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.
CRICOS Course Code: 094096J
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).
- MIN002 Christian Spirituality
- LEA001 Introduction to Leadership
- LEA003 Personal and Organisational Leadership
- BIB002 Genesis
- THE002 Pentecostal Worldview
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.
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.
Ps Donna Kipps (faculty profile)
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 completed a Doctor of Ministry with AGTS, Evangel University in 2018.
Rev Dr Nigel Pegram (faculty profile)
Deborah Stengert (faculty profile)
Chaplaincy Support (faculty profile)
Vici Tunney (faculty profile)
Vici has had a background in Education both in NSW and Qld, serving as Deputy Principal in several schools in both states. Together with her husband she pioneered a Christian school in Gladstone, planted a campus of Springfield Christian Family in Brisbane and pastored the campus fulltime for 10 years.
Outside College life, Vici is actively involved in preaching, pastoral work, teaching and missions. Vici is one of five Church Elders with oversight of the 4 campuses of Springfield Christian Family and an ordained minister with Australian Christian Churches. Her interests include reading for a purpose, mentoring the next generation and lively theological & philosophical discussions. Her personal values include being a committed follower of Jesus, an encourager of others and a life-long learner,
Vici has ministered in churches and to missionaries in Ukraine, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia & Vietnam. She travels regularly with her husband who is involved in monitoring development projects in South-east Asia. Vici is married to Craig and have twin boys and a daughter, all married with 6 grandchildren.
Ps Jeremy Weetman (faculty profile)
Jeremy has served in pastoral ministry for over twenty-six years following his graduation from Commonwealth Bible College in 1991. He has been involved in most aspects of church life including senior leadership and also been involved at a state and regional level with the ACC. Jeremy has been teaching Bible and ministry subjects since 2011.
Jeremy began his MA (Min) with Harvest Bible College in 2011, and on completion progressed to doctoral studies with a particular interest in sacred space and contemporary spirituality. His interests involve cycling, cooking, reading, and is a self-confessed cricket tragic.
Jeremy is married to Vicki, who is completing a PhD with Griffith University in cultural theory (meaning exciting study dates…), and is dad to four adult children who are amongst his favourite humans to spend time with.
Units offered as part of this Award:
- BIB001 - Introduction to the Bible
Description: Understanding the Bible is foundational for the Christian life. Whilst many of us have read the Bible, there are many sections that are seemingly foreign and strange, or that we just plain avoid. This unit aims to introduce you to the Old and New Testaments, and its big-picture message. We will explore the historical and thematic developments of the Bible, assisting you to understand how the different biblical books and message all fit together. Further, we will discuss how the message of Scripture, which was set in a very different context to us, can be applied to today’s context. Unit detail page >>
- BIB002 - Genesis
Description: At the beginning of the bible, we find the Genesis (the first of the Pentateuch). This book is essential for understanding our faith today. For ancient Israel it described their origins, creation stories, and ancestors. Similarly for us as Christians, our salvation-story is framed by the people, images and stories found in the Genesis. In this subject we will explore these foundational themes of creation, faith, salvation, covenant, and patriarchs such as Abraham, Jacob and Joseph. It will also survey how the Genesis sets the stage for what follows in the rest of the biblical canon. Unit detail page >>
- BIB003 - I & II Corinthians
Description: The Corinthian Correspondence is a fascinating exchange between the Apostle Paul and the troubled church in Corinth, and is a worthwhile study for those who are interested in Paul’s role as pastor and apostle. Addressing a variety of ethical and theological issues, such as sexual sin, drunkenness, Christians taking each other to court, dissatisfaction with style of leadership and much more. If you wish to understand more about the practical ministry of the church and its leadership in the first century, then this unit is for you! Unit detail page >>
- BIB005 - Luke-Acts
Description: Luke-Acts is the two-volume work which tracks the movement from the ministry of Jesus through to the early church (and beyond!). Obviously this text is therefore of great significance in the New Testament (even if just in regards to the size of the combined volumes), and has been used by Pentecostals for over a century in our quest for recovering a truly biblical faith. This unit examines the narrative of Luke-Acts in a way that holds together the historical and theological foci, and seeks to equip you with a solid reading strategy for approaching these remarkable texts. Unit detail page >>
- BIB007 - Introduction to Israel’s Scriptures
Description: The foundational documents of the Christian Faith are found in the Old Testament. It is the first instance of God’s self-revelation to humanity, it points forward to Jesus, and it provides glimpses of the Holy Spirit at work. The themes, theology, wisdom, history, and narrative form the basis for anything the New Testament has to teach us. This Subject will equip you to uncover the significance and relevance of the Old Testament to being a disciple of Jesus. Unit detail page >>
- BIB008 - Introduction to the New Testament
Description: The New Testament is an exciting document that outlines the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus and the early writings of the church. This subject will introduce the purpose, content, and message of the New Testament books with particular focus on the historical and cultural implications of their setting, and how this broad diversity of literature presents an incredibly unified and coherent message. Unit detail page >>
- CCM001 - Introduction to Cross Cultural Ministry
- Define cross cultural ministry;
- Describe cross cultural ministry in local church and mission organisation contexts;
- Describe global mission perspectives;
- Identify the breadth of activities comprising the Church’s cross cultural ministry;
- Recognise personal and corporate responsibility for cross cultural ministry in the fulfilment of the great commission.
- 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 >>
- LEA001 - Introduction to Leadership
Description: Leadership is the critical ingredient to success in every sphere of life. When we can lead ourselves and others, we maximise skills, align teams, and create momentum. This subject introduces the introductory leadership skills necessary for exercising leadership and influence in various contexts and using various theories and approaches. It recognises that organisational leadership begins with vision, is exercised utilising various styles, and entails the mentoring of individuals and groups. Unit detail page >>
- LEA003 - Personal and Organisation Leadership
Description: Organisations are groups of people working together for a purpose. Despite the pervasiveness of organisations in our modern society, effective group behaviour does not always come naturally. In fact, many goals are never achieved due to poor group dynamics rather than a lack of skills, vision or strategy. This unit will help students to develop an understanding of how an organisation can encourage effective, efficient, social and ethical behaviour; how leadership styles, organisational structure and value systems influence behaviour and how ultimately the group dynamics impact the effectiveness of the organisation in its pursuit of its purpose. Unit detail page >>
- MIN001 - Introduction to Pastoral Ministry
Description: In this introductory unit, students will explore a broad variety of topics that form the very basis of pastoral ministry. Primarily, students will consider contemporary pastoral models that connect academic reflection with the real world. Topics discussed will range from defining ministry, calling and ordination to conflict resolution, and being effective in caring for others. Students will also be provided with ample opportunity to engage creatively with these topics to make connections with their own contexts. Unit detail page >>
- MIN002 - Christian Spirituality
Description: Ever wondered if there were other ways to express faith, apart from lifting your hands during worship? Would you like to deepen the spirituality of your local Christian community, but find yourself hesitating, uncertain of the appropriate boundaries? Students with these questions and more will find themselves challenged as they partake in this foundational unit, designed specifically to introduce charismatic and Pentecostal Christians to the broader history of Christian spiritual approaches. In doing so, students will have a chance to connect with their heritage and participate in a broad range of spiritual exercises practiced by the wider body of Christ throughout history. Unit detail page >>
- 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 >>
- MIN005 - Children’s Ministry
- Demonstrate a knowledge of the biblical and historical background for children’s ministry. This includes consideration of other Christian perspectives and understandings;
- Demonstrate an understanding of the breadth of children’s ministry and discuss a variety of approaches to children’s ministry;
- Exhibit an understanding of the importance and methods of ensuring ministry is child safe and child friendly;
- Demonstrate an ability to use administration, resourcing and logistics necessary to facilitate an effective children’s event.
- Demonstrate a variety of skills necessary for effective ministry to children;
- MIN006 - Youth Ministry
- Demonstrate a knowledge of the biblical, historical and theological foundations for youth ministry including consideration of other Christian perspectives and understandings;
- Explain the importance of understanding the themes and influences of contemporary pop culture;
- Demonstrate ability to assess shifts in youth culture and youth ministry in Australia;
- Based on personal involvement, analyse practical aspects of youth ministry;
- Contrast the various sub-cultures which provide the context of youth ministry.
- MIN010 - ACC Orientation to Ministry
- Outline the Australian Christian Churches’ (ACC) identity, beliefs, culture and history;
- Outline the structure of the ACC, and the relationship of the Pastor within the Movement;
- Identify and define the expectations of the pastoral role as it applies to an ACC Pastor;
- Show an understanding of the foundations for ministry and leadership;
- Reflect and provide feedback on work integrated learning, showing a personal and technical understanding of the ministry context.
- MIN011 - ACC Ministry Essentials
- Identify and describe the values, mission and vision of The global Pentecostal movement;
- Show an understanding of how these values, mission and vision can be applied within a contemporary church context and at a personal ministry level;
- Outline current community engagement practices within a local church context and identify effective practices as they relate to the target community;
- Show an understanding of learned leadership and ministry practices as they relate to current social issues.
- THE001 - Christian Worldview
Description: Do you have questions about God that you have been unable to answer? Do you sometimes wonder whether Christian beliefs about things like the Trinity and the divinity of Jesus make any sense? This unit provides you with the opportunity to explore those beliefs that are foundational to Christianity. It argues that what we believe about God (our theology) has a practical impact upon our life and ethics and, therefore, provides an overview of Christian faith, and reflects on the ways in which this faith informs our everyday life and calling. The topics addressed range from the doctrine of God, creation and sin, to discussion on the person and work of Christ, and the nature of the coming kingdom of God. Unit detail page >>
- THE002 - Pentecostal Worldview
Description: The significant role of the Holy Spirit has often been understated or neglected throughout History. Pentecostalism is distinctive in its acknowledgement of the significant and critical role of the Holy Spirit in every context of life. This Subject highlights the activity of the Holy Spirit through both Testaments in Scripture, history, doctrines, and practice and seeks to encourage an orientation to the Holy Spirit within church and society. Unit detail page >>
- THE004 - Ethics in Ministry
Description: In an era of globalisation and moral relativism, Christian Ministers will necessarily be presenting a morally distinct message. The challenge for people within our churches and ministries is how they can live as ‘salt and light’ without being judgmental or irrelevant. This unit introduces ministers to ethical decision making that will assist them in leading people to balance the biblical mandate of being obedient and being ‘in the world’. Unit detail page >>
- WOR001 - Introduction to Worship Ministry
Description: This course unit provides an introduction to Biblical and theological foundations of worship alongside an examination of contemporary Christian expressions of worship. Unit detail page >>