Diploma of Leadership HE
Looking to grow as a leader? Take your leadership to a new level and inspire, motivate and empower your teams. Our highly qualified and experienced academics will guide you through the course and help you grow and develop your leadership potential.
The Diploma of Leadership provides an introductory body of knowledge in leadership from a Christian Worldview. Graduates will be able to apply a broad range of leadership skills in various contexts. This course offers cutting edge leadership training and skills to influence others using Christian perspectives. It covers:
• critical thinking skills
• complex problem solving skills
• communication skills
• management skills
CRICOS Course Code: 094097G
The Diploma of Leadership course structure is based on two semesters (each of 13 weeks duration), with four subjects taught in each semester. It comprises:
▪ 60 credit points (6 subjects) of core subjects
▪ 20 credit points (2 subjects) of electives
To qualify for award of the degree of Diploma of Leadership a candidate shall accrue an aggregate of at least 80 credit points, including satisfactory completion of the subjects noted below.
Full-Time: 1 Years (4 subjects per semester, 40 credit points)
Part-Time: Up to 4 Years (1 - 2 subjects per semester)
Domestic Student Fees 2019: AU$1300 per 10cp
International Student Fees 2019: AU$1350 per 10cp
The Diploma of Leadership qualifies for FEE Help Loan Funding. Consult http://study assist.gov.au/ for eligibility details.
Austudy, Abstudy and Youth Allowance are available for this course. To check your eligibility and to find out more information, please visit the Study Assist website.
Face-to-Face (weekly 3 hour lectures)
Intensive (5 days of lectures delivered within a one week period)
Extensive (5 days lectures delivered across a term period)
Online Delivery (weekly video/audio lectures provided to be viewed at own convenience)
Upon completion, students continue their studies into the second year of the Bachelor of Ministry or Bachelor of Theology. See the Awards Offered page for more information.
Electives will vary depending on campus (to view all units available click on the units link above).
Work Integrated Learning
Students must complete one subject (10 credit points) in Professional Practice.
Course Learning Outcomes
Graduates will demonstrate
▪ a general understanding of key issues, recent scholarship and practices within chosen discipline area of leadership, consistent with a Christian worldview;
▪ technical and theoretical understanding of research principles and methods , and knowledge of research approaches used in the discipline area of leadership;
▪ ability to identify, analyse and synthesise theoretical knowledge in the discipline area of leadership;
▪ ability to examine a complex problem or management requirement using appropriate methodologies and theories from the discipline area of leadership;
▪ ability to analyse and synthesise ideas and theories from other disciplines related to the discipline area of leadership;
▪ ability to communicate effectively and creatively ideas and perspectives to peers and general audiences in diverse contexts;
▪ ability to articulate questions or issues and apply the knowledge and skills developed within the discipline area of leadership to develop appropriate solutions;
▪ ability to work independently, responsibility and with the level expected in a broad range of professional and leadership contexts;
▪ ability to collaborate in team projects to make a positive contribution toward social issues;
▪ ability to undertake self-reflection and evaluation of performance for the purpose of vocational development.
International Students will be required to show proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are a minimum IELTS score of 5.5 overall, reading 5.0; writing 5.0; speaking 5.0; and listening 5.0 (or equivalent).
Academic Entry Requirements
Domestic and International applicants must meet one of the following academic entry requirements:
Completion of NSW Higher School Certificate, or the completion of the interstate or overseas equivalent qualification and result.
Completion of an Australian Certificate III or higher qualification awarded by an authorised institution or registered training organisation (or equivalent overseas qualification).
Completion of an Australian Level 7 Bachelor degree or Australian Level 8+ postgraduate qualification (or equivalent overseas qualification).
Professional Entry Requirements
Applicants with no formal qualifications who are aged 21+ may be eligible for on the basis of mature age (provisional entry). These students will need to successfully complete their first 4 subjects to be permitted to continue without the Provisional Entry restrictions.
Complete Fee Schedules and FEE-HELP information (where appropriate) for all Alphacrucis courses can be found in our Documents section, under the Fees and FEE-HELP Information link.
Rev. Dr Damon Adams (faculty profile)
Damon originally trained as a Presbyterian minister and was later ordained as a Pentecostal minister. Damon has lectured in Historical Theology, John Knox Theological College, Sydney; Theology, Biblical Studies and Church History, Tabor College, Tasmania; and is currently Senior Lecturer in Theology, Biblical Studies and Church History at Alphacrucis College, Hobart Campus, Tasmania. Additionally, Damon is presently the History Subject Coordinator at Alphacrucis. Damon holds a PhD in Theology.
Ps Grant Buchanan (faculty profile)
Grant came to Australia to take a position in an ACC church in Melbourne’s SE suburbs primarily as Creative Ministries and Small Groups Pastor. Since 2010, he has been covering a number of part time roles apart from his teaching including chaplaincy and counselling. He has begun his doctoral research at University of Divinity in Melbourne looking at a pneumatological reading of Galatians and how this impacts on identity.
As a pastor and counsellor, Grant continues to engage in pastoral care and counselling helping encourage and equip people for life and ministry is active as an itinerant speaker, and though not on staff, is a part of the leadership team of a missional church in Pakenham.
When not drinking coffee, Grant spends time reading, at the gym and time with his wife Trudy, his two boys, Joel and Zac and friends. Both he and Trudy love exploring the various eating precincts of Melbourne. He loves NZ Rugby, AFL and action movies. As a musician for many years his taste varies from Blues through Rock to some forms of Jazz. He loves flying and previously worked as a flying instructor. Travel for love and ministry is high on the agenda, so he and Trudy are looking forward to holidaying and ministering more abroad within Australia and beyond.
Ps Donna Kipps (faculty profile)
Associate Professor Jon Newton (faculty profile)
I came to my role at Alphacrucis College after serving for nine years at Harvest Bible College, most recently as Dean of Postgraduate Studies and Research. My PhD was gained at Deakin University (conferred 2007) with a thesis entitled "Postmodernism, Christianity and the Book of Revelation." I am the author of two books: Revelation Reclaimed: The Use and Misuse of the Apocalypse (Paternoster 2009) and The Revelation Worldview (Wipf and Stock 2015). I also edited New Frontiers: Redefining Christian Ministry for 21st Century Contexts (Mosaic 2013). I have also had a number of articles published in peer-reviewed journals such as Australian Biblical Review, Colloquium and Journal of Pentecostal Theology. I am the editor of the Journal of Contemporary Ministry. Currently I am working on a commentary on Revelation for a new Pentecostal commentary series. My other main research interest is Australian Pentecostalism.
In other areas of life, I am married to Judy (since 1977) and we serve as senior ministers of Oasis Church in Hampton, a bayside suburb of Melbourne. I have five married chidlren and three grandchildren. In my spare time, I am passionate about coffee, rugby, classical music, traveling and walking.
Rev Dr Dean O'Keefe (faculty profile)
Dean is a devout Queenslander, the son of a preacher man, the husband of one wife (Lisa) and father of four children. He completed a Bachelor of Education (Secondary), teaching for 2.5 years before moving to Sydney in 2001 to commence a Bachelor of Theology. Dean was involved in youth ministry leadership for over a decade and served as a youth pastor for two years before joining the team at AC. He has served as children's pastor for several years, was the State Chaplain for Rangers Australia NSW, and completed a Doctor of Ministry with AGTS, Evangel University in 2018.
Deborah Stengert (faculty profile)
Chaplaincy Support (faculty profile)
Vici Tunney (faculty profile)
Vici has had a background in Education both in NSW and Qld, serving as Deputy Principal in several schools in both states. Together with her husband she pioneered a Christian school in Gladstone, planted a campus of Springfield Christian Family in Brisbane and pastored the campus fulltime for 10 years.
Outside College life, Vici is actively involved in preaching, pastoral work, teaching and missions. Vici is one of five Church Elders with oversight of the 4 campuses of Springfield Christian Family and an ordained minister with Australian Christian Churches. Her interests include reading for a purpose, mentoring the next generation and lively theological & philosophical discussions. Her personal values include being a committed follower of Jesus, an encourager of others and a life-long learner,
Vici has ministered in churches and to missionaries in Ukraine, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia & Vietnam. She travels regularly with her husband who is involved in monitoring development projects in South-east Asia. Vici is married to Craig and have twin boys and a daughter, all married with 6 grandchildren.
Ps Jeremy Weetman (faculty profile)
Jeremy has served in pastoral ministry for over twenty-six years following his graduation from Commonwealth Bible College in 1991. He has been involved in most aspects of church life including senior leadership and also been involved at a state and regional level with the ACC. Jeremy has been teaching Bible and ministry subjects since 2011.
Jeremy began his MA (Min) with Harvest Bible College in 2011, and on completion progressed to doctoral studies with a particular interest in sacred space and contemporary spirituality. His interests involve cycling, cooking, reading, and is a self-confessed cricket tragic.
Jeremy is married to Vicki, who is completing a PhD with Griffith University in cultural theory (meaning exciting study dates…), and is dad to four adult children who are amongst his favourite humans to spend time with.
Units offered as part of this Award:
- BIB001 - Introduction to the Bible
Description: Understanding the Bible is foundational for the Christian life. Whilst many of us have read the Bible, there are many sections that are seemingly foreign and strange, or that we just plain avoid. This unit aims to introduce you to the Old and New Testaments, and its big-picture message. We will explore the historical and thematic developments of the Bible, assisting you to understand how the different biblical books and message all fit together. Further, we will discuss how the message of Scripture, which was set in a very different context to us, can be applied to today’s context. Unit detail page >>
- BIB002 - Genesis
Description: At the beginning of the bible, we find the Genesis (the first of the Pentateuch). This book is essential for understanding our faith today. For ancient Israel it described their origins, creation stories, and ancestors. Similarly for us as Christians, our salvation-story is framed by the people, images and stories found in the Genesis. In this subject we will explore these foundational themes of creation, faith, salvation, covenant, and patriarchs such as Abraham, Jacob and Joseph. It will also survey how the Genesis sets the stage for what follows in the rest of the biblical canon. Unit detail page >>
- BIB003 - I & II Corinthians
Description: The Corinthian Correspondence is a fascinating exchange between the Apostle Paul and the troubled church in Corinth, and is a worthwhile study for those who are interested in Paul’s role as pastor and apostle. Addressing a variety of ethical and theological issues, such as sexual sin, drunkenness, Christians taking each other to court, dissatisfaction with style of leadership and much more. If you wish to understand more about the practical ministry of the church and its leadership in the first century, then this unit is for you! Unit detail page >>
- BIB005 - Luke-Acts
Description: Luke-Acts is the two-volume work which tracks the movement from the ministry of Jesus through to the early church (and beyond!). Obviously this text is therefore of great significance in the New Testament (even if just in regards to the size of the combined volumes), and has been used by Pentecostals for over a century in our quest for recovering a truly biblical faith. This unit examines the narrative of Luke-Acts in a way that holds together the historical and theological foci, and seeks to equip you with a solid reading strategy for approaching these remarkable texts. Unit detail page >>
- BIB007 - Introduction to Israel’s Scriptures
Description: The foundational documents of the Christian Faith are found in the Old Testament. It is the first instance of God’s self-revelation to humanity, it points forward to Jesus, and it provides glimpses of the Holy Spirit at work. The themes, theology, wisdom, history, and narrative form the basis for anything the New Testament has to teach us. This Subject will equip you to uncover the significance and relevance of the Old Testament to being a disciple of Jesus. Unit detail page >>
- BIB008 - Introduction to the New Testament
Description: The New Testament is an exciting document that outlines the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus and the early writings of the church. This subject will introduce the purpose, content, and message of the New Testament books with particular focus on the historical and cultural implications of their setting, and how this broad diversity of literature presents an incredibly unified and coherent message. Unit detail page >>
- EXP001 - Professional Practice
Description: Itching to connect the realm of the classroom with some real-life experience? Professional Practice is designed with just this aim in mind. Students will have the have the chance to engage academically with issues pertaining to their Major Specialisation plus experience a hands-on placement. Working with an experienced supervisory mentor, students will complete a 100 hour placement over the course of semester(or split into 50 hour placements over 2 semesters), with a variety of formats to choose from. For instance, do you have a heart for youth leadership? You could complete 8 hours a week at your local church, working with the youth department. Or perhaps you have visions of becoming the next CEO of World Vision? A block placement at a Christian organisation, working with a field specialist, could be the kick start you need. Alternatively, have you been wanting to make a difference while experiencing cross cultural ministry overseas? Your 100 hours could be served with an overseas mentor in a concentrated three or so weeks of professional practice. The sky is the limit! Unit detail page >>
- LEA001 - Introduction to Leadership
Description: Leadership is the critical ingredient to success in every sphere of life. When we can lead ourselves and others, we maximise skills, align teams, and create momentum. This subject introduces the introductory leadership skills necessary for exercising leadership and influence in various contexts and using various theories and approaches. It recognises that organisational leadership begins with vision, is exercised utilising various styles, and entails the mentoring of individuals and groups. Unit detail page >>
- LEA002 - Public Speaking
Description: The ability to communicate memorable messages is an asset in every sphere of life. This subject provides the knowledge, tools, and filters necessary for researching, planning and delivering a speech in public. There are opportunities for students to develop skills in communicating messages with clarity, impact, and outcomes. A student will exit this subject with the a range of tools to prepare, refine, and present short messages that pack a punch. Unit detail page >>
- LEA003 - Personal and Organisation Leadership
Description: Organisations are groups of people working together for a purpose. Despite the pervasiveness of organisations in our modern society, effective group behaviour does not always come naturally. In fact, many goals are never achieved due to poor group dynamics rather than a lack of skills, vision or strategy. This unit will help students to develop an understanding of how an organisation can encourage effective, efficient, social and ethical behaviour; how leadership styles, organisational structure and value systems influence behaviour and how ultimately the group dynamics impact the effectiveness of the organisation in its pursuit of its purpose. Unit detail page >>
- MIN001 - Introduction to Pastoral Ministry
Description: In this introductory unit, students will explore a broad variety of topics that form the very basis of pastoral ministry. Primarily, students will consider contemporary pastoral models that connect academic reflection with the real world. Topics discussed will range from defining ministry, calling and ordination to conflict resolution, and being effective in caring for others. Students will also be provided with ample opportunity to engage creatively with these topics to make connections with their own contexts. Unit detail page >>
- MIN002 - Christian Spirituality
Description: Ever wondered if there were other ways to express faith, apart from lifting your hands during worship? Would you like to deepen the spirituality of your local Christian community, but find yourself hesitating, uncertain of the appropriate boundaries? Students with these questions and more will find themselves challenged as they partake in this foundational unit, designed specifically to introduce charismatic and Pentecostal Christians to the broader history of Christian spiritual approaches. In doing so, students will have a chance to connect with their heritage and participate in a broad range of spiritual exercises practiced by the wider body of Christ throughout history. Unit detail page >>
- MIN004 - Communicating the Faith
Description: The ‘E’ word: Evangelism – is a concept that can equally incite ‘excitement’ and ‘excruciation’. In this unit, extroverts and introverts alike will find themselves engaging with the historical, biblical and theological roots for communicating the Gospel and gaining the skills (along with the empowering of the Spirit) to communicate effectively. In doing so, students will explore ways to engage with a world where the acceptance of the Christian story is counter-cultural, as well as ways to connect the good news of the kingdom to contemporary social concerns. Unit detail page >>
- MIN005 - Children’s Ministry
- Demonstrate a knowledge of the biblical and historical background for children’s ministry. This includes consideration of other Christian perspectives and understandings;
- Demonstrate an understanding of the breadth of children’s ministry and discuss a variety of approaches to children’s ministry;
- Exhibit an understanding of the importance and methods of ensuring ministry is child safe and child friendly;
- Demonstrate an ability to use administration, resourcing and logistics necessary to facilitate an effective children’s event.
- Demonstrate a variety of skills necessary for effective ministry to children;
- MIN006 - Youth Ministry
- Demonstrate a knowledge of the biblical, historical and theological foundations for youth ministry including consideration of other Christian perspectives and understandings;
- Explain the importance of understanding the themes and influences of contemporary pop culture;
- Demonstrate ability to assess shifts in youth culture and youth ministry in Australia;
- Based on personal involvement, analyse practical aspects of youth ministry;
- Contrast the various sub-cultures which provide the context of youth ministry.
- THE001 - Christian Worldview
Description: Do you have questions about God that you have been unable to answer? Do you sometimes wonder whether Christian beliefs about things like the Trinity and the divinity of Jesus make any sense? This unit provides you with the opportunity to explore those beliefs that are foundational to Christianity. It argues that what we believe about God (our theology) has a practical impact upon our life and ethics and, therefore, provides an overview of Christian faith, and reflects on the ways in which this faith informs our everyday life and calling. The topics addressed range from the doctrine of God, creation and sin, to discussion on the person and work of Christ, and the nature of the coming kingdom of God. Unit detail page >>
- THE002 - Pentecostal Worldview
Description: The significant role of the Holy Spirit has often been understated or neglected throughout History. Pentecostalism is distinctive in its acknowledgement of the significant and critical role of the Holy Spirit in every context of life. This Subject highlights the activity of the Holy Spirit through both Testaments in Scripture, history, doctrines, and practice and seeks to encourage an orientation to the Holy Spirit within church and society. Unit detail page >>
- THE003 - Leadership Ethics
Description: In an era of globalisation and moral relativism, Christian Leaders will necessarily be morally distinct. The challenge is how to be ‘salt and light’ within our communities without being dogmatic, legalistic, or exclusive. This unit introduces the approaches to ethical decision making that embraces a biblical mandate to both Grace and Truth. Unit detail page >>
- WOR001 - Introduction to Worship Ministry
Description: This course unit provides an introduction to Biblical and theological foundations of worship alongside an examination of contemporary Christian expressions of worship. Unit detail page >>
- XXX000 - Field Study
Description: This unit features an onsite field study program Unit detail page >>