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Introduction to Pastoral Theology and Ministry

This foundational unit provides an introductory framework for pastoral theology and ministry with students developing their understanding of self and others through structured experiences and reflection. Biblical and theological foundations for pastoral ministry and pastoral care are explored.



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Learning Outcomes

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

  • Articulate the biblical and theological foundations for pastoral ministry.
  • Assess the place of pastoral care within the overall ministry of the church.
  • Demonstrate and evaluate effective helping skills for pastoral ministry and pastoral care.
  • Reflect theologically and personally on an understanding of self and others.


Major Dr Christine Unicomb has been a Salvation Army Officer since 1983, serving in a number of locations and roles from a medical officer at Howard Hospital in Zimbabwe, to 13 years as a Corps Officer in Australia, to 11 years with Salvos Counselling. Christine completed her DMin around the topic of clergy well-being from a proactive perspective, this being informed by personal and shared experiences of cross cultural ministry, ministry with hurting people and ministry in crisis and trauma situations.

Mode of Delivery

This unit is delivered online on ARK, the Learning Management System for all our higher education study. Login details for this unit will be accessible to students on confirmation of enrolment into an award or the unit.


To study online, you will need to find around 3 to 4 hours per week for readings, activities and assessments for each unit. To learn more visit our Online Campus page.

Unit Costs

This undergraduate unit costs approx. $1,704, which is determined by the University of Divinity and reviewed annually. You could also study this unit as a non-award student (audit) at the cost of $500. Non-credit study is for students who wish to study a unit but not participate in formal assessments. Fees are consistent for domestic and international students. International students are charged a separate application fee of $300 (plus GST) upon enrolment. Students who meet eligibility criteria may be eligible for AUSTUDY and FEE-HELP assistance. 

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