11090NAT Advanced Diploma of Christian Ministry

Student are equipped for senior leadership positions with ministry, so that they can create solutions to complex and unpredictable problems while maintaining governance compliant with organisational, movement and legislative standards.

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to equip students to operate effectively in full time ministry. The course equips students with the depth of knowledge and skills necessary to provide structured ministry to others and lead ministry teams in the church or other Christian context. The skills and knowledge acquired will allow students to effectively undertake tasks that are typical in various types of ministries, such as pastoring, teaching, preaching, and leading. It will also equip students to create solutions to complex and unpredictable problems in the ministry context. The course will develop the skills necessary for students to take responsibility for a specific ministry program. 

Upon completion of this qualification, learners will have acquired the necessary knowledge, attitudes and skills to serve effectively as ministers or leaders in the church or para-church organisations.


Course Structure

To achieve the qualification 11090NAT Advanced Diploma of Christian Ministry the learner must complete twelve units: 

  • six core units; and  
  • six elective units. 
  1. At least one unit must be selected from groups A, B, and C. 
  2. Elective units may be selected from the general elective units listed below. Electives may also be selected from a relevant field to ministry from any currently endorsed Training Package or accredited Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma; a maximum of two units may be selected from a Diploma level course. 
  3. Elective units must be relevant to the work outcome and local industry requirements. 
  4. A statement of attainment will be issued for any unit of competency completed if the full qualification is not completed. 

Core Units

NAT11090001 Lead ministry teams in a church

NAT11090002 Design, implement and evaluate a ministry program

NAT11090003 Apply lessons of church history

RIIGOV601E Establish, maintain and develop a statutory compliance management system

NAT11090004 Research and teach the theme of an Old Testament book

NAT11090005 Research and teach the theme of a New Testament book

Group A - Pastoral

DEFCHP001 Provide pastoral care

DEFCHP002 Provide ethical and pastoral advice

NAT11089007 Provide pastoral supervision in clinical practice

Group B - Theology and Worldview

NAT11090006 Research and critique Christian theology

NAT11090007 Research and critique the relevance of the doctrine of Christ

NAT11090008 Research and critique the relevance of the Trinity

Group C - Leadership

BSBLDR811 Lead strategic transformation

BSBPMG633 Provide leadership for the program

BSBSTR802 Lead the strategic planning process for an organisation

CHCCDE009 Develop and support community leadership

CHCCDE013 Establish and develop community organisations or social enterprises

Group D - Electives

NAT11089016 Identify leaders and develop leadership skills

BSBFIN501 Manage budgets and financial plans

BSBHRM527 Coordinate human resource functions and processes

BSBHRM525 Manage recruitment and onboarding

BSBLDR522 Manage people performance

NAT11089019 Develop skills in cross cultural ministry

NAT11089010 Develop strategies for church planting

NAT11089017 Apply Christian ethical principles

CHCCCS007 Develop and implement service programs

CHCCOM003 Develop workplace communication strategies

NAT11089021 Research and analyse religions from around the world

Entry Requirements

Essential entry requirements

11089AT Diploma of Christian Ministry or equivalent, or at least 3 years of vocational experience in ministry.

Recommended entry requirements

Recommended entry requirements likely to facilitate successful completion of the course by intended participants include: 

  • A sound level of ability in written and spoken English. For prospective students from an English-speaking background, successful completion of the Higher School Certificate (HSC) or its equivalent (including articulation from other AQF programs), including demonstration of competency in English is recommended. 
  • For prospective students from a non-English speaking background, an IELTS Score of 5.5 (or demonstrate equivalent English proficiency) is recommended.

Study Modes

Partner RPL Pathways

We have partnered with some external institutions to enable them to use evidence from their time there as evidence for RPL.

Accessibility: These pathways and further information are only accessible via the partner institutions.


A complete Fee Schedule for all Alphacrucis programs and courses can be found in our Fees Information section.

For a full list of course dates for new and continuing students, please see our Timetables.

Government loans are unavailable for this course. An alternative option is applying for Zeefi Loans, a private student loan provider. To learn more about VET loans provided by Study Loans, click here.

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Ability to lead ministry teams 
  • Ability to design, implement, and evaluate a ministry program 
  • Ability to analyse and apply knowledge of the history of the Christian church  
  • Ability to apply advanced exegetical tools to the Old Testament and New Testament 
  • Ability to teach a broad knowledge of a specific theme of the Old Testament and New Testament 
  • Ability to analyse and critique different theological perspectives and communicate the relevance of theological formulations for Christians in the contemporary twenty-first century society 
  • Demonstration of research skills, particularly the ability to gather, understand, collate, analyse and evaluate information from a range of sources 

Career Opportunities

Completion of this course may enable the graduate to apply for ordination in the Australian Christian Churches and other Christian movements and denominations.

Student Services

For more information on the suite of student support services available, please see our Student Services section.

Course Code: 11090NAT | CRICOS Code: 112111F