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The Certificate IV in Christian Ministry & Theology (10742NAT) is stage 1 of VBC training.

Over the course of one year (full time) you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to be a key member of your local church and a well armed soldier for Christ in your workplace.

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

You'll also spend one day a week in face to face learning at VBC alongside other learners.

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 year 10 at a minimum. Completion of Higher School Certificate or a Cert III qualification is preferred.

  • Have access to a suitable workplace or a good simulation thereof (e.g. working as an assistant in a Christian ministry)

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


There are 9 subjects in this course:

  • Introduction to the Bible (CMTTHE402)

  • New Testament 1 (CMTTHE404)

  • Old Testament 1 (CMTTHE403)

  • Evangelism (CMTMIN402)

  • Early Church History (CMTTHE401)

  • Ministry and Life (BSBWOR404)

  • Discipleship (MSMSUP382)

  • Ministry in Small Groups (CHCGRP002)

  • Ethics of Family (CMTMIN401)


This course costs $445 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 9 subjects is $4,005.

In addition, learners will attend two weekends away during the Ethics of Family subject. There is an additional cost of approximately $150 for singles and $250 for families per weekend to help cover food and accommodation costs.

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.