Details for Ethics in Ministry

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’.

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: THE004
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Neil Chisholm


The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Ethics in Ministry

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content


  1. Evaluate potential outcomes resultant from alternate approaches to ethical decision making
  2. Analyse ethical principles in personal morality, including dealing with ethical failure
  3. Analyse some contemporary ethical issues in the light of various approaches and the contemporary context
  4. Apply ethical principles to church and public issues
  5. Employ tools for making ethical determinations based on a Christian worldview

Subject Content

  1. Introduction to ethics
  2. Biblical Ethics and deontological ethics
  3. Teleological ethics and situational ethics
  4. Virtue ethics
  5. Conscience
  6. A Christian theonomous ethic and the Bible revisited
  7. Public and business ethics
  8. War and Peace
  9. Human life
  10. Sexual ethics
  11. Environmental ethics
  12. Ministerial ethics

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face to face on site
  • E-learning (online)
  • Intensive (One week: 7 hours per day for 5 days = 35 class hours + approx 85 hours out of class time for research, writing, exam preparation and execution, ancillary activities associated with completion of assigned tasks.)

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis College.

Assessment Methods

  • Forum Postings (30%)
  • Community Response (40%)
  • Group Presentation (30%)

Prescribed Text

  • Rae,Scott B. Moral Choices: An Introduction to Ethics. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2009.

Please consult your instructor before purchasing any textbooks