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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 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.

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.

Units (Subjects)

There are 9 units (6 Core + 3 Electives) in this course:

  • CMTTHE401 Intrepret and discuss Christian Scripture and Theology
    (Early Church History)

  • CMTTHE402 Interpret theological data (Introduction to the Bible)

  • CMTTHE403 Compare and present information on a theological theme or issue
    (Old Testament 1)

  • CMTTHE404 Compare and apply new theological insights
    (New Testament 1)

  • CMTMIN401 Explain the application of Christian ethics to contemporary life issues
    (Ethics of family)

  • CMTMIN402 Communicate theological information

  • BSBWOR404 Develop work priorities (Ministry and Life)

  • MSMSUP382 Provide coaching/mentoring in the workplace (Discipleship)

  • CHCGRP002 Plan and conduct group activities
    (Ministry in Small Groups)


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.