At AC, we are passionate about serving our students, but we are also passionate about serving peoples at home and abroad who are isolated from a relationship with God by cultural and linguistic barriers. For that reason, we have a wide range of modules, subjects and programs delivered in many different ways at various levels of study to overcome those challenges.

Throughout the year we offer short courses including STINT (Short Term Intercultural Nationwide Training), a four day course that prepares students for short term mission trips of up to one year. In those days, participants gain tools that could otherwise take years to acquire– these can really make the difference between an effective and satisfying, or a disappointing and frustrating short term mission venture.

For students seeking a more in-depth look into cross cultural ministry, the six week World Harvest Institute intensive is invaluable. The World Harvest Institute grew out of the need for good solid basic training for people intending to make a career in missions. More information about these courses is at the bottom of the page.

Cross Cultural Ministry at Bachelors and Masters levels facilitate study and preparation in specialised ways while students can utilise elective subjects within Theology or Business awards, equipping them for a wide range of careers.


STINT: Short Term Intercultural Nationwide Training - 26th - 29th November 2018, 9am - 5pm

One week short course
  • Are you planning on cross cultural ministry and missions involvement of up to one year?
  • Are you ministering to another culture?
  • Are you ministering to migrants?
  • Are you ministering to indigenous communities?

    If you are involved in any sort of short term cross cultural ministry, then STINT is for you.

    Detailed information, including course fees and answers to many other questions are provided in the FAQ section.

    The STINT programme, designed for those going to the field for up to a year, is rapidly becoming recognised as the key resource for people and churches planning to invest in short term missions. STINT fills the gap between the longer training courses needed for long term missionaries, and the ‘no training at all’ option. It is perfect for the short term worker. Even people planning on a few weeks ministry trip in another country will gain valuable insights while those planning on longer stays should consider it a must.

    In one week, participants gain tools that could take years to acquire from sad experience – these can really make the difference between an effective and satisfying, or a disappointing and frustrating short term mission venture.

    Mission organisations are recognising the tremendous potential of Short Term mission ventures – potential for great benefit or great hurt, both for the participants and those in the host nation. But the difference between success and disaster is often a simple matter of appropriate training.

    In the words of one Missionary leader, “Everyone possible should go – but no one should go without training – yet no one should be forced to undergo more training than they need for their immediate mission!” STINT uniquely meets this need for those going for up to a year.

    Unable to attend a course? STINT is now offered as a Distance Package for individual users. Contact missions@ac.edu.au for more information. Group packages are also available.

    This course is part of the Certificate IV in Ministry (Cross Cultural Ministry), and is endorsed by ACC International, under whose auspices it was originally developed.

Six Week World Harvest Institute Course (which can be taken for credit at HE Diploma or BMin level)

These units are multi-streamed with BMin, with each week of the six weeks being a separate HE Diploma unit, as per the following list:

  • MINCCM501 Develop skills in Cross Cultural Ministry – Dec 3 – 7, 2018
  • MINCCM502 Apply transition skills – Dec 10 - 14, 2018
  • MINCCM503 Develop personal life skills for Cross Cultural Ministry – Dec 17 - 21, 2018
  • MINCCM504 Research and analyse religions from around the world – Dec 31, 2018  – Jan 4 2019
  • MINCCM505 Develop a strategy for Cross Cultural Ministry – Jan 7 - 11, 2019
  • MINCCM506 Develop a sustainable Cross Cultural Ministry plan – Jan 14 - 18, 2019

Since its inception in 1986, World Harvest Institute has trained thousands of successful missionaries in Australia, Britain, New Zealand, Philippines, PNG and Malaysia. Its graduates have been successful ministers of the Gospel of Jesus in dozens of countries and all continents (except Antarctica).

World Harvest Institute grew out of the need for good solid basic training for people intending to make a career in missions.

Founders, Pastors Kevin & Glenys Hovey, were long term missionaries in PNG and, remembering their own early field experiences without significant training, knew the value of pre-field training. They gained long experience in PNG, during which time Kevin served in many roles up to the position of Field Leader which including assisting new field workers to integrate into effective cross cultural ministry. They also studied at internationally recognized Fuller Theological College’s School of World Missions. This gave them insights on training new candidates and adding value to the experience of long serving missionaries.

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