Diploma of Ministry
The Diploma of Ministry (DipMin) is an AQF Level 5 award. It provides the opportunity to study in practical ministry oriented disciplines. It is designed for those with less formal educational background than those undertaking the Bachelor of Theology or Bachelor of Ministry awards, or those seeking an award requiring less overall time and study commitment than a higher AQF level study.
The Diploma of Ministry provides students with introductory study designed for Christians seeking a foundation for informed participation in the local church, para-church ministries, and in the wider community. It also provides some opportunity to gain knowledge and skills appropriate for practical Christian ministry but not necessarily of the breadth or depth required for professional ministry. The award requires completion of course units in Biblical Studies, Theology, and Christian Life and Ministry.
1.5 years full-time or 5 years part-time
Entry into the Diploma of Ministry requires
- Satisfactory completion of Year 12 in the Australian school system, or its equivalent; or
- Mature Age and Special Entry Admissions for those who have reached the age of 20
No candidate for the Diploma of Ministry may be concurrently enrolled in any other undergraduate or postgraduate course within the Sydney College of Divinity or any other tertiary institution, unless approval has been granted by the Academic Board.
Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally will be required to demonstrate competency in English by an IELTS (or equivalent) result of 6.0 with no score below 5.5.
The Diploma of Ministry requires the completion of 108 credit points (12 units) which shall include:
- at least 18 credit points in Biblical Studies;
- at least 18 credit points in Theology;
- at least 36 credit points in Christian Life and Ministry of which at least 18 credit points are Supervised Ministry (or units with the equivalent focus of hands-on ministry practice);
- a further 36 credit points chosen from approved units.
All course units shall be taken from Sydney College of Divinity units coded within the 5000 series.
Graduates will have:
Technical and theoretical knowledge and concepts with introductory knowledge in Biblical Studies, Theology, and Christian Life and Ministry, and wider experience of practical ministry generally that will form the basis for further learning.
- Cognitive, communication, and technical skills in a ministry-related body of knowledge, so that they are able to:
- identify, analyse, synthesise, and act on ministry-oriented information from a range of foundational sources
- express ideas and perspectives related to Christian faith
- communicate ministry-related knowledge, skills and ideas to others
Applications of Knowledge and Skills
The ability to:
- demonstrate an understanding of theological knowledge by applying it in Christian ministry
- perform technical operations within Christian ministry that have some complexity, taking personal responsibility for them.
- organise, with initiative and judgment, the work of self and others and plan, coordinate and evaluate the work of teams [within broad but generally well-defined parameters].
A candidate may seek credit up to a maximum of 54 credit points in the Diploma of Ministry.
Credit will be granted for units that are from an equivalent award or institution and have outcomes, content, demand hours, and assessment equivalent to that of units in the Diploma of Ministry.
Articulation to other awards
Students who complete the Diploma of Ministry and desire to undertake the Bachelor of Ministry or Bachelor of Theology will receive a block credit of 72 credit points distributed according to the units completed in this Diploma of Ministry.
The Diploma of Ministry is offered through the individual colleges and an application for enrolment must be made to the Registrar of the teaching institution. The registrar will be able to help you with any information regarding your study, including fees, units, mode of delivery and timetable.
A domestic student is designated as full-time if enrolled in three units (27 credit points) or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than three units (27 credit points) per semester.
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