This unit presents a view of adult spiritual development which integrates psychological and theological understandings of Christian maturational processes. It offers insights on the masculine and feminine aspects of growth through early, middle and late adulthood. Changing spiritual emphases in each stage will be discussed. Students examine pastoral and educational styles and approaches that are appropriate for the different needs and capacities of people moving through the major life phases, and transitional periods. Through engagement with both classical and aesthetic sources, the unit invites participants to reflect on aspects of their own spiritual development and on ways of being more responsive to the changing needs and circumstances of those to whom they minister. Participants are encouraged to work with some of their own spiritual classics during the unit.

Unit Code: DP3005P

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Articulate an understanding of educational implications for the interdisciplinary aspects of adult spiritual development


Evaluate different pastoral approaches to people in their changing life phases, and transitional periods in their faith journey


Apply classical and contemporary resources to communicate aspects of spiritual development

Unit sequence

15 points in Biblical Studies and 15 points in Systematic Theology


Lectures, discussions, tutorials


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

5000 word essay

5000 100.0

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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-06-14 14:35:59 +1000