The purpose of this course is to develop ministers. This course sets out the essential skills to minister, in particular within a Christian context. These include:

  • Ethical decisions
  • Biblical knowledge and interpretation
  • Theological knowledge and interpretation
  • Pastoral ministry skills

Churches today are larger and more complex in nature. It is important that ministers develop higher level skills in all they do. Ministry can take place within a variety of contexts; this includes Administration, Chaplaincy, Children’s ministry, Church planting, Community work, Creative ministry, Leadership, Cross cultural ministry, Women’s ministry and Youth ministry.

Upon completion of this qualification, learners will have acquired the necessary knowledge, attitudes and skills to minister effectively in a variety of settings. Potential vocational outcomes for graduates of this Course will depend on the participants’ pre-existing qualifications and experience, as well as their chosen electives.

This course is intended to provide participants with the following general education outcomes:

  • Ability to apply ethical decision making principles
  • Ability to communicate a broad knowledge of an Old Testament book and New Testament book
  • Ability to identify and apply a Christian worldview and values
  • Demonstration of general leadership skills in a ministry context
  • Ability to apply knowledge of pastoral ministry to a broad range of contexts, and depth in the area of specialisation
  • Demonstration of general research skills, particularly the ability to gather, understand, evaluate and analyse information


Certificate IV in Ministry, or equivalent, or at least 3 years of vocational experience in ministry, but without formal qualifications.

The justification for this entry requirement is that the skills required to undertake the Diploma are developed in the Certificate IV.

Recommended entry requirements likely to facilitate successful completion of the course by intended participants include:

• A sound level of ability in written and spoken English. For prospective students from an English speaking background, successful completion of the Higher School Certificate (HSC) or its equivalent (including articulation from other AQF programs), including demonstration of competency in English is recommended.

• For prospective students from a non-English speaking background, an IELTS Score of 5.5 (or demonstrate equivalent English proficiency) is recommended.

Alphacrucis College (RTO:90525)