This unit introduces the key elements and considerations of engaging in the practice of formal and informal Christian Ministry. It will assist students to understand the nature and breadth of Christian ministries to which they may be called. Students will reflect on themselves as participants and leaders within the context of their ministry avenues. The unit also explores the biblical and theological basis for Christian ministry and selected cultural, legal, ethical and other factors relating to contemporary ministry practices.

Unit code: XD1001Z

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit discipline: Capstone Other D

Proposing College: Uniting College for Leadership and Theology

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Learning outcomes


Describe a theology of vocation and service based on Scripture and other Christian Sources


Discuss the nature and practices of Christian Ministry and identify factors which influence ministry practice


Identify the ministries they are engaged in and the personal strengths, weaknesses and bias they bring to their ministry practice


Articulate appropriate guiding principles for ministry practice

Unit sequence

Compulsory core unit in the Diploma in Ministry


Teaching approaches will be determined by the college delivering the unit

Indicative Bibliography

  • Dalton, Ron. Discovering Christian Ministry: Theology and Practice Kansas City, MO: Beacon Hill Press. 2016.
  • Keller, Timothy. Center Church: Doing Balanced, Gospel-centred Ministry in Your City Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan. 2012.
  • Lovelace, Richard. Dynamics of Spiritual Life: An Evangelical Theology of Renewal Westmont, IL: IVP Academic, 1979.
  • Marshall, Colin and Tony Payne. The Trellis and the Vine: The Ministry Mind-Shift That Changes Everything Sydney, NSW: Matthias Media, 2009.
  • Smith, James KA. Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview and Cultural Formation Ada, MI: Baker Academic. 2009.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

A portfolio which contains at least three tasks including at least one group task

3200 80.0
Summative Reflection

A reflection on their guiding principles for the practice of Christian ministry

800 20.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 26 Oct, 2022

Unit record last updated: 2022-10-26 15:07:11 +1100