This Supervised Theological Field Education unit focuses especially on developing the basic skills needed for leading public worship using the resources of the Lutheran Church of Australia. The student is given the opportunity to become familiar with what is involved in preparing and co-ordinating public worship, leading orders of worship in the context of congregational life in the Lutheran Church of Australia and the contextual issues involved in the enactment of the rites of baptism, confirmation, marriage and funeral in the ministry context. Professional ministry standards including safeguarding underpin this unit.

Unit code: DP3022L

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Delivery Mode: Practicum

Proposing College: Australian Lutheran College

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Learning outcomes


Demonstrate an integrated understanding of Child Safeguarding and Professional Ministry Standards as they apply in the context of the preparation and leadership of worship


Demonstrate competencies in the preparation and leading of public worship


Reflect theologically and pastorally on the responsibilities associated with the enactment of the church’s rites (baptism, confirmation, marriage, and funeral)


Reflect critically on the contribution of the field placement to spiritual and personal development, and readiness for vocation


Document evidence of learning about leading worship and enacting church rites, and self-awareness that has resulted from the field placement

Unit sequence

Course relationship: A Supervised Theological Field Education (STFE) unit in both the Bachelor of Theology and Bachelor of Ministry; normally offered only to LCA pastoral candidates.

Prerequisites: 36 points in the discipline of Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies (DP)—normally DP3003L Parish Ministry and DP3012L Liturgics, or equivalent | Prior to commencement of placement, completion of learning module on the University code of conduct as well as safeguarding processes required by the LCA


This STFE learning is informed by relevant literature, Workplace Director observation and mentoring, and student reflective integrative responses.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Best, Thomas F., ed. Baptism today: understanding, practice, ecumenical implications. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2008.
  • Bonhoeffer, Dietrich. Spiritual care. Translated by Jay C. Rochelle. Philadelphia, PA: Fortress Press, 1985.
  • Day, Juliette, and Benjamin Gordon-Taylor, eds. The study of liturgy and worship: an Alcuin guide. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2013.
  • Earey, Mark. Worship that cares: an introduction to pastoral liturgy. London, UK: SCM Press, 2012.
  • Lutheran Church of Australia. Lutheran hymnal with supplement. Adelaide, SA: Lutheran Publishing House, 1989.
  • Lutheran Church of Australia. Commission on Worship. Church rites. Edited by David A. Schubert. Adelaide, SA: Openbook Publishers, 1994.
  • ————. LCA worship resources. Accessed 14 July 2020.
  • ————. Rites and resources for pastoral care. Edited by David A. Schubert. Adelaide, SA: Openbook Publishers, 1998.
  • Maschke, Timothy. Gathered guests: a guide to worship in the Lutheran Church. 2nd ed. St Louis, MO: Concordia, 2009.
  • Precht, Fred, ed. Lutheran worship: history and practice. St Louis, MO: Concordia, 1993.
  • Warneck, Richard H. Pastoral ministry: theology and practice. St Louis, MO: Concordia, 2018.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Project Report or Project Journal

A plan for leading worship

1000 20.0
Skill Demonstration

Demonstrate the use of LCA worship resources in preparation for leading worship

1000 20.0
Skill Demonstration

Lead worship demonstrating the ability to work their plan

1000 20.0
Workplace evaluation

Workplace integrative response and evaluation in the form of regular debriefs

2000 40.0

A record of placement placement including specific reflection on Child Safeguarding and Professional Ministry Standards in the context of worship and pastoral acts


Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 5 Oct, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2021-06-07 08:43:51 +1000