Pastoral Studies II:
Pastoral Care and Spiritual Leadership

Foundational Unit

Rev. Dr Jake MudgeSemester 2, 2020
Wednesday 2.00pm – 5.00pm
This unit assists pastoral practitioners engage in process of developing a coherent framework for pastoral interaction, care, and leadership in a variety of settings. Key pastoral themes will be explored, including for example: the individual in relationship to their context/environment; ethics and boundaries; family systems and group dynamics; grief and bereavement; non-Western cultures; professional supervision and ongoing professional development and formation; spiritual direction; and, referral and management in pastoral care. The spiritual leadership component of this unit considers the theoretical and theological bases of leadership, with a focus on the spirituality and principles of transformation. Time is given to considering the personal qualities of a Christian leader in those areas of ministry which are relevant to the interests of the students or their current ministerial experience.

Census Date

Tuesday 18 August


BS1001C, BS1002C, CT1100C, and CT1110C, and DP1001C would be advantageous; along with previous pastoral experience or current engagement in ministry. 


face-to-face 3-hour weekly classes in semester


  • one 1,000-word report 20%
  • one 5,000-word essay 80%


  • Egan, Gerard. The Skilled Helper: A Problem-Management and Opportunity-Development Approach to Helping. 10th ed. San Francisco: Brooks/Cole, 2014. 
  • Gula, Richard. Just Ministry: Professional Ethics for Pastoral Ministers. New York: Paulist, 2010.
  • Kirkwood, Neville. Pastoral Care in Hospitals. 2nd ed. London: Morehouse, 2005.
  • Kofler, Len. Healing Relationships: A Practical Guide for Christian Counsellors and Carers. London: St Pauls, 2007.
  • Leach, Jane and Michael Paterson. Pastoral Supervision: A Handbook. 2nd ed. London: SCM, 2015.
  • Moran, Frances M. Beyond the Culture of Care. Strathfield: St Pauls, 2007.
  • Randall, Fiona, and Robert S. Downie. The Philosophy of Palliative Care: Critique and Reconstruction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006.
  • Sperry, Len. Transforming Self and Community: Revisioning Pastoral Counselling and Spiritual Direction. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2002.
  • Wicks, Robert J., Richard D. Parsons, and Donald Capps, eds. Clinical Handbook of Pastoral Counselling. 2 vols. New York: Paulist, 1993.
  • Yeomans, Frank. E., Otto F. Kernberg, and John F. Clarkin. Transference-Focused Psychotherapy for Borderline Disorder: A Clinical Guide. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric, 2011.