This is a Supervised Theological Field Education Unit. STFE provides a framework for reflection, action, and the integration of learning with pastoral practice. It takes a specific context of ministry and focuses on how the application of skills gained and concepts explored during theological studies are now being applied and critiqued. Students are required to engage in a pastoral placement, approved by the Director of Field Education after a formal interview, for a minimum of twelve hours per week for two semesters.

Unit code: XP9069W

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Capstone

Unit discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning outcomes


Integrate the key features of their learning from across all fields undertaken in their study program with their ministry practice.


Critically engage with learning from Biblical studies and systematic theolog to consider the questions raised by ministry practice.


Demonstrate the capacity to reflect upon personal maturity and self-development as an indicator of theological integration.


Demonstrate an integrated understanding of Child Safeguarding and Professional Ministry Standards.


Synthesise and articulate learning experiences with the professional world of ministry practice towards preparation for denominational engagement and workplace accountability.


Synthesise the application of knowledge, learning and practice in an integrative essay.

Unit sequence

The unit would be taken in the last or second semester of a post-graduate award, as students seek to integrate theological learnings with practice.
Prerequisite DP9067W Prohibited combination DP9069W


This unit draws upon the learning gained from practical ministry contexts. Students need to have a work placement in an authorized context. The unit involves face-to-face or synchronized online media peer group sessions, workplace/congregational feedback groups, supervisory sessions with an accredited pastoral supervisor (other than their workplace director).

Indicative Bibliography

  • Burns, B, T Chapman & D Guthrie. Resilient Ministry: What pastors told us about surviving and thriving. Dowers Grove, Il: IVP, 2013
  • Cameron, H, J Reader, V Slater, C Rowland. Theological Reflection for Human Flourishing. London: SCM, 2012
  • Floding, M. Welcome to Theological Field Education. Herndon, Virginia: Alban, 2011
  • Graham, E, H Walton, F Ward. Theological reflection: Methods. London: SCM Press, 2005
  • Kinast, R L. Making faith-sense: Theological reflection in everyday life. Collegeville, Minnesota: The Liturgical Press, 1999
  • Marcuson, M. Leaders Who Last. New York: Seabury Books, 2009.
  • Stone, H W and J O Duke. How to think theologically. 2nd ed. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2006
  • Swetland, K L. Facing messy stuff in the church: Case studies for pastors and congregations. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Kregel, 2005
  • Thompson, J, S Pattison, and R Thompson. SCM Study Guide to Theological Reflection. London: SCM Press, 2008
  • Ward, F. Lifelong Learning: Theological Education and Supervision. London: SCM Press, 2005.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Case Study

Written Assessment
(Case study x 2)

2000 30.0


1000 10.0
Personal & Professional Evaluation

Practical Assessment (workplace evaluation & personal & Professional evaluation)

1000 10.0


4000 50.0

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

Unit record last updated: 2021-06-07 08:43:51 +1000