This unit explores the qualities and dynamics that enliven and sustain the inner life of a Christian disciple in the world today.

Based broadly on the ‘Lord’s Prayer’, this unit introduces crucial tools to help Christians follow the Spirit of Jesus in the world today. More specifically, it examines issues such as: how to notice and discern the movement of God’s Spirit in daily life; the role of desire and vocation in living out God’s will; Christlike responses to temptation, trials and suffering; and fostering the reign of God in one’s personal life, ministry context and in the wider world. It will also introduce various forms of prayer and resources to aid students in the deepening of their inner or spiritual life.

Unit code: DP9011S

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Delivery Mode: Blended

Proposing College: Stirling College

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Learning outcomes


Interpret their personal experiences of God in the light of the Christian tradition, through employing a method of theological reflection


Articulate the leading of God's Spirit for a personal decision through synthesising and applying theological principles of Christian discernment


Analyse critical elements of their personal vocation or calling in the world and how this relates to the will of God


Contrast and explain to a spiritual companion, their development in awareness of God and self in one chosen spiritual practice


Self-evaluate their development in discerning and actively responding to the Spirit of God in the world through personal and peer supervision


Formulate and justify their spiritual growth plan to a group of diverse others


Lectures, seminars, tutorial, spiritual exercises. Both asynchronous and synchronous. Use of the Flipped classroom model.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Benner, D. Desiring God's Will. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2005.
  • Calhoun, A. A. Spiritual Disciplines Handbook (revised). InterVarsity Press, 2015.
  • Cepero, H. Christ-Shaped Character. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2014.
  • McHugh, A. The Listening Life. Downer's Grove, IL: IVP Books, 2015.
  • McKerrow, J. Woven: A Faith for the Dissatisfied. Sydney: Acorn Press, 2019.
  • Nouwen, H., Christensen M., Laird, R. J. Spiritual Formation. NY: Harper Collins, 2010.
  • Palmer, P. Let Your Life Speak. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2000.
  • Vennard, J. Fully Awake and Truly Alive. Woodstock, Vermont: SkyLight Paths, 2013.
  • Wink, W. The Powers that Be. New York: Galilee/ Doubleday, 1998.
  • Yaconelli, M. The Gift of Hard Things. Downer's Grove, IL: IVP, 2016.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Variant 1

Forum - Online Engagement and participation

Students will critically engage through online forums, quizzes, and peer assessments of their practice and learning in the unit.

2000 20.0
Essay - Reflection Paper

Write a reflection paper on one recent moment when you were personally ‘touched’ by God, or became aware of God’s presence. Describe the experience using the four-fold reflective process taught in class.

750 10.0
Essay - Reflection Paper

Write one reflection on your attempt to discern the Spirit of Jesus’ leading for ONE practical decision you need to make in your life, using the principles of discernment outlined in class.

750 10.0
Essay - Reflection Paper

Contrast and explain your development in awareness of God and self in one chosen spiritual practice

750 10.0
Essay - Essay

Write a reflective essay that combines insights from your personal journal and reflective papers, class readings, videos and discussions to illustrate the development of your inner life over this semester.

3500 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 21 Sep, 2021

Unit record last updated: 2021-09-21 19:26:38 +1000