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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.

You'll spend a minimum of 1.5 days a week working in your chosen ministry area under the guidance of an approved gospel worker.

You'll also spend 1 day a week in face to face learning at VBC alongside other learners and approx. 1 day per week completing set activities.

Over the year you will be equipped to serve in a local Church as an Assistant Minister or parachurch organisation as a chaplain.

This course is also available for part time study with day and evening classes available. Contact us for more information.

Entry Requirements

To enrol in this course learners must:

  • Have completed a Diploma of Christian Ministry and Theology or equivalent.

  • Have access to a relevant workplace or a good simulation thereof e.g. working as an assistant in ministry or as a volunteer in a community organisation where the practical skills can be demonstrated.

In addition, all learners enrolling at VBC are required to be professing Christians and actively involved in a local church.

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 tehological 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 subject for full time or part time study. This includes all course handbooks, notes and required learning materials. These fees are due at the start of each subject. 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.