This unit is designed to assist in the formation of effective Christian leaders for contemporary ministry and mission contexts. It provides a learning setting that will allow students on their way to leadership positions in the life of the Church to examine the core requirements for healthy and effective functioning in ministry. This unit is for current leaders as well as emerging leaders.

Unit code: DP8003P

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Articulate personal learning outcomes in relation to various roles and contexts of leadership in ministry;


Discuss an understanding of key themes of her/his personal formational learning journey;


Describe how key features of Christian leadership integrate with her/his personality type.


Articulate, with reference to diverse theological expressions and contexts, a theology of ministry and leadership that underpins their practice.


Develop strategies that draw others into self-reflective practices.

Unit sequence

Enrolment in this unit will be by invitation and selection based on formation needs


Lectures, seminars or workshops

Indicative Bibliography

  • Avolio, B. J., W. L. Gardner, F. O. Walumbwa, F. Luthans and D. R. May. " Unlocking the mask: A look at the process by which authentic leaders impact follower attitudes and behaviors." The Leadership Quarterly 15 (2004): 801-823.
  • Kaldor, P. and R. Bullpitt. Burnout in Church Leaders. Adelaide: Openbook, 2001.
  • Keegan, R. and L. Laslow Lahey.* Immunity to Change: How to overcome it and unlock the potential in yourself and your organisation*. Boston MA: Harvard Business Press, 2009.
  • Kofman, F. and P. Senge. Communities of Commitment: The Heart of Learning Organizations. Learning Organizations: Developing Cultures for Tomorrow's Workplace. S. Chowra and R. J. Portland, Productivity Press, 1990.
  • Kotter, John P. Leading Change: Why Transformation Efforts Fail. Harvard Business Review, January 2007.
  • Lencioni, P. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2002.
  • McCashen, W. Communities of Hope: a strengths-based resource for building community. Bendigo: St Luke's Innovative Resources, 2004.
  • Palmer, P. J. Let your life speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2000.
  • Warren, R. The Purpose Driven Church. Growth without Compromising Your Message & Mission. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 1995.
  • Whetham, P. and L. Whetham. Hard to be Holy. Adelaide: Openbook, 2000.
  • Whitney, Diana Kaplin and Trosten-Bloom, Amanda. The power of appreciative inquiry: a practical guide to positive change. San Francisco, CA: Berrett-Koehler, 2003.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Essay - 2500 words

2500 40.0

Reflective Essay (1500 words)

1500 20.0

Journal - 2000 words

2000 40.0

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

Unit record last updated: 2019-06-19 14:24:02 +1000