This unit is designed to contribute to the formation of participants for the diaconal ministry of the church by exploring the theology and practice of diaconal ministry with special reference to the Uniting Church in Australia. Participants will be provided with information and resources on different dimensions of diaconal ministry; be encouraged to develop relevant skills and an appropriate spirituality; gain opportunities for personal and theological reflection and development; and encouraged to develop their own theoretical and practical framework for diaconal ministry.

Unit Code: DP9100P

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Evaluate the biblical and theological basis for the practice of diaconal ministry


Critically assess their own ministry identity and practice, drawing on their knowledge of the history and understanding of diaconal ministry within and beyond the Uniting Church


Demonstrate familiarity with scholarly debates relating to the biblical, theological and missional aspects of diaconal ministry.


Integrate prior theological studies with their ongoing ministry and life experiences through theological reflection.


Contribute towards an ongoing diaconal community of practice.

Unit sequence

1 year or equivalent of theological study at undergraduate level or above. Enrolment is only permitted on the basis of prior approval of the unit lecturer.


Site visits, lectures, workshops


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Critical reflection journal based on class participation (1500 words)

1500 20.0
Book Review

Book review (1500 words)

1500 20.0

Integrative Essay (3000 words)

3000 60.0

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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-06-24 10:50:11 +1000