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 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.

Study Mode Online
Study Terms

Trimester 1: 15 February 2021 - 9 May 2021. Census Date: 8 March 2021
Trimester 2: 24 May 2021 - 15 August 2021. Census Date: 14 June 2021
Trimester 3: 30 August 2021 - 21 November 2021. Census Date: 30 September 2021
Summer Intensive 2021 - 22: 30 November 2021 - 6 February 2022. Census Date: 20 December 2021
Full Year (Spiritual Formation): 15 February 2021 - 26 November 2021. Census Date: 21 April 2021

Fees Diploma awards | AUD$1,540 per unit
Bachelor awards | AUD$2,090 per unit
Postgraduate coursework awards | AUD$2,490 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 2021.
FEE-HELP is available for eligible students
Registrar Mr Benjamin Lee
Contact the Registrar for admission, study and student support enquiries

Units Offered


  • A5001 Introduction to Critical Thinking and Writing
  • A5030 Introduction to Biblical Languages
  • A7101 Critical Thinking and Writing
  • A7110 Introduction to Biblical Hebrew
  • A7120 Introduction to New Testament Greek
  • A7130 Introduction to Biblical Languages
  • A7160 Biblical Hebrew
  • A7170 New Testament Greek
  • B5010 Introduction to Biblical Studies
  • B5020 Introduction to the Old Testament
  • B5022 Pentateuch
  • B5024 Prophetic Literature
  • B5030 Introduction to the New Testament
  • B5032 Synoptic Gospels
  • B7110 Introduction to Biblical Studies
  • B7120 Introduction to the Old Testament
  • B7130 Introduction to the New Testament
  • B7203 Hermeneutics
  • B7214 Pentateuch
  • B7220 Old Testament Historical Books
  • B7229 Wisdom Literature
  • B7231 Prophetic Literature
  • B7254 Synoptic Gospels
  • B7273 The Four Gospels
  • B7326 Psalms
  • B7364 Pauline Literature
  • B7368 Johannine Literature
  • B7372 Unlocking Romans
  • B7382 Hebrews and General Epistles
  • C5041 Introduction to Chaplaincy
  • C5046 Basic Pastoral Counselling
  • C7146 Introduction to Pastoral Counselling
  • C7147 Pastoral Counselling in Practice
  • C7249 Human Development and Pastoral Counselling
  • C7341 Becoming a Chaplain
  • C7365 Working with Trauma and Grief
  • H5000 Introduction to Christian History
  • H5010 History of the Early Church
  • H7100 Introduction to the Study of Christian History
  • H7110 History of the Early Church
  • H7263 The Restoration Movement
  • H7267 History of Missional Movements
  • H7268 History of Christianity in Australia
  • H7350 The Reformers and the Reformation
  • H7360 History of the Church in the Modern Era
  • L5010 Introduction to Christian Worship
  • L5020 Introduction to Preaching
  • L5030 Preaching and Context
  • L7100 Introduction to Christian Worship
  • L7220 Introduction to Preaching
  • L7230 Music in Worship
  • L7320 Preaching and Context
  • M5000 Introduction to World Mission
  • M5009 Engaging in Discipleship
  • M5060 Reaching Australians/New Zealanders with the Gospel
  • M5085 Introduction to Cross Cultural Ministry
  • M5086 Developing Cross-Cultural Competence
  • M7100 Introduction to Mission
  • M7109 Introduction to Discipleship
  • M7110 The Evangelising Mission of the Church
  • M7205 Paradigms for Contemporary Mission
  • M7260 Communicating the Gospel in Australia & New Zealand
  • M7285 Introduction to Cross-Cultural Mission
  • M7286 Cross-Cultural Ministry Experience
  • P5001 Introduction to Personal Formation
  • P5010 Introduction to Pastoral Theology and Ministry
  • P5011 Introduction to Youth Ministry
  • P5013 Pastoral Ministry in Context
  • P5015 Developing a Youth Ministry
  • P5016 Youth Ministry and Personal Growth
  • P5017 Children’s Ministry
  • P5026 Culture and Context for Youth Ministry
  • P5028 Basics of Christian Worship
  • P5029 Basics of Pastoral Preaching
  • P5030 Preaching and Culture
  • P5041 Introduction to Christian Education
  • P5062 Church Movement Distinctives
  • P5082 Supervised Ministry 1
  • P5083 Supervised Ministry 2
  • P7101 Introduction to Pastoral Theology and Ministry
  • P7102 Introduction to Ethical Ministry Practice
  • P7111 Introduction to Youth Ministry
  • P7128 Principles and Practice of Christian Worship
  • P7129 Introduction to Pastoral Preaching
  • P7141 Introduction to Christian Education
  • P7205 Contextual Theology for Ministry
  • P7210 Children’s Ministry
  • P7211 Developing a Youth Ministry
  • P7261 Principles of Pastoral Leadership
  • P7263 Distinctives of Church Movements
  • P7271 Supervised Ministry 1
  • P7272 Pastoral Ministry in Context
  • P7274 Team Ministry Skills
  • P7277 Basic Unit of Clinical Pastoral Education 1
  • P7326 Culture and Context for Youth Ministry
  • P7327 Youth Ministry and Personal Growth
  • P7330 Cultural Preaching
  • P7334 Media, Culture and Ethical Value Systems
  • P7364 Mastering Change in Ministry
  • P7365 The Transformational Leader
  • P7367 Crisis and Conflict Management in Ministry
  • P7371 Supervised Ministry 2
  • P7372 Personal Growth for Ministry
  • P7373 Basic Unit of Clinical Pastoral Education 2
  • S7101 Formation in Spiritual Living
  • S7102 Introduction to Christian Spirituality
  • S7103 Introduction to Personal Transformation
  • S7162 The Art and Science of Formation
  • S7201 Relational Dynamics in Spiritual Formation
  • S7260 Formation in Prayer and Prayerfulness
  • S7265 Collective Spiritual Discernment
  • S7301 Spiritual Formation For Ministry
  • S7345 Studies in Historical Spirituality
  • S7350 Christian Spiritual Wisdom
  • S7361 The Art of Spiritual Direction
  • T5005 Introduction to Christian Doctrines
  • T5031 The Person and Work of Jesus Christ
  • T5034 The Self-Revealing God
  • T5035 Spirit and Church
  • T7101 Introduction to Theology
  • T7105 Introduction to Christian Doctrines
  • T7146 Theology of Mission
  • T7217 The Church
  • T7231 The Person and Work of Christ
  • T7234 The Self-Revealing God
  • T7235 Spirit and Church
  • T7275 Lived Theology
  • T7305 Christian Apologetics
  • T7320 Ministry in the Church
  • T7333 The Trinity
  • T7386 Reformation Theology
  • X5093 Independent Guided Study
  • X5094 Field Work
  • X5098 Action Learning in a Ministry Context
  • X5099 Capstone Unit
  • X7294 Field Work
  • X7391 Research Project
  • X7392 Research Project
  • X7393 Independent Guided Study
  • X7394 Independent Guided Study
  • X7398 Action Research Project
  • X7399 Capstone Unit


  • A8501 Critical Thinking and Writing
  • A8520 Introduction to New Testament Greek
  • A8530 Introduction to Biblical Languages
  • A8560 Biblical Hebrew
  • A8570 New Testament Greek
  • B8510 Introduction to Biblical Studies
  • B8520 Introduction to the Old Testament
  • B8530 Introduction to the New Testament
  • B9603 Interpretation of the Bible
  • B9605 Old Testament Theology
  • B9608 New Testament Theology
  • B9610 Israel’s Beginnings: the books of Genesis and Exodus
  • B9620 Joshua to Kings: History and Theology
  • B9629 Wisdom and Poetry in Israel
  • B9636 Isaiah
  • B9640 Jeremiah
  • B9652 Apocalyptic Literature
  • B9657 Lukan Literature
  • B9668 Gospel according to John
  • B9672 Romans
  • C8504 Theory and Practice of Pastoral Counselling
  • C8506 Psychology and Leadership
  • C8507 Fundamental Principles of Pastoral Supervision
  • C8525 Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) & Positive Psychology (PP)
  • C8540 Group Processes
  • C8546 Pastoral Counselling in Ministry
  • C8547 Pastoral Counselling in Context
  • C8548 Well-being and Resilience for People Helpers
  • C8554 Pastoral Counselling: Marriage and Family
  • C8565 Pastoral Counselling: Grief, Loss and Trauma
  • C9636 Ethical and Professional Issues in Pastoral Counselling
  • C9641 Professional Chaplaincy
  • C9656 Developmental Theory and Pastoral Counselling
  • C9666 Pastoral Counselling: Addiction
  • D8501 Principles of Theological Education
  • D8502 Contemporary Issues in Theological Education
  • D9601 Theological Pedagogy
  • D9602 Theological Curriculum
  • D9621 Theological Education Project
  • D9622 Theological Education Focused Study
  • E8501 Principles of Christian Ethics
  • H8501 Introduction to the Study of Christian History
  • H8510 The Early Church
  • H8563 The Restoration Movement
  • L8501 Introducing Christian Worship
  • L8510 The Practice of Worship
  • L8520 Foundations of Preaching
  • L9620 Preaching and Context
  • M8509 Framework for Discipleship
  • M8510 Evangelising Mission Today
  • M8543 Introducing Islam
  • M8560 Gospel, Culture & Communication in Australia & New Zealand
  • M8586 Engaging in Inter-Cultural Ministry
  • M9600 Perspectives on World Mission
  • M9625 Faith, Mission & Culture
  • M9642 Interreligious Dialogue
  • M9685 Cross-Cultural Mission
  • P8501 Introduction to Pastoral and Practical Theology
  • P8502 Foundations of Ethical Professional Practice
  • P8504 Practice of Pastoral Supervision
  • P8510 Foundations for Youth Ministry
  • P8511 Developing a Youth Ministry
  • P8512 Ministry to Children
  • P8528 Foundations of Christian Worship
  • P8529 Foundations of Pastoral Preaching
  • P8534 Foundations of Christian Education
  • P8561 Developing Leaders through Mentoring
  • P8562 Administrative Leadership and Management for Ministry
  • P8563 Denominational Distinctives
  • P8570 Foundations of Christian Leadership
  • P8572 Spiritual Leadership
  • P8577 Clinical Pastoral Education 1
  • P8578 Clinical Pastoral Education 2
  • P8580 Supervised Ministry – Hospital Chaplaincy
  • P8581 Administrative Gifts for Ministry
  • P8582 Theory and Practice of Ministry 1
  • P8583 Working in a Ministry Team Setting
  • P8584 Non-Profit Governance for Ministry
  • P8585 Introduction to Supervisory Practice
  • P8586 Educational Theory and Practice in Pastoral Supervision
  • P8587 Theological Reflection in the Practice of Pastoral Supervision
  • P8589 Financial Management for Ministry
  • P9601 Practical Theology and Future Church
  • P9628 The Church at Worship Today
  • P9630 Preaching in a Contemporary Setting
  • P9634 New Paradigms of Christian Ministry
  • P9661 Managing Crisis and Conflict in Ministry
  • P9662 Mastering Change in Ministry
  • P9663 Strategic Thinking and Decision Making
  • P9664 Leading the Larger Church
  • P9665 Transformational Leadership in Ministry
  • P9667 Personal Growth for Leadership
  • P9671 Ministry in Complex Situations
  • P9679 Clinical Pastoral Education 3
  • P9682 Theory and Practice of Ministry 2
  • P9684 Supervised Ministry Practicum
  • P9688 Advanced Practice in Pastoral Supervision
  • S8501 Formation in Christian Leadership
  • S8502 Christian Spirituality
  • S8503 Personal Transformation
  • S8504 Intercultural Competence and Spiritual Well-Being
  • S8559 The Christian Spiritual Tradition
  • S8561 Spiritual Direction
  • S8562 Disciplines of Spiritual Formation
  • S8572 Spirit in Context: Australian Spirituality
  • S9601 Relational Health in Spiritual Formation
  • S9645 Christian Spirituality in the 20th Century
  • S9661 Spiritual Mentoring
  • S9665 Leadership and Spiritual Discernment
  • T8501 Introducing Theology
  • T8505 Basic Christian Doctrines
  • T8517 Ecclesiology
  • T8531 Christology and Soteriology
  • T8534 The Triune God and Revelation
  • T8535 Pneumatology and Ecclesiology
  • T8546 Biblical Theology of Mission
  • T8561 Ecumenical Identity
  • T8575 Life-style Biblical Theology
  • T8581 Church Fathers: An Introduction
  • T8586 Theological Issues of the Reformation
  • T9609 Theological Methodology
  • T9611 Contemporary Hermeneutics and the Traditional Reading of Scripture
  • T9631 Major Questions in Christology
  • T9633 Focused Study in Trinitarian Theology
  • T9639 Theological Perspectives on the Environment
  • T9653 Faith and Theology in Context
  • X8500 Research Methodology
  • X8594 Field Work
  • X8598 Honours Thesis
  • X9690 Research Essay
  • X9691 Research Project
  • X9692 Research Project
  • X9693 Independent Guided Study
  • X9694 Independent Guided Study
  • X9696 Research Essay
  • X9698 Action Research Project
  • X9699 Capstone Unit
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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