This unit explores the theological nature of pastoral care and the relationship between theology and pastoral skills as well as providing an insight into recent trends in the nature and practice of pastoral care. It aims to help students develop a reflective basis for their own pastoral practice which is grounded in Christian theology and Biblical studies. Consideration will be given to some of the challenging questions raised in situations of crisis, and to the appropriate use of prayer and Scripture in pastoral situations. Scope will be given for students to explore a range of contemporary issues and questions in pastoral ministry and to offer a way of dealing with these issues and questions which integrates sound theology and helpful practice.

Unit Code: DP8509P

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit Discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate an understanding of contemporary trends and directions in pastoral care


Articulate and critique the integrative connections between theology and pastoral practice


Illustrate the importance of a solid theological foundation to the practice of pastoral care


Engage with challenging questions raised in contemporary pastoral ministry in such a way that demonstrates an integration of theology and pastoral practice

Unit sequence

At least 30 points of Foundational study


Engagement in online materials, tasks and tutorial discussion


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Oral Presentation

15 minute class presentation about how the integration of theology and ministry skills was approached by a student in a particular context (1000 words equivalent)

1000 30.0

essay of 2500 words based on the class presentation

2500 30.0

Reflective paper (2500 words) which sets out the student’s understanding of pastoral care and grounds it in Christian theology and biblical studies

2500 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 31 Dec, 2014

Unit Record last updated: 2019-06-20 14:38:31 +1000