This unit builds on and extends the reflective practices and skills in theological reflection acquired in Exploring Ministry Through Case Studies (Part A). Students will continue to present case studies from a variety of ministry placement settings in which they are engaged. Through experiential methodology students will identify issues, explore a variety of responses, and engage in critical reflection on the theological and pastoral dimensions of each case. A variety of contextual and pastoral topics will be explored – with the focus being on broad leadership competencies such as: Self-awareness, self-care (time management, life-balance), mentoring, discernment and vocation.

Unit Code: DP3260S

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Stirling Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Identify and illustrate the complexities of presenting cases in their ministries


Demonstrate the use of case study methodology in theological reflection and leadership


Critically evaluate a range of personal and institutional issues in ministry formation and practice


Theologically, pastorally and personally reflect on a pastoral response to selected case studies


Demonstrate a sophisticated awareness of current research as it relates to themes explored in case studies, input and discussion.

Unit sequence

Students should normally have completed two years of full time theological studies or equivalent (including Foundational Studies in BH, BN, CT and Field D). It is also a prerequisite that students have completed 36 points in Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies, as well as Exploring Ministry Through Case Studies (Part A). Students who enrol in this unit must enrol in Part A (DP2/3160S) in first semester and Part B (DP2/3260S) in second semester. Students who have successfully completed DP2/3164S Supervised Theological Field Education, must enrol at Third Level (DP3260S). Students are required to be engaged in a pastoral placement, approved by the Director of Supervised Field Education, for a minimum of sixteen hours per week for at least 16 weeks.


Lecture input and case studies. Students are required to engage with a number of supervision protocols and evaluation tasks outside of class. These protocols and tasks provide a framework for reflection, input and learning in ministry which is the focus of this unit. Meetings with a supervisor and peers also provide a context for theological reflection on ministry.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Case Study

1000 word case study

1000 20.0
Case Study

1000 word case study

1000 20.0

2000 word essay

2000 40.0

Completion of evaluation protocols, effective engagement and reflection with supervisors and peers (equivalent 1000 words).

1000 20.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 31 Dec, 2018

Unit Record last updated: 2019-06-18 10:13:22 +1000