ACD Course

Diploma of Ministry

The Diploma of Ministry delivers contemporary Christian education that will give you a deeper understanding of the Bible while developing practical pastoral skills. Part of your studies can be undertaken in a community setting, under the supervision of an accredited ministry practitioner.

There are seven pathways to choose from:

  • Aged Care Chaplaincy
  • Children, Youth and Family Ministry
  • Discipling Adults
  • Hospital Chaplaincy
  • Leadership
  • School Chaplaincy
  • Innovation and Pioneering

The Diploma requires one year of full-time study or the equivalent part-time study. The Diploma will gain students one year of status towards a Bachelor of Ministry.

To be admitted to the course of Diploma of Ministry 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

OR

  • 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

OR

  • A VET qualification from an accredited VET provider at Certificate IV level or above.

The Diploma of Ministry provides some foundational theological study in the disciplines underpinning ministry practice suitable for a range of lay roles. Skills are learned at introductory level in the disciplines which comprise the professional field of ministry studies: biblical studies; Christian discipleship; leadership; and missiology.

The course gives flexibility to students who seek a ministry course shorter than a full three year degree course, or who study in the external mode and are unable to complete the practical requirements for Supervised Field Experience of the Bachelor of Ministry course.

The Diploma of Ministry also provides optional pathways for people interested in chaplaincy and church leadership, such as church council members. The course provides an entry qualification for employment in lay ministry roles, and professional development for Church members preparing for leadership roles.

On completion of the Diploma of Ministry students will have:

  • Developed foundational skills in the core areas of ministry practice
  • The ability to apply skills in ministry contexts, including employed and voluntary roles
  • Developed the ability to access, comprehend and evaluate information across the disciplines of ministry practice
  • Developed interpersonal and teamwork skills applicable to a range of ministry practice contexts
  • Begun to develop skills which foster self-directed lifelong learning.

 Graduates of the Diploma of Ministry will:

  • Have developed at least one area of specialisation within the disciplines of ministry practice, and the ability to apply that knowledge to ministry contexts
  • Be responsible and accountable for their exercise of ministry practice
  • Have foundational skills in leadership in the context of ministry practice.

Credit may be granted for recognition of prior studies undertaken at another approved Higher Education Institution.

The Diploma of Ministry course consists of 36 credit points comprising of 8 units.

Students are required to complete:

  • At least four level 1 core units, one in each of the four areas of study (selected from the 8 units offered), AND
  • At least two upper level elective units selected from the full range of undergraduate units.

Within these requirements, the Diploma of Ministry also provides a range of specific study pathways to meet the training and study needs for those working with chaplaincy areas of aged care, schools and hospitals, and leadership at Church councils.

Study areas:Biblical StudiesChristian
Education & Discipleship
Leadership
(Chaplaincy or Leadership)
Missiology
Level 1
Core units
(18 points)
at least 1 unit
from each area
At least 1 of:
MINS1101
MINS1201
MINS1002
At least 1 of:
MINS1601
MINS1603
At least 1 of:
MINS1509
MINS1510
At least 1 of:
MINS1304
MINS1305
Level 2 & 3
Elective units (9 points) at least 2
upper level units from the range of BMin units (subject to unit prerequisites)
MINS2001
MINS2110
MINS2111
MINS2216
MINS2218
MINS2219
MINS2704
MINS2705
MINS3002
MINS3109
MINS3110
MINS3111
MINS3218
MINS2602
MINS2603
MINS2604
MINS2605
MINS3602
MINS3603
MINS2613
MINS2524
MINS2527
MINS2528
MINS2533
MINS2534
MINS2536
MINS2537
MINS3514
MINS3515
MINS3520
MINS2314
MINS2316
MINS2318
MINS2319
MINS2320
MINS2321
MINS2322
MINS3335
MINS3336
MINS3338
Any level
Elective
units
Any two units from the range of BMin units available (this is subject to unit
prerequisites)

STUDY PATHWAYS

1 of the following units

MINS1002 Introducing the Scriptures*
MINS1101 Interpreting the Old Testament
MINS1201 Interpreting the New Testament

4 core units

MINS1305 Reading Cultures
MINS1509 Introduction to Christian Leadership
MINS1510 Introduction to Formation for Ministry
MINS1601 Spirituality for 21st Century Disciples

3 of the following units

MINS2524 The Caring Practices of the Church
MINS2528 Supervised Field Education 1
MINS2534 Liturgy and Worship
MINS2537 Theology and Practice of Chaplaincy
MINS3514 Formation for Christian Leadership
MINS1603 Beyond SundayIntro to Life, Faith & Work

1 of the following units

MINS1002 Introducing the Scriptures*
MINS1101 Interpreting the Old Testament
MINS1201 Interpreting the New Testament

6 core units

MINS1305 Reading Cultures
MINS1509 Introduction to Christian Leadership
MINS1601 Spirituality for 21st Century Disciples
MINS1603 Beyond SundayIntro to Life, Faith & Work
MINS2602 Youth & Young Adult Ministry
MINS2603 Ministry with Children and Families

1 of the following units

MINS1304 Introduction to Christian Thought
MINS2528 Supervised Field Education 1
MINS2601 Guided Study in Christian Education & Discipleship A
MINS2611 Media & Communication in Contemporary Culture
MINS2613 Church Planting
MINS3602 Creative Arts in Worship, Learning and Mission

1 of the following units

MINS1002 Introducing the Scriptures*
MINS1101 Interpreting the Old Testament
MINS1201 Interpreting the New Testament

4 core units

MINS1304 Introduction to Christian Thought
MINS1510 Introduction to Formation for Ministry
MINS1601 Spirituality for 21st Century Disciples
MINS3603 Discipling Adults in Christian Community

3 of the following units

MINS1603 Beyond SundayIntro to Life, Faith & Work
MINS2601 Guided Study in Christian Education & Discipleship A
MINS2612 Faith at Work
MINS3601 Guided Study in Christian Education & Discipleship B
MINS3602 Creative Arts in Worship, Learning and Mission
MINS2613 Church Planting

1 of the following units

MINS1002 Introducing the Scriptures*
MINS1101 Interpreting the Old Testament
MINS1201 Interpreting the New Testament

5 core units

MINS1305 Reading Cultures
MINS1509 Introduction to Christian Leadership
MINS1510 Introduction to Formation for Ministry
MINS1601 Spirituality for 21st Century Disciples
MINS2524 The Caring Practices of the Church

2 of the following units

MINS2528 Supervised Field Education 1
MINS2534 Liturgy and Worship
MINS2532 Guided Study in Pastoral Care A/Hospital
MINS2537 Theology and Practice of Chaplaincy
MINS3514 Formation for Christian Leadership
MINS1603 Beyond Sunday: Intro to Life, Faith & Work

1 of the following units

MINS1002 Introducing the Scriptures*
MINS1101 Interpreting the Old Testament
MINS1201 Interpreting the New Testament

4 core units

MINS1305 Reading Cultures
MINS1509 Introduction to Christian Leadership
MINS1510 Introduction to Formation for Ministry
MINS1601 Spirituality for 21st Century Disciples

3 of the following units

MINS2528 Supervised Field Education 1
MINS2531 Guided Study in Leadership A
MINS2317 Guided Study in Innovation A
MINS3339 Missional Church Leadership
MINS3514 Formation for Christian Leadership
MINS3515 Leadership and Organisational Culture
MINS3518 Guided Study in Leadership B
MINS3342 Guided Study in Innovation B
MINS3520 Advanced Christian Leadership
MINS1603 Beyond SundayIntro to Life, Faith & Work
MINS2613 Church Planting

1 of the following units

MINS1002 Introducing the Scriptures*
MINS1101 Interpreting the Old Testament
MINS1201 Interpreting the New Testament

5 core units

MINS1305 Reading Cultures
MINS1509 Introduction to Christian Leadership
MINS1510 Introduction to Formation for Ministry
MINS1601 Spirituality for 21st Century Disciples
MINS2604 Chaplaincy and Ministry in Schools

2 of the following units

MINS2528 Supervised Field Education 1
MINS2611 Media & Communication
MINS2601 Guided Study in Christian Education A
MINS2524 The Caring Practices of the Church
MINS2534 Liturgy & worship
MINS2537 Theology and Practice of Chaplaincy
MINS3514 Formation for Christian Leadership
MINS1603 Beyond Sunday: Intro to Life, Faith & Work

1 of the following units

MINS1002 Introducing the Scriptures*
MINS1101 Interpreting the Old Testament
MINS1201 Interpreting the New Testament

5 core units

MINS1305 Reading Cultures
MINS1510 Introduction to Formation for Ministry
MINS1601 Spirituality for 21st Century Disciples
MINS2323 Innovation as Pioneering
MINS2528 Supervised Field Education 1

2 of the following units

MINS2613 Church Planting
MINS2314 The Theology of Jesus Christ, Word & Saviour
MINS2317 Guided Study in Innovation A
MINS2318 Mission Then, Mission Now A
MINS2537 Theology and Practice of Chaplaincy
MINS3339 Missional Church Leadership
MINS1601 Spirituality for 21st Century Disciples
MINS2604 Chaplaincy and Ministry in Schools
MINS2528 Supervised Field Education 1
MINS2611 Media & Communication in Contemporary Culture
MINS2601 Guided Study in Christian Education A
MINS2524 The Caring Practices of the Church
MINS2534 Liturgy & worship
MINS2537 Theology and Practice of Chaplaincy
MINS3514 Formation for Christian Leadership

*MINS1002 Introducing the Scriptures is only available to Diploma of Ministry Students. Students who complete the Diploma of Ministry and continue to study to the Associate or Bachelor Degree of Ministry will be exempt from a level one core Biblical Studies unit.