The Diploma program is the entry point for people who are committed to a training track that leads to vocational ministry, or who are looking for a more in-depth engagement with Biblical and theological issues, and more advanced skills in ministry practice. Our program is designed with 3 contexts in mind – existing church settings, church plans and ethnic/multicultural churches. We seek to tailor the teaching and assessment in the Diploma to suit particular these ministry contexts.
Modules are offered online, in the existing church and church planting streams and face to face for the ethnic stream. Recognition of prior learning is also available in part or full depending on prior training and experience.
Duration of the course: The full qualification will take between 750 and 925 hours of structured/supervised study plus additional unsupervised hours to complete (depending on the modules in the course). Of these hours, 510 hours are in core units of the study, with the remainder being in elective units.
Entry Requirements: There are no entry requirements for this qualification. Students however will need a competent grasp of English skills (reading, writing and speaking). Students are also advised to have a mentor who can guide and support them in their study. This will usually be a ministry leader within the student’s local church.
Core Skills acquired: The subjects are designed to equip people to –
- Analyse and interpret theological beliefs and information
- Research and investigate theological information within themes and issues
- Identify new theological information and relate this to a Christian way of life
- Gain new personal understandings about God and people
- Communicate theology in an effective way.
Modules, Course Fees and start dates: There are four formal intakes a year for our Diploma courses. We may, however, be able to develop an individual program in which case you might be able to commence between these formal intake times.
You can download the list of modules and fees, including the hours it should take to complete each module here:
Church Planting Stream