BACHELOR OF MINISTRY (BMin)
The Bachelor of Ministry is designed to develop deeply reflective leaders responsive to the changing face of ministry and mission. Centred on the integration of practice and theology, students will engage with contemporary approaches to scripture, mission, leadership and Christian discipleship as they grow and develop their skills for Christian ministry.
The course provides academic and professional preparation for lay and ordained ministry in a variety of contemporary missional contexts. It also provides preparation for the ordained positions of Minister of the Word and Minister of Deacon in the Uniting Church.
Employment and vocational outcomes include: youth workers, church planters, children and family workers, church administrators, chaplains in hospital, mental health and disability settings, congregational ministries and worship leaders.
The course is delivered via blended learning. It requires three years of full-time study or the equivalent study part-time.
To be admitted to the course of BMin candidates must have:
- Completed the final year of secondary schooling in the Australian Secondary System, including the SACE, the International Baccalaureate or other equivalent Year 12 qualification
- Have attained an educational level considered by the ACD Academic Board to be equivalent including a satisfactorily completed (or part completed) higher education qualification from an accredited tertiary institution, equivalent to the satisfactory completion of at least one semester of full-time study
- A VET qualification from an accredited VET provider at Certificate IV level or above.
- For admission to the Practice stream of the BMin a candidate shall attend an interview with the Course Coordinator and provide such referee reports as may be requested. Reports will normally address a candidate’s vocational potential, their potential or demonstrative ability to integrate and reflect, their learning style and potential to work effectively within the genre of the program, the availability of suitable in situ supervision, and the suitability of the candidate’s work setting as a learning context.
The purpose of the BMin is to equip Christian leaders to be competent in establishing, developing, transforming and growing healthy communities and networks. The course enables students to engage seriously with contemporary ministry and mission contexts that are developing and evolving. The course provides academic and professional preparation for ordained and lay ministry roles.
The course provides opportunity to people who are interested in the study of Christian ministry in contemporary society, whether this leads to a Christian ministry role or to personal enrichment and leadership development for other fields of endeavour. It is open to people of any, or no, denominational background.
The Bachelor of Ministry is designed to provide a strong foundation across the full range of theological disciplines that underpin contemporary ministry leadership – biblical studies, Christian education and discipleship, Christian leadership and missiology – with the ability to specialise in two of these areas (major studies). Supervised Field Education and integrative studies are designed to foster theological integration in the context of contemporary ministry practice, and guided study units provide flexibility to students and the opportunity to combine academic and practical development for professional preparation.
On completion of the Bachelor of Ministry students will have:
- the cognitive skills to undertake research, analyse information and apply knowledge and techniques learned in an academic or professional context
- developed skills for self-directed and life-long learning
- skills and capacities to be a reflective ministry practitioner, integrating aspects of theory and practice in an academic or professional context
- developed interpersonal, communication, creative and teamwork skills appropriate to employment and/or further study.
Graduates of the Bachelor of Ministry will:
- be able to initiate, plan, problem solve and implement decisions in a leadership role in a range of ministry contexts
- have the appropriate knowledge and skills to make independent judgements in a range of leadership contexts
- be able to identify and apply innovative approaches and solutions to issues arising in ministry practice
- understand the dynamics of healthy interpersonal relationships, and be able to generate appropriate trust
have skills and capacities to be a reflective practitioner.
Credit may be granted for recognition of prior studies undertaken at another approved Higher Education Institution.
The Bachelor of Ministry course consists of 108 credit points comprising of 24 units.
Students are required to complete:
- Eight level 1 core units,
- Two majors, and
- One minor.
Majors and minors are available in the following areas:
- Biblical studies
- Christian Discipleship
- Pastoral Care
- Missiology and
A major is 6 units equivalent to 27 credit points. A minor is 4 units equivalent to 18 credit points. No more than two level 1 units may be included in a major or minor.
In addition all students must complete two units of Supervised Field Education, two units of Integrative Ministry Practice, and the unit MINS3002 Biblical Hermeneutics. One unit of Supervised Field Education may be included as an elective unit in any major.
Elective units may be selected from the full range of units available, provided prerequisites are met.
A specialist Practice stream is available for students who are approved by the course adviser to take this stream, on the basis of additional admission requirements.
Students in the Practice stream are required to complete:
- eight level 1 core units
- five units of Supervised Field Education
- two units of Integrative Ministry Practice
- the unit MINS3002 Biblical Hermeneutics
- electives and Guided Study units.
Students in the practice stream will be guided in their study program by an individually assigned academic adviser. Units may be selected from the full range of units in the course.
|Level||Structure||Biblical Studies||Christian Education & Discipleship||Leadership||Missiology|
|Level 1||Core units (36 points)||MINS1101|
|MINS1601 MINS1603||MINS1509 MINS1510||MINS1304 MINS1305|
|Level 2 & 3||Required unit for a Major in this area Elective units to complete a Major in this area||MINS3002 is a required unit for Biblical Studies Major and also a upper level core unit||no units specified||no units specified||MINS3514||MINS2318||MINS2317 MINS2323 MINS3342|
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|4 units from:|
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|3 units from:|
|1 unit of|
addition to the SFE
units required for
unit/s for a
one Biblical Studies elective
two Christian Education & Discipleship elective units
one Missiology elective unit
|Level 2||Core units (9 points)||MINS2801 Integrative Ministry Practice A|
MINS2528 Supervised Field Education 1
|Level 3||Core units (13.5|
|MINS3801 Integrative Ministry Practice B, MINS2529 Supervised Field Education 2, and MINS3002 Biblical Hermeneutics for Mission and Ministry|
MINS1002 Introducing the Scriptures
MINS1101 Interpreting the Old Testament
MINS1201 Interpreting the New Testament
MINS2001 Bible and Culture
MINS2002 Guided Study in Biblical Studies A
MINS2110 Israel’s Response to Exile
MINS2216 Pauline Letters
MINS2219 Synoptic Gospels
MINS3002 Biblical Hermeneutics
MINS3003 Guided Study in Biblical Studies B
MINS3109 Writings of the Hebrew Bible
MINS3110 Old Testament Wisdom Literature
MINS3111 Prophets Then and Now
MINS3218 Gospel of John & Johannine Letters
MINS1601 Spirituality for 21st Century Disciples
MINS1603 Beyond SundayIntro to Life, Faith & Work
MINS2601 Guided Study in Christian Education & Discipleship A
MINS2602 Youth and Young Adult Ministry
MINS2603 Ministry with Children and Families
MINS2604 Chaplaincy and Ministry in Schools
MINS2601 Media and Communication in Contemporary Culture
MINS2612 Faith & Work
MINS2613 Church Planting
MINSXXXX Church Revitalisation & Renewal
MINSXXXX Radical Missional Discipleship
MINS3601 Guided Study in Christian Education & Discipleship B
MINS3602 Creative Arts in Worship, Learning and Mission
MINS3603 Discipling Adults in Christian Community
MINSXXXX A Public Faith in a Secular Age
MINS2704 Biblical Greek
MINS2705 Biblical Hebrew
MINS1304 Introduction to Christian Thought
MINS1305 Reading Cultures
MINS2314 The Theology of Jesus Christ, Word and Saviour
MINS2316 Guided Study in Missiology A
MINS2317 Guided Study in Innovation A
MINS2318 Mission Then, Mission Now
MINS2319 Spirit and the World
MINS2320 Evangelism, Conversion and Mission of God
MINS2321 Reformation History / Mission then Mission now B
MINS2322 Service as Good News – The Diaconate in History
MINS3335 God the Trinity
MINS3336 Church, Ministry, and Sacraments
MINS3338 Heritage, Theology and Polity of the UCA
MINS3339 Missional Church Leadership
MINS3341 Guided Study in Missiology B
MINS3342 Guided Study in Innovation B
MINS3343 Living the Text in a Postmodern Context
MINS3344 The Gift of Forgiveness
MINS2528 Supervised Field Education 1
MINS2529 Supervised Field Education 2
MINS2530 Supervised Field Education 3
MINS3516 Supervised Field Education 4
MINS3517 Supervised Field Education 5
MINS2801 Integrative Ministry Practice A
MINS3801 Integrative Ministry Practice B
MINS1509 Introduction to Christian Leadership
MINS1510 Introduction to Formation for Ministry
MINS2524 The Caring Practices of the Church
MINS2527 Christian Leadership
MINS2531 Guided Study in Leadership A
MINS2532 Guided Study in Pastoral Care A
MINS2534 Liturgy and Worship
MINS2536 The Ministry of Pastoral Care
MINS2537 Theology and Practice of Chaplaincy
MINS3514 Formation for Christian Leadership
MINS3515 Leadership and Organisational Culture
MINS3518 Guided Study in Leadership B
MINS3519 Guided Study in Pastoral Care B
MINS3520 Advanced Christian Leadership
Please note that units marked as MINSXXXX are new to the curriculum and does not have unit codes yet. Please refer to the full name of the unit when enrolling for these units.