CSU’s Graduate Certificate in Ministry is a practice-oriented course and an excellent way for ministers to upskill as you reflect on your ministry practice.
The course comprises a single core subject on reflective practice in contemporary ministry, along with three electives. Electives permit you to explore such areas as pastoral counselling, supervision, church governance, management and leadership, applied pastoral theology, chaplaincy, and contemporary mission and evangelism.
This course is a pathway into the Master of Ministry. (Completion of this course awards you with 32 out of the 96 required credit points for the Master of Ministry.)
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The Graduate Certificate in Ministry aims to assist ministers and others in church leadership by providing skills in ministry to a range of contexts for professional practice.
The course aims to
- provide opportunities for professional development in ministry
- facilitate critical theological reflection on the practice of ministry
- broaden the knowledge and skills of church leaders to meet ministry challenges in contemporary contexts.
- 1 to 2 years part-time
- Classroom-based (on campus) with possible residential school components for selected electives
Candidates for admission need to have
- an undergraduate degree in Theology from a recognised Australian university or equivalent, or hold the Graduate Diploma of Theology with a Credit average or higher; and
- have at least two years of full-time professional experience in ministry.
The Graduate Certificate comprises 4 subjects, beginning with a core subject that introduces reflective practice in contemporary ministry.
Students may then choose to study any 3 of the electives listed below. A full list of subjects and electives will be available on the CSU website late in 2018.
- MIN400 — Reflective Practice in Contemporary Ministry (8 points)
Choose subjects that build to 24 points from one of the following fields. All subjects are 8 points unless otherwise stated.
MINISTRY IN CONTEXT
- MIN402 Church Governance and Management
- MIN403 Christian Chaplaincy in Context
- MIN405 Applied Principles of Church Leadership
- MIN406 Group and Peer Supervision*
- MIN418 Practical Studies in Liturgy and Worship
- MIN419 Contemporary Issues in Practical Theology
- MIN438 Contemporary Mission and Evangelism
- MIN440 Public Theology for Ministry
- THL445 Foundations for Pastoral and Spiritual Care of Older People
- THL446 Pastoral and Spiritual Care of Older People
- THL451 Theological and Ethical Issues for People in Later Life
- MIN503 Professional Supervision 1
- MIN525 Professional Supervision 2*
- MIN540 Approaches to Enquiry in Ministry (16 points)
- MIN541 Reflective Practitioner Perspectives in Ministry (16 points)
*Professional Supervision 1 is a prerequisite for Professional Supervision 2 and Group and Peer Supervision.
- THL400 Pastoral Counselling Skills
- THL420 Pastoral Counselling: Theory and Professional Issues
- THL428 Pastoral Counselling: Grief and Loss*
- THL430 Pastoral Counselling: Crisis Intervention*
- THL432 Pastoral Counselling: Relationships and Family*
- THL434 Spiritual Direction in the Christian Tradition
- THL435 Applied Pastoral Theology
*Pastoral Counselling Skills and Pastoral Counselling: Theory and Profesional Issues are prerequisites for Pastoral Counselling: Grief and Loss; Pastoral Counselling: Crisis Intervention; and, Pastoral Counselling: Relationship and Family.