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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.

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 as a ministry coordinator (Kids Church, Youth Group, Men’s or Women’s Ministry etc) within a local church community. We will dig deeper into God’s word and develop ministry skills to lead others.

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 Certificate IV in Christian Ministry and Theology or equivalent

  • 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 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 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.