This Supervised Theological Field Education unit focuses especially on administration and leadership in a ministry context. The student is supervised by the Workplace Director and works with ministry leaders to develop competencies and team approaches to administration and leadership. The unit includes an introduction to a variety of administrative tasks and leadership practices. Professional ministry standards including safeguarding underpin this unit.

Unit code: DP3025L

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 administration and leadership


Demonstrate competencies in administration and leadership in a ministry context


Reflect theologically and pastorally on the nature and purpose of administration and leadership in a ministry context


Reflect critically on the basis of further reading the contribution of the field placement to spiritual and personal development, skills in administration, and awareness of personal approaches to leadership and readiness for vocation


Document evidence of learning about administration, leadership, and self-awareness that has resulted from the field placement

Unit sequence

Course relationship: A Supervised Theological Field Education (SFTE) unit in both the Bachelor of Theology and Bachelor of Ministry

This unit is normally offered only to LCA pastoral candidates who fulfil a vocational requirement

Prerequisites: 36 points in the discipline of Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies (DP) | 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

  • Bacher, Robert N., and Michael L. Cooper-White. Church administration: programs, process, purpose. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 2007.
  • Berntsen, John A. Cross-shaped leadership: on the rough and tumble of parish practice. Herndon, VA: The Alban Institute, 2008.
  • Branson, Mark Lau. Memories, hopes, and conversations: appreciative inquiry, missional engagement, and congregational change. 2nd ed. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2016.
  • Branson, Mark Lau, and Juan Francisco Martínez. Churches, cultures and leadership : a practical theology of congregations and ethnicities. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2011.
  • Carroll, Jackson W. God’s potters: pastoral leadership and the shaping of congregations. Cambridge: Wm B Eerdmans, 2006.
  • Foss, Michael W. Reviving the congregation: pastoral leadership in a changing context. Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Fortress Publishers, 2014.
  • Reeves, Kenneth. The whole church : congregational leadership guided by systems theory. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2019.
  • Rouse, Rick. Beyond church walls: cultivating a culture of care. Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers, 2016. Accessed May 17, 2020.
  • Roxburgh, Alan J. Joining God, remaking church, changing the world: the new shape of the church in our time. New York: Church Publishing Inc., 2015.
  • Steinke, Peter L. Healthy congregations: a systems approach. 2nd ed. Herndon, VA: Alban Institute, 2006.


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

Part A: Project planning phase

1000 20.0

A record of experiences that contributed to the planned project, including at least three written reflections on aspects of the project in light of assigned readings

1500 30.0
Project Report or Project Journal

Part B: Submission of completed project report

2500 50.0

A record of placement work including specific reflection on Child Safe Guarding and Professional Ministry Standards in the context of administration and leadership


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

Unit record last updated: 2021-06-07 08:43:48 +1000