This unit will introduce students to key processes of field education and theological reflection. Through a supervised experience in a ministry context, students will be guided in establishing learning goals appropriate to the context in which they are placed and to their learning style, encouraging a capacity for self-directed learning. Attention will be given to the development of advanced skills in ministry, but from a foundational base. Attention is also given to development of advanced theological reflection on ministry experience, and to the integration of theological study and ministry practice.

Unit code: DP8906T

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Proposing College: Trinity College Theological School

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Learning outcomes


Create and evaluate goals in the context of a field placement


Document the learning which has resulted from the placement and their ministry experience


Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the key ministry skills required in the context in which the placement occurred


Explore and analyze different frameworks offered for theological reflection in the practice of ministry


Reflect critically on the contribution of the field placement to their spiritual and personal development and ministerial identity

Unit sequence

Prerequisites & Co-requisites: Completion of at least one unit in theological study, or concurrent enrolment in at least one unit of theological study.


Students undertake a field placement in a ministry setting. Students negotiate and evaluate the field placement through a Supervised Ministry Field Education Coordinator. The Coordinator will facilitate orientation and end of placement review seminars, and individual meetings with students throughout the placement. While on placement students attend regular meetings with an accredited Placement Supervisor and with a field committee as appropriate, and engage in a peer group process for theological reflection

Indicative Bibliography

  • Ames, S. ‘Theological Reflection- what is at stake?’ Together in Ministry. Melbourne: Uniting Academic Press, 2009.
  • Anglican Diocese of Melbourne, STFE Information for Supervisors and Students. 2015
  • Floding, M. Welcome to Theological Field Education. Alban Press. Virginia, 2011.
  • Foley, E. Theological Reflection Across Religious Traditions. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield, 2015
  • Graham, E. , Walton, H. and Ward, F. Theological Reflection: Methods. London, SCM Press, 2005.
  • Kinast, R L What are they saying about Theological Reflection? Mahwah, Paulist Press, 2000.
  • Pattison, S. ‘Some Straw for the Bricks: A basic introduction to Theological Reflection’ . The Blackwell Reader in pastoral; and practical theology. Oxford:Blackwell Publishers, 2000.
  • Paver, John E Theological Reflection and education for ministry: The search for integration in theology. Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing, 2006
  • Pyle, W.T. and Seals, M.A (Eds), Experiencing Ministry Supervision. Nashville, Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1995.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Essay, including theological reflection, on a key aspect of the learning experience (3,500 words)

3500 55.0

2 evaluative reports relating to key ministry skills required; equivalent of 2,500 words in total

2500 45.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 31 Dec, 2016

Unit record last updated: 2020-10-30 19:16:46 +1100