Build your leadership
Our Diploma program will take your leadership training to the next level. By building on what you learned in your first year, your understanding of the Bible and theology will continue to expand. You’ll now start adding the team and people leadership to your ministry skill set, whilst continuing to grow in your area of ministry. All this while continuing to put what you’re learning into practice in ways that make a real impact.
Core Subjects are done by all students, and now enlarge their understanding and skills in the Bible, theology, team leadership and ministry to people.
Everyone chooses a Stream that further develops their expertise in their ministry of passion and calling.
Practicum is where each student continues to grow by turning their classroom learning into real leadership skill through hands-on experience in an area of their choice.
One year (two semesters) full-time.
Our second-year program enlarges your knowledge of biblical teaching, theology and improves your team and people leadership skills. It also allows you to further develop expertise in your chosen area of ministry. Put it all together, our Diploma program trains you with the skills you need to lead a ministry team, or effectively exercise leadership within a church or Christian organization, for example:
- A youth team leader
- A worship leader,
- A music or vocal director.
- A leader in a kids or student team
- A team leader in a church video team
- Lead a discipleship group
- Lead a community outreach or social justice team
- Run church events
- Coach young songwriters
The course also trains you with the skills needed in marketplace careers in the same field as your Stream’s ministry specialization.
Innovative Learning Environment
Our study program takes place in a variety of settings including lecture-style classes, group work, presentation, self-directed learning activities, workshops, tutorials and work-based training. Assessment methods include written assignments, reports and journals, oral and written presentations, ministry observation, performances, portfolios, tests, and workplace feedback.
At the end of your second year
After successfully completing your second year of study you are eligible to receive a Diploma of Ministry. This gives you entry into the Advance Diploma in Ministry course, the third year of our program.
Students are entitled to receive each award at the conclusion of each qualification. However, students can elect to receive all of their awards together at our public graduation ceremony at the completion of all their studies.
Taking your Core studies further, these subjects will further strengthen your understanding of the Bible and theology, while adding key leadership skills to your ministry toolkit, so you can start empowering others to make a difference.
Old Testament Studies An in-depth look at key texts in the Old Testament, analyzing, interpreting, and applying them to a contemporary ministry. This subject builds upon the bible study skills you developed in first year by developing some basic exegetical skills appropriate for reading Old Testament texts accurately. (Objective: To interpret and apply the Bible)
New Testament Studies An in-depth look at key books and genres in the New Testament, focusing on Paul’s letter to the Romans and The Gospel of Luke. It will delve more deeply in to the cultural and historical settings of both books as it helps you cultivate some early exegetical skills that you can apply to the close study of other books of the New Testament. It will also help you analyse how you might apply these texts to contemporary Christian life and ministry. (Objective: To interpret and apply the Bible)
Pastoral Care This subject equips the student with the skills necessary to identify and effectively deal with pastoral care issues that arise in a ministry setting. These topics include: identifying issues, effective consultation and referral, overview of key pastoral issues, such as grief and loss, relational issues and crisis care. It will also help you think through the biblical and theological dimensions of caring for people so that you can grapple with many of the difficult issues that come up in pastoral ministry. (Objective: To interpret and apply pastoral theology in a ministry setting)
Theology This subject builds on the concepts and skills you developed in Christian Doctrine and Church History in your first year. It discusses and develops major theological concepts, seeing how they developed through church history, and explores the diversity of theological viewpoints across a range of Christian traditions. The strengths and weaknesses of different positions will be assessed, along with their implications for life and ministry in a modern-day church setting. (Objective: To interpret and apply theological concepts)
Team Leadership In this subject, you will be equipped with the understanding and diverse skills you need to lead and build teams in a ministry environment. It will help you build your capacity to recruit people to your team, build a great team atmosphere, manage your team to meet challenging ministry goals, and develop the people on your team to fulfill their God-given potential. (Objective: To integrate and apply biblical, theological and ministry concepts in a ministry setting)
Leadership Development This subject combines with Team Leadership to give you a well-rounded understanding of leadership, and your pathways forward as you develop as a leader. In particular, this subject focusses on a range of leadership theories, from the academic and business worlds, and explores their implications and application to Christian ministry and leadership. In the process you will be enabled to think about your own leadership style, practice and potential, so that you can map out your leadership development trajectory. (Objective: To integrate and apply biblical, theological and ministry concepts in a ministry setting)
Ministry Safety Focussing on one of the key responsibilities of modern ministry leaders, this subject equips you with the skills and information you need to assess and maintain safety in a ministry environment. Topics include: managing risk, dealing with emergencies and Health and Safety policies and procedures.