Year 3 - Advanced Diploma in Ministry
Advanced Diploma in Ministry
(10023NAT CRICOS 077596G)
Our Advanced Diploma program is specifically designed to help transition students into full-time ministry. The course gives you the opportunity to gain real-life ministry training while furthering academic development. It also equips students with the skills needed to lead and exert influence amongst other ministry leaders. Graduates will be equipped with the skills they need for a wide range of key leadership and senior ministry roles. Many of our graduates have gone on to leadership roles, such as Associate Pastor, Youth Pastor and Worship Pastor, where they are using the leadership, management and ministry skills they developed in their third year. Others have gone into key ministry roles, where they are primarily using their highly developed ministry, pastoral and creative gifts to help their churches move forward. Entry into the Advanced Diploma of Ministry requires the successful completion of the Diploma of Ministry. The course combines classes with an internship in Hillsong Church, a local church or recognised ministry.
Students will train alongside a pastor or key leader at Hillsong Church or other approved ministry or church during the week. The College will work with you to tailor apracticum that will further develop your leadership or ministry potential, whilst positioning you to make a significant contribution to the life of Hillsong Church or your local Sydney church. Students intending to commence their Advanced Diploma in Ministry must apply for their practicum during their Diploma year.
Your classes will further develop your leadership, ministry and creative skills whilst challenging you to think deeply about your faith and philosophy of ministry for the 21st century. In third year, all subjects are electives, so that you get to choose the mix of subjects that align with your passions and will best develop your ministry potential. The subjects are drawn from a range of disciplines, such as bible, theology, leadership, management, pastoral ministry and creative leadership.
Innovative Learning Environment
The study program takes place in a variety of contexts including lecture style classes, group-work, presentation, self-directed learning activities, workshop, tutorials and work based training. Assessment methods include written assignments such as reports and journals, oral and written presentations, observation, tests, and work place training
Core Subjects (270 nominal hours)
Elective Subjects (450 nominal hours)
(720 nominal hours)
3rd Year Core Subjects
Advanced Practicum 1 & 2
These are the subjects behind your Practicum. As you work alongside an experienced church leader, and immerse yourself in the week-to-week running of a church department or ministry, you will learn what it really takes to make ministry work. You will be involved in the development of new ministry initiatives and gain experience managing ministry and exerting influence in a ministry team environment. This development is guided by key members of the College faculty through regular coaching sessions. (MINLED601A Research, design, implement and evaluate a ministry initiative, MINLED602A Demonstrate technical or managerial leadership in a ministry function)
3rd Year Elective Subjects
You will choose eight elective subjects in your 3rd year.*
With the recent rise in pluralism and militant atheism, as Christian leaders we are often required to give a reasoned defence of our Christian faith. This subject gives you the background knowledge and arguing skills you’ll need to present the case for Jesus Christ in this post-modern world. You will develop an understanding of and a response to the key arguments used to challenge the Christian Gospel. (MINTHY602B Defend the Christian faith)
Paul's two letters to the Corinthians provide an ideal opportunity for in-depth study of a new testament book in its historical, cultural and social setting. This subject will fill-out your awareness of the background to the early church in the first century Greco-Roman world, and further develop your NT exegetical skills. You will also explore more deeply the process of applying the NT text into a modern day church setting. (MINBIB601B Interpret and analyse biblical literature)
The prophetic books of the Old Testament give a unique insight into God’s relationship with ancient Israel. Bringing together Israelite history, Jewish poetry, and Old Testament theology, this subject will help you grapple with the message of these profound and challenging books. Whilst developing your OT exegetical skills, you will also think through the process of applying the OT prophetic message to the modern world. (MINTHY603A Examine and apply biblical theology to a ministry setting)
At higher levels of leadership, much of your time will be spent developing and managing other leaders. This subject will take you through the principles, practices and disciplines of those who excel in leading and managing teams of leaders. Content and skills will be drawn from both the ministry and business worlds. (MINLED604B Manage and develop ministry leaders)
As a senior leader one of your key roles is to develop vision and strategy for your church or ministry department, communicating it powerfully to your team and directing its effective implementation. This subject will take you through the strategic planning process, equipping you with the tools you need to prayerfully develop a sense of God’s direction for your church or ministry, and the pathway to get there. You will also develop the strategic management skills and disciplines you’ll need to steer your leadership team. (BSBMGT616A Develop and implement strategic plans1)
Theology is a continually evolving discipline, with new trends and ideas regularly gaining the limelight in Christian teaching, writing or ministry. This subject equips you for the challenging task of engaging with and analysing key, modern-day theological concepts and their impact on church life and on popular Christian thinking. (MINTHY601B Analyse contemporary theologies to a ministry setting)
This subject is for anyone passionate about learning to lead, come alongside & bring the best out of artistic people. In this class we specifically focus on discovering the personhood challenges the artistic people on our teams face and how they shape them as people and minsters. We’ll also explore how artistic people tend to face unique issues in life, what these issues are and how they can become the people who can release their incredible gift to the world, whilst living a strong, consistent life for the long-haul. (MINWMU602A Pastor and lead a creative / worship department in a ministry setting)
Creative Producer 1 & 2
55 Hours each
These subjects are for those people who are committed to producing high-level creative presentations for the building of their local church services and events. They will equip you with the understanding and skills you’ll need to produce the creative elements of an event (story-telling, concept development, music, video, dance). You will also develop and an understanding of the necessary technical elements (sound, lighting) plus a growing knowledge of the management skills needed to oversee such events and presentations. (MINWMU601A Produce the creative elements of a service, CUSMPF603A Manage stagecraft aspects of performances2)
Advanced Song Writing
In this subject you will further extend what you have learned in your first and second year song writing subjects. You will investigate and experiment with various writing components and music materials for the betterment of your writing; giving you the ability to fine-tune, rewrite and evaluate your songs on the way to professional industry standard. (CUSMCP601A Extend techniques for composing music2)
One of the things leaders regularly do in ministry is train people. It is one of the key ways they multiply their influence and expand ministry. This subject gives you the practical skills you need to plan and deliver group-based learning. It also teaches you how to assess people’s acquisition of skills and to evaluate the effectiveness of the training you conduct. (TAEDEL401A Plan, organise and deliver group-based learning3)
Global Ministry and Culture
We increasingly minister in a multi-cultural yet globalised world. This subject introduces you to anthropology and its use in developing inter-cultural communication strategies for reaching various people- and sub-cultural groups through mission. (MINPST601B Apply cultural anthropology to ministry settings)
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Fees & Costs
The minimum course runs for one year - two consecutive semesters. Fees are listed per year for your study period. Course fees are paid prior to commencing each year of study.
*Please note that elective availability is affected by when the subjects are offered. Electives also require a minimum number of students to start.
1Unit drawn from BSB07 Business Services Training Package
2Units drawn from CUS09 Music Training Package
3Unit drawn from TAE10 Training & Education Training Package