Pastoral Ministry in Context

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

Study Level



Christian Life and Ministry

Sub Discipline

Pastoral Theology

Credit Points




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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