ACD Higher Education Handbook 2016

The Bachelor of Ministry, Associate Degree of Ministry and Diploma of Ministry form a suite of nested courses based on the practice of ministry. Students are able to develop their skills for Christian ministry and leadership.

Emphasising the integration of practice and theology, students will engage with contemporary approaches to scripture, mission, leadership and Christian education and discipleship.

There are four areas of study in the Ministry courses:

  • Biblical Studies
  • Christian Education and Discipleship
  • Leadership
  • Missiology

Exit pathways

Students enrolled in the Bachelor course may choose to exit early with a diploma qualification. Students may also choose to extend their studies, for example transferring to the degree after successful completion of the diploma course.

Diploma of Ministry

1 year of full-time study or part-time equivalent

The Diploma of Ministry provides some foundational theological study in the disciplines underpinning ministry practice suitable for a range of lay roles.

The course gives flexibility to students who seek a ministry course shorter than a full three year degree course, or who study in the external mode and are unable to complete the practical requirements for Supervised Field Experience of the Bachelor of Ministry course.

The Diploma of Ministry also provides optional pathways for people interested in chaplaincy – in schools, aged care and hospitals – and church leadership, such as church council members.

The course provides an entry qualification for employment in lay ministry roles, and professional development for Church members preparing for leadership roles. Vocational outcomes (paid or unpaid) include: youth leader, parish worker, professional development for teachers in church schools, church councillors or elders, and chaplains in schools, aged care and hospitals.

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Associate Degree of Ministry

2 years of full-time study or part-time equivalent

The Associate Degree of Ministry provides the same foundation as the Bachelor of Ministry, through the core units, with some beginning specialisation in two areas. The course provides an up-to-date understanding of the major ministry concepts and theories as well as the skills to apply them to life situations as effective practitioners. The structure of the course is flexible enough to accommodate students who, for various reasons, choose not to follow a ministry career or who are unable to meet the practical arrangements for Supervised Field Education of the Bachelor of Ministry course, for example, remote-based external mode students. Vocational outcomes (paid or unpaid) include: lay leader, parish worker, youth leader, and chaplain.

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Bachelor of Ministry

3 years of full-time study or part-time equivalent

The purpose of the Bachelor of Ministry 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 provides academic and professional preparation for both lay and ordained ministry. The course is designed to equip people for leadership in a variety of contemporary ministry and mission contexts.

Employment and vocational outcomes include: youth workers; church planters; children and family workers; church administrators; chaplains in hospital, aged care, prison, mental health and disability settings; congregational ministers; and worship leaders. The course also provides preparation for ordained positions of minister of the word and ministry of deacon.

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