This unit provides opportunity for students to: reflect on basic theological presuppositions and materials that offer learning experiences in the area of parish administration; and identify and distinguish those understandings, attitudes and skills needed to administer a congregation in the Lutheran Church of Australia. Topics considered include the Theology of Administration; Leadership; the specific tasks of Parish Administration; and, special concerns for the graduate pastor: beginning ministry; team ministry; volunteers, meetings, conflict; stress and burnout, support systems.

Unit Code: DP3205L

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


Articulate the scriptural and confessional principles that apply to the ordering of the Church and the congregation


Evaluate a range of different leadership styles and basic principles of organisation that enhance the pastor’s role in congregational administration


Identify issues and design approaches that demonstrate effective pastoral leadership in planning, organising, and coordinating the congregation’s worship, education, fellowship, service, and mission


Develop collaborative and deliberative practices that will promote the orderly life of the congregation and the equipping of people for mission and service


Synthesise scriptural and confessional understanding with organisational and pastoral skills


Lectures, workshops, class presentations


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Maintain an online Journal that reflects on issues arising in lectures, workshops, and/or reading. Reflections provide analysis and application of the principles and practice of pastoral leadership and administration 1500 words equivalent

1500 30.0
Case Study

A written report that demonstrates ability to apply a case study approach to parish administration 1000 words

1000 20.0
Project Report or Project Journal

A major project that addresses a chosen topic of interest in one key area of parish administration; providing evidence of scriptural and confessional understanding as well as effective analytical, organisational, and pastoral skills 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 14:59:41 +1100