Ministry

Bachelor of Ministry

CRICOS:
077753M
[BMin]
DURATION:
3 years full-time or
equivalent part-time
STUDY MODE:
In-Class
Online
Blended
INTAKE PERIOD:
February
July

Prepare yourself for the practice of ministry. Taught by world-class theologians and experienced ministers, establish foundations for ministry through the study of scriptures, theological traditions, historical and contemporary contexts. In addition to understanding and articulating your own identity and place in the world, this course will prepare you for various areas of ministry in church and society.

What you will learn

  • A broad and integrated introduction to theology, becoming familiar with the literature, language and concepts of theology.
  • The academic skills and attributes necessary to research, comprehend, interpret and evaluate theology from a range of sources.
  • The ability to review, consolidate, extend and apply the knowledge and techniques learnt to the practice of ministry – this is supplemented by supervised field experience.
  • A foundation in theology for lifelong learning, or for further academic study in theology.
  • The skills appropriate for ministry in the church.

Course structure

The Diploma in Theology consists of 24 units (432 points):

  • Four (4) Field B: Biblical Studies units – must include at least one (1) unit in both the Old and New Testaments (72 points)
  • Four (4) units in Field C: Systematic Theology (72 points)
  • Two (2) units in Field C: Church History (36 points)
  • Two (2) units in a discipline or disciplines in Field C: Theology: Mission and Ministry (36 points)
  • Four (4) units of praxis units in Field C: Theology: Mission and Ministry (72 points)
  • a further 8 units any Field (144 points)

Most standard units are delivered over one semester (15 weeks), with teaching methods including lectures, seminars and tutorials.

View the Timetable for current units offered.
View all Stirling Units and Fields.
Download the Bachelor of Ministry Course Planner to map out your studies.


Entry Requirements and Admission

Successful completion of VCE or equivalent. Probationary admission is available to approved persons aged 21 or greater who have not completed Year 12.

Prospective students apply by direct entry to a College of the University. The Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) is not used in selection at the University of Divinity.

It may be possible for students to receive credit into their course for prior post-secondary study in theology or ministry.

International students:
Please read the entry requirements and follow the admission process for international students here.

Have questions about the course or application process?
Call us on (03) 9790 1000
Enquire online here
Apply for admission here


Course Cost

View unit fees and payment options here.
Students who are Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa are eligible for FEE-HELP.


Further Opportunities

Upon successful completion, graduates may proceed to:

  • Graduate Certificate in Children and Family Ministry
  • Master of Theological Studies
  • Master of Pastoral Care
    (This list is not exhaustive)

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the University of Divinity, which is constituted by the University of Divinity Act 1910 of the Parliament of Victoria. View the regulations here.

Graduate Certificate in Children and Families Ministry

CRICOS:
N/A
[GCCFM]
DURATION:
1 semester full-time or
equivalent part-time
STUDY MODE:
Face-to-face
INTAKE PERIOD:
February
July

Equip yourself to engage in ministry with children and their families. Safe practice and effective ministry with children demands practical expertise, pastoral awareness, and ethical depth. In the context of ministry with children and their families, the practical, spiritual, and pastoral disciplines are becoming increasingly important and recognised foci in the church and its associate agencies.

This qualification will assist the church and associated agencies to build a cohort of professionals and enthusiasts; provide opportunities for growth in this ministry; grow expertise in the Children’s Ministry Network; improve skills and standards in the sector, and enhance community recognition for people engaged in ministry with children and their families.

What you will learn

  • A broad knowledge-base of Biblical texts and the Christian tradition, particularly as these bear on ‘child theology,’ theologies of child, and child spirituality.
  • How to apply a clearly articulated vision of mission to children and their families in various ministry contexts and contemporary culture.
  • A critical understanding of pastoral practices and theories of child development as these apply to ministry with children and their families.
  • How to apply the skills of theological reflection personally and contextually resulting in a coherent practice of ministry with children and their families.
  • An understanding of ministry that recognises and values the spirituality and experiences of children.

Course structure

The Diploma in Theology consists of 3 units (72 points):

The Graduate Certificate in Children and Families Ministry consists of 45 points comprised of:

  • DA8015S Children and Families Ministry: Core Issues in Diverse Contexts
  • DA/DS9019S The Nurture and Spiritual Guidance of Children
  • A further one (1) unit in any Field

Most standard units are delivered over one semester (15 weeks), with teaching methods including lectures, seminars and tutorials.

View the Timetable for current units offered.
View all Stirling Units and Fields.
Download the Graduate Certificate in Children and Families Ministry Course Planner to map out your studies.


Entry Requirements and Admission

Successful completion of an undergraduate degree, or an approved equivalent.

Have questions about the course or application process?
Call us on (03) 9790 1000
Enquire online here
Apply for admission here


Course Cost

View unit fees and payment options here.
Students who are Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa are eligible for FEE-HELP.


Accreditation

This course is accredited by the University of Divinity, which is constituted by the University of Divinity Act 1910 of the Parliament of Victoria. View the regulations here.

Advanced Diploma in Theology and Ministry

CRICOS:
075251E
[AdvDipTheolMin]
DURATION:
2 years full-time or
equivalent part-time
STUDY MODE:
In-Class
Blended with Online
INTAKE PERIOD:
February
July

Building on the Diploma in Theology, the Advanced Diploma in Theology and Ministry will deepen your understanding of the key theological disciplines of Biblical Studies and Christian Thought and History and in Ministry.  

What you will learn

  • Significant foundational skills for critical study of Christian texts.
  • Skills to articulate and reflect upon foundational theological, scriptural knowledge and apply this to ministry practice.
  • Strong analytical skills allowing you to analyse and communicate sound theological arguments, especially in relation to ministry tasks or worldview perspectives.
  • How to apply skills and knowledge to your own and other contexts and traditions through culturally relevant ministry practices.
  • How to apply your skills and knowledge to the service of others through practical engagement and in contexts, such as practical support ministries or cultural and philosophical analysis.

Course structure

The Advanced Diploma in Theology and Ministry consists of 16 units (288 points):

  • 1 unit (18 points) in Field B: Old Testament
  • 1 unit (18 points) in Field B: New Testament
  • 1 unit (18 points) in Field C: Systematic Theology
  • 1 unit (18 points) in Field C: Church History
  • 2 units (36 points) in Field B (Biblical Studies) and/or Field C (Christian Thought and History)
  • a further 10 units (180 points) from any Field

Most standard units are delivered over one semester (15 weeks), with teaching methods including lectures, seminars and tutorials.

View the Timetable for current units offered.
View all Stirling Units and Fields.
Download the Advanced Diploma in Theology and Ministry Course Planner to map out your studies.


Entry Requirements and Admission

Successful completion of VCE or equivalent. Probationary admission is available to approved persons aged 21 or greater who have not completed Year 12.

Prospective students apply by direct entry to a College of the University. The Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) is not used in selection at the University of Divinity.

It may be possible for students to receive credit into their course for prior post-secondary study in theology or ministry.

International students:
Please read the entry requirements and follow the admission process for international students here.

Have questions about the course or application process?
Call us on (03) 9790 1000
Enquire online here
Apply for admission here


Course Cost

View unit fees and payment options here.
Students who are Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa are eligible for FEE-HELP.


Further Opportunities

Upon successful completion, graduates may proceed to:

  • the Bachelor of Ministry
  • the Bachelor of Theology

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the University of Divinity, which is constituted by the University of Divinity Act 1910 of the Parliament of Victoria. View the regulations here.

Doctor of Ministry

Stirling has partnered with Abilene Christian University, Texas, to provide the Doctor of Ministry program.

CRICOS:
N/A
[D.Min]
DURATION:
3 years full-time or
equivalent part-time
STUDY MODE:
Self-directed
Face-to-face
APPLICATION DEADLINE:
1 December

The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) is an advanced professional degree designed to enhance your practice as a ministerial leader. We offer tools to sharpen your leadership skills, refine your theological reflection, and nurture the deep spiritual formation necessary to sustain a God-shaped ministry in diverse cultural contexts.

Combining academic rigour with praxis, the D.Min. serves scholar-practitioners in a wide array of leadership roles such as congregational ministry, missions, church planting, chaplaincy and non-profit organizations.

The program is flexible, with residency periods occurring just twice a year. This allows you to attend classes for only brief periods each year while still remaining rooted in your home and ministry context. The partnership allows you to complete ACU’s D.Min. degree with only two trips to Abilene, Texas, plus an optional third trip for graduation ceremonies. The remainder of your classes will be offered online or at Stirling’s campus in Melbourne (learn more). Additionally, the program incorporates faculty and thesis advisors from both Stirling and Abilene Christian University.


Dual Enrolment

The Doctor of Ministry program offers 6 dual units with Abilene Christian University and Stirling. These units fulfil the Doctor of Ministry’s ‘ministry elective’ requirement:

  • Christian Leadership Development
  • Christian Spiritual Formation
  • Missional Ecclesiology
  • Leading Change in Christian Organizations
  • Culture, Context, and Community
  • Forming Communities of Faith

Watch the Doctor of Ministry Duel Enrolment video


Course Cost

View course cost and payment options here.

View Stirling unit fees and payment options here.
Students who are Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa are eligible for FEE-HELP.


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Publications:

The Doctor of Ministry Goes to the Land Down Under by  | Jul 9, 2019

Partner Spotlight: Andrew Menzies by  | Jul 10, 2019

Ministry Formation

(also see the Endorsed Ministry page below)

 

Study for an University of Divinity award can lead to further study and formation for endorsed ministry within of Churches of Christ. This occurs as students further explore their faith and call to Christian ministry in a journey with others. The process usually requires a minimum commitment of four years. Under normal circumstances undergraduate students will complete a Bachelor degree and a Graduate Diploma. Postgraduate students will complete a Master of Divinity and a Graduate Diploma.

Students can choose their elective units to focus on the kind of ministry they desire to undertake – in a local church, cross-cultural mission, youth ministry, chaplaincy or an emerging form of ministry.

The Ministry Formation process is complete when the student:

  • Is recommended for endorsement by a Ministerial Discernment Panel operating under the auspices of the Churches of Christ in Victoria and Tasmania.
  • Successfully completes a minimum of two years of student ministry experience, which includes at least one year of Supervised Field Education.
  • Completes a course of study approved by the Mission and Ministry Board of Churches of Christ in Victoria and Tasmania.

Application for admission to the Ministry Formation stream occurs during the first year of study. People who are seeking endorsement as ministers within Churches of Christ will engage in a precise program of ministry formation. This program involves four primary stages or phases:

  • A year of discernment (during which a formal application is made);
  • A year of theological reflection on ministry (which involves a 16 hour per week placement);
  • An SFE (Supervised Field Education) year (which involves a 16 hour per week placement);
  • A year of consolidation (which involves a supervised ministry placement).

The list below gives an overall map of key events that will mark the steps towards endorsement.

Phase 1: Year of Discernment

  • Invitation to consider God’s call with lecturers students and churchFormal application to enter ministry stream Application to Churches of Christ Vic/Tas Endorsement Taskgroup, in November.
  • Police check
  • Letter indicating Taskgroup’s recommendation to Conference

Phase 2: Theological reflection on Ministry

  • 16 hour week placement
  • Supervision – to meet 12 times
  • Fortnightly peer group meetings directed by SFECoordinator
  • SFG (Support and Feedback Group – church based)
  • Serving and Learning covenant
  • Seminar on ethics and ‘code of conduct’
  • Interview panel with panel made up of representatives from wide cross section of Churches and Conference at end of year, including assessments from faculty, mentor, church, SFG
  • Letter affirming continuation within the ministry stream months may be granted to part-time candidates.

Phase 3: Supervised Field Education

  • 16 hour/week placement
  • supervisor – to meet 12 times
  • weekly peer seminar
  • Support and Feedback Group (SFG)
  • Serving and learning Covenant
  • Theological Reflection paper – exploring operational theology.
  • Interview panel at end of year, including assessments from faculty, supervisor, church, and (SFG).
  • Letter affirming possible Provisional Endorsement

Phase 4: Year of Consolidation

  • 16 hour/week placement
  • Monthly peer group (with optional fortnightly & site visits)
  • Supervision (12 times)
  • SFG – Support and Feedback Group
  • Spiritual direction (Established by the end of year)
  • Interview Panel at end of year, including assessments from faculty, supervisor, church, SF
  • Letter affirming possible endorsement and outlining process to ordination.

For a very useful booklet on becoming an endorsed minister CLICK HERE. (recommended).

Endorsed Ministry

Think about the people who have been your ministers. What were the qualities that you admired in those ministers? Was it their biblical knowledge, their relationship with God, their pastoral sensitivity, the way they made the Gospel relevant to your life, or their contemplative spirituality?

Some of these qualities are learnt in the academy while others are formed in the worshipping community. These two aspects are discussed below, but keep in mind the one constant is that the learning and formation is always ongoing. We are never ‘masters’ of this vocation.

Learning in the academy has long been a requirement for professional ministry in most settings. The areas of study are basic: biblical studies (Old and New Testaments); Christian thought about God, Jesus, the church and the world; pastoral leadership and care; mission, ethics, spirituality, worship and the practice of ministry. The history and thought of Churches of Christ is another relevant subject.

Formation in the worshipping community is an experience essential for the development of healthy ministry. Here, a minister-in-training receives support and direction from an experienced minister. Attached to this training is a program of supervised field education run by the College. This supervised field education is designed to help the trainee integrate their studies with their experience of ministry. The focus is personal growth and intentional professional development. The trainee is encouraged to set goals and objectives and monitor them. Acts of ministry are discussed in peer groups, feedback groups, and with a supervisor to develop the skills of self-evaluation and theological reflection. These two skills are crucial for sustainable, effective ministry. Self-evaluation of one’s ministry leads to greater self-understanding and continuous improvement. Theological reflection occurs with the consideration of questions like: “how did that act of ministry fit with the way I think about God?” or “where does that act of ministry fit with the story of Jesus in the New Testament?” The more one becomes practised in answering questions like these about their own life and ministry, the more adept one becomes in helping others discover the meaning of the Gospel for their own lives.

Normally, this formation process takes three years in conjunction with learning in the academy. However, people seeking endorsement for ministry by Churches of Christ present with a variety of life experiences, education and ministry backgrounds. This is taken into account when a program of training is designed for each candidate. In addition, the ministry setting the candidate feels called to is also considered when formulating the components of learning and formation. The resulting endorsement of the candidate by Churches of Christ for ministry merely acknowledges what has already occurred in the life of the candidate.

For more information on endorsement matters CLICK HERE.

For a very useful booklet on becoming an endorsed minister CLICK HERE. (recommended).