10434NAT Diploma of Christian Ministry and Theology

Our Diploma of Christian Ministry and Theology can give you the confidence to help others, whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been a follower of Jesus for a long time. 

The course gives you foundational and inspiring training by balancing practical skills with Biblical grounding. Our introduction to theology is engaging and applicable to your life. You will also gain skills in starting a new ministry, pastoral care, leading volunteers, running small groups, and communicating your faith in Jesus.


Course duration

This course is designed to be completed in 1 year. If you would like to discuss flexible course options, please contact our course adviser.

Diploma of Christian Ministry and Theology Schedule of Units


Classroom, work-based, and online learning


You must provide a letter from your church minister indicating
  • that the minister considers the applicant to have the potential for introductory training in theology and lay ministry; and
  • that the minister takes responsibility for the applicant to be inducted into safe church practices relevant to their church setting. 
If English is not your first language, you may need to complete a language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) indicator test prior to enrolment.

You must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, an Australian permanent resident, or hold a permanent humanitarian visa.

  • Letter of recommendation from your church minister (must include their contact details). 

Course description

This course is intended to provide participants with a range of knowledge and skills to perform the following functions within a Christian ministry context:
•    interpret, analyse and apply integrated concepts related to Christian beliefs
•    provide considered information and ideas related to Christian beliefs and teachings to Christian and non-Christian audiences
•    provide leadership to Christians based on demonstrated understanding of Christianity.

Subjects/Units of Competency

This course requires that you complete ALL of the following units of compentency.

CORE (6)
    (CMTTHE501A Analyse and interpret theological beliefs in the light of current thinking)
    You will be introduced to reading and interpreting English texts from the Bible; Biblical Theological theory and other ways of interpreting the Bible; basic exegesis; and an awareness of research tools to help you read the Bible. 
    (CMTTHE502A Analyse and interpret theological data)
    You will be given an introduction to reading and interpreting English texts from the Bible, as well as an appreciation of the Bible’s story line, basic exegesis, and an awareness of research tools to help you read the Bible.

    (CMTTHE503A Research and analyse information within a theological theme or issue)
    You will be given a framework for thinking about Doctrine, as well as the opportunity to delve into a particular area of Christian beliefs. 

    (CMTTHE504A Identify new theological information)
    This unit aims to enable you to grow in your own Christian life and your self-awareness, so you can develop discernment and wisdom when facing new theological ideas. *This subject is delivered during a weekend intensive in Canberra.

    (CMTMIN501A Relate theological ideas to the Christian way of life)
    In this unit, you will learn how to apply theological ideas and the Bible to your Christian life. The unit focuses on two main things: a framework for thinking about a topic as it relates to living as a Christian, and how to write and lead Bible study groups.

    (CMTMIN502A Communicate theology in a clear form)
    You will learn to communicate the message of Jesus Christ to others in a variety of contexts. This unit covers evangelism, sharing our story, apologetics, and preparing a Bible talk for a context of your choice. *This subject is delivered during a weekend intensive in Canberra.

    (CHCCDE002 Develop and implement community programs)
    You will learn how to research ministry needs and opportunities, and plan for and begin new team ministry. We will also cover the logistics of one-off event ministry and ongoing ministry programs, and impart our experience and knowledge on how to lead volunteers and evaluate the effectiveness of the ministry.

    (BSBCMM401 Make a Presentation)
    This unit provides practical training in preparing for and leading a service in a range on contexts. You will be encouraged in reflective practice that both builds up the Christian community and aids visitors in encountering Jesus Christ.

    (CHCCOM001 Provide first point of contact)
    You will learn how to welcome and integrate visitors into your church community, focusing on both process and interpersonal aspects of welcoming.
    (CHCPAS001  Plan for the provision of pastoral and spiritual care)
    This unit offers introductory pastoral care skills. You will be encouraged to recognise and avoid over-functioning, to intentionally include others in pastoral care where appropriate, and to integrate your faith into your practice.


Cost: $250 per unit (or $2,500 for the whole course)

Students will be required to pay for each unit that they are enrolled in at the start of each term. If you are completing the entire course, a 5% discount will apply if you pay for the full course prior to commencement of Term 1. 

Course progression and graduation is conditional upon timely payment of fees. St Mark’s reserves the right to withdraw students who are in arrears.

View all our fees and payment plans.

Key dates

Term 1 — Monday 13 February - Friday 7 April
Term 2 — Monday 24 April - Friday 30 June
Term 3 — Monday 17 July - Friday 22 September
Term 4 — Monday 9 October - Thursday 30 November

Intensives in Canberra: 
For students who started in February 2017, your intensive will be on 17 and 18 November 2017
For students who started in July 2017, your intensive will be on 8 and 9 December 2017



Application closing date: 
Session 1 application deadline: 15 February 2018
Session 1 late application deadline: 22 February 2018 (Late applications will incur a late fee).

Session 2 application deadline: 18 June 2018
Session 2 late application deadline: 25 June 2018 (Late applications will incur a late fee).
For applicants seeking Recognition of Prior Learning for Session 1 2018 intake, closing date for applications is 1 October 2017.
Term dates and intensive dates for 2018 to be advised.