minneapolis, WI: Fortress Press, 2005.
  • Brown, Jeannine K., Dahl, Carla M. & Reuschling, Wyndy Corbin. Becoming Whole and Holy: An Integrative Conversation about Christian Formation. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2011.
  • Casey, Michael. Grace: On the Journey to God. Brewster, MA: Paraclete Press, 2018.
  • Champion, Denise. Anaditj. Ed. Rosemary Dewerse. Port Augusta, SA: Denise Champion, 2021.
  • Graham, Elaine, Heather Walton and Frances Ward. Theological Reflection. Methods. London: SCM, 2005.
  • Heywood, David. Kingdom Learning: Experiential and Reflective Approaches to Christian Formation. London: SCM Press, 2017. Heath, Elaine. *The Mystic Way of Evangelism. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2017.
  • Killen, Patricia O’Connell & de Beer, John. The Art of Theological Reflection. New York, Crossroads, 1994.
  • Root, Andrew. The Congregation in a Secular Age: Keeping Sacred Time Against the Speed of Modern Life. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2021.
  • Sinclair, Amanda. Leadership for the Disillusioned: Moving Beyond Myths and Heroes to Leading that Liberates. Crows Nest, NSW: Allen & Unwin, 2007.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Personal Reflection

2 short guided reflections

500 10.0
Summative Reflection

Responses to various components of the course work

1500 40.0

Use a theological reflection framework to reflect on a ministry case study

2500 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 20 Oct, 2022

Unit record last updated: 2022-10-27 18:42:02 +1100