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Alphacrucis College

Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Ministry

Welcome future students…

…to the Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Ministry award (BBus/BMin), a Higher Education program that aims to prepare you to be an innovative Christian leader: in business and ministry.

The Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Ministry (BBus/BMin) is a double degree which combines the best from our ministry and business programs. This is an innovative award, the first of its kind in Australia, which was created to meet the vital need of developing and supporting Christian leaders for 21st century ministry.

“The BBus/BMin degree is first of its kind. It prepares you to be an innovative Christian leader: in business and ministry”

At AC we recognise that contemporary ministry in today’s rapidly changing and global society is no longer confined to one traditional mode. Instead, especially within the Pentecostal and charismatic expression of Christianity, contemporary ministry has grown into an array of ingenious opportunities from church-based ministries to the creation of not-for-profit organsiations, global microenterprises, community programs, business-as-mission, social justice outreaches, plus much more. We thus want to equip you to be a creative, effective and forward thinking leader who can embrace and take an active role in shaping your world, especially in the church and business. Through the BBus/BMin you will gain the key skills to navigate the maze of legal, social, technological, financial challenges plus ministry needs of this generation. You will develop innovative business skills, so that you can provide thoughtful and flexible solutions to contemporary social and cultural questions. You will also gain comprehensive ministry skills, to build effective relationships, disciple people and mentor this generation. You will become effective communicators of the Good News and leaders who uphold and exhibit integrity and justice. Overall, the BBus/BMin will prepare you to be an entrepreneurial leader who has a wholistic Christian worldview that is integrated in thought and action–especially in business and ministry—with the purpose to see the message of Christ proclaimed and enacted.

The structure of the BBus/BMin program is specifically designed to provide you with foundational theory and skills in both business and Christian studies. It also allows you to develop extended knowledge in two areas of specialisation: Business and Ministry. The Business Specialisation offers majors in Leadership & Management, Human Resource Management, and Marketing majors; and the Ministry Specialisation offers majors in Pastoral Ministry, Youth & Children’s Ministries, Cross-Cultural Ministry, Leadership & Management, and Worship Ministry. You get to choose the key areas from the Business and a Ministry Specialisations that are most suitable to prepare you for your unique future. For specific subject information about the choice of major specialisations within the BBus/BMin award, please see the Award description page above.

The BBus/BMin faculty, whom it is my pleasure to promote, are committed to your education and seeing lives changed. They will inspire you, but also facilitate your transformation into a competent and generous Christian minister & business-person (whatever the form), necessary for today’s world. The faculty are all professionals respected in their disciplinary field of expertise. Many are forging new pathways for Pentecostal-charismatic scholarship, and are uniquely positioned in Australia to promote this. The interface that they bring between their own research pursuits, disciplinary fields and own ministry experiences naturally crosses over into the classrooms in a dynamic and relevant way. I am very proud to work alongside such dedicated people.

After graduation, BBus/BMin students choose to work in a variety of settings from churches to business, to community organisations, to microenterprises, to not-for-profit organisations, to service industries, to the youth sector. They become pastors, church leaders, business owners, entrepreneurs, consultants, church planters, global mission leaders, workplace pastors, and much more. In effect, our BBus/BMin graduates are as diverse as Christian ministry – the varieties are endless. Alternatively, some students continue to advance in their studies into a Masters or Honours program. At Alphacrucis College, the BBus/BMin can easily articulate into the postgraduate programs: Masters of Teaching (Primary) or Masters of Theology program. It can also provide entry to Masters/Honours programs at other higher education providers.

Recognising the obligations of everyday life, the BBus/BMin is offered via multiple formats. These range from Face to Face classes at the Parramatta Campus to Online classes via the Global Online Campus. There are also a variety of ways our classes are presented – through weekly lectures, week-long lecture blocks (intensives), night time lectures, online audio/video podcasts, or a combination of modes. Such a flexible design will ensure that you are able to tailor the BBus/BMin to your own learning styles, as well as balance study with your other commitments.

It is with great anticipation that I welcome you into the BBus/BMin award. One of my aspirations is to be involved in training the next generation of Christian ministers – so whether you find yourself now or later in full-time work or in a volunteer capacity, in the church, market place or mission field, in Australia or overseas — I am sure the BBus/BMin will provide you with a solid foundation to thrive in all that God has called you to be.

Welcome!

Ps. Narelle Melton
Program Director, Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Ministry

 

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The Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Ministry (BBus/BMin) degree is a double degree which combines the best from our ministry and business programs. It is designed to prepare you to be a multi-faceted Christian leader who has a wholistic Christian worldview that is integrated for all your endeavours - especially in the business and ministry arenas. This is an innovative award which no other institution in Australia offers, but it meets a vital need for leaders and pastors who work out their vocation both in the church as well as in business, community organsiations, not-for-profits, and service industries.

Course Structure

The Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Ministry is a double degree comprised of 32 subjects units (320 credit points). Every program for this award shall include:


Christian Studies & Business Studies Core Subjects (13 subjects/130 credit points)

The Christian Studies & Business Studies Core Subject forms the foundation of the BBus/BMin award. It is aimed at developing in students a solid understanding of the Christian faith (biblically, historically & theologically), with well-informed ethical principles plus a solid foundation in core business skills such as leadership, management, marketing and finance.

All students are required to take the following subjects:


Two Major Specialisations  (16 subjects/160 credit points)

Students are to complete two different major specialisations -- a ministry major specialisation and a business major specialisation -- which will  provide you with the professional skills and knowledge for your future career options.

1. Ministry Major Specialisations:

There are five different Ministry Major Specialisations (8 units each), from which you choose ONE to complete. The ministry major specialisation is focused on developing Christian vocation skills predominantly for the church, global mission and Christian organisations fields. They include:

Pastoral Ministry

Cross-Cultural Ministry

Leadership & Management**

Youth & Children's Ministries

Worship Ministry

2. Business Major Specialisations:

There are three different Ministry Major Specialisations (8 units each), from which you choose ONE to complete. The Business Major Specialisation is focused on developing business, leadership. management and marketing expertise and skills, especially focused on careers within the commerical or not-for-profit sector. They include:

Leadership & Management**

Human Resource Management

Marketing

For the specific units required in the Majors, please consult the Undergraduate Student Handbook. (**Please note that you can only use the Leadership & Management major specialisation once.)



Electives (3 units)

Students are to take eight elective subjects. These can be chosen from any of our undergraduate subjects for which you have met the pre-requisite requirements. A list of all our subjects can be found via the Units link at the top of this page. Also see our timetables for availability.

 

Other Rules of Progression: Students also need to make sure that they:

  • Have completed 2 subjects (20 credit points) in Professional Practive
  • Have a minimum 80 credit points at 300 level
  • Have a maximun 100 credit points at 100 level

 


Course Information

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Length Of Program

  • Full-Time: Four years
  • Part-Time: Up to 12 Years (1 - 2 units per semester)

Campuses

  • Parramatta Campus
  • Global Online Campus

Delivery Modes

  • Face-to-Face (weekly 3 hour lectures)
  • Intensive (5 days of lectures delivered within a one week period)
  • Extensive (5 days lectures delivered across a term period)
  • Online Delivery (weekly video/audio lectures provided to be viewed at own convenience)

Articulation Options

Upon completion, students can continue their studies with an additional Honours year or Masters degree provided their results are of a high enough standard. See the Awards Offered page for more information.

How To Apply

Complete an online Higher Education Application for Admission Form

On filling the application, please be prepared to upload the following digital documentation (PDF, jpeg):

  • Certified copy of your birth certificate or passport (passport required for international student applicants).
  • If born overseas, certified copy of your permanent residency status or Australian Citizenship Certificate
  • Certified copy of your relevant academic transcripts or CV
  • Your passport photo

AUSTUDY / ABSTUDY / Youth Allowance

Austudy, Abstudy and Youth Allowance are available for this course. To check your eligibility and to find out more information, please visit the Study Assist website.

Rev. Associate Professor Denise Austin (faculty profile)

Emma Austin (faculty profile)

Greta Cornish (faculty profile)

Rev. Associate Professor Jacqueline Grey (faculty profile)

Graduating with a BA in 1994, Jacqui served as the AOG chaplain and campus director for Students For Christ at Sydney University until 1998. After studying at Southern Cross, she completed her honours and doctoral studies through CSU, graduating in 2006. Jacqui lectures in Old Testament studies and currently is the Academic Dean. She has published several books are articles, including Them, Us & Me: How the Old Testament Speaks to People Today (APS, 2008), Raising Women Leaders (co-edited with Shane Clifton) (APS, 2009), Three's A Crowd: Pentecostalism, Hermeneutics and the Old Testament (Pickwick, 2011). Jacqui is an active member of her local church, Cityside, in the inner city and loves traveling, photography & art, coffee with friends and fine Italian food. 

Rev. Kevin Hovey (faculty profile)

Kevin's current role, Head of Department: Pastoral and Cross Cultural Ministry, is an interesting convergence of many experiences and roles covering more than 40 years as an ordained minister of the Australian Christian Churches.

Starting with 31 years as a missionary in Papua New Guinea, ministry was focused on developing and training local leaders. This ranged from informal mentoring in remote villages to developing Bible college structures and curriculum. Serving as consultant to the National Executive Council of Assemblies of God of Papua New Guinea provided opportunities for input – and for growth.

While still on field, the need for missionary training became evident, so the internationally recognized World Harvest Institute “missionary finishing program”, as some have termed it.

Post Papua New Guinea, missionary leadership, missionary strategy and missionary training roles have continued to keep a focus on task of mission, but with a greater focus on seeing that outworked through local churches. 

Kevin’s current PhD studies are focused on the missiology of the Australian missiologist, Dr Alan Tippett. The thesis particularly looks at the application of his insights to 21st century missions.

Serving as the Oceania representative on the Pentecostal World Fellowship’s World Missions Commission maintains a global edge, rubbing shoulders with key mission leaders from around the world.

Mrs Celeste Kumar (faculty profile)

Mr Johnny Kumar (faculty profile)

Mrs Alison Lau (faculty profile)

Jacqueline Mees (faculty profile)

Jacqueline started her management career as a graduate trainee with Unilever in her country of birth, the Netherlands. Since that time she has worked as a Senior Executive for large multinationals in Europe, Asia and Australia. Her areas of expertise are strategy, innovation, marketing, and corporate social responsibility. She was working as Strategic Marketing Services Director for the Goodman Fielder group when the company was taken over by Burns Philp in March 2003. Since then, she has worked as a marketing consultant and corporate trainer for a wide range of clients including Westpac, CBA, Dairy Farmers, and Colgate-Palmolive. She has been combining her consultancy with lecturing and is currently working on a PhD in International Business (The evolution of multinational corporations in the age of globalisation and social responsibility) at the University of Sydney. Not long after she and her family moved to Australia at the end of 1999 she – as well as her husband and two children – became Christians and she developed a keen interest in Christian ethics and Theology. At Alphacrucis Jacqueline teaches Strategy and Innovation, Marketing Management for Non-Profit Organisations, and Introduction to Management and contributes to a number of units in Leadership and Christian Ethics.

Ps Narelle Melton (faculty profile)

Graduating with a BNurs(hons) in 2000, Narelle moved from Canberra to work in Orange Base Hospital, primarily on the male surgical ward. In 2003 she moved to Sydney to study midwifery and worked at Nepean Hospital. Once graduating with her GradDip of Midwifery, she continued at Nepean Hospital in the postnatal ward part-time, and commenced her studies at Southern Cross College, completing a MDiv in 2009. During this time Narelle started to tutor and lecture in Old Testament studies at SCC. In 2010, she enrolled in a PhD through University of Birmingham, UK. Currently Narelle is an Associate Lecturer in Old Testament studies and the BCM program director. Narelle is loving her research studies and the bonus of travelling to the UK every year. She is also active in her local church, Rivers Edge Church, a new church plant in the Newington area, where her faith can be outworked in the community.

Mr Dean O'Keefe (faculty profile)

Dean is a devout Queenslander, the son of a preacher man, the husband of one wife (Lisa) and father of four children. In 1998 he taught Mathematics and Science for two and a half years before moving to Sydney in 2001 to commence a Bachelor of Theology. Dean was a youth pastor for two years before joining the team at Alphacrucis. He is the Director of VET, Family Pastor at Hawkesbury Church Windsor and the State Chaplain for Rangers Australia NSW. He is currently enrolled in a Doctor of Ministry with AGTS.

John Scott (faculty profile)

Dr Van Shore (faculty profile)

Van is married to Heazle and they have two adult children, Ben married to Lani and Amy married to Seng.  Van loves to laugh and celebrate with others their uniqueness in God and enjoys walking, bird watching, tennis and good food. He has almost 20 years of pastoral ministry and teaching experience, including two years in Bangkok where he wrote his second book, prior to joining the staff at the Alphacrucis College.  Van serves at the Alphacrucis Brisbane Campus as Campus Director and Senior Lecturer. 

Ps Daniel Thornton (faculty profile)

Daniel Thornton is an accomplished songwriter, musician and worship leader as well as a dynamic communicator. He is the Head of Department, Music and Creative Arts at Alphacrucis College, serves local churches and their worship teams around the globe and is also engaged as a professional composer and performer.

From 2007 - 2010, Daniel served as the Music Pastor at Paradise Community Church (Adelaide, South Australia) and previously as the Worship and Associate Pastor at North Shore Christian Centre in Sydney Australia for over 8 years.

He regularly produces/records and releases Worship CDs/DVDs including Daniel|Piano|Worship Classics 2, It is Well - Instrumentals (2011)Worship Classics (2010), Above All Else (2010), One Heart (2009), Worship Always (2009), Paradise(2008), It is Well - Vol 2(2007), It is Well - Vol 1(2006), Beyond Words (2004), and many more. Some of these recordings/performances are featured weekly on the NSCC TV show LifeSource and the Paradise TV shows.

His songs are sung in churches around the world including “Father”, “Come into the House” and “Presence Beautiful”. Daniel’s passion is to connect people with God and see the church rise to its fullest potential.

Daniel has performed a starring role on in an Off-Broadway premiere at the Duke Theatre on 42nd Street, New York of the new musical "Angels".  His recent starring roles in musical theatre productions also include, Godspell, !Hero and The Prodigal.

Six years at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and a music scholarship to London provided much of Daniel's formal training. During that time, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and other prestigious ensembles performed his compositions. After completing his studies, Daniel was appointed Music Director for Penrith Christian Fellowship Centre, then Penrith City Church and later Worship Pastor at C3 Mt Annan.

Daniel is an ordained minister with the Australian Christian Churches.  His formal qualifications encompass a M.Music Technology (Distinction), A.Arts (Religious Studies), LMusA (Theory), Performers Certificate T.C.L. (Piano) and a Cert IV Training and Assessment.

He has owned and run two private music schools, and also lectured for many years at a number of colleges including Hillsong College and the Paradise College of Ministry.

Daniel and his wife Kris have been married for 18yrs and have 3 beautiful children.

Dr Adam White (faculty profile)

Adam began his working career as a spraypainter and from there moved into ministry as a youth pastor then an associate pastor at Riverlands Christian Church in Penrith. Then at the age of 25 he felt called to study theology at Southern Cross College (now AC); this continued through an honours degree up to a Doctorate of Ancient History at Macquarie University.  He is married to Rachel and has a daughter named Sophia. 

Dr Yong-Sun Yang (faculty profile)

Yong-Sun Yang has an academic  training in Mathematics, Economics, Philosophy, and Theology. He was born in South Korea and came to Australia in 1993 after 2 years of study in Japan. He lives in Sydney with his wife, Mi-Hea, three daughters, So-Ra, So-Ri, and Ha-Neul, and one son, Jeong-Hun.

Mr Andrew Youd (faculty profile)

Andrew Youd is married to Nicola, and they both live with their dog in the north western suburbs of Sydney. Andrew graduated with a BTh through Southern Cross College in 2009. He has just recently finished his MaCS and will be graduating May 2014. Andrew is an active member of Hillsong Church, serving with his wife at the Macquarie extension service. Andrew works with Dr. Shane Clifton in the Faculty of Theology. 

Entry Requirements

IELTS

IELTS for overseas students is 6.5 with no band lower than 6.0 (overseas students must maintain a full-time enrolment at all times). Or equivalent.

Academic Entry Requirements

Completion of NSW Higher School Certificate with an ATAR of no less than 65, or the completion of the interstate or overseas equivalent qualification and result, or equivalent;
OR
Completion of a Certificate IV or higher qualification awarded under the Australian Qualification Framework by an authorized institution or registered training organization.

Professional Entry Requirements

Mature age entry (21 years and over) can apply for provisional entry. They will need to successfully complete their first 4 units to be permitted to continue without this restriction.


Fees

Complete Fee Schedules and FEE-HELP information (where appropriate) for all Alphacrucis courses can be found in our Documents section, under the Fees and FEE-HELP Information link.


Units offered as part of this Award:

BIB101 - Introduction to the Bible

Description: Understanding the Bible is foundational for the Christian life. Whilst many of us have read the Bible, there are many sections that are seemingly foreign and strange, or that we just plain avoid. This unit aims to introduce you to the Old and New Testaments, and its big-picture message. We will explore the historical and thematic developments of the Bible, assisting you to understand how the different biblical books and message all fit together. Further, we will discuss how the message of Scripture, which was set in a very different context to us, can be applied to today’s context. There are two textbooks for this unit: Grey, J., Them Us & Me: How the Old Testament Speaks to People Today, (Sydney: SCD/ APSS, 2008) AND Witherington, B, III., The New Testament Story, (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans, 2004). Unit detail page >>

BIB201 - Biblical Hermeneutics

Description: Many people think that the way they understand the Bible is the way anyone would: its meaning is always unambiguous to us all, isn’t it? But in reality, we cannot avoid interpreting the bible as we read it, for the way you read the bible may not be the way I read it or even how your ancestors did. So how can we effectively read and interpret the Bible? This is the key question of this unit. To explore this question we will consider a whole range of interpretive issues, including the different genres of biblical literature and the process(es) by which come to apply the biblical message to our current context. This subject will therefore provide you with the necessary foundation from which you will be able to interpret and apply the message of the Bible more thoughtfully. Unit detail page >>

BUS101 - The Legal Environment of Business

Curriculum objective: Describe the legal environment  of business. Develop key business law skills Develop an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of Australian regulatory environment, including from a Christian perspective. Unit detail page >>

BUS102 - Economics

Curriculum objective: 1. Ability to explain basic economics concepts, including: Scarcity, opportunity cost, marginal analysis supply and demand market efficiency and market failure cost-benefit principle forecasting Growth, employment and  fluctuations Real vs nominal International Trade 2. Skill in applying basic economic concepts to a public policy issue 3. Skill in applying basic economic concepts to a business problem. Unit detail page >>

BUS151 - Accounting

Curriculum objective: 1.    Understand basic terminology of accounting practice: Credit and debit; Assets, liabilities and equities; Current and non-current assets and liabilities. 2.    Demonstrate an ability to analyse and interpret financial statements and reports; 3.    Demonstrate an ability to understand budgets and the budgeting process; 4.    Describe the business environment in Australia as it pertains to accounting. This includes: Annual accounting cycle; Reporting requirements; Basic taxation; Role of auditors; Ethical considerations: Example: ability to manipulate financial statements in decisions involving depreciation and asset write-offs. Unit detail page >>

BUS201 - Business Statistics

Curriculum objective: Describe the role of statistics in contemporary business. This includes consideration of the ethical responsibilities of the researcher;  Explain key statistical concepts, methods of data collection and data analysis techniques; Analyse, summarise and present data using appropriate data analysis techniques. This includes drawing conclusions at appropriate reliability levels from statistical reports; Identify the specific needs for data analysis and its role in NGOs and NFP organisations;  Demonstrate skills in analyzing data, such as estimation, comparison of frequencies, variance, regression and correlation, time series analysis and forecasting. Unit detail page >>

BUS202 - Financial Decision Making

Curriculum objective: Familiarity with the principles of discounted cash flow analysis. Skills of applying discounted cash flow analysis to business problems in a variety of commercial and NFP settings.  basic economic concepts to a public policy issue Capacity to reflect critically on the wider ethical and theological issues raised by discounted cash flow decision making Unit detail page >>

BUS203 - Financial Integrity System

Curriculum objective: Awareness of the main financial integrity risks, especially in NFPs and Churches. Sound understanding of the main strategies for mitigating financial integrity risks, especially in NFPs and Churches. Experience in designing a financial integrity system for a church NFP organisation. Unit detail page >>

BUS303 - Not-for-Profit Governance, Law and Taxation

Curriculum objective: Sound knowledge of the regulatory and taxation arrangements for NFPs and churches in Australia, and the principles underlying them. Ability to apply knowledge of regulatory and taxation arrangements for NFPs and churches to specific situations. Awareness and ability to critically engage with current Australian policy debates about regulation and taxation Unit detail page >>

CCM101 - Introduction to Cross Cultural Ministry

Curriculum objective: This unit aims at training future pastors and church leaders to lead Australasian churches with a world mission focus, in all of its biblical, historical, cultural and strategic dimensions. Unit detail page >>

CCM102 - Biblical Foundations of Mission

Description: This Biblical Foundations of Mission unit is designed to demonstrate the responsibility that God has charged his people with to bring his Kingdom to earth. From Israel to the birth of the Christian church through the ministry of Jesus Christ, the task of God’s people was, and still is, to be a light to the nations and to make disciples that reflect the character of God. This unit will trace this mandate through the biblical narrative and give special attention to Jesus’ own ministry and the spread of the early Christian church. For those wishing to broaden their understanding of a biblical theology of mission, then sign up now! Unit detail page >>

CCM201 - Cross Cultural Communication

Description: This subject provides students with an opportunity to study the principles and processes of communication theory and how to apply that in the process of the contextualization of the Christian message. These tools are important for ministry anywhere in the world including in cross-cultural mission. It will also introduce students to the communication prototypes inherent in the Scriptures as well as preparing students for Christian witness in their own ministry context. Unit detail page >>

CCM202 - Anthropology in Christian Ministry

Curriculum objective: This unit provides students with an understanding of anthropological concepts and insights as tools for contemporary ministry. It also sets out an anthropological analysis of Christianity, and enables students to develop the capacity to exegete any cultural context in which they find themselves ministering. Unit detail page >>

CCM203 - Ministry in Animistic Contexts

Curriculum objective: This unit provides an advanced study of the animistic world. Ministry approaches that are essential for their effective integration into Christian faith will be examined in detail. Unit detail page >>

CCM221 - Foundations of Cross Cultural Ministry

Curriculum objective: This unit lays a foundation for cross cultural ministry, by broadly examining cultural and lifestyle issues vital to contemporary missions. Unit detail page >>

CCM222 - Personal and Professional Skills for Cross Cultural Ministry

Curriculum objective: This unit builds on ‘Introduction to Cross Cultural Ministry” (CCM101) and complements ‘Foundations of Cross Cultural Field Ministry’ (CCM221) by examining the religious world in which missions takes place, and the personal challenges and growth that are part of the process. Unit detail page >>

CCM223 - Methods and Strategies for Cross Cultural Ministry

Curriculum objective: This unit builds on ‘Introduction to Cross Cultural Ministry’ (CCM101) by developing a personal and ministry strategy for effective missionary life and work. Unit detail page >>

CCM304 - World Religions

Description: In the context of our increasingly multicultural world, an understanding of the contemporary spiritual supermarket on offer today is vital.  This unit begins with an introduction to religious studies and God’s design of people as spiritual beings.  It then explores the historical, cultural and theological foundations of religions of antiquity, indigenous religions, major global religions and minority religious groups.  The significant rise of new religious movements is also discussed. This study reveals the uniqueness of Christianity in a pluralistic world and provides practical guidance for ministry to people of other faiths. Unit detail page >>

CCM305 - Exploring Islam

Curriculum objective: This unit will provide an introduction to Islam and a developing basis for ministry to Muslims. It will provide students with the historical background and information necessary for understanding the complex cross-currents of Christian-Muslim Relations in contemporary society. It will also point the student towards effective approaches to Muslim evangelism and discipleship. Unit detail page >>

CCM321 - Cross Cultural Ministry Field Study

Curriculum objective:  Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the historical, cultural and religious background of the Field Study location Critically assess key individuals and movements significant in the development of Christian faith in that location  Explain the importance of the location for the spread of the various religions represented there Display an advanced  understanding of the culture and non-Christian religions of the area, assessing the value of interfaith dialogue Discuss the ideologies that are at play in the locality, e.g. government policies, social movements, etc. Integrate academic studies with vocational interests and the strategic aspects of what is needed for the advancement of Christian faith in that area Unit detail page >>

EXP201 - Professional Practice

Description: Itching to connect the realm of the classroom with some real-life experience? Professional Practice is designed with just this aim in mind. Students will have the have the chance to engage academically with issues pertaining to their Major Specialisation (whether ministry or business) plus experience a hands-on placement. Working with an experienced supervisory mentor (no family members or close friends!), students will complete a 100 hour placement over the course of semester, with a variety of formats to choose from. For instance, do you have a heart for pastoral ministry? You could complete 8 hours a week at your local church, working with a department pastor. Or perhaps you have visions of becoming the next CEO of World Vision? A block placement at a Christian organisation, working with a field specialist, could be the kick start needed. Alternatively, have you been wanting to make a difference while experiencing cross cultural ministry overseas? Your 100 hours could be served with an overseas mentor in a concentrated three or so weeks of professional practice. The sky is the limit! Want to know more? Please feel free to contact the course coordinator for a copy of the Professional Practice Handbook. Unit detail page >>

EXP301 - Advanced Professional Practice

Description: Advanced Professional Practice builds on Professional Practice. It provides a chance for students to continue the challenging but rewarding combination of academic reflection upon contemporary ministerial issues and hands-on experience. Like Professional Practice, you will work with an experienced supervisory mentor (no family members or close friends!), complete a 100 hour placement over the course of semester, with a variety of formats to choose from. Want to know more? Please feel free to contact the course coordinator for a copy of the Advanced Professional Practice Handbook. Unit detail page >>

HIS101 - History of Christianity

Description: This subject is an introduction to the rich and inspiring heritage of Christian tradition, examined within social and cultural contexts.  It explores early church formation, the challenges of the medieval era, the repercussions of the renaissance and the reasons for the reformation.  Major revivals are analysed as well as the effectiveness of modern missionary movements.  The struggles and strengths of the 20th century are also revealed, as well as various issues facing the 21st century church.  By exploring such historical shifts in spirituality and society, students will gain understanding of both contingency and continuity in Christian history, in order to deepen their understanding of gospel ministry today. Unit detail page >>

HRM201 - Fundamentals of Human Resource Management

Curriculum objective:  Outline and understand the organizational role and context of Human Resource Management (HRM) Identify contemporary issues in managing human resources, and discuss their influence on organizations.   Demonstrate the ability to conduct a literature review that draws on empirical and theoretical research. Identify, describe and distinguish the key HRM functions and processes. Demonstrate an understanding on how HRM processes and functions contribute to organizational operations and planning. Unit detail page >>

HRM202 - Human Resource Planning and Development

Curriculum objective: Critically assess the role of the HR manager using key theories and approaches. Consider the implications of this function for a Christian and/or NFP context; Demonstrate understanding of the theoretical relationship between effective Human Resource Planning (HRP) and Strategic Human Resource Management (SHRM); Explain the role of Training and Development within HR Functions and Processes; Demonstrate an ability to analyse future needs. This includes Labour Demand Forecasting Describe the context for HR in organisations from a Christian perspective; Demonstrate an understanding of the HR context for Services and Not-for-Profit Organisations, and the implications of this for HRP and SHRM.   Unit detail page >>

HRM203 - Management of Workplace Health & Safety

Curriculum objective: Describe the legislative environment of employment. This includes analysis of the role and operation of the Fair Work Act 2009, the Industrial Relations Act and general WHS requirements; Demonstrate understanding of the knowledge and processes required for hiring and terminating employment for an organisation. This includes the ability to investigate and apply appropriate   compensation and benefits; Outline current issues in workplace health and safety and analyse current requirements, including the responsibility of employers and workplaces; Describe challenges in providing an environment for work/life balance. This includes consideration of a biblical approach to work/life balance, including the place of sabbath and rest; Explain the factors that lead to conflict in the workplace, and the role of the HR manager in addressing them; Analyse issues of equity and diversity in the workplace. Particular focus will be given to the issues of discrimination; Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO); and gender equity. Consideration will also be given to this issues in the light of NFP and Christian organisations;   Unit detail page >>

HRM216 - Volunteer Management

Curriculum objective: Describe historically and sociologically the role of volunteers in Australian and international communities. This includes volunteerism in Christian and NFP organizations; Analyse various theories and approaches to understanding volunteer motivation; Describe key approaches and theories to volunteer management; Discuss the effective use of volunteers, including the value, costs and benefits of utilizing a volunteer workforce;  Identify key issues in the volunteer management and critically assess theoretically-based solutions. This includes issues such as: recruitment, training, induction/orientation and PD of volunteers;  supervision of volunteers; retaining volunteers;  aligning expectations of volunteers and organisations; use of volunteer boards of management within the community NFP sector; responsibilities and obligations of an employer of volunteers; and legal requirements (such as WHS).   Unit detail page >>

HRM302 - Performance Management

Curriculum objective: Compare and contrast the functions of Job Analysis and Job Design as strategic tools of HRM. Explain the importance of Job Design for organizational success as an integral construct for Performance Management, with a job description and person specification. Prepare a Performance    Management Appraisal Program based on Job Analysis and Job Design.  Adopt the use of the Performance Management   assessment tools – Competency Profiling and Key Performance Indicators in the development of a Performance Management Appraisal Program. Integrate and justify the use of quantitative or qualitative research techniques in the development of a Performance Management Appraisal Program.    Explain the context and   process of Performance Management culminating in an effective Performance Appraisal interview. Formulate principles and processes for conducting Performance Appraisals based on principles of leadership. Unit detail page >>

HRM351 - Industrial Relations

Curriculum objective: Discuss and evaluate: (a). theoretical framework of IR  perspectives- namely ‘pluralism’, ‘unitarism’ and radicalism; and  (b).Critically assess the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to the study of employment relationship. Discuss the changing nature of Industrial Relations in Australia. Critically assess: (i). the role of state and the federal tribunal in Australia in the context of current business environment; .(ii). The factors affecting IR strategies of management (including non-union representation of employees) and suggest how it can promote harmonious relationships with IR partners; (iii). the role of trade unions in IR and how unions can continue to play crucial roles in representing employees' interest. Analyse the emerging trends of enterprise bargaining as an alternative method of dispute settlement. Discuss the role of Award making- conciliation, arbitration and awards in Australia. Unit detail page >>

LEA201 - Leadership Principles

Description: Why do we need leaders? What do they do? Are they born or made? This unit will help students to find answers to these questions in the light of contemporary leadership theory and a Christian worldview. We will explore theory on leadership skills, traits and behaviours and consider the important question of what makes a leader great or...what would make you a great leader. Unit detail page >>

LEA220 - Developing Women Leaders

Description: The church-at-large is still divided about the question whether women should lead. Despite the ongoing debate, many female leaders have made significant contributions to the church and to their communities. This unit explores the background of the debate as well as the journeys of these women leaders–some in the midst of controversy. How did they become leaders, what was their leadership style and how did they contribute to their context? Learning from the past we will then explore how to raise and develop women leaders for the future. Unit detail page >>

LEA301 - Advanced Leadership and Decision Making

Description: Organisations are groups of people working together for a purpose. Despite the pervasiveness of organisations in our modern society, effective group behaviour does not always come naturally. In fact, many goals are never achieved due to poor group dynamics rather than a lack of skills, vision or strategy.  This unit will help students to develop an understanding of how an organisation can encourage effective, efficient, social and ethical behaviour; how leadership styles, organisational structure and value systems influence behaviour and how ultimately the group dynamics impact the effectiveness of the organisation in its pursuit of its purpose. Unit detail page >>

LEA302 - Strategic Thinking and Planning

Description: A few years ago Bill Hybels, Senior Pastor of Willow Creek church, confronted his church team with the question: “Are we making a difference?” Hybels leads a mega-church, has written multiple best-selling books and is a sought after speaker…yet he asks himself and his team this question: “Are we making a difference?” Hybels is a strategic thinker. Strategic thinkers constantly remind themselves and their team of the purpose of their organisation and ask in the light of this purpose: Where are we now (are we making a difference), where do we want to be and how are we going to get there? In ‘Strategic Thinking and Planning’ we unpack these questions and look at what the Bible as well as contemporary management texts offer to help us in our quest to turn our visions into reality and make a difference. Unit detail page >>

LEA303 - Strategic Challenges, Innovation and Change

Description: Just when organisations think they have found the formula for success, they start to fall behind. In today’s constantly changing environment standing still is the fastest way of moving backwards. This unit will address the need for change, the challenges of change and introduces students to theories and processes for innovation. This unit also looks at how innovative and entrepreneurial thinking can be used to expand God’s kingdom. Unit detail page >>

LEA311 - Creativity and Entrepreneurship

Curriculum objective:  Evaluate creative entrepreneurial ventures orenterprises that have exerted influence for systemic and social change. This includes consideration of intrapreneurship; Describe the special challenges for the 21st Century and how to create services and businesses that offer sustainable solutions; Evaluate different business models and their application to new business ventures, particularly non-profit organisations or Christian services. This includes consideration of issues of ethics, social impact and sustainablility; Describe processes and strategies to build a team of partners, customers, complementors and suppliers; Create a business plan for a small business or new venture that reflects personal purpose and values into a profitable business proposition. This should include a researched plan of an appropriate legal form, raising funds, set up administration, evaluating risks, appropriate insurances, etc; Describe and reflect on the personal challenges related to running a small business or new enterprise. Unit detail page >>

MAN101 - Introduction to Management

Description: Most people like a job that is motivating and rewarding; a job that allows them to make a meaningful contribution; a job that allows them to learn and grow and to earn a fair salary. Not many people know how to design such jobs. Certainly as Christians we should ask ourselves the question: How can we create jobs and work environments that treat people as ‘made in the image of God’? This unit introduces the student to the key skills of management which includes the design of jobs, recruiting the right person for the job, team training, structuring the organisation, and designing fair compensation schemes, in order to equip them to create better jobs and job environments. Unit detail page >>

MAN201 - Organisational Behaviour

Curriculum objective: Identify and demonstrate the major drivers of individual and group behaviour in organizations Describe and discuss contemporary perspectives of organizational behaviour Critically evaluate and demonstrate how external factors may influence organizational behaviour Identify, describe and distinguish the key theories used to explain the behaviour of individuals within an organizational context. Unit detail page >>

MAN311 - Strategic Management

Curriculum objective: Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of external forces and how they can affect an organization’s competitive advantage. Developing a framework of analysis to be able to describe and apply the strategic management tools utilized to implement organizational strategic directions. Integrate the different contemporary approaches to strategic management and demonstrate strategic fit. Identify, describe and distinguish the key theories and concepts of strategic management Unit detail page >>

MAN351 - International Management

Curriculum objective: Evaluate complex interpersonal and cultural challenges that arise when managers operate in a cross-cultural context; Demonstrate and  examine the  operational issues that arise when managing in a cross-cultural context;  Interpret and appraise the strengths and weaknesses of national culture assessment tools; Summarize and argue the importance and role of culture when managing in a cross-cultural context; Explain and assess the application of key management concepts and theories across a global context. Unit detail page >>

MIN101 - Introduction to Pastoral Ministry

Description: In this introductory unit, students will explore a broad variety of topics that form the very basis of pastoral ministry. Primarily, students will consider contemporary pastoral models that connect academic reflection with the real world. Topics discussed will range from defining ministry, calling and ordination to conflict resolution, and being effective in caring for others. Students will also be provided with ample opportunity to engage creatively with these topics to make connections with their own contexts. Unit detail page >>

MIN102 - Christian Spirituality

Description: Ever wondered if there were other ways to express faith, apart from lifting your hands during worship? Would you like to deepen the spirituality of your local Christian community, but find yourself hesitating, uncertain of the appropriate boundaries? Students with these questions and more will find themselves challenged as they partake in this foundational unit, designed specifically to introduce charismatic and Pentecostal Christians to the broader history of Christian spiritual approaches. In doing so, students will have a chance to connect with their heritage and participate in a broad range of spiritual exercises practiced by the wider body of Christ throughout history. Unit detail page >>

MIN201 - Pastoral Administration and Management

Curriculum objective: This course unit offers the student an introduction to the philosophy of church health and management. Unit detail page >>

MIN202 - Communicating the Christian Faith

Description: The ‘E’ word: Evangelism – is a concept that can equally incite ‘excitement’ and ‘excruciation’. In this unit, extroverts and introverts alike will find themselves engaging with the historical, biblical and theological roots for communicating the Gospel and gaining the skills (along with the empowering of the Spirit) to communicate effectively. In doing so, students will explore ways to engage with a world where the acceptance of the Christian story is counter-cultural, as well as ways to connect the good news of the kingdom to contemporary social concerns.H Unit detail page >>

MIN203 - Preaching

Description: Have you ever wished that you could bottle the persuasiveness and power of your favourite preacher in order to supercharge your own sermons and see your congregation transformed? When it comes to sermons, the bridge between the first century text and twenty-first century context can often seem longer than 2000-odd years. If you want to discover what turns effective preaching into life-changing preaching, and bring revelation to postmodern people that struggle with the Christian story, then look no further. Get ready to be equipped with the rhetorical tools in this unit to craft a message so powerful that it will be impossible for your audience to leave the pews unchanged. Unit detail page >>

MIN204 - Healing Ministry

Description: Why don’t people always get healed when we pray for them? What is our responsibility in partnering with God for healing? What does it even mean to be well? What does it mean to be sick? Students undertaking this unit will have the opportunity to investigate the various perspectives on healing throughout the life of the church. Some of the big questions surrounding the ‘why’ of sickness, suffering, and death will also be grappled with. Further, practical skills will be discussed to care for people at these inevitable times of sickness, grief and death. Unit detail page >>

MIN205 - Church and Society

Description: Why do we act the way we act? Why do we gather in certain social groups and not others? Have you ever wondered how our faith connects with society? Sociologists are those who study human social behaviour and propose these questions. Students undertaking this unit will be introduced to the field of sociology with the aim to explore the trends and megatrends that have formed the Christian community and its practice. Unit detail page >>

MIN220 - Youth Ministry

Description: Generation Y? Why? Effective ministry must always be grounded in love and understanding. The objective of this unit is to explore ways to build a deep and compassionate understanding of young people; their needs, pressures and concerns. To do so, we must understand the context in which they grow up and the social norms that surround and form them. If you have a heart to minister more effectively to the next generation, this unique course will empower you to engage and make a dramatic difference with Gen Y and beyond. Unit detail page >>

MIN221 - Children's Ministry

Description: One of my heroes is called Horton. He is a real hero, in that he stood up against the whole community to save a group of little people. In his endeavour to protect this small community he cried a phrase which echoes throughout the world today, ‘A person’s a person, no matter how small.’ Yes, Horton the elephant saved Whoville from annihilation. In the end he not only saved a whole village he influenced others to do the same. Horton Hears a Who is a modern day parable of God’s heart for the little people. The Introduction to Children Ministry unit will encourage you to be like Horton. Our purpose is to protect, train and release our little people. We will be looking at the why, the what and the how for children’s ministry. The world needs more "Horton’s". Will you be someone’s Horton? Unit detail page >>

MIN225 - Childhood and Adolescent Development

Description: Are you brave enough to explore the complex and often moody workings of the teenage psyche? Or the developmental stages of childhood?  If so, this is the unit for you! In this unit, students will engage with the forefront theories of childhood and adolescent development in relation to ministry – perfect for the frazzled parent, youth or children's pastor! Unit detail page >>

MIN230 - Women and Christian Ministry

Description: Helen Reddy made headlines when her feminist anthem hit #1 on the Billboard Charts in 1972. Do you want to have the same empowering impact for women in your ministry context? This unit seeks to explore the place of women in Australasian society, both past and present, inside and outside of the church. Particularly it will examine what is the place of women in ministry by drawing on key examples, to provide tools for women (and their supporters) to be released and successful in their ministry today. Unit detail page >>

MIN302 - Discipleship

Curriculum objective: This subject examines the importance of discipleship to create mature Christians. It will examine it from biblical, theological, and historical perspectives. As well as discuss and critique different discipleship models for the church today. Unit detail page >>

MIN304 - Church Planting

Description: If you had the opportunity to plant a brand new church, what would it look like? What are the personnel and resources required? How does a new church meet the needs of its community? What characteristics and personal stamina are required? Students undertaking this unit will explore the essential need for new churches. It will assist students to develop a church-planting toolkit, by standing on the shoulders of key church planting practitioners, proven principles in the academic literature on entrepreneurship as well as wider historical-biblical-theological foundations of why we should plant churches. Unit detail page >>

MIN306 - Advanced Pastoral Ministry

Description: This advanced-level unit gives students an opportunity to explore the theological, historical and cultural issues pertaining to pastoral ministry. It specifically provides students with the opportunity to integrate in-depth academic reflections from their previously units with their own ministry and Christian engagement. Unit detail page >>

MIN326 - Advanced Children's and Youth Ministry

Description:  Do you want to expand your toolbox in ministering to children and youth? Well, you’re in good stead! This unit will deepen your knowledge and skill base to specifically explore issues related to building viable communities of young people, which acknowledges and addresses relevant developmental stages. Further, it seeks to affirm the role and contribution of  young people, plus children and youth workers within the local church and beyond. Unit detail page >>

MIN330 - Relationships

Description: How do I develop strong relationships, whether friendships, marriage or family? Should I get married or remain single? How do I deal with the changing dynamics of family and relationships through the life stages? If ever a unit was needed to clarify the confusion found in the ‘relationships’ section of the local Christian bookstore, this is it. Whether young, old, single, betrothed, married or unspecified, all are invited to come and explore the inner workings of relationships, marriage and the family, as it has unfolded throughout history and wider society. Specifically this unit aims to develop skills to strengthen your relationships and assist those you minister to in everyday life. Unit detail page >>

MKT101 - Foundations of Marketing

Curriculum objective: Describe the role of marketing in organisations; the advantages and potential pitfalls; Identify basic tools for: market research; product / service design & marketing communication Demonstrate an ability to analyse markets and industries to identify marketing opportunities Develop a well-rounded marketing plan Examine basic issues in marketing from a legal,  ethical and Christian perspective Unit detail page >>

MKT201 - Sales Management

Curriculum objective:  Describe the role and importance of sales for business organisations; Demonstrate a theoretical understanding of key theories related to: (a) Making customers; (b) Customer relationship management (CRM);  (c) Legal and ethical considerations in sales; Demonstrate knowledge of practical sales-skills including: (a) working with CRM systems; (b) communication/ persuasion/ presentation skills; (c) analytical skills for sales planning (customer analysis, competitor analysis; market analysis etc.); Develop a sales strategy. This should include: Communication plan; Prospective buyer profile; Creating value for the customer; Competitor analysis; Analysis of required resources;analysis of sales channels (incl. on-line);  Demonstrate  communication, persuasion, presentation and negotiation skills to present and defend a sales proposal; Demonstrate the skills to negotiate a price with a customer.     Unit detail page >>

MKT202 - Consumer Behaviour

Curriculum objective: Examine the key theories, frameworks and concepts of consumer behavior, and describe the implications of these for marketing; Discuss and analyse the behaviour of individual consumers. This includes: psychological factors; social factors & cultural factors. Apply consumer behaviour theories, frameworks and concepts to managerial marketing decision contexts. Unit detail page >>

MKT216 - Strategic Marketing for Non-Profit Organisations

Description: Non Profit Organisations (NPO’s) are not designed to create economic value (to make profit) but to create social and/or spiritual value. In this context, the marketing of the organisation becomes more complex because the organisation needs to satisfy the needs of its key clients; but also needs to attract donors, volunteers, advocates, government support etc.  This unit introduces students to this so-called multi-stakeholder marketing, focussing on issues such as how to create a movement, how to turn supporters into advocates, how to engage major sponsors and social investors, as well as how to identify and attract grants. Unit detail page >>

MKT251 - Marketing Communication

Curriculum objective: Analyse all facets of the marketing communication process and demonstrate an ability to apply this understanding to real life solution; Examine key marketing communication theories and strategies; Discuss the challenges and dilemmas of marketing communication. This includes: mass communication;working with creative agencies;media planning and strategy; public relations and publicity; measuring effectiveness; the digital revolution and social media; Analyse the strengths and weaknesses of different communication vehicles; Demonstrate an ability to design messages in such as way that they maximise the strength of the medium; Design a suitable media mix and strategy for a specific message to a defined target audience Unit detail page >>

MKT301 - Market Research

Curriculum objective: Assess different kinds of research, design and application of research relevant to marketing; Demonstrate competency in data analysis and how to transform data into relevant market insight; Understand the difference between qualitative and quantitative market research and when to use what;  Understand the role of market research, its benefits and limitations for management and managerial decision making. This includes understanding research as part of the innovative process; Describe the challenges and ethical boundaries of market research both for corporations and for the church; Demonstrate an ability to design a market research program, evaluate a research proposal and interpret research findings. Unit detail page >>

MKT351 - International Marketing

Curriculum objective: Describe the international context of marketing. This includes consideration of the social and ethical responsibilities of international operations; Develop an understanding of cultural differences: how to analyse them and how to design cross-cultural marketing strategies;   Analyse international marketing theories and strategies and evaluate their effectiveness, particularly market entry strategies;  Discuss solutions to complex issues and challenges in international marketing, particularly for the NFP sector; Demonstrate communication skills to clearly articulate and present a product or service to customers in a cross-cultural setting; Design a marketing plan for an international operation. This includes: Appropriate marketing research; Positioning Strategy;  Considered pricing; Communication plan; Global logistics and distribution (as appropriate); Consideration of government policies. Unit detail page >>

RES101 - Introduction to Academic Writing and Research

Description: New to university studies & it all seems too hard? Worried about writing essay papers? Or where to begin researching? Or you feel confident in writing, but want to learn the skills of evaluating the masses of information we are bombarded with? This unit is for you! It will give you the tools of how to succeed in your undergraduate academic studies. It will examine how you learn, plus challenge you to think deeper, wider and more creatively. It will also encourage you in how to critically evaluate and reflect on information. Plus develop your skills in how to put it all together in an essay paper or oral presentation. Unit detail page >>

SOC201 - Theology of Social Justice

Description: This unit provides a biblical theology of holistic mission that takes seriously the responsibility of the church to address issues of justice and poverty.  It argues that the good news of the Kingdom of God has vital implications for social and cultural values. Too often in our western society we see political ideology claiming these values. As Christians we need to reclaim them as expressions of our faith, not our politics, and as the reflection of God’s Kingdom on earth. Unit detail page >>

SOC202 - Global Poverty

Description: Poverty is more than living on less than a dollar a day. Why does the national health and prosperity of some nations continue to decline whilst neighbouring countries grow? Why does the gap between the rich and the poor countries continue to widen?  This unit examines the concept of globalization and the nature and causes of global poverty. The unit involves practical exercises that invite students to reflect on what it means to live in poverty, and explores real world strategies for empowering the poor. Unit detail page >>

SOC301 - Public Theology and Political Engagement

Description: The relationship between the church and state is fraught with challenges.  This unit explores the history of church and state.  It describes and analyses strategies used by Christians to engage civic leaders at all levels in order to bring about social change consistent with God’s character and mission in the world. Unit detail page >>

SOC302 - Social Entrepreneurship

Description: This unit offers an introduction to the emerging field of social entrepreneurship in a Christian context. It explores how entrepreneurial enterprises can exert influence for systemic and sustainable social change. Students will be challenged to identify a real opportunity and to design a business plan for a potential social enterprise. Practical skills will be developed to build creative and profitable business models for positive change and the basic skills needed to run such an enterprise. Unit detail page >>

THE101 - Christian Worldview

Description: Do you have questions about God that you have been unable to answer?  Do you sometimes wonder whether Christian beliefs about things like the Trinity and the divinity of Jesus make any sense?  This unit provides you with the opportunity to explore those beliefs that are foundational to Christianity.  It argues that what we believe about God (our theology) has a practical impact upon our life and ethics and, therefore, provides an overview of Christian faith, and reflects on the ways in which this faith informs our everyday life and calling. The topics addressed range from the doctrine of God, creation and sin, to discussion on the person and work of Christ, and the nature of the coming kingdom of God. Unit detail page >>

THE201 - Christian Ethics

Description: In an era of moral relativism, Christians should stand out as moral beacons.  In fact, however, it is increasingly the case that Church is seen not as a community of love but, rather, as a legalistic, dogmatic, mean-spirited and hypocritical institution.  This unit helps students to think through how they go about making ethical decisions.  It argues against legalism, and sets up a theological method of approaching ethics that prioritises grace and the power of the Spirit. It also facilitates guided reflection on personal morality and societal ethical issues. Unit detail page >>

WOR101 - Introduction to Worship Ministry

Description: “Worship Ministry”, a phrase that doesn’t show up in Scripture, yet most Christians would have a context for it and their personal understanding of what it means and what it involves.  For some, it might be the role of the musicians and singers at the start of a Sunday service.  For some, it might be anything musical related to church.  For some, it would represent the involvement in anything that happens during a church gathering.  For some, they would consider all of Christendom to be in Worship Ministry whether gathered together, or living their own lives.  So... with such a diversity of views, where do we start?  RIGHT HERE!  With the introduction to Worship Ministry.  We’ll look at its origins, its expressions, its relationship to music and the Arts, its role within the individual Christian’s life and the wider body of Christ.  We’ll explore the theology as well as the contemporary practicalities of “Worship Ministry”. Unit detail page >>

WOR130 - Independent Study in Specific Creative Arts 1

Description: Everyone has their area of passion and preference.  This unit is all about you being able to pursue your musical or artistic passion.  Dance, Drama, Lighting, Multimedia, Sound, Instrument, Voice, Recording, whatever it is, this unit can adapt to help you set and acheive your goals.  Learn new knowledge and skills.  Master your craft.  Challenge your capacity.  Grow as an artist. Unit detail page >>

WOR205 - Worship, Arts and Church History

Description: The Christian church has had a fascinating link to the Creative Arts throughout history.  On occasion it has been the Arts greatest promoter and supporter.  At other times it has been the greatest stifler and constrainer of the Arts.  As human beings our tendency is to make vessels sacred the moment they appear to be used by God.  A worship style, an architectural style, an instrument, a liturgy, an artistic approach can all be tools that help people make a meaningful connection with God.  Yet, these very things can be traps into religious ritualism, nostalgia or even idolatry!  So, what can we learn from the long legacy of the Arts and the church? Unit detail page >>

WOR215 - Worship in Comparative Religious Contexts

Description: As compelling, engaging and consuming as our local church world is... we don't live in a bubble!  All humans worship.  What does that worship look like for other religions?  What impact does that have on the way we worship?  This unit explores these questions and many more, from our judeo-christian heritage to the comparative worship of Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and other world religions.  These insights will both challenge the students' preconceptions as well as inspire a critical look at the way in which we worship as Christians. Unit detail page >>

WOR220 - Lyrics and Theology

Description: Words we sing are extraordinarily powerful.  They become our confession.  Music reinforces and empowers those words.  They stick in our head, which means they become our meditation.  Many authors have had things to say about the lyrics of songs sung in church, but the arguments are particularly partisan and heated in our present day.  Contemporary congregational songs, with their popular musical influences are a hot topic.  Are their lyrics inferior to traditional hymns?  How should we approach their analysis and assessment?  What would Jesus sing? Unit detail page >>

WOR235 - Ensemble

Description: Thinking about worship, writing about worship, analysing worship are all valuable activities... but of course, when talking about worship ministry, we are especially addressing praxis.  This unit is all about developing the knowledge and skills required to effectively play your part in a worship team as a singer or an instrumentalist.  It is highly practical, but also highly spiritual as we foster your God-given gifts and the call and anointing upon your life in the context of worship music. Unit detail page >>

WOR307 - Technology and Worship Ministry

Description: These days, where does technology not intersect with worship ministry!?  It's used to organise and communicate wtih volunteers.  It's used to create and distribute recorded and written music.  It's used in administration.  It's used in services; words projected on a screen, sound reinforcement, lighting, video, audio playback.  It is not enough to just know that technology exists that relates to worship ministry, we must understand it's strengths and weaknesses.  We must know how to apply it given the size of our team, the culture of the church and the direction of leadership.  This course is all about maximising the benefits and reducing the detriment of those intersections. Unit detail page >>

WOR310 - Worship in Contemporary Context

Description: The unique nature and prominance of contemporary worship music in today's churches (especially Pentecostal/Charismatic denominations) is worthy of study.  It is a phenomenon that has accompanied the emergence of megachurches, created a substantial sub-genre of the popular music industry, crossed cultural and language barriers, as well as impacting the global Christian church.  It is certainly necessary to understand what is going on, but equally important, to assess its theological, historical, sociological, ecclesial and musical implications. Unit detail page >>

WOR340 - Songwriting

Description: Exactly as it sounds.  This unit develops students' poetic and musical skills to create meaningful, moving and excellently crafted songs. Unit detail page >>

XXX390 - Independent Guided Study

Description: This course unit enables students with initiative and creativity to pursue ideas and areas of interest in the subject area. It affords the student an opportunity to develop independent research and study skills. Unit detail page >>

XXX391 - Research Project

Description: This course unit enables a bachelor level student to research in greater depth a particular topic relating to material in the subject area. Unit detail page >>

XXX392 - Advanced Seminar

Description: This course subject enables students to engage in reflection and research relating to a particular topic, chosen from the various disciplines undergraduate awards. Unit detail page >>