Diploma of Ministry (Creative) - Parramatta
Welcome to this exciting new stream of the Diploma of Ministry for those who want the perfect balance between Biblical/Ministry studies and Music/Worship studies!
Apart from Diploma of Ministry (Creative Ministry) qualification, we also offer a stand-alone Creative Ministry Skillset - an ideal short training program for those who are just wanting to develop their creative ministry skills.
The purpose of this course is to develop competant, passionate and anointed ministers. General and specialised essential skills are set out in this course, including:
- Ethical decisions
- Biblical knowledge and interpretation
- Theological knowledge and interpretation
- Worship ministry skills
Musical worship plays such a significant role in the contemporary church. It's no longer enough for someone to have some basic talent and a bit of skill. From leading to writing songs, recording to copyright and administration, this course will help you gain the skill, knowledge and heart behind successful worship ministry.
This course is intended to provide participants with the following general education outcomes:
- Ability to apply ethical decision making principles
- Ability to communicate a broad knowledge of an Old Testament book and New Testament book
- Ability to identify and apply a Christian worldview and values
- Demonstration of general leadership skills in a ministry context
- Ability to apply knowledge of creative arts ministry to a broad range of contexts, and depth in the area of specialisation
- Demonstration of general research skills, particularly the ability to gather, understand, evaluate and analyse information
Completion of this course may enable the graduate to apply for ordination in the Australian Christian Church.
CORE UNITS (5 Ministry units)
and a choice between:
ELECTIVE UNITS (5 of any of the following Creative Ministry units)
For prospective students from a non-English speaking background, an IELTS Score of 5.5 (or demonstrate equivalent English proficiency) is recommended.
Academic Entry Requirements
Certificate IV in Ministry, or equivalent.
Professional Entry Requirements
At least 3 years of vocational experience in ministry, but without formal qualifications. The justification for this entry requirement is that the skills required to undertake the Diploma are developed in the Certificate IV. Competence at or above Exit Level 3 in Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) in both reading and numeracy will also need to be displayed. (An ACSF level test can be arranged through AC upon application). Applicants intending on applying based on experience will need to provide a detailed CV.
Work Integrated Learning
Students must complete at least 1 placement unit in a related work or ministry setting (related to the particular unit outcomes). More placement units may be required depending on unit availability and elective choices.
Australian Skills Quality Authority Information
- Legal name: Alphacrucis College Limited
- RTO National code: 90525
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.
Units offered as part of this Award:
- CHCVOL003 - Recruit and coordinate volunteers
Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to recruit, orientate, develop and support volunteer workers in an agency, service or program. Workers at this level will be responsible for the ongoing coordination and supervision of volunteers who may be working in a range of contexts. Unit detail page >>
- CUACMP501 - Manage copyright arrangements
Description: It's one thing to have some understanding of copyright and copyright compliance as a composer or performer... but it's a whole 'nother thing to know how to make the most out of copyrighted works that you own or manage. This unit helps you "play with the big boys" when it comes to all things copyright. Unit detail page >>
- CUALED501 - Provide instrumental or vocal tuition
Description: Whether formally or informally, as you become more proficient in your instrument/voice, others will want to learn from you. This unit helps you understand what's required to effectively help others in their development as a vocalist or instrumentalist. It is an elective, but even if music teaching is not your chosen path, this is a valuable unit for all. Unit detail page >>
- CUALED502 - Provide tuition for composition
Description: As you improve your song writing/composing skills, others will want to gleen from your expertise. Whether formally or informally, this unit will help you with tools and strategies to teach song writing/composition to others. Unit detail page >>
- CUAMCP401 - Develop techniques for arranging music
Description: A significant role for every M.D. (music director) is to arrange. When do the various instruments enter? What should they be playing? What band dynamics will make the most of the song? This unit addresses the practical, theoretical, written and verbal skills of arranging musical elements effectively. Unit detail page >>
- CUAMCP402 - Develop techniques for composing music
Description: Writing music is not just for the "naturally gifted" or "divinely inspired". When the Psalmist says "sing a New Song to the Lord", it's because EVERYONE can do it! This unit provides you with the tools, understanding and experience to create your own original musical compositions. Unit detail page >>
- CUAMCP502 - Compose music for screen
Description: OK... just between you and me... this is my favourite unit EVER! If you're into composing and you love the idea of being able to completely make or break someone else's visual masterpiece, jump on board! Unit detail page >>
- CUAMLT401 - Notate music for performance
Description: Chart writing is an important skill to master. A quick, accurate chart on-the-run will solve a HUGE amount of performance errors. Accurate charts allow people to prepare well in advance and facilitate efficient rehearsals. This unit will help you develop these skills. Unit detail page >>
- CUAMLT501 - Refine aural perception skills
Description: Refined aural skills are essential for singers and musicians who want to work at the highest levels of their craft. As a professional musician, I KNOW when someone has well developed aural skills and when they don't. When they don't, things are slow and clumsy and awkward. When they have great aural skills, it's a pleasure working with them! This unit is all about taking your ear to another level! Unit detail page >>
- CUAMPF401 - Rehearse music for group performances
Description: Often, we as musicians/singers are not performing alone. Rehearsing effectively together, provides the confidence to perform well together. This hands-on unit deals with all of the knowledge and skills necessary to make rehearsing music as a group effective and efficient. Unit detail page >>
- CUAMPF404 - Perform music as part of a group
Description: Following the personal and group rehearsals comes the performance. This unit addresses all of the issues that surround performance. From the relations-management to the organising of equipment, from effective sound-checks to de-briefing performances, if you play/sing in a band... this unit will help you. Unit detail page >>
- CUAMPF504 - Perform improvisation for audiences
Description: Taking improvisation to the next stage. As singers and musicians, sometimes you'll have the music in front of you, or you'll have memorised exactly what to play and when, but GREAT musicians and singers also have the ability to flow with whatever comes. Their musical foundations and security in their technique alongside a confidence that comes from good training and experience mean they're up for anything! That's what this unit is all about. Unit detail page >>
- CUAMPF505 - Develop technical skills and expand repertoire
Description: It's time to take your instrumental or vocal skills to another level... Unit detail page >>
- CUAMPF507 - Provide musical leadership in performance
Description: Band leaders, music directors, worship leaders, lead singers or musicians... this one's for you. Although as a core unit, all Diploma of Music students need to have a least a rudimentary understanding of how to provide musical leadership. Whether you've got a title or not, whether you're outgoing in personality or more reserved, this unit will equip you with the skills you need. Unit detail page >>
- CUASOU405 - Record sound
Description: Recording music is SO common place... but what isn't common place is recording music WELL! This unit will help you understand the technology, techniques and approach to make the most of any recording situation. Unit detail page >>
- CUASOU409 - Mix recorded music
Description: Recording music is the first part of a longer process. This unit follows on to the next and most important process, Mixing. Things can be recorded brilliantly and completely killed in the mixing process. Understanding the software, hardware, underlying principles and tricks of the trade will set you up for all of your future recording projects! Unit detail page >>
- CUAWRT503 - Write about music
Description: It you have a writing flair (or would like to get one) and love music... this is the course for you. Writing about music plays an important role in being able to review music, assess music, recommend music and understand music. This unit provides you with the unique language and lens through which to write effectively about music in whatever avenue you're interested in pursuing. Unit detail page >>
- MINPAS501 - Implement and evaluate a ministry activity
Description: This unit provides students with the skills necessary to implement and evaluate a ministry function. Unit detail page >>