Bachelor of Ministry

The Bachelor of Ministry is designed to prepare you for ministry within church and community settings.

This course is overseen by Program Director Rev Dr Daryl Potts.

Course Description

Are you ready to be a ministry leader who upholds justice and integrity? The Bachelor of Ministry (BMin) prepares you for Christian ministry in today’s world. The BMin provides a thorough foundation in theology and biblical studies, shaping a Christian worldview that directly connects with vocation, integrating a broad and coherent theoretical and practical knowledge in an area of specialised ministry. 

You will also hone your skills in communication and problem solving, alongside developing specialist knowledge and expertise in your chosen specialisation, like chaplaincy, humanities, and practical ministry. Theories are applied and professional skills are developed through practical assessments and work-integrated learning. There is a special emphasis on leadership to ensure that you are instilled with a sense of responsibility and the Christian ethic of caring for your neighbour.


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Course Structure

The course structure is based on six semesters (each of 12 weeks duration, plus an exam week), with four subjects taught in each semester.

It comprises:

  • 11 compulsory core subjects - 110 credit points
  • 8 major (specialisation) subjects - 80 credit points
  • 5 electives subjects - 50 credit points

For more information see the Student Handbook.

Subjects

Core - Also Choose

  • 1 x BIB 200 level or higher
  • 1 x THE 200 level or higher

Specialisation

Ministry

EXP201 Professional Practice
MIN201 Pastoral Administration and Management
3x MIN/CCM/WOR/LEA/SOCSC 200 level or above

3x EXP/MIN/CCM/WOR/LEA/SOCSC 300 level

Humanities

EXP201 Professional Practice
10 credit points of Humanities subjects in specialisation 100 level or above
30 credit points of Humanities subjects in specialisation 200 level or above
30 credit points of Humanities subjects in specialisation 300 level or above

Chaplaincy

10 credit points of EXP subjects in the chaplaincy field
10 credit points in the chaplaincy field 100 level or above
30 credit points in the chaplaincy field 200 level or above
30 credit points in the chaplaincy field 300 or above

Electives - Choose 5 subjects

If you have completed the requirements of a Major, any additional unit completed within the major or other major is classified as an Elective subject. Any unit that is not within the Bachelor of Ministry award is classified as an Elective subject. Before enrolling into an elective subject, ensure that you have met the pre-requisite for that unit. For example, MAN311 Strategic Management is a unit outside of the Bachelor of Ministry award. You must meet the pre-requisite of 120 credit points and have completed MAN101 Introduction to Management and MAN201 Organisational Behaviour. See the enrolment guide for a list of electives currently available.

For more details on which subjects you can choose, see the current enrolment guide for this course.

Admission Criteria

Academic

Applicants with Recent Secondary Education (within the past 2 years)

Applicants admitted on the basis of their recent secondary education must demonstrate the completion of NSW Higher School Certificate with an ATAR of 65 or higher (or the completion of the International Baccalaureate or interstate or overseas equivalent qualification and result) for admission into this course.

Special admission is also available for Year 12 students whose ATAR (or equivalent) falls within 5 points of the published guaranteed ATAR but have done well in subjects relevant to the course of study. These Special Admission Pathways are evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the Program Director and then tabled for approval by the Admissions Committee

Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) Study

Applicants with a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification will demonstrate the completion of a Certificate III or higher qualification awarded by an authorised institution or registered training organisation (RTO).

The Program Director will conduct a pre-admission interview (either face-to-face or phone or via Zoom) with all applicants seeking entry into the course on the basis of a Certificate III qualification. This interview aims to assess academic suitability and preparedness of the applicant for undergraduate level study.

Applicants with Higher Education Study

Applicants whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a complete or partially complete higher education qualification must demonstrate the completion or partial completion of an AQF Level 5 Higher Education Diploma (or higher) by an authorised institution for admission into this course.

Applicants with Work and Life Experience

If you are over the age of 21 at the time of commencement, you can apply for admission into this course on the basis of provisional entry, and complete the provisional entry qualifying period to become a full candidate.

Language

Overseas students are required to demonstrate their English proficiency skills. Such students admitted into our programs must attain an overall IELTS (or equivalent) score of 6.5 (with no score below 6.0 in any of the four skills areas). IELTS (or equivalent) is not required for applicants who have undertaken five years of required higher education study (or equivalent) in English from an approved country or who have completed a Certificate IV or higher qualification awarded in English under the Australian Qualification Framework by an authorised institution or registered training organisation.

Study Modes

Delivery Mode: Face-to-face, online
Locations: Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Hobart
Duration: 3 years full-time/up to 10 years part time
Intakes: Semester 1, Semester 2

Fees & Timetable

A complete Fee Schedule for all Alphacrucis programs and courses can be found in our Fees Information section.

For a full list of course dates for new and continuing students, please see our Timetables.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge:

Graduates will:

demonstrate a broad and coherent knowledge of Christian history, doctrine and tradition as a foundation for ministry.

Skills:

Graduates demonstrate:

  • skills to analyse and interpret the biblical text, using sound hermeneutical methods, as a core document of the Christian faith with consideration for the contemporary application of the text;
  • skills to consolidate, synthesise and communicate appropriate elements of a Christian Worldview relating to situation, purpose, corporate need and personal spiritual praxis, with particular emphasis on the role of the gospel in providing an ethical framework for personal living;
  • ability to discuss and analyse contemporaneous topics, issues and challenges impacting on Christian ministry and the Pentecostal community, and create solutions to these challenges;
  • ability to collaborate with the broader community of Christian ministers and community leaders to provide appropriate collegial support.

Application of Knowledge and Skills:

Graduates demonstrate:

  • skills in critical thinking and self-directed research, using a range of sources and methods;
  • self-reflection and evaluation of ministry and leadership performance for the purpose of vocational development;
  • cognitive and technical skills required for ministry functions, including depth within the field of specialisation;
  • breadth and complexity of professional ministry skills pertinent to engagement with congregational communities. This includes the ability to apply knowledge and skills to new and diverse contexts.

Student Stories

“AC gave me new perspectives as I interacted with different worldviews and different churches. My first-year subjects — Ethics, Worldview and Spirituality, helped me with different expressions of church and ministry.  I’m surrounded with people who have a calling and similar priorities for life, we all want to help grow the kingdom, so we just do life together. I’m currently a part of a church plant and Darryl Potts really helped by bringing his lived experiences together with theory to our classes, helping me contextualise what I was learning to my church context.”

Thomas Boban,

Bachelor of Ministry Student

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Work-integrated Learning

To qualify for the Bachelor of Ministry degree, a candidate will complete at least 1 subject (10 credit points) of Professional Practice (EXP201 or an EXP subject in the chaplaincy field). Students are usually required to find their own workplace/ employer/ mentor to be approved by AC. In some cases, a new aspect within a student’s current paid employment may be suitable as a work placement.

Career Opportunities

Your graduate employment opportunities include, but are not limited to:

  • Church or Worship pastor
  • Youth or Children’s minister
  • Missionary
  • Chaplain
  • Community/NGO worker
  • Church Administrator
  • Pastoral Educator

Student Services

For more information on the suite of student support services available, please see our Student Services section.

CRICOS Code

CRICOS Course Code:  068422E