Advanced Diploma of Theology or Ministry

The Advanced Diploma of Theology and Ministry programs extend the opportunity for students to further reflect on theological foundations in a number of areas. Having completed 12 units of Diploma in Theology or Ministry, Advanced Diploma students can go on to complete an additional four units at degree level.

The aim of the course is to introduce students in a systematic manner to the body of coherent knowledge that is the classical discipline of theology as a means of preparing men and women for well-informed participation in the life of the church and, if students so choose, for ministry in one or more areas of pastoral practice. The course does aim to provide a foundation of knowledge and skills appropriate to Christian ministry. Candidates are normally admitted upon satisfactory completion of Year 12 in an Australian school system or equivalent. Consideration will also be given to other factors such as practical experience, maturity and motivation, and the likelihood of satisfactory completion of the academic requirements of the course.

The Advanced Diploma of Ministry/Theology introduce students to the sources and content of the Christian story and message, and provides training which emphasizes application and articulation of this story and message in the contemporary world at a higher level than the Diploma of Ministry / Theology.

Advanced Diploma of Ministry (AdvDipMin)

The undergraduate Advanced Diploma of Ministry requires 64 credit points for completion, including at least 16 credit points at advanced (300-400) level. The course duration is 2 years full time, with no part time limit.

The course will require specialisation in disciplines by which knowledge of God is applied to guide Christian practice in the three areas of the field of Ministry and Practice:

  • Evangelism and Missiology (EM)
  • Pastoral and Church Focused Ministry (PC)
  • Developmental Ministry (DM)

The course will integrate studies in the Bible and Christian tradition with practical experience and include supervised practice based learning where appropriate. Through elective units students can:

  • Develop particular ministry skills in the three areas of the field of Ministry and Practice
  • Develop foundational understanding in the Bible and Christian Thought (OT, NT, TH, CH, PE)

Advanced Diploma of Theology (AdvDipTh)

The undergraduate Advanced Diploma of Theology requires 64 credit points for completion, including at least 16 credit points at advanced (300-400) level. The course duration is 2 years full time, with no part time  limit.

The course in Theology will concentrate on the disciplines by which knowledge of God is developed and articulated in two main fields:

  • Bible and Languages (OT, NT)
  • Christian Thought (TH, CH, PE)

The course provides a grounding for ministry by establishing a foundation in theological knowledge and reflection. Through elective units students can:

  • Follow study tracks in Bible and Languages and in Christian Thought
  • Develop practical ministry skills (EM, PC, DM)

Combined Advanced Diploma of Theology / Advanced Diploma of Ministry (AdvDipTh / AdvDipMin)

The combined undergraduate Advanced Diploma of Theology / Advanced Diploma of Ministry requires 96 credit points for completion, including at least 24 credit points at advanced (300-400) level. The course duration is 3 years full time, with no part time limit.

The course will be based on the disciplines by which knowledge of God is developed and articulated in two main fields:

  • Bible (OT, NT)
  • Christian Thought (TH, CH, PE)

The course will also require specialisation in disciplines by which knowledge of God is applied to guide Christian practice in the three areas of the field of Ministry and Practice:

  • Evangelism and Missiology (EM)
  • Pastoral and Church Focused Ministry (PC)
  • Developmental Ministry (DM)

This part of the course will integrate studies in the Bible and Christian tradition with practical experience and include supervised practice based learning where appropriate. Through elective units students can:

  • Follow study tracks in Bible and Languages and Christian Thought
  • Develop particular ministry skills in the three areas of the field of Ministry and Practice

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