Pastoral Studies I:
A Theory of Pastoral Practice

Foundational Unit

Rev. Dr Jacob Mudge Semester 1, 2019
Wednesday 2.00pm — 5.00pm

This unit will present three theoretical frameworks within which to consider pastoral practice in its day-to-day experience: psychological, anthropological and theological. The psychological framework focuses upon human development, motivation, and the influence of the unconscious. The anthropological (philosophical) frame of reference assists students to understand ways of knowing and responding, with particular reference to imagination, freedom, and growth. The theological reflection to be presented draws on the sources of personal principles and action, culture and faith tradition. The aim of the unit is for students to recognise the assumptions upon which they engage in ministry and to encourage them to take responsibility for their pastoral practice.

Census Date

Tuesday 19 March




3 hours per week


one 1,000-word seminar paper   20%
one 5,000-word essay   80%


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  • Augsberger, David W. Pastoral Counselling Across Cultures. Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1986.
  • Conn, Walter E. A Handbook of Pastoral Studies: Learning and Practicing Christian Ministry. London: SPCK, 1997.
  • Cooper-White, Pamela. Shared Wisdom: Use of the Self in Pastoral Care and Counselling. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2004.
  • Doehring, Carrie. The Practice of Pastoral Care: A Postmodern Approach. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2004.
  • Kraft, Charles H. Christianity in Culture: A Study in Biblical Theologising in Cross-Cultural Perspectives. Rev. 25th Anniversary ed. Maryknoll: Orbis, 2005.
  • May, Gerald G. Addiction and Grace. San Francisco: Harper, 1988.
  • Rulla, Luigi M., Joyce Ridick, and Franco Imoda. Anthropology of the Christian Vocation. Vol. 2, Existential Confirmation. Rome: Gregorian University Press, 1989.
  • Sperry, Len. Transforming Self and Community: Revisioning Pastoral Counselling and Spiritual Direction. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2002.
  • Swinton, John. Spirituality and Mental Health Care: Rediscovering a Forgotten Dimension. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2001.