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10743NAT Diploma of Christian Ministry and Theology – Distance Education



10743NAT Diploma of Ministry (Christian Studies)  – Distance Education

Students can expect to graduate with a deeper knowledge of the Bible and valuable practical skills for ministry both formally and informally. Throughout this course, students will be constantly challenged as they engage in hands-on practical ministry within a Biblical framework.

Applicants must be actively involved in a Christian church and be able to read and write English to a sufficient standard to work with the supplied course materials (samples of course materials are available for review).

In addition to study time students are required to complete 480 hours per year of volunteer work within their local church, where they can gain skills and experience in serving others. Experience can be gained serving on a ministry team such as hospitality, music, children or administration. This volunteer work is called “Work-Based Training”.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is a process where students may be granted credit towards a qualification in recognition of their prior skills and knowledge gained through work experience, life experience and/or formal training. The process requires students to gather evidence of their skills. Fees apply. Ask Hope College for an RPL application form.

All applicants must:
Complete the online  Student Application Form
Pay $150 non-refundable application fee
Download and Read the Student Handbook
Get your Pastor to complete an online reference
Write a short essay giving their reasons for studying this course
Complete a Work-Based Training Plan and Agreement

Assessment tasks include questions, case scenarios, research, portfolios, and workplace competency. Upon successful completion of the course requirements, you will be awarded a 10743NAT Diploma of Christian Ministry and Theology. Participants who exit the course without completing all requirements will be issued with a Statement of Attainment for those units in which they have demonstrated competency.

Training support is provided by Hope College staff via phone, email and/or internet for the duration of the course.

Completion of this course is a prerequisite for entry into the 10744NAT Advanced Diploma of Christian Ministry and Theology.


Year 1

  • HCDA01 Overview of the Bible
  • HCDA02 Jesus Christ and His Call
  • HCDA03 The Holy Spirit and Sanctification
  • HCDA04 Ministry of Teams
  • HCDA05 Living out a Biblical Worldview
  • HCDA06 Romans and 1 Corinthians
  • HCDA07 Communication and Pastoral Care Skills
  • HCDA08 Character of God and Genesis
  • HCDA09 Communicating Your Faith
  • HCDA10 Interpreting the Bible
  • HCDA11 Revival History and the Early Church
  • HCDA12 New Testament Epistles


Theological Foundations
This subject overviews major doctrines and ministries of the church, including an examination of the sacraments in order to provide the student with a basic understanding of Christian theological foundations.

The Life and work of Jesus

This subject blends all four book in the Bible that tell the story of Jesus Christ – Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John – into one complete harmonized account, which helps us gain new insight into the life and work of Christ. This subject helps to better visualize the travels of Jesus, study the four gospel accounts comparatively and appreciate the unity of their message.

Spirit Filled Living

This subject covers the person, work, gifts and ministry of the Holy Spirit as taught in both the Old Testament and New Testament, with an emphasis on living and ministering in the power of the Holy Spirit today.

New Testament Themes

This subject examines the books, themes and key people of the New Testament in their historical context and applies these themes to contemporary ministry.

Team Ministry

This subject covers the attitudes and skills required to serve effectively in a team, applying Biblical examples of teamwork to contemporary ministry. In addition, it details the responsibilities of team members to contribute to work health and safety (WHS) processes and equips you with the skills to maintain safety in a ministry setting.

The Acts of the Apostles

This subject covers the continuing ministry of the resurrected Christ in the world through the Holy Spirit. It traces the expansion of the church and examines the results of the filling with the Holy Spirit, evaluating the implications of this spiritual enablement in contemporary ministry.

Developing a Biblical Worldview

This subject examines core doctrines of the Bible and applies them to contemporary Christian life and ministry.

Disciplines for Godliness

This subject sets out Biblical understanding of sanctification and the means of grace God has provided for all Christians to grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. It examines disciplines for godliness and encourages you to grow in the grace of these disciplines.

Communicating in Ministry

This subject covers Biblical foundations for inter-personal relationships and equips you with skills to communicate effectively in a range of ministry settings.

Old Testament Themes

This subject examines the books, themes and key people of the Old Testament in their historical context and applies these themes to contemporary ministry.

Sharing Your Faith

This subject equips you for greater effectiveness in witnessing and communicating the gospel in a range of settings with a range of people, including key principles of communication, giving particular attention to developing skills in delivering effective presentations.


This subject overviews the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Ephesians applying key themes to contemporary ministry.

The character of God.

This subject is designed to develop greater intimacy in your relationship with God through the study of the characteristics and attributes of God.

Responding to the call of God

This subject equips you with skills and understanding to discover and respond to your God-given calling.


This subject is an interpretative study of Paul’s letter to the Romans that will equip you with basic exegetical skills that you can apply to the study of other books of the New Testament. It deals with the life, character, and ministry of Paul and covers key theological issues pertinent to salvation, such as sin, justification, and sanctification.

Interpreting the Bible This subject equips you to effectively apply basic principles of biblical interpretation in a ministry setting.

Responding to world beliefs

This subject examines major world faiths and belief systems and appropriate Christian responses to them. It equips you with skills to communicate effectively with others who hold different worldviews.

Biblical leadership

This subject covers Biblical models, foundations, and attitudes required for effective Christian leadership and equips you with skills to build your capacity to lead and develop a team.


This subject examines the themes, purpose, structure, and doctrines of the Letter to the Hebrews and applies these themes to contemporary ministry.

The History of the Church

This subject covers critical events and persons in the history of the church, examining how they have shaped contemporary ministry. It equips you to apply lessons learned from church history to ministry today.

Genesis This subject is an interpretative study of the book of Genesis that will equip you with basic exegetical skills that you can apply to the study of other books of the Old Testament. It examines the themes, purpose, structure, and doctrines of the book of Genesis.

Defending your faith

This subject provides you with skills for defending the Christian faith. Evidence that attests to the validity of the Christian faith is examined including, historical facts, archaeological support, and manuscript attestation. The uniqueness of Christianity is explained and applied.

Pastoral care

This subject covers the Biblical basis for pastoral care gives an overview of key pastoral issues and equips you with practical skills in providing compassionate care for people in a ministry setting.

1 Corinthians

This subject is an interpretative study of Paul’s letter to the Corinthians. It deals with the ministry of Paul – especially his addressing and correction of the immorality and division pertaining to the church at Corinth. It will equip you will skill to defend a Christian perspective on morality and apply morality to life and ministry.

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