This is a Supervised Theological Field Education unit that introduces students to an action-reflection model of learning in the context of a ministry placement. Students will reflect on their engagement in a range of experiences to learn more about the skills and competencies required for ministry, and to discover individual core values and vocational identity. Professional ministry standards including the safeguarding of children and vulnerable people underpin this unit. This unit is predominantly delivered in non-classroom based settings.

Unit code: DP8147B

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Proposing College: Eva Burrows College

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Learning outcomes


Critically reflect on ministry practice and ministry contexts.


Develop, work towards and evaluate achievement of goals for ministry practice, set within a ministry context.


Critically reflect on core values and personal attributes that help form and inform vocational identity.


Critically analyse the benefits and limitations of individual supervision.


Articulate and integrate current research with themes and insights explored in case studies.


Demonstrate an integrated understanding of child safeguarding and professional ministry standards.

Unit sequence

UD Code of Conduct, Safeguarding Module and Prerequiste units: 24 points Field B, 24 points Field C


Learning is achieved through action-reflection on assigned placement experiences and observations, as well as individual supervision.

180 engagement hours is made up of 144 hours placement, 6 hours individual supervision, 18 hours placement review and peer feedback, and 12 hours planning/prep/classroom.

Indicative Bibliography

Carroll, Michael and Maria C. Gilbert. On Being a Supervisee: Creating Learning Partnerships. 2nd Edition. Melbourne: Psychoz Publications, 2011.

Carroll, Michael and Hewson, Daphne. Reflective Practice in Supervision. NSW: Moshpit Publishing, 2016.

Coombs, Marie Theresa, Nemeck, Francis Kelly. Discerning Vocations to the Apostolic Life, the Contemplative Life and the Eremitic Life. Oregon: Cascade, 2018.*

Kincaid, William B. Finding Voice: How Theological Field Education Shapes Pastoral Identity. Eugene, Oregon: Wipf & Stock, 2012.*

Palmer, Parker J. Let your life speak: Listening to the voice of Vocation. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2000.*

Placher, William C. Callings: Twenty Centuries of Christian Wisdom on Vocation. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2005.

Purnell, Douglas. Being in Ministry: Honestly, Openly, Deeply. Oregon: WIPF&Stock, 2010.*

Street, Robert. Called to be God’s People. London: Salvation Books, 2008.

Thompson, Judith with Pattison, Stephen and Thompson, Ross. SCM Study Guide: Theological Reflection. London: SCM Press, 2008.

Trull, Joe E and Carter, James E. Ministerial Ethics: Moral Formation for Church Leaders. Michigan: Baker Academic, 2004.*

Whetham, Paul and Libby. Hard to Be Holy: From Church Crisis to Community Opportunity. Adelaide: Soul Food Café, 2020.

*Available as ebook


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Report - Learning agreement and achievement report 2300 32.0
Case Study - Case Study 2350 34.0
Essay - Integrative Essay 2350 34.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 16 Sep, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2020-09-16 10:24:36 +1000