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The Advanced Diploma of Christian Ministry & Theology (10744NAT) is stage 3 of VBC training and takes 1 year to complete as a full time learner (2 x 19 week semesters with mid semester and end of semester breaks).

The study load each week is approximately 35 hours. During this time, learners will complete a range of supervised and unsupervised learning and assessment activities and will spend approximately:

  • 2.5 days per week in Ministry Placement - The learner will work in their chosen ministry area (e.g. Church, TAFE, Prison etc.) under a mentor.

  • 1 day per week in the Classroom - The learner will complete bible and ministry training, in a small class environment, at an approved VBC campus/training centre.

The Learner will also be expected to complete some homework tasks each week.

Part time study is allowed with learners completing the qualification over two years. Please contact VBC for further details.

Preferred Entry Requirements

We prefer our learners to have the following experience/education prior to enrolling in this qualification:

  • Committed member in their local church

  • Completed 10743NAT Diploma of Christian Ministry and Theology or equivalent

Ministry Placement

To successfully undertake this course learners will need to have access to a suitable workplace where they can perform roles such as:

  • Leaders and lay assistants in parishes in the areas of ministry and pastoral care

  • Volunteer or paid pastoral positions

  • Youth or Sunday School leaders

  • Women’s or Men’s ministry leaders

This work requirement is necessary so that the learner can fulfill the Ministry Placement requirements of the program.

Units (Subjects)

There are 10 units (6 core and 4 electives) in this course:

  • CMTTHE601 Analyse and critique Christian theology
    (Denominational Studies)

  • CMTTHE602 Critique the interpretation of theological data
    (Old Testament 3)

  • CMTTHE603 Apply critical analysis to a theological theme or issue
    (Doctrine 2)

  • CMTTHE604 Critique new insights on theological information
    (New Testament 3)

  • CMTMIN601 Synthesise theological ideas and apply these to specific personal or community issues
    (Christian Ethics 2)

  • CMTMIN602 Communicate theology in depth
    (Preaching 2)

  • BSBMGT605 Provide leadership across the organisation
    (Christian Leadership 2)

  • CHCCDE002 Develop and implement community programs
    (Doing Church in Hard Places)

  • CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
    (Sustaining Christian Leadership)

  • PSPTIS066 Apply theories to translating and interpreting work practices
    (Introduction to Biblical Languages)


This course costs $520 per unit/subject. This includes the set text, learning and assessment guide and handouts provided in class. The total cost for all 10 subjects is $5,200.

Additional Information

Additional information about each of the above topics can be found in the VBC Prospectus. The prospectus also contains important information about VBC policies including privacy, grievances and disputes, exemptions and support services.