Bachelor of Ministry

The Bachelor of Ministry is designed to prepare you for ministry within church and community settings.

Course Description

Are you ready to be a ministry leader who upholds justice and integrity? The Bachelor of Ministry (BMin) prepares you for Christian ministry in today’s world. The BMin is designed to prepare graduates for ministry within church and community settings.

The BMin aims to integrate a well-developed foundation in Christian Studies with a broad and coherent theoretical and practical knowledge in an area of specialised ministry. Theories are applied and professional skills are developed through practical assessments and work-integrated learning. General skills in communication and problem solving are also developed. There is a special emphasis on leadership to ensure that graduates are instilled with a sense of responsibility and the Christian ethic of caring for their neighbour.

In this sense, the BMin acts as an integrated environment for the preparation of students who wish to develop theological understanding and professional skills in and for a diverse range of ministry applications. This also can take them on to postgraduate qualification in a selected area of practice.

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Course Structure

This course structure applies from Semester 2, 2023 onwards.

The course structure is based on six semesters (each of 12 weeks duration, plus an exam week), with four subjects taught in each semester. It comprises:

  • 12 compulsory core subjects
  • 7 restricted electives
  • 5 electives subjects

To qualify for award of the degree of Bachelor of Ministry, a candidate shall accrue an aggregate of at least 240 credit points, including satisfactory completion of the core subjects..

For more information and details of previous course structures see Student Handbook.

Subjects - According to Course Structure

Core / 12 subjects (120 credit points)

Restricted Electives / 7 subjects (70 credit points)

  • 10 credit points BIB 200 level
  • 20 credit points CCM/EXP/MIN/WOR 200 level
  • 10 credit points THE 200 level
  • 10 credit points BIB/THE 300 level
  • 20 credit points CCM/EXP/MIN/WOR 300 level

Electives / 5 subjects (50 credit points)

  • 20 credit points at 100 level or above
  • 20 credit points at 200 level or above
  • 10 credit points at 300 level

Subjects - Suggested Study Plans*

Here are 2 study plans illustrating how you could complete this course on full-time or part-time basis.

These example study plans show progressions which include core subjects, elective subjects and other coursework such as practicals and work placements.

Subject availability may vary based on semesters so before enrolling, please check the timetable to confirm subject availability.

If you have any questions about your enrollment, individual circumstances, or if you are considering different subjects or sequencing from the proposed study plan, we encourage you to consult the student enrollment guide or contact our Student Support team (current students)/ Future Students team (future students).

Full-time Suggested Study Plan

First Year: Semester 1

  • ACA101 Faith and Purpose
  • BIB104 Old Testament Foundations
  • MIN101 Introduction to Pastoral Ministry
  • THE101 Christian Worldview

First Year: Semester 2

  • HIS102 Church History Foundations
  • BIB105 New Testament Foundations
  • CCM101 Introduction to Cross Cultural Ministry
  • MIN102 Christian Spirituality

Second Year: Semester 1

  • EXP201 Professional Practice
  • MIN201 Pastoral Administration and Management
  • MIN206 Pentecostal Ministry Foundations
  • THE201 Christian Ethics

Second Year: Semester 2

  • BIB204 Biblical Interpretation
  • LEA201 Leadership Principles
  • MIN203 Preaching
  • THE204 Pneumatology

Third Year: Semester 1

  • Recommended Elective: MIN205 Church and Society or MIN230 Women and Christian Ministry
  • Recommended Elective: BIB254 World of the New Testament
  • Recommended Elective: THE202 Christ and Salvation
  • Recommended Elective: MIN302 Discipleship

Third Year: Semester 2

  • Recommended Elective: BIB312 Isaiah or THE310 Apologetics
  • Recommended Elective: MIN202 Communicating the Christian Faith or MIN204 Healing Ministry
  • Recommended Elective: MIN305 Relationships
  • Recommended Elective: BIB352 Romans & Galatians or BIB353 I & II Corinthians

Part-time Suggested Study Plan

First Year: Semester 1

  • ACA101 Faith and Purpose
  • BIB104 Old Testament Foundations

First Year: Semester 2

  • HIS102 Church History Foundations
  • BIB105 New Testament Foundations

Second Year: Semester 1

  • MIN101 Introduction to Pastoral Ministry
  • THE101 Christian Worldview

Second Year: Semester 2

  • CCM101 Introduction to Cross Cultural Ministry
  • MIN102 Christian Spirituality

Third Year: Semester 1

  • MIN201 Pastoral Administration and Management
  • THE201 Christian Ethics

Third Year: Semester 2

  • LEA201 Leadership Principles
  • MIN203 Preaching

Fourth Year: Semester 1

  • EXP201 Professional Practice
  • MIN206 Pentecostal Ministry Foundations

Fourth Year: Semester 2

  • BIB204 Biblical Interpretation
  • THE204 Pneumatology

Fifth Year: Semester 1

  • Recommended Elective: MIN205 Church and Society or MIN230 Women and Christian Ministry
  • Recommended Elective: BIB254 World of the New Testament

Fifth Year: Semester 2

  • Recommended Elective: BIB312 Isaiah or THE310 Apologetics
  • Recommended Elective: MIN202 Communicating the Christian Faith or MIN204 Healing Ministry

Sixth Year: Semester 1

  • Recommended Elective: THE202 Christ and Salvation
  • Recommended Elective: MIN302 Discipleship

Sixth Year: Semester 2

  • Recommended Elective: MIN305 Relationships
  • Recommended Elective: BIB352 Romans & Galatians or BIB353 I & II Corinthians

*In addition to these suggested study plans and subjects, more elective subjects are available, use the Subject & Unit Search to find out more

More Information

For more details on which subjects you can choose, see the current enrolment guide for this course.
*You can also use the Subject & Unit Search to explore the subjects (including electives) available to enrol in for this course and can filter by subject area and level.

Admission Criteria

Academic

Applicants with Recent Secondary Education

Applicants admitted on the basis of their recent secondary education must demonstrate the completion of NSW Higher School Certificate with an ATAR of no less than 65 (or the completion of the interstate or overseas equivalent qualification and result) for admission into this course.

Special admission is also available for Year 12 students whose ATAR (or equivalent) falls within 5 points of the published guaranteed ATAR but have done well in subjects relevant to the course of study. These Special Admission Pathways are evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the Program Director and then tabled for approval by the Admissions Committee.

Applicants with Vocational Education and Training Study

Applicants whose highest level of study enrolment since leaving secondary education is a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification must demonstrate the completion of a Certificate III or higher qualification awarded by an authorised institution or registered training organisation (RTO).

Applicants with Higher Education Study

Applicants whose highest level of study enrolment since leaving secondary education is a complete or partially complete higher education qualification must demonstrate the completion of an AQF Level 5 Higher Education Diploma (or higher) by an authorised institution for admission into this course.

Applicants with Work and Life Experience

If you are over the age of 21 at the time of commencement, you can apply for admission into this course on the basis of provisional entry, and complete the provisional entry qualifying period to become a full candidate.

Other Requirements

Applicants may be required to attend a pre-admission interview with the Program Director to determine suitability for the course and profession, including the suitability to work with vulnerable groups.

Applicants must provide a valid Working with Children Check (or state-based or overseas equivalent) and Police Check for admission into a course of study.

Language

Overseas students are required to demonstrate their English proficiency skills. Such students admitted into our programs must attain an overall IELTS (or equivalent) score of 6.0 (with no score below 5.5 in any of the four skills areas). IELTS (or equivalent) is not required for applicants who have undertaken five years of required higher education study (or equivalent) in English from an approved country or who have completed a Certificate IV or higher qualification awarded in English under the Australian Qualification Framework by an authorised institution or registered training organisation.

Study Modes

Locations: Fully available Online. Some subjects available at Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne and Adelaide campuses
Full-time Duration: 3 year
Part-time Duration: Up to 10 years
2024 Intakes: Sem 1, Sem 2

See the timetable to confirm individual subject location and mode availability.

Fees & Timetable

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.

FEE-HELP is available for eligible students to assist you in financing your studies. For more information and other options, please visit the Financing Your Study page. For students who cannot access government loans, an alternative option is Study Loans, a private student loan provider. To learn more about loans provided by Study Loans, click here.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge

Graduates will:

  • demonstrate a broad and coherent knowledge of Christian history, doctrine and tradition as a foundation for ministry.

Skills

Graduates demonstrate:

  • skills to analyse and interpret the biblical text, using sound hermeneutical methods, as a core document of the Christian faith with consideration for the contemporary application of the text;
  • skills to consolidate, synthesise and communicate appropriate elements of a Christian Worldview relating to situation, purpose, corporate need and personal spiritual praxis, with particular emphasis on the role of the gospel in providing an ethical framework for personal living;
  • ability to discuss and analyse contemporaneous topics, issues and challenges impacting on Christian ministry and the Pentecostal community, and create solutions to these challenges;
  • ability to collaborate with the broader community of Christian ministers and community leaders to provide appropriate collegial support.

Application of Knowledge and Skills

Graduates demonstrate:

  • skills in critical thinking and self-directed research, using a range of sources and methods;
  • self-reflection and evaluation of ministry and leadership performance for the purpose of vocational development;
  • cognitive and technical skills required for ministry functions, including depth within the field of specialisation;
  • breadth and complexity of professional ministry skills pertinent to engagement with congregational communities. This includes the ability to apply knowledge and skills to new and diverse contexts.

Career Opportunities

Your graduate employment opportunities include, but are not limited to:

  • Church or Worship pastor
  • Youth or Children’s minister
  • Missionary
  • Chaplain
  • Community/NGO worker
  • Church Administrator
  • Pastoral Educator

Alumni Story

“AC gave me new perspectives as I interacted with different worldviews and different churches. My first-year subjects — Ethics, Worldview and Spirituality, helped me with different expressions of church and ministry.  I’m surrounded with people who have a calling and similar priorities for life, we all want to help grow the kingdom, so we just do life together. I’m currently a part of a church plant and Darryl Potts really helped by bringing his lived experiences together with theory to our classes, helping me contextualise what I was learning to my church context.”

Thomas Boban,

Bachelor of Ministry Alumni

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Work-integrated Learning

To qualify for the Bachelor of Ministry degree, a candidate will complete at least 1 subject (10 credit points) of Professional Practice (EXP201 or an EXP subject in the chaplaincy field). Students are usually required to find their own workplace/ employer/ mentor to be approved by AC. In some cases, a new aspect within a student’s current paid employment may be suitable as a work placement.

Student Services

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

CRICOS Course Code: 068422E