This is a Supervised Theological Field Education (STFE) unit in which learning is achieved through deep engagement in approved ministry placements. This is a double unit completed over two semesters where students will reflect on experiences they have in ministry and seek to understand them in their social, psychological, cultural and theological meanings. A variety of theological models of reflection will be introduced to help synthesise theological learning and placement practice, enabling holistic development. Communally as well as individually, students will consider how scripture, tradition, culture and experience coalesce in their own experiences of ministry and leadership formation. Professional ministry standards including the safeguarding of children and vulnerable people underpin this unit. STFE is predominantly delivered in non-classroom based settings.

Unit code: DP3121B

Unit status: Approved (Minor revision)

Points: 36.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Proposing College: Eva Burrows College

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Learning outcomes


Identify and examine key issues raised from ministry experiences through the presentation of case studies.


Reflect theologically on ministry practice and ministry context using models of theological reflection.


Outline the benefits of, and barriers to, accountability and self-evaluation in ministry and leadership.


Critique the core aspects of their emerging operational theology.


Demonstrate how an integrated understanding of child safeguarding and professional ministry standards helps mitigate risk for individiuals and institutions.

Unit sequence

UD Code of Conduct and Safeguarding module Prerequisites: 36 points from Field B and/ or Field C and 18 points from any Field (excluding practicum units)


Learning is achieved through action-reflection on assigned placements, as well as individual and group supervision.

264 engagement hours is made up of 192 hours placement, 12 hours individual supervision, 36 hours peer group/placement review and feedback, and 24 hours planning/prep/classroom.

Indicative Bibliography

Blodgett, Barbara J. and Floding, Matthew (eds). Brimming with God: Reflecting Theologically on Cases in Ministry. Oregon: Pickwick, 2015.

Graham, Elaine. Heather Walton and Frances Ward. Theological Reflection: Methods. London: SCM Press, 2019.*

Kinast, Robert L. What are they saying about Theological Reflection? Mahwah: Paulist Press, 2000.

Kincaid, William B. Finding Voice: How Theological Field Education Shapes Pastoral Identity. Eugene: Wipf & Stock, 2012.*

O’Neill(ed) and Shercliff Liz. Straw for the Bricks: Theological Reflection in Practice. London: SCM Press, 2018.*

Parkinson, Patrick. Child Sexual Abuse and The Churches: Understanding the Issues. Sydney: Openbook, 2003.

Paver, John E. Theological Reflection and Education for Ministry. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006.

Thompson, Judith with Pattison, Stephen and Thompson, Ross. SCM Study Guide: Theological Reflection. London: SCM Press, 2008.

Whetham, Paul and Libby. Hard to Be Holy: From Church Crisis to Community Opportunity. Adelaide: Soul Food Café 2020.

Whitehead James D. and Evelyn E. Method in Ministry: Theological Reflection and Christian Ministry. Oxford: Sheed & Ward, 1995.

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Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Case Study - Case Study 1 1500 15.0
Case Study - Case Study 2 1500 15.0
Essay - Essay 1 1500 15.0
Case Study - Case Study 3 1500 15.0
Essay - Essay 2 2000 20.0
Essay - Reflective Essay 2000 20.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 31 Aug, 2022

Unit record last updated: 2022-08-31 13:21:19 +1000