This is a Supervised Theological Field Education Unit. STFE provides a framework for reflection, action, and the integration of learning with pastoral practice. It takes a specific context of ministry and focuses on how the application of skills gained and concepts explored during theological studies are now being applied and critiqued. Students are required to engage in a pastoral placement, approved by the Director of Field Education after a formal interview, for a minimum of twelve hours per week for two semesters.

Unit code: DP3069W

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning outcomes


Assess the application of ministry learning and personal development a goals as demonstration of intentionality in ministry.


Critique core aspects of their operational theology, identifying the sources and experiences that formed their theological framework.


Constructively critique feedback on ministry practice from members of a congregation or agency, peers and supervisor.


Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical standards and processes involved in pastoral practice, identifying safeguarding approaches to leadership and care.


Articulate personal theological understandings and integrate their insights into their ministry practice.


Integrate an understanding of Child Safeguarding and Professional Ministry Standards into professional practice.

Unit sequence

This unit requires at least one unit in each of Field B, C & D. The unit should be taken toward the end of an undergraduate award, seeking to integrate theological learnings with practice.
Prerequisite: DP3067W
Prohibited combination: XP3069W


This unit draws upon the learning gained from practical ministry contexts. Students need to have a work placement in an authorized context. The unit involves face-to-face or synchronized online media peer group sessions, workplace/congregational feedback groups, supervisory sessions with an accredited pastoral supervisor (other than their workplace director).

Indicative Bibliography

  • Burns, Bob, Tasha Chapman & Donald Guthrie. Resilient Ministry: What pastors told us about surviving and thriving. Dowers Grove, Il: IVP, 2013.
  • Cameron, Heather, John Reader, Victoria Slater, & Christopher Rowland. Theological Reflection for Human Flourishing. London: SCM, 2012.
  • Floding, M. Welcome to Theological Field Education. Herndon, Virginia: Alban, 2011.
  • Graham, E., H. Walton, and F. Ward. Theological reflection: Methods. London: SCM Press, 2005.
  • Kinast, R. L. Making faith-sense: Theological reflection in everyday life. Collegeville, Minnesota: The Liturgical Press, 1999.
  • Marcuson, M. Leaders Who Last. New York: Seabury Books, 2009.
  • Stone, H. W., and J. O. Duke. How to think theologically. 2nd ed. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2006.
  • Swetland, K. L. Facing messy stuff in the church: Case studies for pastors and congregations. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Kregel, 2005.
  • Thompson, J., S. Pattison, and R. Thompson. SCM Study Guide to Theological Reflection. London: SCM Press, 2008.
  • Ward, F. Lifelong Learning: Theological Education and Supervision. London: SCM Press, 2005.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Case Study

Written Assessment
(Case study x 2)

2000 30.0


500 10.0
Personal and Professional Evaluation

Practical Assessment (workplace evaluation & personal & Professional evaluation)

500 10.0


2000 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 9 Oct, 2020

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