Living the Faith: Spirituality, Vocation and Community

DA 1001W / 8001W 


How does your faith impact how you live your life?

This course challenges us to better know ourselves, God and the world we live in. Make the connection between your story and your theology, between who you are and what you believe.

Seven Saturdays: MAR 1 | MAR 15 | MAR 29 | APR 5 | APR 3 | MAY 17 | MAY 31

The Saturday morning series at New Hope Baptist Church gives you the chance to fit study and growth into a busy schedule. This is a foundational unit in practical theology and leads on to further studies in pastoral care and/or missions and/or spirituality. It may be taken as part of an undergraduate course or at Graduate Diploma level.


Academic information

With the underlying purpose of making spiritual formation and the disciplines of discernment and self-discovery explicit to the educational experience from the students’ first year of study, this unit is designed to provide participants with the basic skills and resources to make life-giving connections between theology and the practice of faith.

Successful completion of this unit will enable students to:

  1. Explore their own sense of self, vocation and ministry vision
  2. Appreciate the contours and possibilities of the major sub-disciplines of practical theology
  3. Utilize models of theological reflection that integrate theory, experience and practice
  4. Experience the richness of learning in community.
  5. Level 8: Demonstrate an ability to undertake independent research at postgraduate level. 


Unit Details
Pre-requisites: Co-requisites: This unit is designed to be taken in conjunction with CT1001W Beginning Theological Studies
Level 1:
One 1,000 word journal25%
One 1,000 word case study25%
One 2,000 word integration essay50%
Level 8:
One 1,500 word journal25%
One 1,500 word case study25%
One 3,000 word integration essay50%
Class Time: As a Semi-Intensive at New Hope Baptist Church
Faculty: Anne Mallaby
Offered: Semester 1, 2014. Select Saturdays: March 1, 15 and 29. April 5. May 3, 17 and 31: 9.00 - 1.00pm.

Selected Bibliography

Ballard, Paul H and John Pritchard. Practical theology in action: Christian thinking in the service of church and society. London: SPCK, 1996
Bass, Dorothy C (ed.). Practicing our faith: A way of life for a searching people. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1997
Ford, David F. The shape of living: Spiritual disciplines for everyday life. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1999
Lamott, Anne. Traveling mercies: Some thoughts on faith. New York: Anchor Books, 1999
Moltmann, Jürgen. The source of life: The Holy Spirit and the theology of life. London: SCM, 1997
Palmer, Parker J. Let your life speak: Listening for the voice of vocation. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2000