St Mark’s Diploma of Leadership and Management 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.
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.
There is an optional one-day classroom-based training per Module in Canberra.
15 Blackall Street, BARTON ACT 2600
You must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, an Australian permanent resident, or hold a permanent humanitarian visa.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 leadership within the church, graduates may 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 in the CSU Bachelor of Business.