10445NAT Diploma of Ministry (Christian Studies) – On Campus
Is it time to go deeper into God’s word and to experience the development of ministry skills and spiritual gifts and volunteer or find employment in ministry.
AUSTRALIAN AND INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS – ON CAMPUS
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).
WORK-BASED TRAINING (WBT)
In addition to study time students are required to complete 480 hours 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
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.
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 10445NAT Diploma of Ministry (Christian Studies). 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.
BIBLE STUDY RESOURCES
To complete this course you will need a Study Bible (e.g. NIV Study
Bible, Life Application Study Bible) and access to a Bible Concordance, Bible Dictionary, and Bible
Commentary, which can be purchased or accessed via the Internet.
Training support is provided by Hope College staff via phone, email and/or internet for the duration of the course.
ONGOING EDUCATION OPTIONS
Completion of this course is a prerequisite for entry into the 10435NAT Advanced Diploma of Christian Ministry and Theology.
WORKLOAD – DOMESTIC STUDENTS
First Year Full Time: 13 subjects plus 240 hours of Work-Based Training over the duration of the first year. This is broken down into 60 hours of WBT each Term. There are 3 subjects per Term and 4 Terms per year plus 1 additional subject during the year.
Second Year Full Time: 12 subjects plus 240 hours of Work-Based Training over the duration of the second year. This is broken down into 60 hours of WBT each Term. There are 3 subjects per Term and 4 Terms per year.
WORKLOAD – INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Full Time:24 subjects and 8 tutorials face-to-face on campus, plus 480 hours of Work-based Training over the duration
of the first year. This is broken down into 60 hours Work-Based Training each term. There are 3 subjects per term and
4 terms per year plus 1 additional subject during the year.
2 Year 10445NAT Diploma of Ministry (Christian Studies) Subjects
HCD101 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.
HCD102 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 about 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.
HCD103 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.
HCD104 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.
HCD105 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 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.
HCD106 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.
HCD107 Developing a Biblical Worldview
This subject examines core doctrines of the Bible and applies them to contemporary Christian life and ministry.
HCD108 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.
HCD109 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.
HCD110 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.
HCD111 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.
HCD201 Character of God
This subject is designed to develop a greater intimacy in your relationship with God through the study of the characteristics and attributes of God.
HCD202 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.
HCD204 Interpreting the Bible
This subject equips you to effectively apply basic principles of biblical interpretation in a ministry setting.
HCD205 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.
HCD206 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.
HCD208 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.
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.
HCD210 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.
HCD211 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.
HCD212 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 with skills to defend a Christian perspective on morality and apply morality to life and ministry.