Advanced Diploma of Christian Ministry and Theology

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Advanced Diploma of Christian Ministry and Theology

This course aims to provide students with a range of knowledge and skills to provide ministry leadership in the Church.

This course is also a prerequisite for ordained ministry in a number of dioceses across the Anglican Church of Australia.

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

3 years part-time

  • Online
  • Work-based
  • 6 three-day intensives in Canberra (usually in July and November)

There are no entry requirements for this qualification. However, it is recommended that a learner holds the Diploma of Christian Ministry and Theology 10434NAT or an acceptable equivalent qualification.
You must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, an Australian permanent resident, or hold a permanent humanitarian visa.


  • Certified copy of relevant diploma/testamur
  • Letter of recommendation from your pastor (must include pastor’s contact details). The letter must also indicate your pastor’s intention to support you during your on-the-job experience.

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

CORE (6)

  • Ministry in Modern Australia
    (CMTTHE601A Analyse and critique religious traditions in the light of current thinking)
  • Ministry and Persons
  • (CMTTHE602A Analyse and critique theological data)
  • Ministry and the Minister
    (CMTTHE603A Analyse and critique data within a theological theme or issue)
  • Anglican Public Ministry: leading worship in various settings
    (CMTTHE604A Critique new insights on theological information)
  • Growing holistically
    (CMTMIN601A Synthesise theological ideas and the Christian way of life)
  • The Minister as Proclaimer
    (CMTMIN602A Communicate theology in substantial depth)


  • Working with volunteers and growing disciples
    (CHCORG529B Provide coaching and motivation)
  • Introduction to Governance
    (CHCORG611C Lead and develop others in a community sector workplace)
  • Intentional Pastoral Practice
    (CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice)
  • Mission and Change
    (CHCORG610B Manage change in a community sector organisation)

An important component of the ADCMT is specific experience gained in working in parishes during the course. Intensives also allow opportunities for group involvement in Intentional Pastoral Practice, the sharing of resources, ideas and practice, the leading of worship and hands-on workshops covering practical issues such as discipling, mission, managing change, church governance, preaching, spiritual development, and dealing with stress.

This course is a requirement for the Ordained Ministry in a number of Anglican Dioceses for both a Deacon and a Priest. It is also evidence of relevant training and experience for all Anglican Dioceses. Please note, however, that the final decision about ordination rests with Diocesan Bishops and their advisors.

Students who complete the Advanced Diploma in Christian Ministry and Theology may be eligible for credit toward completion of the CSU Bachelor of Theology course.

We break up our academic year into two sessions.

Session 1: Begins the first week of February, ends last week of June
Session 2: Begins the week starting Monday 17 July, ends Friday 8 December


Bunbury: 23—25 June, 27—29 October
Canberra: 17—19 February, 21—23 July, 3—5 November
Gippsland: TBA
North Queensland: 16—18 June, 13—15 October

Application closing dates

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: 15 July 2018
Session 2 late application deadline: 22 February 2018 (Late applications will incur a late fee.)

For applicants seeking Recognition of Prior Learning for 2018 intake, closing date for applications is 1 October 2017.

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