Pastoral Studies II:
Pastoral Care and Spiritual Leadership

Foundational Unit

Rev. Dr Jacob MudgeSemester 2, 2019
Wednesday 2.00pm — 5.00pm

This unit will assist pastoral practitioners to develop a coherent framework for pastoral interaction, care and leadership in a variety of settings. Contemporary pastoral applications and professional intervention issues will be dealt with: the individual in relationship to their environment; ethics and boundaries; marriage and sexuality; family systems and group dynamics; grief and bereavement; non-Western cultures; spiritual direction and referral. The Spiritual Leadership component of this unit will consider the theoretical and theological bases of leadership. Our focus will be the spirituality and principles of transformation. Time will be given to explanation of the qualities of a Christian leader in areas relevant to the ministries and interests of the students.

Census Date

Tuesday 20 August




3 hours per week


one 1,000-word research paper   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 Press, 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 Paul’s Publishing, 2007.
  • Moran, Frances M. Beyond the Culture of Care. Strathfield: St Paul’s Publications, 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: Liturgical Press, 2002.
  • Wicks, Robert J., Richard D. Parsons, and Donald Capps, eds. Clinical Handbook of Pastoral Counselling. 2 vols. New York: Paulist Press, 1993.
  • Yeomans, Frank. E., Otto F. Kernberg, and John F. Clarkin. Transference-Focused Psychotherapy for Borderline Disorder: A Clinical Guide. Washington: American Psychiatric Publishing, 2011.