Making a difference requires passion, knowledge and skills
The Ministry specialisation of the ACCS curriculum is arguably our broadest and most comprehensive. It offers an extensive range of subjects in Christian studies to propel you into the loftiest of potential career outcomes.
"Do you have an innate commitment to God's purpose?" asks ACCS Principal Dr. Len Smith. "Do you want to see your community transformed by the power of the Gospel: to bring a message of hope in the midst of despair, a message of peace to those who know no peace?" Do you have the desire to be an effective messenger? If so, the Ministry courses at ACCS could be a great fit for you.
Certificate Options in Christian Studies
The Certificate IV (10433NAT Certificate IV in Christian Ministry & Theology) course empowers dynamic, relevant yet effective approaches to ministry. It will develop, then further hone skills that will increase the effectiveness of your ministry activities and increase your wisdom in applying Scriptural interpretation and application. This Bible-based learning experience will foster connection skills with communities and incite useful techniques for you to engage in ministry. It will also encourage you to consider new ideas and dimensions of mission.
The Diploma, Associate Degree and Degree
The next study level in the ministry learning ladder is the Diploma in Christian Ministry and Theology (VET). It will facilitate the growth of mature Christians aspiring toward leading church activities, including eldership, deaconship and youth ministry. Deepening and strengthening essentials skills of Bible interpretation, functional local church engagement and communication skills, these highly practical Christian studies will inspire a renewed approach and confidence.
An Associate Degree in Ministry equips students for engagement as ministers and workers in churches and other Christian ministries. Providing a firm grounding in Biblical studies with solid theological applications, this course propels a finely tuned understanding and interpretation of the Scriptures into relevant ministry impact.
ACCS Principal Dr. Len Smith is a passionate advocate of investing yourself in the full Bachelor of Ministry. It can comprehensively equip you to respond God's call on your life.
"You will interact with fellow students in a community of learning. You will discuss contemporary social and spiritual issues of the global community. You will practice skills that will assist you to become a dynamic communicator of Biblical hope and change, and you will explore the personal implications of the Christian calling. Yes, you will be changed so that you can make a difference!"
The Bachelor of Ministry thoroughly prepares men and women for significant vocations in ministry. Providing both comprehensive ministry skill training, a broad and deep knowledge of Scripture, as well as exposure to a breadth of Christian doctrines, students are encouraged to think critically and thoroughly explore issues.
Degree students delve into systematic Christian studies as well as diversified reading, procedurally focusing on varying areas of ministry. The course prepares them for major field placement, where theories, rehearsals and debates face the crucible of Christian Ministry reality.
For those who have already completed degree level studies (in any discipline), a post-graduate Masters programme might be more appropriate. We offer both Master of Arts and Master of Divinity options (delivered through Australian College of Christian Studies, as a Member Institution of the Sydney College of Divinity).
Australian College of Christian Studies offers the Master of Arts degree that enables those who hold a tertiary qualification in a non-theological discipline, to pursue either a specialisation in Biblical Studies, a specialisation in Theology or a specialisation in Pastoral Counselling. Professional entry is also available to those who meet entry requirements. This is an 18-month course.
The Master of Divinity option is a three-year commitment, completing 24 subjects. It boasts an extremely comprehensive syllabus that prepares the student for Christian ministry or graduate research study in theology at the highest level.