Diploma of Ministry HE
The Christian ministry landscape and context is radically evolving. AC’s Diploma of Ministry addresses these changes and equips our next generation of Christian leaders for their unique calling in ministry. Whether you minister through your local church, in a para-church organisation or in a not-for-profit, this course will empower you for spirit-filled ministry.
This contemporary and relevant course will:
- Increase your knowledge of God and His Word
- Develop the skills for interpreting scripture
- Communicate Christian principles to a variety of audiences
- Refine your spiritual disciplines
- Sharpen your abilities for effective church and community ministry
The Diploma of Ministry provides an introductory body of knowledge in Christian ministry. Graduates will be able to apply a broad range of ministry skills in various contexts, including: church, parachurch, not-for-profits, etc..
The Diploma of Ministry consists of eight subjects: 6 core subjects and 2 electives.
- BIB001 Introduction to the Bible
- EXP002 Professional Practice in Ministry
- MIN001 Introduction to Pastoral Ministry
- THE001 Christian Worldview or THE002 Pentecostal Worldview
- MIN003 Preaching
- THE004 Ethics in Ministry
- Electives will vary depending on the campus (for a full list on electives click on the units link above).
Length Of Program
- Full-Time: 1 Year (4 subjects per semester)
- Part-Time: Up to 4 Years (1 - 2 subjects per semester)
- Parramatta Campus
- Hobart Campus
- Global Online Campus
- Face-to-Face (weekly 3 hour lectures)
- Online Delivery (weekly video/audio lectures provided to be viewed at own convenience)
Upon completion, students can continue their studies into the second year of the Bachelor of Ministry. See the Awards Offered page for more information.
How To Apply
Complete an online Application for Admission Form
On filling the application, please be prepared to upload the following digital documentation (PDF, jpeg):
- Certified copy of your birth certificate or passport.
- If born overseas, certified copy of your permanent residency status or Australian Citizenship Certificate
- Certified copy of your relevant academic transcripts or CV
- Your passport photo
AUSTUDY / ABSTUDY / FEE-HELP / Youth Allowance
Austudy, Abstudy, FEE-HELP and Youth Allowance are available for this course. To check your eligibility and to find out more information, please visit the Study Assist website.
Academic Entry Requirements
Completion of a NSW Higher School Certificate or equivalent; OR Articulation from another AC course or equivalent.
Professional Entry Requirements
Mature age entry (21 years and over).
Work Integrated Learning
Students must complete at least 1 subject (10 credit points) in Professional Experience (EXP).
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 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. 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 is currently enrolled in a Doctor of Ministry with AGTS, Evangel University.
Rev Dr Nigel Pegram (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.
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 >>
- BIB102 - Introduction to Israel's Scriptures (Old Testament)
- Describe the overall content, storyline and significance of Israel’s Scriptures (Old Testament);
- Outline how Israel’s Scriptures came into existence and their canonical structure;
- Define the overall historical, cultural and social context of Israel’s Scriptures;
- Examine the contents of Israel’s Scriptures.
- Summarise the key themes, structure and developments of a book of Israel’s Scriptures;
- Discuss principles and insights derived from study of Israel’s Scriptures for contemporary life and ministry;
- BIB103 - Introduction to the New Testament
- Define key elements of the historical, cultural, and literary backgrounds of the NT, with particular emphasis on Israel’s prior narrative which tradition provides their primary and authoritative interpretative framework;
- Outline the content of the canonical documents, Mark, Matthew and Luke-Acts, with particular emphasis on their main arguments/theses, key theological emphases, and relevant historical and cultural background;
- Outline the content of the canonical documents, John, & Romans to Revelation, with particular emphasis on their main arguments/theses, key theological emphases, and relevant historical and cultural background;
- Identify and discuss the various critical issues covered in class, such as provenance, unity, authorship, date, arising from the study of a given NT book.
- EXP002 - Professional Practice in Ministry
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 2 50 hour placements over 2 semesters), 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 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 >>
- 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 >>
- MIN003 - 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 >>
- 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 >>
- 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
Students should be able to:
- Describe a theology of the Holy Spirit and identify the gifts of the Spirit
- Model and promote Pentecostal spirituality
- Discuss contemporary issues that rise from Pentecostal teaching and practice
- Interpret and summarise understandings of spiritual formation in Pentecostalism.
- THE004 - Ethics in Ministry
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 >>
- WOR001 - Introduction to Worship Ministry
- Summarise the biblical and theological foundations of worship;
- Describe Christian expressions of worship in contemporary churches;
- Examine the role of music and the arts in worship;
- Discuss the roles and responsibilities within a worship ministry;
- Identify issues in developing a worship ministry.
- WOR002 - Write Song Lyrics
- Explain contemporary song structures;
- Create lyrical content;
- Select relevant harmonic and melodic structures;
- Compose songs;
- Arrange song elements to maximise the intent and impact of songs.