Andrew with eleven smiling students from a variety of cultural and educational backgrounds

The Diploma of Christian Ministry & Theology (10743NAT) is stage 2 of VBC training and takes one year to complete when enrolled 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 33 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 10742NAT Certificate IV in 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:

  • CMTTHE501 Analyse and interpret Christian Scripture and Theology (Reformation Church History)

  • CMTTHE502 Utilise the analysis of theological data
    (Old Testament 2)

  • CMTTHE503 Research and analyse information within a theological theme or issue
    (Doctrine 1)

  • CMTTHE504 Analyse and apply new theological insights
    (New Testament)

  • CMTMIN501 Facilitate personal or social change through the application of theological ideas
    (Christian Ethics)

  • CMTMIN502 Present theological beliefs and their implications

  • BSBRES411 Analyse and present research information
    (World Religions and Worldviews)

  • CHCCDE009 Develop and support community leadership
    (Christian Leadership)

  • CHCPAS001 Plan for the provision of pastoral and spiritual care
    (Pastoral Ministry)

  • CHCVOL003 Recruit, induct and support volunteers
    (Co-ordinating a Ministry Team)


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, complaints & grievances and support services.