This unit extends the reflective practices and skills in theological reflection acquired in Supervised Theological Field Education (Part A). Students will further build their framework for reflection, input and learning in leadership and ministry. It takes a specific context and focuses on how theology, scripture, faith and identity impact on a student’s formation for ministry and leadership. Students will engage in critical reflection through case study presentations and peer reflection. A variety of relevant topics will be explored such as: Life-long learning and formation, life-journaling for reflection and transformation (looking back and looking forward)

Unit Code: DP3264S

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 pastoral response


Critically evaluate a range of personal and cultural issues that shape formation and practice


Theologically, pastorally and personally reflect on the benefits of accountability, supervision and self-evaluation in ministry and leadership


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 Supervised Theological Field Education (Part A). Students who enrol in this unit must enrol in Part A (DP2/3164S) in first semester and Part B (DP2/3264S) in second semester. Students who have successfully completed DP2/3160S Exploring Ministry through Case Studies, must enrol at Third Level (DP3264S). Students are required to be engaged in a pastoral placement, approved by the Director of 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 (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 10:40:03 +1000