This Supervised Theological Field Education unit provides students with the challenge to establish learning goals appropriate to their learning stage and to the actual ministry context in which they are placed, and to demonstrate the capacity for self-directed learning within the supervisory process. The unit will focus on the development of competency in and appropriate use of ministry skills, including theological reflection on ministry experience and the integration of theological study and ministry practice. LCA professional ministry standards including safeguarding underpin this unit.

Unit code: DP9032L

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Proposing College: Australian Lutheran College

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Learning outcomes


Demonstrate an integrated understanding of Child Safeguarding and Professional Ministry Standards as they apply in the context


Design and negotiate learning goals for a supervised experience in a ministry context


Formulate a critical understanding of the range of ministry skills required in the placement context


Reflect critically on the contribution of the field placement to spiritual and personal development, and awareness of personal readiness for vocation


Document evidence of learning about ministry skills and professional standards that has resulted from the field placement

Unit sequence

Course relationship: A Supervised Theological Field Education (STFE) unit in postgraduate coursework awards. Enrolment only permitted in the final three semesters of the degree.

Prerequisites: 48 points in the discipline of Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies (DP).

Co-requisites: Prior to commencement of placement, completion of a learning module on the University code of conduct as well as safeguarding processes including children and vulnerable persons, as required by the LCA


This STFE learning is informed by relevant literature, Workplace Director observation and mentoring, and student reflective integrative responses.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Bass, Dorothy C., and Craig Dykstra, eds. For life abundant: practical theology, theological education and Christian ministry. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm B Eerdmans, 2008.
  • Gowing, Robert, Elizabeth Taylor, and Helen McGregor. Making your work placement effective: a student guide to enriching workplace learning. Melbourne, VIC: RMIT Publishing, 1997.
  • Kincaid, William B. How theological field education shapes pastoral identity. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2012.
  • Matthew Floding, ed. Welcome to theological field education! Herndon, VA: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2011.
  • Lave, Jean, and Etienne Wenger. Situated learning: legitimate peripheral participation. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009.
  • Williams, Brian A. The potter’s rib: mentoring for pastoral formation. Vancouver, BC: Regent College Publishing, 2005.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Learning Resource

Identify and negotiate learning goals

1800 25.0

A critical evaluation of a range of ministry skills

2000 30.0

A theological reflection on the contribution of the field placement to spiritual and personal development

3200 45.0

A record of placement including specific reflection on Child Safeguarding and Professional Ministry Standards in the context of the placement


Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 9 Oct, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2020-10-09 11:55:11 +1100