Bachelor of Ministry
The purpose of the Bachelor of Ministry (BMin) is to equip Christian leaders to be competent in establishing, developing, transforming and growing healthy communities and networks.
The course provides opportunity to people who are interested in the study of Christian ministry in contemporary society, whether this leads to a Christian ministry role or to personal enrichment and leadership development for other fields of endeavour. It is open to people of any, or no, denominational background.
The Bachelor of Ministry is designed to provide a strong foundation across the full range of theological disciplines that underpin contemporary ministry leadership – biblical studies, Christian education and discipleship, Christian leadership and missiology – with the ability to specialise in two of these areas (major studies). Supervised Field Education and integrative studies are designed to foster theological integration in the context of contemporary ministry practice, and guided study units provide flexibility to students and the opportunity to combine academic and practical development for professional preparation.
Course Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Bachelor of Ministry will have a developed understanding of Christian ministry and its underlying principles and concepts in the disciplines of: biblical studies; Christian education & discipleship; leadership; and missiology.
Graduates of the Bachelor of Ministry will have:
- the cognitive skills to undertake research, analyse information and apply knowledge and techniques learned in an academic or professional context
- developed skills for self-directed and life-long learning
- skills and capacities to be a reflective ministry practitioner, integrating aspects of theory and practice in an academic or professional context
- developed interpersonal, communication, creative and teamwork skills appropriate to employment and/or further study.
Graduates of the Bachelor of Ministry will:
- be able to initiate, plan, problem solve and implement decisions in a leadership role in a range of ministry contexts
- have the appropriate knowledge and skills to make independent judgements in a range of leadership contexts
- be able to identify and apply innovative approaches and solutions to issues arising in ministry practice
- understand the dynamics of healthy interpersonal relationships, and be able to generate appropriate trust
- have skills and capacities to be a reflective practitioner.
Length of the course
The course requires three years of full-time study, or equivalent part-time.
Students may exit with an Associate Degree of Ministry after two years of full-time study and having met the course rules for the Associate Degree.
Students may exit with a Diploma of Ministry after one year of full-time study and having met the course rules for the Diploma.
Course Structure and Rules
The Bachelor of Ministry course is 108 credit points comprising 24 units of 4.5 credit points each:
- eight level 1 core units,
- two majors, and
- one minor.
Majors and minors are available in the following areas:
- Biblical Studies
- Christian Education & Discipleship
- Pastoral Care
- Missiology and Innovation.
A major is 6 units totalling 27 credit points. A minor is 4 units totalling 18 credit points. No more than two level 1 units may be included in a major or minor.
In addition all students must complete two units of Supervised Field Education, two units of Integrative Ministry Practice, and the unit MINS3002 Biblical Hermeneutics. One unit of Supervised Field Education may be included as an elective unit in any major.
Elective units may be selected from the full range of units available, provided prerequisites are met.
Specialist practice stream
A specialist Practice stream is available in the course for students who are approved by the course adviser to take this stream, on the basis of additional admission requirements.
Students in the Practice stream are required to complete:
- eight level 1 core units
- five units of Supervised Field Education
- two units of Integrative Ministry Practice
- the unit MINS3002 Biblical Hermeneutics
- electives and Guided Study units.
Students in the practice stream will be guided in their study program by an individually assigned academic adviser. Units may be selected from the full range of units in the course.
Supervised Field Education
Supervised Field Education (SFE) is a core requirement in the Bachelor of Ministry, giving expression to the reflective ministry practitioner focus of the course. Students complete a minimum of two units and a maximum of five units of SFE in the degree course.
In the semester prior to enrolling in SFE, students are encouraged to discuss arrangements for their placement with the SFE unit Coordinator. SFE is also discussed during course advising with the Bachelor of Ministry Coordinator.
Prior to commencing their first unit of Supervised Field Education (MINS2528), students must complete the first level core unit MINS1510 Introduction to Formation for Ministry. Students are also required to complete MINS1509 Introduction to Leadership either before or concurrently with their first SFE unit. These units provide orientation to a professional role in ministry and ethical guidelines in ministry practice.
Further details of the requirements together with relevant examples, assessment details and bibliography are given in the Supervised Field Education Handbook for Students, available from the SFE coordinator.