Ministry in Complex Situations

This postgraduate unit  develops the knowledge and experience of pastoral ministry, providing opportunities for personal development and critical insight into appropriate interventions for specific ministry situations. It is intended that This postgraduate unit  will expand the capacity to reflect theologically on response to complex pastoral situations. It involves theological reflection, topics such as marriage and family, divorce, preparation for marriage, singleness, loss and grief, human sexuality, abuse issues, domestic violence, emotional problems, suicide, trauma, self-care and ethical practice in pastoral ministry, and application of theological principles to pastoral practice and ministry.

Study Level



Christian Life and Ministry

Sub Discipline

Pastoral Theology

Credit Points



P8501 Introduction to Pastoral and Practical Theology.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. analyse and discuss pastoral issues that arise throughout the life cycle
  2. demonstrate the ability to apply pastoral theology to pastoral issues
  3. research and critique principles of ethical behaviour and self-care in pastoral ministry
  4. develop appropriate interventions for issues that arise in pastoral ministry
  5. critically reflect on personal responses to issues that arise in pastoral ministry
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