Introduction to Ethical Ministry Practice

The unit Introduction to Ethical Ministry Practice 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. Demonstrate a knowledge of the principles involved in ethical ministry practice
  2. Display an understanding of 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. Show a critical appreciation of the importance of how an ethical and legal understanding (particularly as it relates to privacy, confidentiality, reporting, boundaries, and advocacy) enhances the effective professional and pastoral practice
  4. Articulate 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. Utilise the 10 Child Safe Standards (or equivalent) to respond appropriately to a given context, whether real or imagined.
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