Diploma of Leadership and Management

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Diploma of Leadership and Management

St Mark’s Diploma of Leadership and Management (BSB51918) offers a broad range of leadership skills, equipping church ministers and leaders with the skills to survive and thrive in the increasingly demanding role of Church leadership.

The course offers a balance between elements of personal development and reflection, communication and relationship building, as well as practical skills such as financial management and marketing. This qualification complements formal ministry training and theological studies, providing skills for developing and maintaining vibrant and diverse ministry teams, while also providing skills to support personal well-being in order to cope with the demands of leadership over the longer term.

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2 years part-time at one Module a semester. Students may enrol in a single Module or the full course.

It should be possible to complete the requirements of this course alongside full time work or ministry.

  • Online using Moodle training platform and ZOOM conferencing
  • Optional one-day classroom-based training per Module in Canberra (subject to demand)
  • Students will need access to an environment where they can undertake practical leadership exercises

There is an optional one-day classroom-based training per Module in Canberra.

Canberra Campus

15 Blackall Street, BARTON  ACT 2600


  • Applicants need to have achieved a level of education equal to or above Australian Year 10 certificate.
  • have sufficient literacy skills to read and engage with complex material and other literature related to leadership and management.
  • Applicants also need to EITHER
    • provide evidence they hold a current leadership role in their church or organisation, OR
    • provide a letter of support from a church minister or other manager indicating agreement for practical leadership assessment activities to be undertaken in their church or other organisation.

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


  • Copy of Year 10 certificate (or any higher qualification)
  • Brief resume
  • Letter of support from minister or manager


Competencies in this course are taught using a highly integrated approach within four Modules. All Modules, including units of competency covered in each, are outlined below.


  1. Effective Communication

Learn to negotiate and present persuasively, share ideas, manage meetings and resolve relationship issues. Develop a practice of reflection on one’s own emotional strengths and weaknesses, and similarly respond and support others in this practice.

  • Develop and use emotional intelligence (BSBLDR511)
  • Lead and manage effective working relationships (BSBLDR502)
  • Communicate with influence (BSBLDR513)


  1. Managing Risk and Safety

Understand legal safety compliance requirements in relation to people and property, and implement responses to risks facing ministry or workplace situations. Understand and implement the requirements of safe ministry processes, including development of personal practice, to ensure own leadership and ministry actions supports safe communities. This module includes training in identifying and responding to children and young people at risk as recommended by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

  • Ensure a safe workplace (BSBWHS501)
  • Manage risk (BSBRSK501)
  • Reflect on and improve own professional practice (CHCPRP003)


  1. Planning and Resourcing

Develop and implement operational and mission plans using a variety of information sources and consultation. Develop practical skills in marketing and financial management, and integrate sound governance into operational planning and processes.

  • Manage operational plan (BSBMGT517)
  • Implement and monitor marketing activities (BSBMKG514)
  • Manage finances (BSBFIM601)*


  1. Leading and Building Teams

Establish processes which encourage the development of individuals to facilitate team cohesion and collaborative ministry outcomes. Use effective communication skills to give feedback and develop others.

  • Develop a workplace learning environment (BSBLED501)
  • Lead and manage team effectiveness (BSBWOR502)
  • Build and sustain an innovative work environment (BSBINN502)

This course includes group sharing and discussion as a form of assessment. Participants are also asked to initiate and participate in a number of leadership activities within their church or other leadership context.

While the course is oriented towards a church leadership context, graduates will find the Diploma generally applicable to secular leadership roles. Graduates may be eligible to pursue further training via the Advanced Diploma of Leadership and Management (BSB61015) or other Advanced Diploma qualifications. Graduates may also receive articulation into a related degree level course, including credit for four units (32 points) in the Charles Sturt University (CSU) Bachelor of Business or one unit (8 points) in the CSU Master of Ministry articulated set (including Grad Cert and Grad Dip).


Session 1: Begins 1 March, ends 30 June 2019
Session 2: Begins 1 August, ends 30 November 2019

  • Module 1: Effective Communication commences 1 August 2019
  • Module 2: Managing Risk and Safety commences 1 March 2020
  • Module 4: Leading and Building Teams commences 1 March 2020
  • Module 3: Planning and Resourcing commences 1 August 2020


August intake: 1 July 2019

For applicants seeking Recognition of Prior Learning , closing date for applications is 60 days prior to relevant Module commencement date.


Session 1: 1 April
Session 2: 1 September


Easter Sunday 2020: 12th April

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