Bachelor of Ministry
The Bachelor of Ministry (BMin) has specialised streams in Pastoral Ministry, Youth, Childrens Ministries, Cross-Cultural Ministry, Leadership Management and Worship Ministry. This allows you to choose the subject areas most suitable to prepare you for your unique calling in Ministry.
A lifetime career
Welcome to the Bachelor of Ministry award (BMin), a Higher Education program that aims to prepare you for Christian ministry in today’s world.
The BMin will provide you with a thorough foundation in theology and biblical studies, shaping a Christian worldview that will directly connect to your vocation – and in addition you will find opportunities to gain the practical expertise required for ministry. You will develop creative thinking skills, so that you can provide innovative and flexible solutions to social and cultural questions. You will also become effective communicators and leaders who uphold and exhibit integrity and justice.
The BMin program is designed to allow you to choose the subject areas that are most suitable to prepare you for your unique calling in ministry. The BMin has specialised streams in Pastoral Ministry, Youth & Children's Ministries, Cross-Cultural Ministry, Leadership & Management, and Worship Minstry, with many more elective areas to choose from. For specific information about the choice of major specialisations within the BMin award, please see the Award description.
Dr Daryl Potts
Program Director, Bachelor of Ministry
Complete an online Higher Education Application for Admission Form
On filling the application, please be prepared to upload the following digital documentation (PDF, jpeg):1) An Identity Photo - passport style photograph for use on a student ID 2) Proof of Identity - A Certified copy of your birth certificate OR Australian Passport OR Australian Citizenship Certificate 3) Credentials for entrance into the Degree - Certified copy of your relevant Certificate, Diploma, Academic transcripts OR CV * (If you wish to apply for Recognition of Cross Credit RCC, transcript evidence subjects completed)
NB: International Applicants - consult https://www.ac.edu.au/international-students/ for information and application details
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:
• 110 credit points core subjects
• 80 credit points of specialisation
• 50 credit points of electives
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 noted below.
Full-Time: 3 Years (4 subjects per semester, 40 credit points)
Part-Time: Up to 10 Years (1 - 2 subjects per semester)
Domestic Student Fees 2018: AU$1600 per 10cp
International Student Fees 2018: AU$1800 per 10cp
The Bachelor of Ministry qualifies for FEE Help Loan Funding. Consult http://study assist.gov.au/ for eligibility details.
Global Online Campus
New Zealand Campus
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)
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.
Recommended course progression:
BIB102 Introduction to Israel's Scriptures (Old Testament)**
MIN101 Introduction to Pastoral Ministry
RES101 Introduction to Academic Writing and Research
THE101 Christian Worldview
BIB103 Introduction to the New Testament**
HIS101 History of Christianity
MIN102 Christian Spirituality
THE201 Christian Ethics
LEA201 Leadership Principles
1 x BIB 200 level or higher
1 x THE 200 level or higher
**In 2018, students not studying at the Parramatta and Global Online campuses will complete BIB101 and BIB201 instead.
10 x 11
50 credit points (at least 1 at 300 level) taken from an accredited Level 7 course of study offered by AC
10 x 5
EXP201 Professional Practice
MIN201 Pastoral Administration and Management
30 credit points MIN/CCM/WOR/LEA/SOCSC 200 level or above
30 credit points EXP/MIN/CCM/WOR/LEA/SOCSC 300 level
10 x 8
Rules of progression
Maximum of 8 subjects (80 credit points) at 100 level, and at least four subjects (40 credit points) at 300 level
Upon completion, students can continue their studies with an additional Honours year or Masters degree provided their results are of a high enough standard. See the Awards Offered page for more information.
IELTS for overseas students is 6.5 with no band lower than 6.0 (overseas students must maintain a full-time enrolment at all times).
Academic Entry Requirements
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, or equivalent; OR Completion of a Certificate IV or higher qualification awarded under the Australian Qualification Framework by an authorized institution or registered training organization.
Professional Entry Requirements
Mature age entry (21 years and over) can apply for provisional entry. They will need to successfully complete their first 4 subjects to be permitted to continue without this restriction.
Work Integrated Learning
Students must complete EXP201 Professional Practice.
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.
Dr Caroline Batchelder (faculty profile)
Caroline was born in Scotland, and grew up mainly in Malaysia and Australia, as well as time spent in England and the Philippines. After finishing school in Canberra, she undertook a BMus at the NSW State Conservatorium. After years primarily involved with family and church, and four years living in Shropshire, England, Caroline enrolled in an MDiv at Morling Theological College, going on to complete her ThD in Biblical Studies at the end of 2015. This was a literary-theological investigation of the figure of the Servant in the ‘Servant Songs’ of Isaiah 40‒55, with particular interests in ‘justice’ (Hebrew mishpat) and the image of God. Caroline is married to Bob, a geotechnical engineer, and they have 6 children: five daughters and a son. She is part of the housechurch movement, Ruach Church. Her interests include hiking, biking, poetry, reading and growing vegetables.
Mrs Michelle Blicavs (faculty profile)
Michelle Blicavs joins Alphacrucis bringing 25 + years of management experience in business, church, government and not-for-profit sectors. Currently providing management consultancy services to small-medium enterprises, including churches, Michelle focusses on improving governance, strategic planning, financial management, marketing and operations.
In 2005, Michelle and her family relocated to Wollongong where she became the Business Manager for Lighthouse Church until 2010. During that time she was appointed as a Director to Australian Christian Super and served until 2013. Michelle was then appointed to the Board of Local Government Super where she serves as Chair of the Member Services Committee, Chair of the Risk Committee and Member of the Audit and Compliance Committee. Michelle has also been the Chair of the Top Blokes Foundation since 2009.
Michelle was elected a Councillor to Wollongong City Council and served from 2011 to 2017. During this time she also became the Founder of the Unique Leaders Network, showcasing amazing women in regional areas, and encouraging female entrepreneurship and involvement in politics.
With a Diploma of Theology and a Masters of Management, Michelle has held other Senior Positions including General Manager in the transport industry and CEO in the Association Sector. Michelle is a Fellow of AuSAE and AIST, and Graduate of AICD and AIST (Adv).
With her husband Martin and their two teenage children they attend and are actively involved in helping build Hillsong Wollongong.
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 chaplain 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.
Christopher Cat (faculty profile)
Kenelm Chan (faculty profile)
Amy Choi (faculty profile)
Rev. Yung Hun Choi (faculty profile)
Yung Hun has been teaching the Korean students in Alphacrucis College since 2008. He migrated to Sydney from Auckland in 2006. Now he is living in Parramatta with his wife, Sylvia, and two children, Sharon and James.
Dr Narelle Coetzee (faculty profile)
Graduating with a BNurs(hons) in 2000, Narelle moved from Canberra to work in Orange Base Hospital, primarily on the male surgical ward. In 2003 she moved to Sydney to study midwifery and worked at Nepean Hospital. Once graduating with her GradDip of Midwifery, she continued at Nepean Hospital in the postnatal ward part-time, and commenced her studies at Southern Cross College, completing a MDiv in 2009. During this time Narelle started to tutor and lecture in Old Testament studies at SCC. In 2010, she enrolled in a PhD through University of Birmingham, UK, graduating in December 2016. Currently Narelle is an Lecturer in Old Testament studies and the Director of Academic Administration. She is also active in her local church, Rivers Edge Church, a church plant in the Newington area, where her faith can be outworked in the community.
Professional Experience Co-Ordinator (faculty profile)
Kylie Dragan (faculty profile)
Ms Stephanie Dunk (faculty profile)
Stephanie Dunk is a sessional lecturer at Alphacrucis College.
Stephanie is also currently a PhD student at the University of Sydney. Her thesis draws on her interests in the ethics of consumption and the food industry.
Stephanie’s undergraduate study was at the University of Sydney in English literature, in which she earnt a BA (Advanced) (Honours). Spurred by an interest in business strategy and social entrepreneurship, she went on to study a Master of Commerce, majoring in strategy and entrepreneurship. She completed a Dissertation and a Special Project within the coursework degree.
Stephanie has also worked in accreditation and quality control for higher education institutions.
Pratima Durga (faculty profile)
Rev Dr Ian Grant (faculty profile)
The son of missionaries in Vanuatu, Ian's served in many ministry roles including those of Senior Pastor, Missionary, Youth Pastor & Church Planter. His academic management roles have included those of Vice-President of Higher Education, Principal, Academic Dean, Director of Training or Registrar in a number of Bible Colleges in Australia and internationally. Ian's deep strengths as a facilitator of learning and transformational teacher has seen him lecture and coach in a range of undergraduate and postgraduate institutions in Australia and overseas. As a 'third-culture kid', Ian has developed his inherent abilities in cultural intelligence to consult with educational organisations and national churches to craft leadership development programs that are Scripturally-faithful, culturally- appropriate and educationally-effective. He has pioneered and restructured organizations, and consults with churches, student groups, missions and other training organizations in the Asia Pacific Rim.
Ian served with the Apostolic Church among the Enga people of Papua New Guinea developing national church leaders - the focus of his PhD thesis at Monash University. His MA thesis at Fuller School of Intercultural Studies examined implications of worldview theory on the cross-cultural communication of the Gospel. Ian has developed and accredited degree programs, courses, and has authored a number of manuals and training resources for churches, missions and colleges.
He is passionate communicator of the call of God, leadership-emergence dynamics, and equipping new generations of leaders, and is presently developing fresh approaches to training emerging cross-cultural field workers. God's singular activity in the burgeoning 'southern church', renascent global missions, and the effective, global communication of the Gospel remain his passion, making him an impacting speaker at missions, church, youth and student movement conferences.
An ordained Minister with the Australian Christian Churches, Ian is also a Fellow of the Australian Anthropological Society and a past President and Secretary of the Australian Association for Mission Studies. While studying for his PhD, he supported his wife Nais and four sons as they pioneered a contemporary, youth/young adults’ church in Melbourne, Australia. Ian's also passionate about espresso, Thai cuisine, contemporary worship, forests and reefs! His love for the natural world and environment would be consummated if David Attenborough encountered his Creator!
Rev. Dr Kevin Hovey (faculty profile)
Kevin's current role, Head of Department: Pastoral and Cross Cultural Ministry, is an interesting convergence of many experiences and roles covering more than 45 years as an ordained minister of the Australian Christian Churches.
Starting with 31 years as a missionary in Papua New Guinea, ministry was focused on developing and training local leaders. This ranged from informal mentoring in remote villages to developing Bible college structures and curriculum. Serving as consultant to the National Executive Council of Assemblies of God of Papua New Guinea provided opportunities for input – and for growth. In 2017, this service was recognized by the Papua New Guinea government with the Member of Logohu award that was announced in the Independence Day Honours list.
While still on field, the need for missionary training became evident, so the internationally recognized World Harvest Institute “missionary finishing program”, as some have termed it. Post Papua New Guinea, missionary leadership, missionary strategy and missionary training roles have continued to keep a focus on task of mission, but with a greater focus on seeing that outworked through local churches.
Kevin’s PhD thesis, completed in 2017, is entitled Guiding Light: Contributions of Alan R. Tippett Toward the Development and Dissemination of Twentieth Century Missiology.
He also serves as the Oceania representative on the Pentecostal World Fellowship’s World Missions Commission, rubbing shoulders with key mission leaders from around the world.
Dr Ian Jagelman (faculty profile)
Ian spent fifteen years in public accounting with Price Waterhouse Coopers including stints in Papua New Guinea and Fiji where he set up their tax consulting division.
For 20 years he served as the Senior Pastor of Christian City Church, Lane Cove, an evangelical/Pentecostal church in the northern region of Sydney. A church plant in 1984, it grew to in excess of 1100 active members by December 2002 when the church was restructured to create three autonomous churches at Lane Cove, Ryde and Carlingford.
In the Christian world he is also recognised as having a teaching gift expressed through Truth for Life Ministries, a division of The Jagelman Institute.
Dr Lyn Kidson (faculty profile)
On staff with Campus crusade for Christ (Student Life) from 1994 until 2001. Children and family pastor at Wentworthville Baptist church 2009-2010. Mastor of Divinity from Sydney Missionary and Bible College and Master of Arts in Early Christianity at Macquarie University. PhD from Macquarie University (2018).
Ps Donna Kipps (faculty profile)
Johnny Kumar (faculty profile)
Mrs Alison Lau (faculty profile)
Associate Professor Philip Lee (faculty profile)
Dr U-Wen Low (faculty profile)
U-Wen began theological studies at the University of Divinity in 2007, progressing through to an Honours year in 2013 and subsequently beginning his PhD in 2014, completing it in 2017 and graduating in 2018. He has previously worked as a youth pastor at Melbourne's CityLife Church. He is passionate about seeing students develop and grow in their faith and wisdom through studying the Bible and theology. He is married to Danielle, and enjoys a variety of hobbies including woodturning, cycling, bagpipe playing and reading.
Ms Jennifer Mundt (faculty profile)
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. In 1998 he taught Mathematics and Science for two and a half years before moving to Sydney in 2001 to commence a Bachelor of Theology. Dean was 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.
Rev Dr Nigel Pegram (faculty profile)
Dr Daryl Potts (faculty profile)
Daryl J Potts is a recent addition to the team at Alphacrucis College, and is the Program Director for the Bachelor of Ministry Program. Daryl’s particular area of expertise is in pastoral praxis and managing the spill-over of ministry work and responsibilities into the relational areas of the minister’s marriage and family. Daryl's Doctoral Thesis investigated the impact that being involved in ministry has upon the family life of the minister. Daryl lectures in ministry based courses such as Church and Society, Foundations of Pastoral Ministry, Pastoral Administration and Management, Communicating the Christian Faith,Preaching, and Healing Ministry.
Prior to joining us at Alphacrucis College Daryl has been involved in pastoral ministry for over thirty years, starting out as a Youth Pastor upon his graduation from Bible College, and then being involved in pioneer, mid-size, large and Mega churches in Associate and Senior pastoral roles in churches across our nation. He has served the AOG/ACC in various roles such as Youth Alive, District and Regional Leadership, State Executive membership and was Vice President on the State Executive in South Australia until he relocated to take up his role at Alphacrucis. He brings the wealth of these experiences as a pastor and leader to the ministry stream of our college.
Dr Jacqueline Service (faculty profile)
Dr Van Shore (faculty profile)
Van is married to Heazle and they have two adult children, Ben married to Lani and Amy married to Seng. Van loves to laugh and celebrate with others their uniqueness in God and enjoys walking, bird watching, tennis and good food. He has almost 20 years of pastoral ministry and teaching experience.
In 2009, Van was selected along with a number of New Testament scholars throughout Australia to write a chapter in The Content and Setting of the Gospel Tradition (Eerdmans, 2010). Dr Mark Harding and Dr Alana Nobbs co-edited the work. Van's chapter was called "The Titles of Jesus".
In 2011, Van also authored two books: The Art of Not Disappearing (River Publishing, UK), and in 2011-2012, while living in Bangkok, he wrote his second book, The Art of Not Getting Lost on the Way Home. This was prior to joining the staff at the Alphacrucis College.
Deborah Stengert (faculty profile)
Samuel Stewart (faculty profile)
Sam spends the majority of his week as part of the Future Students Team at Alphacrucis College - assisting future candidates to research, prepare and apply for the course of their choosing. He also spends some time assisting the school of Leadership and occassionally teaches in the area of Theology.
Contact him for information on courses at Alphacrucis - email@example.com
Rev. Dr Daniel Thornton (faculty profile)
Daniel Thornton: accomplished and awarded songwriter, musician and worship leader, sought-after minister and educator. He is the world's leading expert on contemporary congregational songs. He is Director of Learning and Teaching and Head of Arts at Alphacrucis College, and serves local churches and their worship teams around the globe as well as being engaged as a professional composer and performer.
From 2007 - 2010, Daniel served as the Music Pastor at Paradise Community Church (Adelaide, South Australia) and previously as the Worship and Associate Pastor at North Shore Christian Centre in Sydney Australia for over 8 years.
He regularly produces/records and releases Worship CDs/DVDs including Christmas Presence, For Worshipers, from Worshipers, Daniel|Piano|Worship Classics 2, It is Well - Instrumentals (2011), Worship Classics (2010), Above All Else (2010), One Heart (2009), Worship Always (2009), Paradise(2008), It is Well - Vol 2(2007), It is Well - Vol 1(2006), Beyond Words (2004), and many more. Some of these recordings/performances are featured weekly on the NSCC TV show LifeSource and the Paradise TV shows.
His songs are sung in churches around the world including “Father”, “Come into the House” and “Presence Beautiful”. Daniel’s passion is to connect people with God and see the church rise to its fullest potential.
Daniel has performed a starring role on in an Off-Broadway premiere at the Duke Theatre on 42nd Street, New York of the new musical "Angels". His recent starring roles in musical theatre productions also include, Godspell, !Hero and The Prodigal.
Six years at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and a music scholarship to London provided much of Daniel's formal training. During that time, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and other prestigious ensembles performed his compositions. After completing his studies, Daniel was appointed Music Director for Penrith Christian Fellowship Centre, then Penrith City Church and later Worship Pastor at C3 Mt Annan.
Daniel is an ordained minister with the Australian Christian Churches. His formal qualifications include Ph.D., M.Music Technology (Distinction), A.Arts (Religious Studies), L.Mus.A. (Theory), Performers Certificate T.C.L. (Piano) and a Cert IV Training and Assessment.
He has owned and run two private music schools, and also lectured for many years at a number of colleges including Hillsong College and the Paradise College of Ministry.
Daniel and his wife Kris have been married for 23yrs and have 3 teenage children.
Andrea Tokaji (faculty profile)
Having legal experience in policy legislation for Australia’s Government, as a Mediator and Business Consultant, Andrea has business experience in Procurement, in Management, setting up and running an anti-trafficking NFP and Human Rigths Consultancy.
Andrea has management experience in Churches, in international and local missions, in the social services sector as a therapist, in government as a lawyer, in politics as a lobbyist advocate and in humanitarian work for the UN.
Combining skills as a qualified therapist, a human rights lawyer, a political strategist and an academic researcher, Andrea is a thought leader.
Andrea founded the NFP anti-trafficking organisation Fighting for Justice Foundation and had has been a key legal lobbyist in Australia's formation of anti-trafficking/slavery laws since 2012.
Andrea is passionate about restorative justice and therapeutic jurisprudence and runs a Business and Human Rights Consultancy.
In her spare time, Andrea speaks on human rights matters, takes her dog Milo for long runs, loves to cook and sing and splash around in the ocean as much as possible.
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.
Ms Greta Wells (faculty profile)
Greta Wells is a Lecturer in Pastoral Ministry (Higher Education). She has worked in the pastoral ministry department since March 2009, first as a tutor, then as a lecturer. Greta's MTh thesis research focused on attitudes regarding mental health amongst Pentecostal pastors - specifically regarding anxiety disorders. Her published research includes a book chapter on the relationship between Pentecostal theology and mental illness in the Australian context, as well as a journal article exploring the possibilities and limitations of Pentecostal spirituality for ageing Baby Boomers. Greta's interest in mental health and Pentecostalism has also led her to contribute to the ABC's Religion and Ethics website. She lives on the southern beaches of Sydney, is married, and has one child - with whom she was on maternity leave with in 2016.
Dr Robyn Wrigley-Carr (faculty profile)
Robyn's love for theology and spirituality began when she was working in the Religious Books Department of Hodder & Stoughton Publishers in London. She subsequently went to Vancouver, Canada, to study her Masters in Spiritual Theology at Regent College. As part of her Regent degree, Robyn studied theology for a term at Oxford University, on a student exchange program. Robyn met her Kiwi husband at Regent, then they both returned to Sydney to live. Robyn worked as a lecturer in Spirituality for 8 years at the Australian College of Ministries (ACOM), and has lectured at MCSI (Macquarie University), Christian Heritage College, and tutored at the Broken Bay Institute. Robyn received an ORS scholarship and additional funding from the University of St Andrews to pursue her PhD full-time at the University of St Andrews, Scotland, and also tutored in Theology at the University. She has received ARTFinc Grants in both 2016 and 2018 and an ADM Summer Research Fellowship in 2018. Robyn started as a permanent faculty member at AC in 2015. She has three gorgeous children.
Dr Yong-Sun Yang (faculty profile)
Yong-Sun Yang has an academic training in Mathematics, Economics, Philosophy, and Theology. He was born in South Korea and came to Australia in 1993 after 2 years of study in Japan. He lives in Sydney with his wife, Mi-Hea, three daughters, So-Ra, So-Ri, and Ha-Neul, and one son, Jeong-Hun.
David Yates (faculty profile)
Andrew Youd (faculty profile)
Andrew Youd is married to Nicola, they have a two and a half year old son, named Jesse, and they live in Newcastle NSW with their two dogs and four Chickens. Andrew graduated with a BTh from Southern Cross College in 2009, and completed his MaCS with Alphacrucis in 2014. Andrew is an active member of C3 Victory, in Newcastle. Andrew has worked in the Faculty of Theology for seven and a half years as Associate Lecturer of Theology, teaching systematic theology and Christian ethics. Andrew also works with the Faculty of Education as Coordinator of Higher Education in Schools. As part of this role, Andrew is joint regional director of the St Philip's Christian College Teaching School education Hub. Andrew has a passion for applied theology, whether it be theology for the Church, or Ethics for the individual, and now more recently, Christian Education.
Units offered as part of this Award:
- BIB101 - 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. There are two textbooks for this subject: Grey, J., Them Us & Me: How the Old Testament Speaks to People Today, (Sydney: SCD/ APSS, 2008) AND Witherington, B, III., The New Testament Story, (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans, 2004). Unit detail page >>
- BIB102 - Introduction to Israel's Scriptures (Old Testament)
Description: TBA Unit detail page >>
- BIB103 - Introduction to the New Testament
Description: This course seeks to introduce the content of the books of the NT with a view to providing a basis for further reading and study. The primary focus will be on the message of each book within its particular historical-cultural setting, with some attention being given to its contribution to the theology of the NT as a whole. Selected critical issues will be dealt with on occasion. Unit detail page >>
- BIB201 - Biblical Hermeneutics
Description: Many people think that the way they understand the Bible is the way anyone would: its meaning is always unambiguous to us all, isn’t it? But in reality, we cannot avoid interpreting the bible as we read it, for the way you read the bible may not be the way I read it or even how your ancestors did. So how can we effectively read and interpret the Bible? This is the key question of this unit. To explore this question we will consider a whole range of interpretive issues, including the different genres of biblical literature and the process(es) by which come to apply the biblical message to our current context. This subject will therefore provide you with the necessary foundation from which you will be able to interpret and apply the message of the Bible more thoughtfully. Unit detail page >>
- BIB210 - The Pentateuch
Description: At the beginning of the bible, we find the Pentateuch. From Genesis to Deuteronomy, these books are essential for understanding our faith today. For ancient Israel it described their origins, creation stories, ancestors, exodus from Egypt, covenant with Yahweh, the journey to the Promised Land and their worship of Yahweh. Similarly for us as Christians, our salvation-story is framed by the people, images and stories found in the Pentateuch. Together in this unit we will explore these foundational themes of creation, faith, salvation, covenant, worship, land and journeying present in the Pentateuch. We will particularly discover the wonder of the Pentateuch’s literary structure and techniques as well as the world it constructs. It will also survey how the Pentateuch sets the stage for what follows in the rest of the biblical canon. Unit detail page >>
- BIB257 - Mark’s Gospel
Description: Recent scholarship has come to appreciate the power and rich subtlety of Mark’s deceptively straightforward and oft-neglected account of Jesus. The rehabilitation of Jesus’ long-ignored Jewishness has contributed to this renaissance, paving the way for a new understanding of Mark’s themes, structure, coherence, and remarkably high Christology. Deepen your understanding of Mark’s gospel and its relevance today through this careful exegetical study. Unit detail page >>
- BIB311 - Psalter
Description: The Psalms are infused with the diverse richness of the human experience. No matter what you are feeling, whether joy or thankfulness, grief or despair, you can always find a psalm that resonates with these emotions. This is why the Psalter continues to remain a favourite book for many of us. Together in this unit, we will explore the wonder and technique of Hebrew poetry, plus the many expressions of prayer and worship within ancient Israel. We will be challenged to utilise these psalms in our own life to bring expression to all our experiences, whether the heights of praise or cries of doubt. But wait, there’s more! In this unit, we will also explore the sexually infused lyrical poetry of the Song of Songs. So all in all, settle back as we explore the poetry of the Psalms and Song of Songs. Unit detail page >>
- BIB313 - Esther
Description: Esther is a female character in the Old Testament who outwits her enemies in a deadly game of palace politics. In a thoughtful examination of Esther, we discover that it is a book rich in wonder, mystery, and artistic literary expression. The excellent Hebrew narrative of Esther, with its twists and turns, continues to make it a favourite book for many of us today. This unit will take you into the Persian world of Esther, and its post-exilic context. We will particularly explore with Esther ‘where is God?’ - for this narrative is crafted in such a way that the name of the LORD is never mentioned, yet God is present in every situation. Unit detail page >>
- CCM101 - Introduction to Cross Cultural Ministry
Description: This subject aims at training future pastors and church leaders to lead Australasian churches with a world mission focus, in all of its biblical, historical, cultural and strategic dimensions. Unit detail page >>
- CCM102 - Biblical Foundations of Mission
Description: This Biblical Foundations of Mission unit is designed to demonstrate the responsibility that God has charged his people with to bring his Kingdom to earth. From Israel to the birth of the Christian church through the ministry of Jesus Christ, the task of God’s people was, and still is, to be a light to the nations and to make disciples that reflect the character of God. This unit will trace this mandate through the biblical narrative and give special attention to Jesus’ own ministry and the spread of the early Christian church. For those wishing to broaden their understanding of a biblical theology of mission, then sign up now! Unit detail page >>
- CCM201 - Cross Cultural Communication
Description: This subject provides students with an opportunity to study the principles and processes of communication theory and how to apply that in the process of the contextualization of the Christian message. These tools are important for ministry anywhere in the world including in cross-cultural mission. It will also introduce students to the communication prototypes inherent in the Scriptures as well as preparing students for Christian witness in their own ministry context. Unit detail page >>
- CCM202 - Anthropology in Christian Ministry
Description: This unit provides students with an understanding of anthropological concepts and insights as tools for contemporary ministry. It also sets out an anthropological analysis of Christianity, and enables students to develop the capacity to exegete any cultural context in which they find themselves ministering. Unit detail page >>
- CCM203 - Ministry in Animistic Contexts
Description: This unit provides an advanced study of the animistic world. Ministry approaches that are essential for their effective integration into Christian faith will be examined in detail. Unit detail page >>
- CCM221 - Preparing for Cross Cultural Field Ministry
Description: This unit lays a foundation for cross cultural ministry, by broadly examining cultural and lifestyle issues vital to contemporary missions. Unit detail page >>
- CCM222 - Personal and Professional Skills for Cross Cultural Ministry
Description: This unit builds on ‘Introduction to Cross Cultural Ministry” (CCM101) and complements ‘Foundations of Cross Cultural Field Ministry’ (CCM221) by examining the religious world in which missions takes place, and the personal challenges and growth that are part of the process. Unit detail page >>
- CCM223 - Methods and Strategies for Cross Cultural Ministry
Description: This unit builds on ‘Introduction to Cross Cultural Ministry’ (CCM101) by developing a personal and ministry strategy for effective missionary life and work. Unit detail page >>
- CCM304 - World Religions
Description: TBA Unit detail page >>
- CCM305 - Exploring Islam
Description: This unit will provide the basis for understanding Islam as a religion as observed in the world today. To do so it explores the historical, cultural, theological, philosophical and political background of Islam. This is necessary for understanding the complex cross-currents of Christian-Muslim Relations in contemporary society. It will also point the student towards effective approaches to Muslim evangelism and discipleship. Unit detail page >>
- CCM392 - Cross Cultural Ministry Field Study
Description: TBA Unit detail page >>
- EXP201 - 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 (whether ministry or business) plus experience a hands-on placement. Working with an experienced supervisory mentor (no family members or close friends!), students will complete a 100 hour placement over the course of semester, with a variety of formats to choose from. For instance, do you have a heart for pastoral ministry? You could complete 8 hours a week at your local church, working with a department pastor. 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 needed. 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! Want to know more specifics? Go to 'Professional Practice' on moodle (login: Profexp1 ) Unit detail page >>
- EXP301 - Advanced Professional Practice
Description: Advanced Professional Practice builds on Professional Practice. It provides a chance for students to continue the challenging but rewarding combination of academic reflection upon contemporary ministerial issues and hands-on experience. Like Professional Practice, you will work with an experienced supervisory mentor (no family members or close friends!), complete a 100 hour placement over the course of semester, with a variety of formats to choose from. Want to know more specifics? Go to 'Professional Practice' on moodle (login: Profexp1 ) Unit detail page >>
- HIS101 - History of Christianity
Description: This subject is an introduction to the rich and inspiring heritage of Christian tradition, examined within social and cultural contexts. It explores early church formation, the challenges of the medieval era, the repercussions of the renaissance and the reasons for the reformation. Major revivals are analysed as well as the effectiveness of modern missionary movements. The struggles and strengths of the 20th century are also revealed, as well as various issues facing the 21st century church. By exploring such historical shifts in spirituality and society, students will gain understanding of both contingency and continuity in Christian history, in order to deepen their understanding of gospel ministry today. Unit detail page >>
- LEA201 - Leadership Principles
Description: Why do we need leaders? What do they do? Are they born or made? This unit will help students to find answers to these questions in the light of contemporary leadership theory and a Christian worldview. We will explore theory on leadership skills, traits and behaviours and consider the important question of what makes a leader great or...what would make you a great leader. Unit detail page >>
- LEA220 - Developing Women Leaders
Description: The church-at-large is still divided about the question whether women should lead. Despite the ongoing debate, many female leaders have made significant contributions to the church and to their communities. This unit explores the background of the debate as well as the journeys of these women leaders–some in the midst of controversy. How did they become leaders, what was their leadership style and how did they contribute to their context? Learning from the past we will then explore how to raise and develop women leaders for the future. Unit detail page >>
- LEA301 - Advanced Leadership and Decision Making
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 >>
- LEA302 - Strategic Thinking and Planning
Description: A few years ago Bill Hybels, Senior Pastor of Willow Creek church, confronted his church team with the question: “Are we making a difference?” Hybels leads a mega-church, has written multiple best-selling books and is a sought after speaker…yet he asks himself and his team this question: “Are we making a difference?” Hybels is a strategic thinker. Strategic thinkers constantly remind themselves and their team of the purpose of their organisation and ask in the light of this purpose: Where are we now (are we making a difference), where do we want to be and how are we going to get there? In ‘Strategic Thinking and Planning’ we unpack these questions and look at what the Bible as well as contemporary management texts offer to help us in our quest to turn our visions into reality and make a difference. Unit detail page >>
- LEA303 - Strategic Challenges, Innovation and Change
Description: Just when organisations think they have found the formula for success, they start to fall behind. In today’s constantly changing environment standing still is the fastest way of moving backwards. This unit will address the need for change, the challenges of change and introduces students to theories and processes for innovation. This unit also looks at how innovative and entrepreneurial thinking can be used to expand God’s kingdom. Unit detail page >>
- LEA311 - Creativity and Entrepreneurship
Description: This unit is a study of Creativity and Entrepreneurship, incorporating an introduction to Entrepreneurship theories and issues related to the development and formation of creative skills in leaders. Unit detail page >>
- MAN101 - Introduction to Management
Description: Most people like a job that is motivating and rewarding; a job that allows them to make a meaningful contribution; a job that allows them to learn and grow and to earn a fair salary. Not many people know how to design such jobs. Certainly as Christians we should ask ourselves the question: How can we create jobs and work environments that treat people as ‘made in the image of God’? This unit introduces the student to the key skills of management which includes the design of jobs, recruiting the right person for the job, team training, structuring the organisation, and designing fair compensation schemes, in order to equip them to create better jobs and job environments. Unit detail page >>
- MAN201 - Organisational Behaviour
Description: This unit explores the concept of organisational behaviour (OB) from its beginnings to the current day approach and behaviour of organisations in the Australian context. The course covers a number of operational and organisational dimensions including the history and evolution of OB. We then cover the constructs of leadership, teams, change, conflict, communication, culture, strategy and politics all within the working organisation environment. We will blend theory and commercial application to provide a rounded coverage of the course. Unit detail page >>
- MAN311 - Strategic Management
Description: This unit aims to develop the student’s strategic management capability, focusing on the role of leaders as strategic thinkers and planners. On a quest to achieve their mission, organisations need to grab opportunities, avoid pitfalls, respond to changes in their environment, and stay on course. Good leaders do not only have a clear vision and set of values to guide them, they are also well aware of their current position - their starting point - of the challenges they are facing and of the competencies they will need to develop to achieve the mission. Strategy management will teach students how to lead teams and organisations to fulfil their mission. Unit detail page >>
- MIN101 - Introduction to Pastoral Ministry
Description: In this introductory subject, 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 >>
- MIN102 - 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 >>
- MIN201 - Pastoral Administration and Management
Description: This course unit offers the student an introduction to the philosophy of church health and management. Unit detail page >>
- MIN202 - Communicating the Christian 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 >>
- MIN203 - Preaching
Description: Have you ever wished that you could bottle the persuasiveness and power of your favourite preacher in order to supercharge your own sermons and see your congregation transformed? When it comes to sermons, the bridge between the first century text and twenty-first century context can often seem longer than 2000-odd years. If you want to discover what turns effective preaching into life-changing preaching, and bring revelation to postmodern people that struggle with the Christian story, then look no further. Get ready to be equipped with the rhetorical tools in this unit to craft a message so powerful that it will be impossible for your audience to leave the pews unchanged. Unit detail page >>
- MIN204 - Healing Ministry
Description: Why don’t people always get healed when we pray for them? What is our responsibility in partnering with God for healing? What does it even mean to be well? What does it mean to be sick? Students undertaking this unit will have the opportunity to investigate the various perspectives on healing throughout the life of the church. Some of the big questions surrounding the ‘why’ of sickness, suffering, and death will also be grappled with. Further, practical skills will be discussed to care for people at these inevitable times of sickness, grief and death. Unit detail page >>
- MIN205 - Church and Society
Description: Why do we act the way we act? Why do we gather in certain social groups and not others? Have you ever wondered how our faith connects with society? Sociologists are those who study human social behaviour and propose these questions. Students undertaking this unit will be introduced to the field of sociology with the aim to explore the trends and megatrends that have formed the Christian community and its practice. Unit detail page >>
- MIN206 - Pentecostal Ministry Foundations
Description: This unit explores the foundations of the Pentecostal movement. The unit begins with a brief overview of Pentecostal History and the Biblical foundations of Pentecostalism. The Theological Distinctives within Pentecostal Movements, Pentecostal Praxis, Pentecostal Leadership, and Evangelism, Church Growth and Community Engagement from a Pentecostal Perspective, will also be examined. Students will also be given ample opportunity to engage creatively with these topics to make connections with their own contexts. Unit detail page >>
- MIN220 - Youth Ministry
Description: Generation Y? Why? Effective ministry must always be grounded in love and understanding. The objective of this unit is to explore ways to build a deep and compassionate understanding of young people; their needs, pressures and concerns. To do so, we must understand the context in which they grow up and the social norms that surround and form them. If you have a heart to minister more effectively to the next generation, this unique course will empower you to engage and make a dramatic difference with Gen Y and beyond. Unit detail page >>
- MIN221 - Children's Ministry
Description: The Introduction to Children Ministry unit will encourage you to be like Horton. Our purpose is to protect, train and release our little people. We will be looking at the why, the what and the how for children’s ministry. Unit detail page >>
- MIN225 - Childhood and Adolescent Development
Description: Are you brave enough to explore the complex and often moody workings of the teenage psyche? Or the developmental stages of childhood? If so, this is the unit for you! In this unit, students will engage with the forefront theories of childhood and adolescent development in relation to ministry – perfect for the frazzled parent, youth or children's pastor! Unit detail page >>
- MIN230 - Women and Christian Ministry
Description: Helen Reddy made headlines when her feminist anthem hit #1 on the Billboard Charts in 1972. Do you want to have the same empowering impact for women in your ministry context? This unit seeks to explore the place of women in Australasian society, both past and present, inside and outside of the church. Particularly it will examine what is the place of women in ministry by drawing on key examples, to provide tools for women (and their supporters) to be released and successful in their ministry today. Unit detail page >>
- MIN302 - Discipleship
Description: This course unit offers the student an introduction to the philosophy of church health and management. Unit detail page >>
- MIN304 - Church Planting
Description: If you had the opportunity to plant a brand new church, what would it look like? What are the personnel and resources required? How does a new church meet the needs of its community? What characteristics and personal stamina are required? Students undertaking this unit will explore the essential need for new churches. It will assist students to develop a church-planting toolkit, by standing on the shoulders of key church planting practitioners, proven principles in the academic literature on entrepreneurship as well as wider historical-biblical-theological foundations of why we should plant churches. Unit detail page >>
- MIN305 - Relationships
Description: How do I develop strong relationships, whether friendships, marriage or family? Should I get married or remain single? How do I deal with the changing dynamics of family and relationships through the life stages? If ever a unit was needed to clarify the confusion found in the ‘relationships’ section of the local Christian bookstore, this is it. Whether young, old, single, betrothed, married or unspecified, all are invited to come and explore the inner workings of relationships, marriage and the family, as it has unfolded throughout history and wider society. Specifically this unit aims to develop skills to strengthen your relationships and assist those you minister to in everyday life. Unit detail page >>
- MIN306 - Advanced Pastoral Ministry
Description: This advanced-level unit gives students an opportunity to explore the theological, historical and cultural issues pertaining to pastoral ministry. It specifically provides students with the opportunity to integrate in-depth academic reflections from their previously units with their own ministry and Christian engagement. Unit detail page >>
- MIN326 - Advanced Children's and Youth Ministry
Description: Do you want to expand your toolbox in ministering to children and youth? Well, you’re in good stead! This unit will deepen your knowledge and skill base to specifically explore issues related to building viable communities of young people, which acknowledges and addresses relevant developmental stages. Further, it seeks to affirm the role and contribution of young people, plus children and youth workers within the local church and beyond. Unit detail page >>
- RES101 - Introduction to Academic Writing and Research
Description: New to higher education studies & it all seems too hard? Worried about writing essay papers? Or where to begin researching? Or you feel confident in writing, but want to learn the skills of evaluating the masses of information we are bombarded with? This unit is for you! It will give you the tools of how to succeed in your undergraduate academic studies. It will examine how you learn, plus challenge you to think deeper, wider and more creatively. It will also encourage you in how to critically evaluate and reflect on information. Plus develop your skills in how to put it all together in an essay paper or oral presentation. Unit detail page >>
- SOC201 - Theology of Social Justice
Description: This unit provides a biblical theology of holistic mission that takes seriously the responsibility of the church to address issues of justice and poverty. It argues that the good news of the Kingdom of God has vital implications for social and cultural values. Too often in our western society we see political ideology claiming these values. As Christians we need to reclaim them as expressions of our faith, not our politics, and as the reflection of God’s Kingdom on earth. Unit detail page >>
- SOC202 - Global Poverty
Description: Poverty is more than living on less than a dollar a day. Why does the national health and prosperity of some nations continue to decline whilst neighbouring countries grow? Why does the gap between the rich and the poor countries continue to widen? This unit examines the concept of globalization and the nature and causes of global poverty. The unit involves practical exercises that invite students to reflect on what it means to live in poverty, and explores real world strategies for empowering the poor. Unit detail page >>
- SOC301 - Public Theology and Political Engagement
Description: The relationship between the church and state is fraught with challenges. This unit explores the history of church and state. It describes and analyses strategies used by Christians to engage civic leaders at all levels in order to bring about social change consistent with God’s character and mission in the world. Unit detail page >>
- SOC302 - Social Entrepreneurship
Description: This unit offers an introduction to the emerging field of social entrepreneurship in a Christian context. It explores how entrepreneurial enterprises can exert influence for systemic and sustainable social change. Students will be challenged to identify a real opportunity and to design a business plan for a potential social enterprise. Practical skills will be developed to build creative and profitable business models for positive change and the basic skills needed to run such an enterprise. Unit detail page >>
- THE101 - 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 >>
- THE201 - Christian Ethics
Description: In an era of moral relativism, Christians should stand out as moral beacons. In fact, however, it is increasingly the case that Church is seen not as a community of love but, rather, as a legalistic, dogmatic, mean-spirited and hypocritical institution. This unit helps students to think through how they go about making ethical decisions. It argues against legalism, and sets up a theological method of approaching ethics that prioritises grace and the power of the Spirit. It also facilitates guided reflection on personal morality and societal ethical issues. Unit detail page >>
- THE202 - Christ and Salvation
Description: Is it an oxymoron (contradiction) to claim that Jesus is both human and divine? How do we make sense of Jesus’ death on the cross? Is the resurrection something that can be believed in this modern scientific era? These are the sort of questions addressed in this unit, which intends to provide students with the opportunity to explore central elements of Christian faith. It explores what has traditionally been labelled the “person” and “work” of Jesus, i.e. who is he and what did he do for us? In answering these questions, students are encouraged to reflect on both the ancient traditions of the bible and early church and, further, to discuss the significance of Jesus Christ for contemporary Christian life and thought. Unit detail page >>
- THE311 - Ecclesiology
Description: Ecclesiology is the study of the church. Contemporary churches are often focused on "doing church", but this unit reflects critically on the nature and mission of the church. It puts in place biblical and theological foundations for understanding the church, and then reflects theologically upon contemporary developments. These include discussion of Church leadership structures and contemporary trends, such as the so-called emerging church and multi-centred mega-churches. It also considers the relationship between Church Mission and evangelistic and social work activities, as well as engaging with the contemporary ecumenical movement. Unit detail page >>
- WOR101 - Introduction to Worship Ministry
Description: “Worship Ministry”, a phrase that doesn’t show up in Scripture, yet most Christians would have a context for it and their personal understanding of what it means and what it involves. For some, it might be the role of the musicians and singers at the start of a Sunday service. For some, it might be anything musical related to church. For some, it would represent the involvement in anything that happens during a church gathering. For some, they would consider all of Christendom to be in Worship Ministry whether gathered together, or living their own lives. So... with such a diversity of views, where do we start? RIGHT HERE! With the introduction to Worship Ministry. We’ll look at its origins, its expressions, its relationship to music and the Arts, its role within the individual Christian’s life and the wider body of Christ. We’ll explore the theology as well as the contemporary practicalities of “Worship Ministry”. Unit detail page >>
- WOR130 - Independent Study in Specific Creative Arts 1
Description: Everyone has their area of passion and preference. This unit is all about you being able to pursue your musical or artistic passion. Dance, Drama, Lighting, Multimedia, Sound, Instrument, Voice, Recording, whatever it is, this unit can adapt to help you set and acheive your goals. Learn new knowledge and skills. Master your craft. Challenge your capacity. Grow as an artist. Unit detail page >>
- WOR205 - Worship, Arts and Church History
Description: The Christian church has had a fascinating link to the Creative Arts throughout history. On occasion it has been the Arts greatest promoter and supporter. At other times it has been the greatest stifler and constrainer of the Arts. As human beings our tendency is to make vessels sacred the moment they appear to be used by God. A worship style, an architectural style, an instrument, a liturgy, an artistic approach can all be tools that help people make a meaningful connection with God. Yet, these very things can be traps into religious ritualism, nostalgia or even idolatry! So, what can we learn from the long legacy of the Arts and the church? Unit detail page >>
- WOR215 - Worship in Comparative Religious Contexts
Description: As compelling, engaging and consuming as our local church world is... we don't live in a bubble! All humans worship. What does that worship look like for other religions? What impact does that have on the way we worship? This unit explores these questions and many more, from our judeo-christian heritage to the comparative worship of Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and other world religions. These insights will both challenge the students' preconceptions as well as inspire a critical look at the way in which we worship as Christians. Unit detail page >>
- WOR220 - Lyrics and Theology
Description: Words we sing are extraordinarily powerful. They become our confession. Music reinforces and empowers those words. They stick in our head, which means they become our meditation. Many authors have had things to say about the lyrics of songs sung in church, but the arguments are particularly partisan and heated in our present day. Contemporary congregational songs, with their popular musical influences are a hot topic. Are their lyrics inferior to traditional hymns? How should we approach their analysis and assessment? What would Jesus sing? Unit detail page >>
- WOR230 - Independent Study in Specific Creative Arts 2
Description: This subject is highly practical, involving constructive peer feedback and weekly in-class concerts. Students will perform solo and in ensembles, across a wide range of genres. Focus will also be given to key performance techniques including audience perception, performance stress, and holistic preparation. Unit detail page >>
- WOR235 - Ensemble
Description: This subject follows on from MUS230 Music Performance, and again involves constructive peer feedback and weekly in-class concerts. However, the focus of this subject is playing music in groups. As such, students will engage in a variety of ensemble types, across a wide range of genres. Students will also gain experience in leading ensembles, whether as lead instrument, music director, or conductor. Unit detail page >>
- WOR301 - Practicum in Worship Ministry
Description: On the job training... there's nothing like it! This practicum is not just about free help to your church's worship team; it is about encountering the on-the-ground issues that daily arise in building, managing and leading a worship team. Not only will you actively engage with the worship ministry, you will analyse and assess its strengths and weaknesses and contribute to the improvement of the department. What you learn here, will put everything else in context and give you the invaluable practical experiences to set you up for pursuing your call. Unit detail page >>
- WOR307 - Technology and Worship Ministry
Description: Technology and music symbiotically impact one another. Advances in one create or force advances in the other. This subject spans both music for High School students and music in worship contexts to explore its intersections with technology. Some of the technology explored includes PA systems, powered instruments, DAWs, aural training software, computer-aided notation software, audio and video recording software and related hardware Unit detail page >>
- WOR310 - Worship in Contemporary Context
Description: The unique nature and prominance of contemporary worship music in today's churches (especially Pentecostal/Charismatic denominations) is worthy of study. It is a phenomenon that has accompanied the emergence of megachurches, created a substantial sub-genre of the popular music industry, crossed cultural and language barriers, as well as impacting the global Christian church. It is certainly necessary to understand what is going on, but equally important, to assess its theological, historical, sociological, ecclesial and musical implications. Unit detail page >>
- WOR340 - Songwriting
Description: To create is to be human. This subject equips students with an understanding of compositional techniques so they can create their own original music. First, the building blocks of music are explained and explored, including pitch, rhythm, tone colour, texture, and structure. Then these individual elements are combined and manipulated to express musical ideas in a variety of genres. Unit detail page >>
- XXX390 - Independent Guided Study
Description: This course unit enables students with initiative and creativity to pursue ideas and areas of interest in the subject area. It affords the student an opportunity to develop independent research and study skills. Unit detail page >>
- XXX391 - Research Project
Description: This course unit enables a bachelor level student to research in greater depth a particular topic relating to material in the subject area. Unit detail page >>
- XXX392 - Advanced Seminar
Description: This course subject enables students to engage in reflection and research relating to a particular topic, chosen from the various disciplines undergraduate awards. Unit detail page >>