St Mark’s Diploma of Christian Ministry and Theology (10743NAT) is designed to give Christians who are motivated to serve their church community the confidence to help others. It 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. It’s a great course to start your ministry and theological training in, whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been a follower of Jesus for a long time.
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.
Our course advisors are well placed to match your background and educational objectives to the course that would best suit your needs.
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This course is intended to provide participants with a range of knowledge and skills to perform the following functions within a Christian ministry context:
This course is designed to be completed in 1 year.
(CMTTHE502—Utilise the analysis of theological data)
(BSBCMM401—Make a presentation)
(CMTMIN501—Facilitate personal or social change through the application of theological ideas)
(CHCCOM001—Provide first point of contact)
CMTTHE501— Analyse and interpret Christian scripture and theology
NEW TEAM MINISTRY
(CHCCDE002—Develop and implement community programs)
(CMTTHE503—Research and analyse information within a theological theme or issue)
(CHCPAS001—Plan for the provision of pastoral and spiritual care)
(CMTTHE504 —Analyse and apply new theological insights)
Intensive in Canberra
CMTMIN502—Communicate theology in a clear form
Intensive in Canberra or online
St Mark’s National Theological Centre, 15 Blackall Street BARTON ACT 2600
You must provide a letter from your church minister, indicating
Participants may need to complete a language, literacy and numeracy LLN indicator test prior to enrolment if they haven’t successfully completed the equivalent of an Australian Year 12 school certificate or higher. If English is not your first language, you may also need to complete a 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).
The compentencies in this course are taught using a highly integrated approach. This course requires that you complete ALL of the following units of compentency.
(CMTTHE501 Analyse and interpret Christian Scripture and Theology)
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.
READING THE BIBLE
(CMTTHE502 Utilise the analysis of 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.
RESEARCHING CHRISTIAN BELIEFS
(CMTTHE503 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.
(CMTTHE504 Analyse and apply new theological insights)
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.
(CMTMIN501 Facilitate personal or social change through the application of theological ideas)
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.
COMMUNICATING THE MESSAGE OF JESUS CHRIST
(CMTMIN502 Present theological beliefs and their implications)
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.
BEGINNING NEW TEAM MINISTRY
(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.
COMMUNICATING IN A CHURCH COMMUNITY
(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.
This course includes an emphasis on group sharing and discussion as a form of assessment. It also asks learners to participate in and initiate some lay-ministry activities in their church context.
When you study the Diploma of Christian Ministry and Theology, you will add significant value to your educational and work experience. For example, having welcoming, presentation, and event organisation skills in a leadership role is crucial, whether you manage a team, a classroom, or volunteers.
March 2022 intake: 15 February 2022
For applicants seeking Recognition of Prior Learning for 2022 intake, closing date for applications is 1 November 2021.
Terms 1 & 2: 1 April
Terms 3 & 4: 1 September
“My expectations were that I would strengthen my existing Ministry skills and understanding of the Bible, but I was surprised by how the course also assisted me to increase the breadth of my Ministry skills, including doing things like preparing a talk on the Bible, and writing the prayers for my weekly service at St. John’s Reid. This course has helped me follow Jesus by helping me identify the skills and gifts I have in serving God, and giving me the tools to utilise these skills more effectively.”Read her full review