Australian College of Ministries

1800 672 692
Level 1, 3 Rider Boulevard, Rhodes, NSW 2138 Australia

The Australian College of Ministries (ACOM) is a Member Institution of the Sydney College of Divinity. It delivers the listed Sydney College of Divinity undergraduate and postgraduate coursework awards.

ACOM is an international provider of life-changing, ministry training experiences. ACOM specialises in flexible delivery, with its hybrid of distance learning experience mixed with targeted face-to-face student support through Formation Groups and Subject Facilitations.

For over 20 years ACOM has been a leader in innovative and flexible online learning. Their approach is holistic: developing head, heart and hands to engage students in a truly life-changing experience. The college strives to produce graduates who are well prepared- not only smart enough to understand their world, but also skilled enough to shape their world. ACOM combines theory and practice in a learning adventure tailored to develop students’ intellectual knowledge, practical skills, and spiritual awareness. The College has developed a national and international reputation for excellence and innovation. ACOM has produced thousands of graduates serving as ministers, evangelists, lay leaders, welfare workers, teachers, missionaries, and church planters.

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Study Terms

Trimester 1: 20 February 2023 - 14 May 2023. Census Date: 14 May 2023
Trimester 2: 29 May 2023 - 20 August 2023. Census Date: 19 June 2023
Trimester 3: 4 September 2023 - 26 November 2023. Census Date: 25 September 2023
Summer 2023 - 23: 4 December 2023 - 11 February 2024. Census Date: 25 December 2024
Full Year (Spiritual Formation): 20 February 2023 - 26 November 2023. Census Date: 1 May 2023

Fees Diploma level awards (AQF 5) | AUD$1,690 per unit
Bachelor level awards (AQF 7) | AUD$2,190 per unit
Postgraduate coursework awards (Bible/Ministry/Theology) | AUD$2,690 per unit
Postgraduate coursework awards (Counselling) | AUD$2,890 per unit
Fees are listed for one standard 9 credit point unit.
Fees vary for spiritual formation, research and other non standard units.
Fees are for 2023.
FEE-HELP is available for eligible students
Registrar Mr Benjamin Lee
Contact the Registrar for admission, study and student support enquiries

Units Offered


  • A5100 Studying Theologically
  • A7100 Critical Thinking and Writing in Theological Studies
  • A7111 Introduction to Biblical Languages
  • A7112 Biblical Hebrew I
  • A7122 New Testament Greek I
  • A7212 Biblical Hebrew II
  • A7222 New Testament Greek II
  • B5101 Survey of the Bible
  • B5110 Survey of the Old Testament
  • B5112 Survey of the Pentateuch
  • B5131 Survey of the Prophets
  • B5150 Survey of the New Testament
  • B5152 Survey of the Synoptic Gospels
  • B7101 Introduction to Biblical Studies
  • B7110 Introduction to the Old Testament
  • B7150 Introduction to the New Testament
  • B7203 Biblical Hermeneutics
  • B7212 Pentateuch
  • B7220 Old Testament Historical Books
  • B7226 Psalms
  • B7229 Wisdom Literature
  • B7231 Prophetic Literature
  • B7252 Synoptic Gospels
  • B7253 The Four Gospels
  • B7258 Lukan Literature
  • B7260 Pauline Literature
  • B7261 Unlocking Romans
  • B7262 The Corinthian Correspondence
  • B7270 Johannine Literature
  • C5100 Basic Pastoral Counselling
  • C5127 Introduction to Chaplaincy
  • C7100 Introduction to Pastoral Counselling
  • C7120 Pastoral Counselling in Practice
  • C7203 Human Development and Pastoral Counselling
  • C7227 Becoming a Chaplain
  • C7245 Working with Trauma and Grief
  • E7100 Sources and Principles of Christian Ethics
  • E7200 Methods in Christian Ethics
  • E7245 Justice, Human Life and Society
  • E7246 Marriage, Family and Sexual Ethics
  • E7247 Peace and War
  • E7250 Christian Anthropology and Bioethics
  • E7270 Environmental Ethics
  • H5100 Church History Survey
  • H5110 Survey of Early Church History
  • H7100 Introduction to Church History
  • H7110 History of the Early Church
  • H7250 History of the Reformation
  • H7260 History of the Church in the Modern Era
  • H7263 The Restoration Movement
  • H7267 History of Christianity in Australia
  • M5100 Introduction to World Mission
  • M5109 Engaging in Discipleship
  • M5127 Introduction to Cross-Cultural Mission
  • M5128 Developing Cross-Cultural Competence
  • M5160 Reaching Australians/New Zealanders with the Gospel
  • M7100 Introduction to Mission
  • M7109 Introduction to Discipleship
  • M7110 The Evangelising Mission of the Church
  • M7143 Introduction to Islam
  • M7205 Paradigms for Contemporary Mission
  • M7220 Anthropology for Christian Mission
  • M7227 Introduction to Intercultural Mission
  • M7228 Cross-Cultural Ministry Experience
  • M7240 Christian Perspectives on World Religions
  • M7260 Communicating the Gospel in Australia and New Zealand
  • M7272 Mission and Justice
  • P5101 Introduction to Pastoral Ministry and Practice
  • P5104 Introduction to Theological Study
  • P5107 The Context of Pastoral Ministry
  • P5110 Introducing Youth Ministry
  • P5113 Introduction to Children’s Ministry
  • P5115 Developing a Youth Ministry
  • P5116 Youth Ministry and Personal Growth
  • P5118 Culture and Context for Youth Ministry
  • P5123 Healing Prayer
  • P5133 Kingdom and Spirit
  • P5140 Introducing Christian Education
  • P5145 Introduction to Ministry in the Church
  • P5148 Basics of Christian Worship
  • P5150 Basics of Pastoral Preaching
  • P5151 Preaching and Culture
  • P5155 Introduction to Christian Leadership
  • P5159 Church Movement Distinctives
  • P5171 Supervised Ministry I
  • P5172 Supervised Ministry II
  • P7101 Introduction to Pastoral Theology and Ministry
  • P7104 Introduction to Theological Study
  • P7105 Introduction to Ethical Ministry Practice
  • P7110 Introduction to Youth Ministry
  • P7132 Foundations for Church Planting
  • P7133 Kingdom of God and Pneumatology
  • P7140 Introduction to Christian Education
  • P7148 Principles and Practice of Christian Worship
  • P7150 Introduction to Pastoral Preaching
  • P7205 Contextual Theology for Ministry
  • P7207 Pastoral Ministry in Context
  • P7213 Children’s Ministry
  • P7215 Youth Ministry Development
  • P7216 Personal Growth and Youth Ministry
  • P7218 Youth Ministry: Culture and Context
  • P7221 Transforming Conflict
  • P7222 Leading Change in Ministry
  • P7223 Healing Perspectives
  • P7232 Cultural Analysis
  • P7233 Church Planting Through Neighbourhood Engagement
  • P7235 Media, Culture and Ethical Value Systems
  • P7236 Foundations of Social Justice
  • P7245 Church and Ministry
  • P7251 Cultural Preaching
  • P7255 Principles of Pastoral Leadership
  • P7258 Team Ministry Skills
  • P7259 Distinctives of Church Movements
  • P7260 Personal Growth for Ministry
  • P7261 The Transformational Leader
  • P7265 Basic Unit of Clinical Pastoral Education 1
  • P7266 Basic Unit of Clinical Pastoral Education 2
  • P7271 Supervised Ministry I
  • P7272 Supervised Ministry II
  • P7273 Supervised Ministry – Hospital Chaplaincy Fundamentals
  • S5101 Introduction to Personal Formation
  • S7101 Formation in Spiritual Living
  • S7102 Introduction to Christian Spirituality
  • S7103 Introduction to Personal Transformation
  • S7106 The Art and Science of Formation
  • S7107 Creativity and Spirituality
  • S7201 Relational Dynamics in Spiritual Formation
  • S7202 Spiritual Formation For Ministry
  • S7203 Kingdom Life
  • S7205 Community Transformation
  • S7245 Studies in Historical Spirituality
  • S7250 Christian Spiritual Wisdom
  • S7260 Formation in Prayer and Prayerfulness
  • S7261 The Art of Spiritual Direction
  • S7262 The Art of Spiritual Mentoring
  • S7263 Collective Spiritual Discernment
  • T5105 Introduction to Christian Doctrines
  • T5110 The Person and Work of Christ
  • T5113 The Self-Revealing God
  • T5115 Spirit and Church
  • T7101 Introduction to Theology
  • T7105 Introduction to Christian Doctrines
  • T7140 Theology of Mission
  • T7171 Early Church Fathers
  • T7204 Christian Apologetics
  • T7210 The Person and Work of Christ
  • T7213 The Self-Revealing God
  • T7214 The Trinity
  • T7215 Spirit and Church
  • T7216 The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
  • T7217 Christian Anthropology and Grace
  • T7218 Doctrine of Sanctification
  • T7219 Creation and Fulfilment
  • T7228 The Church
  • T7229 Ecumenical Identity
  • T7230 Ministry in the Church
  • T7249 Lived Theology
  • T7266 Reformation Theology
  • X5190 Capstone Unit in [Discipline]
  • X5191 Introduction to [Topic]
  • X5192 Issues in [Topic]
  • X5193 Ministry Seminar in [Topic]
  • X5194 Fieldwork in [Discipline]
  • X5195 Independent Guided Study
  • X5196 Action Learning in a Ministry Context
  • X7191 Introduction to [Topic]
  • X7192 Studies in [Topic]
  • X7193 Studies in [Topic]
  • X7290 Capstone Unit in [Discipline]
  • X7291 Issues in [Topic]
  • X7292 Issues in [Topic]
  • X7293 Seminar in [Topic]
  • X7294 Fieldwork in [Discipline]
  • X7295 Minor Independent Guided Study
  • X7296 Major Independent Guided Study
  • X7297 Action Research Project
  • X7298 Minor Research Project
  • X7299 Major Research Project


  • A8100 Critical Academic Skills in Theological Studies
  • A8111 Biblical Languages
  • A8112 Biblical Hebrew I
  • A8113 Biblical Hebrew II
  • A8122 New Testament Greek I
  • A8123 New Testament Greek II
  • A9212 Biblical Hebrew II
  • A9222 New Testament Greek II
  • B8101 Introduction to Biblical Studies
  • B8110 Introduction to the Old Testament
  • B8150 Introduction to the New Testament
  • B9203 Hermeneutics of the Bible
  • B9205 Old Testament Theology
  • B9206 New Testament Theology
  • B9212 Interpreting the Pentateuch
  • B9213 Israel’s Beginnings: The books of Genesis and Exodus
  • B9220 Joshua to Kings: History and Theology
  • B9226 Interpreting the Psalms
  • B9229 Interpreting Wisdom and Poetry in Ancient Israel
  • B9231 Interpreting the Prophets of Israel
  • B9232 Isaiah
  • B9233 Jeremiah
  • B9241 Apocalyptic Literature
  • B9242 Dead Sea Scrolls
  • B9252 Interpreting the Synoptic Gospels
  • B9253 Interpreting the Four Gospels
  • B9258 Lukan Literature and Theology
  • B9260 Pauline Literature and Theology
  • B9261 Letter to the Romans
  • B9262 1 & 2 Corinthians
  • B9270 Unlocking John
  • B9276 Hebrews and the General Epistles
  • C8100 Theory and Practice of Pastoral Counselling
  • C8102 Pastoral Counselling in Ministry
  • C8103 Psychology and Leadership
  • C8121 Group Processes
  • C8127 Professional Chaplaincy
  • C8129 Pastoral Perspectives on Moral Decision Making
  • C8136 Pastoral Counselling: Marriage and Family
  • C8145 Pastoral Counselling: Grief, Loss and Trauma
  • C8153 Human Sexuality in Helping Professions
  • C8160 Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) & Positive Psychology (PP)
  • C8166 Well-being and Resilience for People Helpers
  • C8170 Fundamental Principles of Pastoral Supervision
  • C8180 Pastoral Counselling in Context
  • C9203 Developmental Theory and Pastoral Counselling
  • C9229 Ethical and Professional Issues in Pastoral Counselling
  • C9243 Pastoral Counselling: Addiction
  • D8101 Principles of Theological Education
  • D8102 Contemporary Issues in Theological Education
  • D9204 Theological Pedagogy
  • D9206 Theological Curriculum
  • D9211 Theological Education Project
  • D9212 Theological Education Focused Study
  • E8100 Principles of Christian Ethics
  • E9200 Themes in Fundamental Moral Theology
  • E9245 Justice and Peace
  • E9255 Human Life, Family, and Society
  • E9271 Business and Professional Ethics
  • H8100 Introduction to the Study of Church History
  • H8110 Early Church History
  • H8163 The Restoration Movement
  • H9250 Reformation in the 16th Century
  • H9260 Modern Church History
  • M8100 Introduction to Intercultural Mission
  • M8101 Missiological Hermeneutics and Contextualisation
  • M8109 Framework for Discipleship
  • M8110 Evangelising Mission Today
  • M8120 Cultural Anthropology for Mission
  • M8128 Engaging in Intercultural Ministry
  • M8140 Encountering Living Faiths of the World
  • M8143 Introducing Islam
  • M8160 Gospel, Culture, and Communication in Australia and New Zealand
  • M9225 Faith, Mission and Culture
  • M9227 Intercultural Communication
  • M9232 Spiritual Warfare and Mission
  • M9240 World Religions in Christian Perspective
  • M9242 Interreligious Dialogue
  • M9275 Transformational Development in a Global Context
  • P8101 Introduction to Pastoral and Practical Theology
  • P8104 Foundations of Theological Study
  • P8105 Foundations of Ethical Professional Practice
  • P8106 Administrative Gifts for Ministry
  • P8107 Non-Profit Governance for Ministry
  • P8108 Financial Management for Ministry
  • P8110 Foundations for Youth Ministry
  • P8113 Ministry to Children
  • P8115 Developing Youth Ministry
  • P8123 Healing and Wholeness
  • P8124 Interpersonal Conversation
  • P8132 Framework for Church Planting
  • P8133 Kingdom Theology and Praxis
  • P8140 Foundations of Christian Education
  • P8145 Dynamics of Church and Ministry
  • P8148 Foundations of Christian Worship
  • P8150 Foundations of Pastoral Preaching
  • P8155 Foundations of Christian Leadership
  • P8158 Working in a Ministry Team Setting
  • P8159 Denominational Distinctives
  • P8161 Developing Leaders through Mentoring
  • P8162 Administrative Leadership and Management for Ministry
  • P8163 Spiritual Leadership
  • P8165 Clinical Pastoral Education I
  • P8166 Clinical Pastoral Education II
  • P8171 Theory and Practice of Ministry 1
  • P8172 Practice of Pastoral Supervision
  • P8173 Supervised Ministry – Hospital Chaplaincy
  • P8176 Introduction to Supervisory Practice
  • P8177 Educational Theory and Practice in Pastoral Supervision
  • P8178 Theological Reflection in the Practice of Pastoral Supervision
  • P9201 Practical Theology and Future Church
  • P9206 Ministry in Complex Situations
  • P9207 Community Sector Management
  • P9221 Managing Conflict in Ministry
  • P9222 Change Management for Ministry
  • P9232 Exegeting the Culture
  • P9233 Church Planting Through Community Engagement
  • P9234 New Paradigms of Christian Ministry
  • P9248 The Church at Worship Today
  • P9251 Preaching in a Contemporary Setting
  • P9258 Strategic Thinking and Decision Making
  • P9259 Leading the Larger Church
  • P9260 Personal Growth for Leadership
  • P9261 Transformational Leadership in Ministry
  • P9267 Clinical Pastoral Education III
  • P9272 Theory and Practice of Ministry II
  • P9276 Supervised Ministry Practicum
  • P9277 Advanced Practice in Pastoral Supervision
  • P9278 Advanced Skills in Professional Supervision
  • S8101 Formation in Christian Leadership
  • S8102 Christian Spirituality
  • S8103 Personal Transformation
  • S8104 Spiritual Formation for Intercultural Ministry
  • S8105 Transformation in Community
  • S8106 Disciplines of Spiritual Formation
  • S8107 Creativity and Spiritual Expression
  • S8145 The Christian Spiritual Tradition
  • S8161 Spiritual Direction
  • S8172 Spirit in Context: Australian Spirituality
  • S9201 Relational Health in Spiritual Formation
  • S9202 Advanced Principles in Kingdom Living
  • S9245 Christian Spirituality in the 20th Century
  • S9261 Spiritual Mentoring
  • S9262 Leadership and Spiritual Discernment
  • T8101 Introducing Theology
  • T8105 Basic Christian Doctrines
  • T8128 Ecclesiology
  • T8129 Ecumenical Identity
  • T8140 Biblical Theology of Mission
  • T8149 Life-style Biblical Theology
  • T8166 Theological Issues of the Reformation
  • T8171 Church Fathers: An Introduction
  • T9206 Faith and Theology in Context
  • T9208 Theological Methodology
  • T9210 Christology and Soteriology
  • T9211 Major Questions in Christology
  • T9212 The Triune God and Revelation
  • T9214 Focused Study in Trinitarian Theology
  • T9215 Pneumatology and Ecclesiology
  • T9217 Doctrine of Sanctification
  • T9251 Readings in Selected Theologians
  • X8190 Research Methodology
  • X8191 Introduction to [Topic]
  • X8193 Seminar in [Topic]
  • X8194 Fieldwork in [Discipline]
  • X8195 Studies in [Topic]
  • X8199 Honours Thesis
  • X9290 Capstone Unit in [Discipline]
  • X9292 Seminar in [Topic]
  • X9293 Minor Independent Guided Study
  • X9294 Major Independent Guided Study
  • X9295 Action Research Project
  • X9296 Minor Research Project
  • X9297 Major Research Project
  • X9298 Minor Research Essay
  • X9299 Major Research Essay
ACOM's online/distance model of ministry training has been developed over the past 20+ years and ideally equips us to respond to these changing times to ensure that ministry training not only continues but thrives.
Mr Neale Meredith
Interim Principal and Dean of Students

ACOM Library

Contact Ms Edwina Blair
Phone +61 (02) 8573 6006

As a leader in flexible online learning Australian College of Ministries (ACOM) has a digital library with thousands of specialist books, articles and journals available to students through their copyright licensing arrangements. Useful for both research and personal study, students have access to over 20,000 e-books and more than 800 journals in Bible, leadership, pastoral care and theology. Materials can be accessed on any device, at any time through a comprehensive search engine. The resources include Religion & Philosophy Collection, ATLA Religion Database (ATLA RDB) with ATLASerial, (ATLAS), eBook Collection, Religion Collection, and eBook Business Collection.

ACOM also has library agreements with Ridley College Library, Churches of Christ Theological College, and Wesley Mission and Wesley Institute for Ministry and the Arts, providing ACOM students access to library facilities (like study spaces) and additional resources.


ACOM was originally birthed as a campus-­based residential college over seventy-five years ago (1942) as the Churches of Christ in NSW Theological College (NSW). The college merged with Kenmore Christian College (Queensland) in 1999 to form The Australian College of Ministries.

ACOM is currently Sponsored by Churches of Christ in NSW (CofCNSW) and the Christian and Missionary Alliance of Australia (C&MA). The sponsorship enables ACOM to pursue its mission and partner with initiatives such as: The Tops Conference Centre, Navigate Programs, Fresh Hope Care and the Alliance Institute for Mission who offer specific mission training courses; supporting the development and training for cross-cultural ministry.

ACOM offers the following distinctive strengths:

  • Spiritual Formation
  • Tailored Learning Experience
  • Mission Focused
  • Digital Technology
  • In-Action Learning
  • Empowered Learning Methods
  • Personalised Support
  • Excellence
  • Community
  • Job Ready

Whether you are just starting out or have been involved in ministry and leadership for some time, studying with ACOM offers a flexible and accessible way to take the next step in ministry development. With 20 years of experience in distance learning, ACOM is an industry leader in engaging digital technologies to deliver highly engaging, personalised, and powerful learning experiences for students through digital technology, while still ensuring that they foster the human experience of learning.

This page provides basic information about ACOM and the Sydney College of Divinity awards and units it offers. If you are interested in pursuing a Sydney College of Divinity award with ACOM you are advised to contact ACOM directly.


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