This unit will draw on the student’s prior learning including professional or ministerial experience to enhance their capacities for leadership and management in faith-based and community organisations. It explores systems and practices that impact pastoral situations, examines conflict management approaches, analyses complex problem solving methods and strategies for managing change to equip students with the skills to develop their own leadership pathways.

Unit code: DP8004P

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


Demonstrate a critical understanding of personal and ethical foundations for pastoral leadership


Apply problem solving methods and strategies for managing change to ideas from multiple sources and perspectives


Articulate conflict management approaches to harness diversity and differences for positive outcomes


Evaluate inclusive and empowering styles of leadership


Execute a substantial integrative project drawing on prior learning including professional or ministerial experience

Unit sequence

DP 8002P Living Leadership: Managing Organisational Change Faithfully and DP8003P Formation for Christian Leadership


This unit will engage with the community of practice and include interactive seminars, expert input, reflective/analytical discussion and independent research.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Bordas, Juana. Salsa, Soul, and Spirit: Leadership for a multicultural age. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler, 2012.
  • Branson, Mark Lau. Memories, Hopes and Conversations. Virginia: The Alban Institute, 2004.
  • Bunting, Michael. The Mindful Leader: 7 practices for transforming your leadership, your organisation, your life, Milton, QLD: Wiley, 2016.
  • Coutts, P. Choosing Change. How to Motivate Churches to face the future. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2013
  • Dunbar, P. and A Blair. Leading Missional Change. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2013.
  • Gerzon, Mark. Leading through Conflict. Boston, MA: Harvard, 2006.
  • Grant, Gaia and Andrew, The Innovation Race: How to change culture to change the game. Milton, QLD: Wiley, 2017.
  • Gunderson, Gary and Larry Pray.* Leading Causes of Life. Memphis, TN: The Centre of Excellence in Faith and Health*, 2006.
  • Heath, Chip and Dan. Switch: How to change things when change is hard. New York, NY: Broadway, 2010.
  • Jones, L. Gregory. Christian Social Innovation: Renewing Wesleyan Witness, Nashville, TN: Abingdon, 2016.
  • Kouzes, James and Barry Posner. Learning Leadership: The five fundamentals of becoming an exemplary leader. San Francisco, CA: Wiley, 2016.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Reflective Journal (3000 words)

3000 50.0

Integrative Essay (3000 words)

3000 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 5 Sep, 2018

Unit record last updated: 2019-06-19 14:45:28 +1000