Foundations of Ethical Professional Practice

The unit aims to examine the critical ethical, legal and professional issues faced by various ministry professionals such as chaplains, pastors, priests, missionaries and counsellors in a wide variety of ministry contexts.

Study Level



Christian Life and Ministry

Sub Discipline

Pastoral Theology

Credit Points






Learning Outcomes

By the successful completion of this unit the student will be able to:

  1. Articulate a critical understanding of the principles involved in ethical ministry practice.
  2. Contend with ethical dilemmas present in a variety of ministry and community settings including the local church, diocese, mission field, aged care centres, schools, defence force, police force, counselling practice, welfare ministry, and/or emergency services.
  3. Analyse how an ethical and legal understanding (particularly as it relates to privacy, confidentiality, reporting, boundaries, and advocacy) enhances effective professional and pastoral practice.
  4. Construct a personal approach to professional boundaries that: (1) meets community expectations; (2) complies with all national and state legislation; and (3) reflects ministry best practice.
  5. Competently appropriate the 10 Child Safe Standards in response to a given context, whether real or imagined.
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