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Studying ministry at St Mark’s

Strengthening Australian churches by equipping and refreshing clergy and ministers

Ministry Training

Professional development for field workers

For over 40 years, St Mark’s has been preparing dedicated, passionate people to be useful leaders in their churches and communities. Our courses pair contemporary theory with best practice and are taught by lecturers and trainers who are experienced and empathetic to the demands of the vocation. The lessons you learn with us are widely applicable in church ministry, secular workplaces, and wherever you tend to others in the highways and byways of life.

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Professional development for field workers

Why choose St Mark’s

We are highly qualified and experienced

St Mark’s has been equipping people for ministry for over 40 years; we’ve also been a partner of the School of Theology at Charles Sturt University since 1995. Our lecturers are all passionate, practising Christians, and come from all stripes of Christianity. Many are already in ministry, just starting out, or working in corporate or para-church organisations. Our teaching is deeply grounded in the Christian faith and ethos.

Our training is widely recognised

Through St Mark’s Registered Training Organisation, you’ll be equipped with nationally recognised qualifications that have pathways into other related courses and areas of learning. This means you can build on your knowledge and skills over time and also gain recognition for prior learning.

Like St Mark’s Registered Training Organisation, Charles Sturt University’s ministry courses are recognised Australia-wide as all our courses are university accredited. They are taught by Christian lecturers all armed with both the academic chops and contemporary ministry experience, giving you the best of theory and practice.

Our community is vibrant and diverse

We take the doing of faith in community seriously. What we especially love about St Mark’s is the diversity of students we attract across the spectrum of Christian traditions — and the kind of robust and respectful dialogue that often results. Rubbing shoulders with leaders from different faith traditions is also a great way to share common struggles and learn about ideas that work.


Basic training for Christians who want to help

Diploma of Christian Ministry and Theology (10734NAT)

Basic training for Christians who want to help

This foundational course is designed to train Christians who want to help their church communities — just not as church leaders or paid workers.

We’ll introduce you to theology and practical 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.

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Our Ministry Courses

  • Professional Supervision

    St Mark’s offers three avenues for professional supervision training and study that cater to different academic pathways in VET and Higher Education. All our courses are accredited by the Australasian Association of Supervision (AAoS). We also offer a clinical stream that is accredited by the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA).

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  • Graduate Certificate in Ministry

    Charles Sturt University’s Graduate Certificate in Ministry is a practice-oriented course and an excellent way for ministers to skill up as you reflect on your ministry practice. This course can be completed in 1-2 years part-time and online, and comprises 4 subjects — 1 core subject and 3 electives. It also allows you to specialise in chaplaincy, supervision, or leadership.

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  • Master of Ministry

    Charles Sturt University’s Master of Ministry is the course of choice for qualified ministers, pastoral workers, chaplains and church leaders looking for training and the opportunity to focus deeply on particular areas of your practice while being mindful of the broader context in contemporary ministry. Complete this in 3-4 years part-time or in 18 months full-time.

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Doctor of Ministry

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Charles Sturt University Doctor of Ministry offers graduates who have an excellent academic record and proven research skills the opportunity to contribute to the knowledge base of their discipline.

A PhD can be completed in three years full-time or six years part-time. Before embarking on the PhD, students should contact the course coordinator or potential supervisor to discuss possible research topics.

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Interested in Ministry training?

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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