Master of Arts
Inspired Learning for Influential Living
Welcome to the Master of Arts at AC, where we believe in inspired learning for influential living.
The Masters of Arts (MA) is designed for those who want a humanities education orientated around faith and practice. Beginning with two core units, students in the MA have an opportunity to then specialise in either Chaplaincy, Christian Studies, a Discipline Area, or Ministry. In addition to this, students have a selection of electives that range from Ancient Languages to Marketing, to add to their learning experience.
The course draws on the college’s established areas of expertise while expanding the offerings to general subject areas that are of interest to the students, such as history and communication. The purpose of this Masters coursework program is to provide an advanced body of knowledge and professional application for graduates in a variety of contexts in these key areas of specialisation.
The Master of Arts is designed to produce graduates who have an in-depth understanding of Christian worldview and its integration with vocation and community. In addition to developing skills in critical thinking, problem-solving, teamwork, and communication skills, the graduates will be equipped with advanced knowledge of theory in their area of specialisation and the application of theoretical concepts in practical settings. It also prepares students for further study by inclusion within the structured program of some independent research.
A key feature of the MA is the requirement to complete the Integrated Project (or Research Project) that provides the opportunity for students to synthesise what they have learned by engaging a particular issue in their area of specialisation.
I invite you to begin your journey into thinking the faith.
Dr U-Wen Low
Program Director, Master of Arts
CRICOS Course Code: 084483C
The MA course structure is based on three semesters, with 4 subjects taught in each semester, comprising:
▪ 20 cp core, 40 cp electives, 50 cp specialisation and a 10 cp capstone subject. OR
▪ 20 cp core, 30 cp electives, 50 cp specialisation and a 20 cp capstone subject.
For specific information on subject requirements and elective options, please see the Master of Arts Course Handbook.
Full-Time: One semester
Part-Time: Up to four years
This course is also delivered through Higher Education Third Party Arrangements. For more information, please click here or visit the third party's website.
Face-to-Face (weekly 3 hour lectures)
Intensive (4-5 days of lectures delivered within a one week period)
Extensive (4-5 days lectures delivered across a term period)
Online Delivery (weekly video/audio lectures provided to be viewed at own convenience)
Domestic Student Fees 2019: AU$2300 per 10cp
International Student Fees 2019: AU$2500 per 10cp
The Master of Arts qualifies for FEE Help Loan Funding. Consult http://study assist.gov.au/ for eligibility details.
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.
Course Learning Outcomes
▪ advanced and integrated understanding of key issues and practices within the specialisations of: Chaplaincy; Christian Studies; Discipline Area; or Ministry;
▪ knowledge of scholarship and recent developments in the area of the specialisations;
▪ understanding of general research principles and methods, and advanced knowledge of specific research approaches used in the selected disciplinary field.
Demonstrated ability to:
▪ evaluate, synthesise and critically engage the theoretical knowledge in the relevant areas of the study;
▪ examine a complex problem or issue using appropriate methodologies and theories from the discipline;
▪ analyse and synthesise ideas and theories from related disciplines;
▪ design a research question that explores a complex issue and to provide possible solution(s) to the problem raised;
▪ communicate effectively complex ideas and proposed solutions to peers and general audiences;
▪ identify and critically evaluate new developments of research and scholarship in the selected disciplinary field.
Demonstrated ability to:
▪ articulate new questions or issues and apply the knowledge and skills developed within the selected disciplinary field to develop appropriate solutions;
▪ work independently, responsibly and with the level of professionalism expected of an expert in the selected disciplinary fields;
▪ design and implement a major research project in the selected disciplinary fields.
International Students will be required to show proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 overall, reading 6.5; writing 6.5; speaking 6.5; listening 6.5 (or equivalent).
Academic Entry Requirements
This course requires the completion of at least an Australian Level 7 Bachelor degree awarded under the Australian Qualifications Framework (or equivalent overseas qualification). Applicants with Recent Secondary Education are not eligible for direct entry into this course.
Completion of an Australian Level 7 Bachelor degree awarded under the Australian Qualifications Framework (or equivalent overseas qualification).
Completion of an Australian Level 8+ postgraduate qualification awarded under the Australian Qualifications Framework (or equivalent overseas qualification). A completed Australian Level 8 Postgraduate Certificate requires a credit average overall.
This course requires the completion of at least an Australian Level 7 Bachelor degree awarded under the Australian Qualifications Framework (or equivalent overseas qualification). Applicants with Work and Life Experience may be eligible for entry into the Graduate Certificate in Leadership as a pathway course.
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.
Professor Lily Arasaratnam-Smith (faculty profile)
Lily A. Arasaratnam-Smith is the Deputy Vice President Student Affairs at Alphacrucis College. Her primary area of expertise is intercultural communication, particularly intercultural competence and intercultural contact-seeking behaviour. Her first book, Perception and Communication in Intercultural Spaces (University Press of America, 2011), presents "intercultural spaces" as a new framework with which to understand intercultural communication in today's culturally diverse communities. Her recent work is on intercultural competence in higher education. Lily is a Fellow of the International Academy for Intercultural Research. The winner of the 2018 Excellence in Teaching award, Lily teaches in the areas of intercultural communication and research methodology and is the Chair of the Alphacrucis College Academic Board.
Emma Austin (faculty profile)
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.
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 pastor 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)
Rev 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. 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. She was the Director of Academic Administration 2015-2018. On returning from maternity leave (Jan 2019), she is now working as the Students Project Officer. 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.
Dr Sean du Toit (faculty profile)
Mr David Graieg (faculty profile)
David Graieg studied Electrical Engineering at the University of Western Australia and Theology at Dallas Theological Seminary. He is currently undertaking a PhD through Murdoch University. David has previously taught apologetics in Singapore and worked at City Bible Forum. He runs a Reasonable Faith chapter in Perth. David is married to Grace, and they have three young children.
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. Associate Professor Jacqueline Grey (faculty profile)
Jacqui is Dean of Theology and Associate Professor of Biblical Studies, specialising in hermenutics and Old Testament studies. Her publications include Them, Us and Me: How the Old Testament Speaks to People Today, Raising Women Leaders, and Three's A Crowd: Pentecostalism, Hermeneutics and the Old Testament as well as various articles and book chapters. Jacqui speaks regularly at local and international events and has appeared on various national TV and radio programs in Australia, including the ABC TV's Q&A program. Jacqui is committed to ensuring quality education within the theological sector, and provides teaching and assistance to Pentecostal colleges in developing contexts to further their institutional goals. She is a member and past president (2017) of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, and is co-chair of Biblical Ethics section (2018-2020) of the Society of Biblical Literature. Jacqui is also a Research Fellow in the Department of Biblical and Ancient Studies, University of South Africa. Her research interests include pentecostal hermeneutics, prophetic literature and feminist readings of Scripture. Jacqui loves travelling, Turkish food, photography and coffee with friends.
John Guerra (faculty profile)
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. This will be published in 2019.
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.
Master of Divinity from Sydney Missionary and Bible College and Master of Arts in Early Christianity at Macquarie University. PhD from Macquarie University (2018).
Johnny Kumar (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.
Associate Professor 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.
Professor Paul Oslington (faculty profile)
Paul Oslington joined Alphacrucis in January 2013. He held a Chair jointly in the School of Business and School of Theology at Australian Catholic University from 2008-2013, and continues there as an Adjunct Professor. Before that he was Associate Professor of Economics at University of New South Wales, and held visiting positions at University of Oxford in 1999, University of British Columbia and Regent College Vancouver in 2003, and Princeton Theological Seminary and University in 2006/7. His PhD in Economics and Master of Economics/Econometrics with Honours were completed at the University of Sydney, and Bachelor of Divinity through Melbourne College of Divinity.
Rev Dr David Parker (faculty profile)
After experiencing almost every church function including Church Planting, Worship Leader and Youth Pastoring, Ruth and I attended Commonwealth Bible College (now Alphacrucis) from 1979-1981 and upon graduation served as assistants to Bryn Barrett in Toowoomba Assembly of God, Queensland. After three years as Senior Pastor of Mornington Assembly of God in Victoria we accepted a teaching position at the College where we have been ever since. I’ve never lost the passion for Pastors, having been one myself, and love to itinerate and encourage, particularly the rural Pastor who doesn’t often entertain visiting ministry. Of recent times I’ve also ministered in other countries which has helped me enormously in grappling with the cultural/transcultural nature of Scripture. Ruth and I were married in 1971, we have three married children and six grandchildren who are a joy and keep us very busy.
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)
Jacqueline Service is a Lecturer in Theology at Alphacrucis College, Sydney, Australia. She completed her doctoral research on the award of a full scholarship through the Centre for Public and Contextual Theology (PaCT), Charles Sturt University (CSU), Canberra. For her thesis, she received one of the highest academic honours - the Higher Degree by Research University Medal. She is currently a Trustee for the International Anglican Order of the Cross and has been actively involved various Board memberships and church ministries over many years. Alongside these undertakings, she worked as a lawyer in Commercial and Government Legal Practice, and, for over a decade, at the Australian Government’s Agency for International Development (AusAID) managing, reviewing and designing aid programs across the Pacific and South West Asia. During her time with AusAID she worked in Suva as the First Secretary for Development Cooperation, responsible for implementing the Australian Government’s bilateral aid program in Fiji. Her work involved managing key partnerships with the Fiji Government, the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and various United Nations agencies. Jacqueline has a B.A. Intercultural Studies (Missiology); Bachelor of Laws (with Honors); Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice; a Master of Theology (with Distinction), and a PhD specialising in the intersection of trinitarian theology and international aid and development. Dr Service’s most recent publication is entitled, “Divine Self-Enrichment and Human Well-Being: A Systematic Theological Inquiry, with Special Reference to Development and Humanitarian Aid”. She is passionate about bringing the transformative reality of the gospel into practical expression, in particular, building the capacity of women to take up their God-given authority in the Church and broader society for the realisation of the divine good for creation. She is also a parent of three beautiful children and a enjoys a good red, gooey cheeses, hazelnut chocolate, and high-heeled shoes.
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.
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.
Rev. Dr Adam White (faculty profile)
Adam began his working career as a spraypainter and from there moved into ministry as a youth pastor then an associate pastor at Riverlands Christian Church in Penrith. Then at the age of 25 he felt called to study theology at Southern Cross College (now AC); this continued through an honours degree up to a Doctorate of Ancient History at Macquarie University. He is married to Rachel and has a daughter named Sophia and two sons, Alexander, and Sebastian.
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.
Andrew Youd (faculty profile)
Andrew Youd is married to Nicola, they have a 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:
- ANL401 - Old Testament Hebrew I
Description: Have you ever wanted to read the bible in its original language? Have you ever wondered about the context, culture and worldview of the Old Testament and how its language contributes to this? Have you wanted to see how a great story telling language works? The study of Old Testament (OT) Hebrew will provide you with these insights. OT Hebrew 1 presents you with the foundational tools, vocabulary and grammar to not only understand OT Hebrew, but also enable you to translate simple OT Hebrew texts into English. Further, by having these tools, you will gain foundational knowledge of the richness, light and shade, and wonder of the story-telling nature of the Hebrew language (which can be hidden in our English translations). Unit detail page >>
- ANL402 - New Testament Greek I
Description: While it may come as a shock to some, Jesus did not speak Shakespearean English! Indeed, our New Testament was written in a language different to our own, in a time far removed from our own. The fact is that, while they can be very good, translations of the Bible can only do so much. Inevitably, translation teams have to make interpretive decisions regarding how to bring out the meaning of the Biblical text into the target language, and this can sometimes reflect theological bias or simply miss some of the richness and subtlety present in the original languages. Here at Alphacrucis, we will help to equip you with all the necessary tools to negotiate the sometimes difficult terrain of understanding the NT text on its own terms; not just to be able to bring out simple English (or other) transliterations, but to interact with and grasp the meaning of the original texts. Using innovative linguistic research, we will help you to grasp hold of this extraordinary language so that you can go deeper into the word of God; not just for yourself, but also for all those you minister to. Unit detail page >>
- ANL501 - Old Testament Hebrew II
Description: This unit builds on ANL401 to develop students' knowledge of Old Testament Hebrew and their ability to translate and exegete Hebrew texts. Unit detail page >>
- ANL502 - New Testament Greek II
Description: New Testament Greek 2 builds on from Greek 1 to give you a solid foundation for your knowledge of Biblical Greek. This unit rounds out a full year of Greek study and will equip you with a good working knowledge of Greek grammar, and it is from this basis that you can launch into more advanced syntactical and exegetical study of the New Testament texts. Greek 2, in a way, puts 'wheels' on your study of Greek, as we come to see more fully the beauty of the Greek verbal system and its significance for understanding the original texts. Unit detail page >>
- ANL503 - New Testament Greek III
Description: To examine Paul’s strategies used in overcoming the specific problems among the Corinthian Christians from a Pentecostal perspective. Special application is made to comparable situations in modern Pentecostalism, and how Paul’s answers may in fact be addressing us. Unit detail page >>
- BIB402 - Introduction to Israel's Scriptures (Old Testament)
Description: TBA Unit detail page >>
- BIB403 - 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 >>
- BIB520 - 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 >>
- BIB521 - Wisdom Literature
Description: What is wisdom? How does a wise person live? What is the biblical foundation to wisdom? This unit will explore the Wisdom Literature of the OT through these lenses. It specifically will study the proverbial tradition as highlighted within the book of Proverbs but also the speculative wisdom tradition found within the books of Ecclesiastes and Job. Other examples of wisdom found in the Psalms, Song of Songs and the Apocryphal books will also be discussed. All in all, it will be discovered that for ancient Israel wisdom has many different facets – but it all begins with the Fear of the LORD. Unit detail page >>
- BIB522 - Minor Prophets
Description: Towards the back of the Old Testament there are a collection of twelve dusty and usually overlooked prophetic books, known as the Minor Prophets. This unit will blow the dust from the Minor Prophets, to get a glimpse into the ancient history of Israel, the prophets and their God-given message. We will specifically study the Minor Prophets as a collage, to highlight its literary nature, themes, rhetoric as well as its portrayal of Yahweh. Further, you will be encouraged to harness your own ‘prophetic imagination’ so that you can be a messenger of God to your own generation. Unit detail page >>
- BIB523 - Historical Books of the Old Testament
Description: Many of the OT books are dedicated to the history of Israel fron the time of conquest through to exile. This subject will examine the books of Joshua, Juges, 1& 2 Samuel, 1& 2 Kings, Ezra & Nehemiah - a vast array of books and times! But it will specifically investigate what are the major events and people in OT history, plus discuss how do we read OT history today? Unit detail page >>
- BIB531 - 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 >>
- BIB532 - Isaiah
Description: Many readers have been captivated by the vision of Isaiah. Isaiah was a prophet consumed with the vision of God as the sovereign Lord over the nations. The NT authors knew the wonder of Isaiah, for even within their gospels and letters there are multiple quotes and allusions back to this book. This is why some scholars have named it the “fifth gospel”. Yet, within its context, the Book of Isaiah speaks to a crucial time in the history of ancient Israel both prior to the exile as well as re-building after the devastation. It speaks to a community about how to live faithfully as the people of God in a hostile environment, and presents a vision of a holy people who mirror this quality of the God they serve. Unit detail page >>
- BIB533 - 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 >>
- BIB549 - Biblical Theology
Description: The Bible in not just a random collection of books, yet sometimes we struggle to 'see the forest from the trees.' This unit will whisk you to the top of the mountain for a bird's eye view of the big picture. It is designed to reflect on the relationship between the Old and New Testaments and the many theological themes, ideas and concepts that make the Bible a unified whole. From the progressive revelation of God's identity, to creation, to covenant, to the temple and worship, each class will offer a fresh topic for discussion that will pull together the threads that tie the variety of Biblical literature together. This unit will not only give you a comprehensive understanding of the unity of the Bible, but will without doubt demonstrate how relevant its themes and wisdom are for our own generation. Unit detail page >>
- BIB552 - The Prison Epistles
Description: The letters of Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians and Philemon were written from prison and yet deal with some of the most liberating concepts imaginable. We know Ephesians from its famous spiritual warfare passage, but what exactly did Paul picture as the greatest of all battles? Philippians is a letter of instruction, providing models to follow. In it we will find Paul, Jesus, Timothy and Epaphroditus offered as those whom we should seek to copy. Colossians is an enigma in which one needs to play detectives trying to recover from the clues what Paul was likely confronting. Finally, Philemon is gigantic in its implications contrary to its miniature word length. Time spent with these letters will be richly rewarded and equip us for life in multiple dimensions: spiritual, relational, personal, and corporate. Specifically, these four letters from captivity will release any of us from unconscious imprisoning ideas. Unit detail page >>
- BIB553 - Johannines
Description: The Gospel and Letters of John are dearly loved by Christians today. Rich in theology and symbolism, these texts draw heavily on the Jewish tradition fulfilled in Jesus the Messiah. This unit will equip you to interpret and apply these extraordinary texts, as well as helping you to see the ways in which the story of Jesus fulfils the testimony of Israel. Unit detail page >>
- BIB554 - The World of the New Testament
Description: Why would Paul, A Hebrew speaking Jew, writing to Latin speaking Romans, use Greek? Why was the liberating message of the crucified messiah considered "foolish?". What did the first Christians look like to outsiders? Did Paul really endorse slavery and male headship?. So many aspects and difficult issues of the NT are overlooked or misunderstood in the 21st century for the very simple reason that we don't know much about the world of the text. This course takes a look at the culture, customs, and values of the first century, especially as they relate to the NT. It asks the question "What was that world like?" and "How does the NT challenge it?". It shows how radical this minority group were in the face of the Roman Empire and invites the student to be challenged in their own convictions and values as 21st century Christians. Unit detail page >>
- BIB557 - 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 >>
- BIB561 - 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 >>
- BIB562 - Romans and Galatians
Description: Have you ever wondered why Christians don’t follow the full Mosaic law? Have you ever asked what sets Christianity apart from Judaism? Paul’s letters to the Romans and Galatians answer these questions and more, and in many ways these letters reveal the heart of his theology. This unit will also synthesise Paul’s thought into a storyline of history that informs his pastoral and theological reflections. If you are interested in understanding the core gospel message and its relevance in our contemporary culture then this unit will scratch where you itch! Unit detail page >>
- BIB563 - 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 >>
- BIB565 - The Book of Revelation
Description: The Book of Revelation (or the Apocalypse as it is often called, from its opening word in Greek) is by common consent one of the most difficult of all the books of the Christian Bible. Nevertheless, attention to its historical context, social and religious milieu, and literary genre will bring considerable light on its form, content, and function. Unit detail page >>
- BIB590 - New Testament Field Study
Description: This unit provides students with a first-hand introduction to the relevant cultural, geographical, historical, and archaeological issues for the New Testament. This unit features an on-site field study program in the location of modern day Turkey and Greece, formative for the biblical text. Unit detail page >>
- BIB592 - Old Testament Field Study
Description: This unit provides students with a first-hand introduction to the relevant cultural, geographical, historical, and archaeological issues for the Old Testament. This unit features an on-site field study program, formative for the biblical text. Unit detail page >>
- CCM401 - 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 >>
- CCM503 - Ministry in Animistic Contexts
- Critically evaluate the key concepts and practices of animism, both as experienced in the world today and as evidenced in the Bible
- Analyse the reasons for the pervasiveness and persistence of animism despite contact with other major religions including Christianity
- Appraise important principles involved in discipling Animists;
- Distinguish and critique the key ways animism interacts with other aspects of social and religious experience;
- Critically analyse Christian ministry concepts, including power encounter, functional substitutes, ministry to fear, tendency to nominalism, tendency to ritual rather than relationship;
- Differentiate and assess the challenges of animism for current missionary strategy.
- CCM505 - 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 >>
- CCM506 - Innovative Practice in Cross Cultural Ministry
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- CCM508 - World Religions
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- CCM510 - Cross Cultural Ministry Field Practicum
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- CCM592 - Cross Cultural Ministry Field Study
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- COM500 - Communication Theory
- Assess communication theory and its relation to practice, particularly theories relating to interpersonal and intercultural communication;
- Summarise and appraise key works in communication theory;
- Formulate a theory-in-practice scenario to defend understanding of chosen theory;
- Compile recent works in a particular theory and assess the theory’s relevance for current times.
- COM502 - Organisational Communication
Description: This unit is a study of organisational communications, using a functional model to bridge between major contemporary areas of theorising about organisational communications (e.g. the communicative constitution of organisations, ambidextrous leadership, space and place); and the capability to bring agentive behaviours in this arena. We locate our topics in a dialectic between the disciplinary and specialist themes of Organisational Communications and the emerging challenges and arenas of communications practice in present realities. Unit detail page >>
- COM503 - Interpersonal Communication
- Discuss major theories in interpersonal communication;
- Design a theory-based guide to interpersonal conflict navigation;
- Explain an interpersonal communication theoretical concept through practical enactment;
- Compile recent works in a particular interpersonal communication topic and explain the relevance of research findings to practice.
- COM505 - Intercultural Communication
Description: The world is rapidly changing. It’s hard to keep up with an evolving cultural landscape. Do you understand what’s happening? Do you understand your own worldview? Are you equipped to communicate competently with people from different cultures? Using over twenty years of expertise in intercultural communication, Professor Arasaratnam-Smith tackles these questions and much more in this stimulating and pragmatic subject. Unit detail page >>
- EXP501 - Professional Practice
Description: Professional Practice is designed to connect the realm of the classroom with real-life experience. Students will have the have the opportunity to experience a hands-on placement while engaging academically with issues pertaining to their field, whether ministry or business. Unit detail page >>
- HIS401 - 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 >>
- HIS501 - Christianity in Australia
Description: This subject provides a detailed analysis of the major global trends which led to the foundation and then settlement of Australia. The pattern of settlement and national development is traced, including issues of inculturation, colonialism, denominationalism and racism. Australian Christianity in rural and urban regions is explored, as well as the challenges and opportunities of multiculturalism. Understanding the Christian history of this nation helps to equip students for effective ministry in a wide variety of contexts and allows for a deeper understanding of Australian national identity. Unit detail page >>
- HIS502 - Early and Medieval Christianity
Description: This subject examines the context, origins and development of early Christianity and its impact on the surrounding communities. It explores how the rapid expansion of the church brought various social, cultural and theological challenges and examines how these were addressed. The contextualisation of medieval Christian thoughts and actions are discussed, as well as its formative influences in contemporary contexts. An analysis of major reform movements will also reveal how they have shaped the history of Christianity. Unit detail page >>
- HIS508 - History of Christian Expansion
Description: Acknowledging the central role of missions in the theology and practice of Christianity, this unit provides students with an overview of Christian missionary motivation and historical endeavour both from the perspective of institutions, and in terms of the cultural/globalising impulse of Christianity. It explores scriptural foundations, as well as the historical expansion of the Christian church and its impact on church and society over the centuries, including political and cultural challenges, as well as new technological opportunities. This study enables students to critically explore the nature of missions, integrating it within their own contexts. Unit detail page >>
- HIS510 - Renewal Movements in Christianity
Description: This subject will provide a basis for you to integrate practical church realities with your study of theology, Bible, ministry and church history. It explores what is perhaps the important revolution in the church of Jesus Christ - and possibly of world religion. The restoration of the Holy Spirit to a place of centrality in the life of the Church - while fraught with difficulties and too mobile to be 'final' in any particular setting - unleashed a form of global Christianity which has been among the fastest growing, the most politically and socially impacting, and most controversial of all global religions. It is essentially becoming the face of Christianity in both the two-thirds world, and in much of the first world. Any understanding of Christianity today has to take into account, as does any cultural understanding of the current global setting. Unit detail page >>
- HIS520 - Women in Christian History
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- HIS601 - Theory and Practice in Christian History
Description: In this subjects, students will gain a detailed understanding of historical theory and practice, and the major emphases which typified Christian historical thought and practice from the Enlightenment to the Postcolonial era. Students will evaluate the validity, usefulness and consequences of difference approaches to historical inquiry, and the contributions of major schools of contemporary historiography. Unit detail page >>
- HIS602 - Producing Christian History
Description: This subject builds on students skills and knowledge of the theories and practices of Christian history. Students will gain a detailed understanding of the major issues and challenges involved in producing public and professional Christian history, the methods and skills used by historians, the interaction of the historian with the wider society and use this knowledge to better appreciate the historian’s place in history and society, and the particular challenges facing the Christian historian and the strengths and limitations of producing Christian history. Students will apply advanced research skills in Christian history and will produce publishable historical research for a contemporary audience. Unit detail page >>
- HIS603 - Pentecostalism in Australasia
Description: In this subject, students will gain an extensive understanding of the origins of Pentecostalism, including the foundations and early development of Pentecostalism in Australasia and the charismatic renewal in Australasia. Students will explore the emergent relationship between Pentecostalism and broader Australasian communities, the contributions of Pentecostalism to Christianity in Australasia, and contemporary Pentecostal movements in Australasia in the light of historical record. Unit detail page >>
- MIN401 - Foundations of 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 >>
- MIN402 - 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 >>
- MIN503 - 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 >>
- MIN504 - Preaching and Public Communication
Description: This subject is both educational and practical at the Master’s Degree level. The goal of the subject is to help you become a better preacher and all-round communicator. Opportunities to prepare, practice and progress in this vital area of ministry are awaiting you when you enrol. Unit detail page >>
- MIN505 - 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 >>
- MIN506 - 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 >>
- MIN507 - 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 >>
- MIN508 - 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 >>
- MIN509 - Discipleship
Description: This subject offers the student an introduction to the philosophy of church health and management. Unit detail page >>
- MIN510 - 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 >>
- MIN520 - 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 >>
- MIN521 - 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 >>
- MIN525 - 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 >>
- MIN530 - 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 >>
- RES401 - Postgraduate Research and Writing
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 postgraduate 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. Unit detail page >>
- RES405 - English for Theological Purposes
Description: This subject is core for Master of Arts delivered in Korean. Unit detail page >>
- RES500 - Independent Guided Research
Description: This subject allows students to construct a research question in their chosen major subject area, select a research method to address the question, explain the methodology employed in the project and execute the method to complete the research. Unit detail page >>
- RES501 - Research Project
Description: This subject allows students to formulate a research question relative to their approved topic the research and produce a clearly expressed, well-structured and well-argued research essay. Unit detail page >>
- THE401 - 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 >>
- THE501 - Christology
Description: This unit is designed to provide students with an understanding of the biblical basis and the historical and modern formulations of the person and work of Jesus Christ, and to explore these in the light of contemporary Christian life and thought. Unit detail page >>
- THE502 - Trinity and Creation
Description: This unit is designed to enable students to understand and explain the doctrine of the Trinity, and to appreciate its significance for theology, faith and mission Unit detail page >>
- THE503 - Spirit and Church
Description: This unit examines historical and modern formulations in pneumatology, with an emphasis on Pentecostal perspectives. It also explores the nature and ministry of the Spirit-filled Church. Unit detail page >>
- THE504 - 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 >>
- THE510 - Theology and Popular Culture
Description: Conservative Christian communities have long been suspicious of popular culture, encouraging people to be wary of the “sinema.” It is increasingly apparent, however, that if the church is going be relevant in the modern world, it needs to find ways to engage with the mediums of popular culture; film, television, music and the internet. This unit teaches students tools for interpreting pop culture texts, and encourages critical analysis. It focuses particularly on film, but provides students the option of exploring other mediums. Teaching strategies include listening to podcast lectures and gathering together to watch and discuss films. The unit will feel a little like a series of “nights-out” although beneath all the fun is some serious reflection on the culture within which we live and minister. Unit detail page >>
- THE512 - Apologetics
Description: Is it possible to make sense of Christian faith in the 21st century? This course explores traditional "proofs" of the existence of God, and analyses their contemporary relevance. It considers the relationship between theology and science, and provides students with tools to defend central elements of the gospel. Students are also challenged to put theory into practice by engaging in discussions about faith with non-Christians. Unit detail page >>
- THE520 - 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 institutions and cultural values, and explores various ways in which the church can respond. Unit detail page >>
- THE521 - 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 institutions and cultural values, and explores various ways in which the church can respond. Unit detail page >>
- THE550 - Theology and Economics
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- THE601 - Theologians: Method and Meaning
Description: This unit introduces you to the work of some seminal theologians from Christian tradition and the 20th/21st century. It invites you to think about how method in theology influences a particular author’s project and conclusions. Unit detail page >>
- XXX582 - Colloquium In ...
Description: This subject enables students to engage in reflection and research relating to a particular topic, and present the results of research to peers. Unit detail page >>
- XXX587 - Special Elective
Description: This subject will reflect an exploration of this specialist area of study, and build upon previous knowledge gained by the student in their studies. Unit detail page >>