Developing skilled and reflective practitioners is the goal of ministry studies. As a capstone unit, Reflective Ministry Practice will rely on students' accumulated knowledge and experience base while integrating the comparatively new fields of research of pastoral imagination and pastoral wisdom. Each foci respresents a further responsive equipping for ministry practice in light of a general decline in religious affiliation coupled with institutional and social instability. The unit will also highlight the potential use of a theopoetic approach to, and application within, contemporary ministry practice.

Unit code: XP3741Z

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Capstone

Unit discipline: Capstone Other P

Proposing College: Uniting College for Leadership and Theology

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Learning outcomes


Critically and imaginatively integrate ministry practice and its associated disciplines


Explore the practice of pastoral wisdom and imagination in contempory ministry context(s).


Incorporate creative approaches and responses to challenging social and ecclesial issues


Integrate sophisticated ideas through structured argument

Unit sequence

A capstone unit in undergraduate theology and ministry awards

Prerequisite Units: DP2742Z Integrative Ministry Practice


UCLT uses primary and secondary sources considered through different lenses to identify and explore the challenges of the unit material for the contemporary world. Students are engaged in a range of comparative, analytical and reflective practices to identify the original meanings of the text in their contexts and to interpret them hermeneutically.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Berry, Wendell. A Timbered Choir: The Sabbath Poems 1979-1997. Berkeley, CA: Counterpoint Press, 1998.
  • Campbell-Reed, Eileen R. Pastoral Imagination: Bringing the Practice of Ministry to Life. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2021.
  • Douglas, Sally. The Church As Salt: Becoming the Community Jesus Speaks About. Bayswater, Vic: Coventry Press, 2021.
  • Oakley, Mark. The Splash of Words: Believing in Poetry. Norwich, UK: Canterbury Press, 2016.
  • Ford, David F. Christian Wisdom: Desiring God and Learning in Love. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2007.
  • Hirshfield, Jane. ‘Poetry and Uncertainty,’ in Hiddeness, Uncertainty, Surprise: Three Generative Energies of Poetry. Newcastle: Bloodaxe Books, 2008.
  • Scharen, Christian A.B. & Campbell-Reed, Eileen R. ‘Learning Pastoral Imagination - A Five-Year Report On How New Ministers Learn in Practice.’ Auburn Studies, Winter 2016.
  • Wiman, Christian. My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer. New York, NY: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013.
  • Wiman, Christian. He Held Radical Light: The Art of Faith, the Faith of Art. New York, NY: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018.
  • Winton, Tim. The Boy behind the Curtain. Australia: Penguin Random House, 2016.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Accumulative reflective writing piece in Journal style

2000 40.0

A major applicable theme covered in the Unit

3000 60.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 20 Oct, 2022

Unit record last updated: 2022-10-27 18:42:35 +1100