Theology and Practice of Pastoral Care

Field: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies
Unit Code(s): DP2500T (Class based) / DP2509T (Online)
Unit value: 18 points
Level: Undergraduate (Level 2)
Delivery mode: Face-to-face and Online
Prerequisites: One introductory (Level 1) unit in Field D
Content: This unit explores relationships between theology, pastoral practice, and context. It aims to help students develop a reflective capacity in pastoral ministry that is grounded in the Christian tradition, and in particular Christian theology of the human person. Consideration will be given to such matters as: the distinctiveness of ‘pastoral’ care; the roles of prayer, scripture and Christian spirituality in pastoral care; attention to the socio-economic and cultural setting of pastoral care; and differences between various traditions of pastoral theology. Scope will be given for students to explore a range of contextual issues and questions in pastoral ministry.
Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of biblical and theological foundations of pastoral care
  • communicate a foundational theology of the human person
  • articulate integrative connections between pastoral practice, theology, and context
  • engage in the task of integrating theology and pastoral practice.
  • 1,000-word book response (20%)
  • 1,500-word essay (30%)
  • 2,000-word essay (50%)
Recommended Reading:

* recommended for purchase

Allain-Chapman, J. Resilient Pastors: The Role of Adversity in Healing and Growth. London: SPCK, 2012.

Burns, S. Pastoral Theology for Public Ministry. New York, NY: Church Publishing, 2015.

Doehring, C. The Practice of Pastoral Care: A Postmodern Approach. Louisville, TN: WJKP, 2006.

* Dykstra, R., ed. Images of Pastoral Care: Classic Readings. St Louis, MO: Chalice Press, 2004.

Graham, E. Words Made Flesh: Essays in Pastoral and Practical Theology. London: SCM Press, 2009.

Gula, R.M. Just Ministry: Professional Ethics for Pastoral Ministers. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2006.

Kujawa-Holbrook, S. and K. Montagno, eds. Injustice and the Care of Souls: Taking Oppression Seriously in Pastoral Care. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2010.

* Lartey, E.Y. Pastoral Theology in an Intercultural World. Peterborough: Epworth Press, 2006.

McGarrah Sharp, M. Misunderstanding Stories: Toward a Postcolonial Pastoral Theology. Eugene: Wipf and Stock, 2013.

Ramsey, N., ed. Pastoral Care and Counseling: Redefining the Paradigms. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2005.

Pattison, S. The Challenge of Practical Theology. London: Jessica Kingsley, 2007.