The unit is a pastoral theology unit which gives students an opportunity to reflect on the nature of the pastoral ministry especially as it is understood in the Lutheran Church of Australia. It focuses on the pastoral ministry involved at key times of people’s lives such as birth, marriage and death, and studies the Lutheran Church of Australia’s public Church Rites (for example, baptism, marriage, funeral).

Unit Code: DP3203L

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Australian Lutheran College

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Learning Outcomes


Identify the pastoral role as a servant role in the church


Articulate the way the sacraments can help with the spiritual needs of people


Locate, evaluate and integrate the Lutheran church of Australia’s church rites in pastoral ministry


Demonstrate a developed capacity to engage in the processes of discussion and theological reflection on the pastoral role in the church.

Unit sequence

At least 30 credit points in Field D—Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies (DP). The unit is primarily directed towards the preparation of candidates for pastoral ministry in the Lutheran Church of Australia. The unit is also available for non-ordination candidates to explore specific areas of interest with respect to the role and work of pastors in the church.


Lectures, reading and reporting and class discussion.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Book Review

Book review A written book review of a general reader in pastoral theology 1250 words

1250 25.0

Report An oral report in class of a text or resource in a specific area of pastoral ministry equivalent to 1250 words

1250 25.0

Essay Written paper on a topic developed in consultation with the lecturer which helps to develop insights and skills for ministry in the area of marriage, family, death and dying or other areas of congregational life.
2500 words

2500 50.0

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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-31 14:59:40 +1100