Bachelor of Theology
Welcome future students...
... to the Bachelor of Theology (BTh) award, a Higher Education program that aims to equip you for Christian thought and action in today’s world.
The BTh is a study program designed to prepare you for ministry in today’s world with a broad foundation in Christian studies. Predominantly, you will develop theoretical and practical knowledge in theology and biblical studies. The BTh will foster you to develop the skills of being an innovative and reflective thinker especially in the key aspects of the Christian faith, including understanding the development and meaning of the biblical texts, the historical development of Christianity throughout the ages, and the theological underpinnings of Christian orthodoxy. Further, you will also gain the skills of being an effective practitioner, as you will be expected to integrate your theoretical studies with the down-to-earth realities of this contemporary world: its questions, challenges, and ministry needs. Thereby we expect our graduates to not only have specialist knowledge, but knowledge that can be communicated in an effective manner to a wide variety of audiences (not just the church setting) and handled wisely to address complex and difficult situations. This degree is not for the faint-hearted, as you will be asked to evaluate and consolidate your foundation in Christian studies. But I believe that today’s world needs Christians who are not afraid of the ‘hard questions’ and being pushed to think deeply and widelyabout the Good News of the Christian message. And the BTh endeavours to do just this.
Overall, the BTh is ideal for those who feel a calling towards teaching ministry within the church, want to go deeper in their understanding of the bible, or simply desire to add a solid academic element to their present/future ministry. Beyond the core subjects in Christian studies, students will choose a major specialisation to develop comprehensive knowledge in a specific field. The major specialisations in the BTh include: theological studies, biblical studies, New Testament studies or Old Testament studies.
We realise that in this busy 21st century world, the student needs flexibility in their studies. Every student is different, and for many, it is not possible to be on campus fulltime. To this end, we have developed a state-of-the-art distance studies that can be done from a computer anywhere in the world at the student’s leisure. But for others, this distance delivery can be combined with face-to-face classes in our Brisbane, Baulkham Hills or Parramatta campuses so that the student can experience the lecture room and interacting with fellow students. But for those who want to do it all in the classroom, our facilities are second-to-none. In fact, whatever your needs might be, we can tailor the BTh delivery to suit.
More importantly, perhaps, our faculty are almost all products of this degree, and what brought us here to begin with is the same thing that is bringing you here. Because of this, we share your passions and concerns and know what you need at this stage of your Christian journey. Throughout your studies, you will experience a variety of different lecturers, each one committed to the task of integrating world-class academic thought with practical Christian spirituality. You will enter into an environment where you are encouraged to critically engage the biblical text, hone your interpretation skills, plus think theologically. The experience and skills gained from this will be far reaching as it will equip you to confidently navigate the complexities of 21st century ministry.
But all of this academia does not come at the cost of spiritual transformation. At AC, we firmly believe in the power of the Holy Spirit to inspire, reveal, teach, and transform every person. In fact, it is perhaps one of the unique features of AC’s BTh that we continually seek to combine solid research and study with the transforming power of the Holy Spirit. The goal of all of this is to develop a well-rounded Christian minister who is effective in every area of church life and community outreach.
Over the years, our BTh has produced pastors, missionaries, chaplains, lay-ministers, and academics. In fact, it has equipped countless Christians for whatever God has called them to do both in the local church and abroad. And we have no doubt that it will also help you to enter into your calling. Further, the BTh is well suited to the scholarly type, especially those who are contemplating higher postgraduate theological studies. At Alphacrucis College, the BTh can easily articulate into the Masters of Theology program, which can create a pathway towards doctoral studies. It can also provide entry to Masters/Honours programs at other higher education providers.
If this speaks to you, then I invite you start a journey that will change you in ways you cannot yet imagine.
Dr. Adam White
Program Director, Bachelor of Theology
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The Bachelor of Theology (BTh) integrates a well developed foundation in Christian Studies with a broad and coherent theoretical and practical knowledge in theology and biblical studies. This includes exploration of the Christian tradition as developed historically and within faith traditions. It also includes engagement in the study of the primary texts of the Christian faith (Old and New Testaments), with reflection on how those texts have been interpreted both historically and in contemporary readings.
The Bachelor of Theology is a degree comprised of 24 subjects (240 credit points). Every program for this award shall include:
- Christian Studies Core Subjects
- 1 x Major Specialisation
- 7 x Elective Subjects & 1x Professional Practice subject
Christian Studies Core Subjects (8 subjects/80 credit points)
The Christian Studies Core Subjects forms the foundation of BTh award. It is aimed at developing in students a solid understanding of the Christian faith (biblically, historically & theologically), with well-informed ethical principles and founded on disciplines of Christian spirituality.
All students are required to take the following subjects:
- Introduction to Academic Writing and Research [RES101]
- Introduction to the Bible [BIB101]
- Biblical Hermeneutics [BIB201]
- History of Christianity [HIS101]
- Christian Spirituality [MIN102]
- Communicating the Christian Faith [MIN202]
- Christian Worldview [THE101]
- Christian Ethics [THE201]
Major Specialisation (8 subjects/80 credit points)
Students are to choose from four different Major Specialisations (8 subjects each) - which are Theology, Biblical Studies, Old Testament Studies and New Testament Studies.
- The three following subjects: THE202 Christ and Salvation; THE203 Trinity and Creation; THE204 Pneumatology.
- Either HIS210 History of Pentecostal Charismatic Christianity, or, HIS301 Australian Christian History.
- Four of the following: SOC201 Theology of Social Justice; THE310 Apologetics; THE315 Theology and Popular Culture; THE320 Theology and Psychology; SOC301 Public Theology and Political Engagement.
- At least two of the following: ANL101 OT Hebrew I (100 level) and ANL201 OT Hebrew II (200 level), or ANL151 NT Greek I (100 level) and ANL251 NT Greek II (200 level).
- Three of the following 200 level subjects: BIB210 The Pentateuch; BIB211 Wisdom Literature; BIB212 The Minor Prophets; BIB213 Historical Books of the Old Testament; BIB251 The Johannines; BIB252 The Prison Epistles; BIB253 The Pastoral Epistles; BIB254 The NT in its Historical Context; BIB255 The Thessalonian Corespondence.
- Three of the following 300 level subjects: BIB311 Psalms; BIB312 Isaiah; BIB313 Esther; BIB349 OT Field Study; BIB350 Biblical Theology; BIB351 Luke-Acts; BIB352 Romans and Galatians; BIB353 I & II Corinthians; BIB354 General Epistles; BIB355 Revelation; BIB359 NT Field Study.
OLD TESTAMENT STUDIES:
- ANL101 OT Hebrew I (100 level) and ANL201 OT Hebrew II (200 level).
- Two of the following 200 level subjects: BIB210 The Pentateuch; BIB211 Wisdom Literature; BIB212 The Minor Prophets; BIB213 Historical Books of the Old Testament.
- One of the following 200 level subjects: BIB251 The Johannines; BIB252 The Prison Epistles; BIB253 The Pastoral Epistles; BIB254 The NT in its Historical Context; BIB255 The Thessalonian Corespondence.
- Two of the following 300 level subjects: BIB311 Psalms; BIB312 Isaiah; BIB313 Esther; BIB349 OT Field Study.
- One of the following 300 level subjects: BIB350 Biblical Theology; BIB351 Luke-Acts; BIB352 Romans and Galatians; BIB353 I & II Corinthians; BIB354 General Epistles; BIB355 Revelation; BIB359 NT Field Study.
NEW TESTAMENT STUDIES
- ANL151 NT Greek I (100 level) and ANL251 NT Greek II (200 level).
- Two of the following 200 level subjects: BIB251 The Johannines; BIB252 The Prison Epistles; BIB253 The Pastoral Epistles; BIB254 The NT in its Historical Context; BIB255 The Thessalonian Corespondence.
- One of the following 200 level subjects: BIB210 The Pentateuch; BIB211 Wisdom Literature; BIB212 The Minor Prophets; BIB213 Historical Books of the Old Testament.
- Two of the following 300 level subjects: BIB350 Biblical Theology; BIB351 Luke-Acts; BIB352 Romans and Galatians; BIB353 I & II Corinthians; BIB354 General Epistles; BIB355 Revelation; BIB359 NT Field Study.
- One of the following 300 level subjects: BIB311 Psalms; BIB312 Isaiah; BIB313 Esther; BIB349 OT Field Study.
Electives (7 subjects/70 credit points) + Professional Practice (1 subject/10 credit points)
Students are to take seven 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 (aka subjects) link at the top of the page. Also see our timetables for availability.
Plus one Professional Practice subject.
Note: Students also need to make sure that they:
- Complete 1 subject (10 credit points) in Professional Practice
- Have a maximum 80 credit points at 100 level
- Have a minimum 40 credit points at 300 level
Length Of Program
- Full-Time: 3 Years (4 subjects per semester)
- Part-Time: Up to 10 Years (1 - 2 subjects per semester)
- Parramatta Campus
- Baulkham Hills Campus
- Brisbane Campus
- Global Online Campus
- 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)
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)
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Rev. Yung Hun Choi (faculty profile)
Yung Hun has been teaching the Korean students in Alphacrucis College since 2008. He migrated to Sydney from Auckland in 2006. Now he is living in Parramatta with his wife, Sylvia, and two children, Sharon and James.
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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 travelling, 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.
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Ps Narelle (nee Melton) Coetzee (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.
Rev Dr David Parker (faculty profile)
After experiencing almost every church function including church planting, worship leading and Youth pastoring, Ruth and I attended Commonwealth Bible College (now Alphacrucis) from 1979-1981 and upon graduation served as assistants to Bryn Barrett in Toowoomba. After three years as Senior Pastor of Mornington Assembly of God in Victoria we accepted a teaching position at the College where we have been ever since. I’ve never lost the passion for Pastors, having been one myself, and love to itinerate and encourage, particularly the rural Pastor who doesn’t often entertain visiting ministry. Of recent times I’ve also ministered in other countries which has helped me enormously in grappling with the cultural/transcultural nature of Scripture. Ruth and I were married in 1971, we have three married children and six grandchildren who are a joy and keep us very busy.
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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. He has authored two books; The Art of Not Disappearing and in 2011-2012, while living in Bangkok, he wrote his second book, The Art of Not Getting Lost on the Way Home. This was prior to joining the staff at the Alphacrucis College. Van serves at the Alphacrucis Brisbane Campus as Campus Director and Senior Lecturer.
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Rev 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.
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).
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;
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 subjects to be permitted to continue without this restriction.
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:
- ANL101 - Old Testament Hebrew 1
Description: Have you ever wanted to read the bible in its original language? Have you ever wondered about the context, culture and worldview of the Old Testament and how its language contributes to this? Have you wanted to see how a great story telling language works? The study of Old Testament (OT) Hebrew will provide you with these insights. OT Hebrew 1 presents you with the foundational tools, vocabulary and grammar to not only understand OT Hebrew, but also enable you to translate simple OT Hebrew texts into English. Further, by having these tools, you will gain foundational knowledge of the richness, light and shade, and wonder of the story-telling nature of the Hebrew language (which can be hidden in our English translations). Unit detail page >>
- ANL151 - New Testament Greek 1
Description: While it may come as a shock to some, Jesus did not speak Shakespearean English! Indeed, our New Testament was written in a language different to our own, in a time far removed from our own. The fact is that, while they can be very good, translations of the Bible can only do so much. Inevitably, translation teams have to make interpretive decisions regarding how to bring out the meaning of the Biblical text into the target language, and this can sometimes reflect theological bias or simply miss some of the richness and subtlety present in the original languages. Here at Alphacrucis, we will help to equip you with all the necessary tools to negotiate the sometimes difficult terrain of understanding the NT text on its own terms; not just to be able to bring out simple English (or other) transliterations, but to interact with and grasp the meaning of the original texts. Using innovative linguistic research, we will help you to grasp hold of this extraordinary language so that you can go deeper into the word of God; not just for yourself, but also for all those you minister to. Unit detail page >>
- ANL201 - Old Testament Hebrew 2
Description: Old Testament Hebrew 2 builds upon the previous OT Hebrew 1 unit. It will extend your vocabulary and grammar (yes, there are more paradigms to learn!) but this will enable you to read OT Hebrew more easily. Together we will translate many OT Hebrew texts into English – which will bring the text truly alive and make all your effort worth it! So come experience the new revelations that are available when you read the OT in its original language. Unit detail page >>
- ANL251 - New Testament Greek 2
Description: New Testament Greek 2 builds on from Greek 1 to give you a solid foundation for your knowledge of Biblical Greek. This unit rounds out a full year of Greek study and will equip you with a good working knowledge of Greek grammar, and it is from this basis that you can launch into more advanced syntactical and exegetical study of the New Testament texts. Greek 2, in a way, puts ‘wheels’ on your study of Greek, as we come to see more fully the beauty of the Greek verbal system and its significance for understanding the original texts. Unit detail page >>
- ANL301 - Old Testament Hebrew 3
Description: Old Testament Hebrew 3 builds upon 2 previous units of OT Hebrew. In this unit we will bridge the gap between your foundational basics of OT Hebrew grammar and develop an advanced understanding of OT Hebrew syntax. All the foundational principles that you have learnt in OT Hebrew 1 & 2, or the training wheels of the bike, are no longer needed to prop you up. As together we read, translate, and exegete the OT, you will find yourself riding free and without wobbles, and drawing out the wonder of its original message. As such, this is the unit where all your previous hard work pays off, for reading and translating becomes more effortless, and as such more rewarding. Unit detail page >>
- ANL351 - New Testament Greek 3
Description: New Testament Greek 3 is where your study of Greek really ‘launches.’ Building on 2 previous units of NT Greek study, this unit bridges the gap between your understanding of Greek grammar and a more advanced understanding of Greek syntax. In this unit there is a significant emphasis on equipping you to read, translate, and exegete the NT, in order to draw out the wonder of its original message. Unit detail page >>
- 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 >>
- BIB210 - The Pentateuch
Description: At the beginning of the bible, we find the Pentateuch. From Genesis to Deuteronomy, these books are essential for understanding our faith today. For ancient Israel it described their origins, creation stories, ancestors, exodus from Egypt, covenant with Yahweh, the journey to the Promised Land and their worship of Yahweh. Similarly for us as Christians, our salvation-story is framed by the people, images and stories found in the Pentateuch. Together in this unit we will explore these foundational themes of creation, faith, salvation, covenant, worship, land and journeying present in the Pentateuch. We will particularly discover the wonder of the Pentateuch’s literary structure and techniques as well as the world it constructs. It will also survey how the Pentateuch sets the stage for what follows in the rest of the biblical canon. Unit detail page >>
- BIB211 - Wisdom Literature
Description: What is wisdom? How does a wise person live? What is the biblical foundation to wisdom? This unit will explore the Wisdom Literature of the OT through these lenses. It specifically will study the proverbial tradition as highlighted within the book of Proverbs but also the speculative wisdom tradition found within the books of Ecclesiastes and Job. Other examples of wisdom found in the Psalms, Song of Songs and the Apocryphal books will also be discussed. All in all, it will be discovered that for ancient Israel wisdom has many different facets – but it all begins with the Fear of the LORD. Unit detail page >>
- BIB212 - Minor Prophets
Description: Towards the back of the Old Testament there are a collection of twelve dusty and usually overlooked prophetic books, known as the Minor Prophets. This unit will blow the dust from the Minor Prophets, to get a glimpse into the ancient history of Israel, the prophets and their God-given message. We will specifically study the Minor Prophets as a collage, to highlight its literary nature, themes, rhetoric as well as its portrayal of Yahweh. Further, you will be encouraged to harness your own ‘prophetic imagination’ so that you can be a messenger of God to your own generation. Unit detail page >>
- BIB213 - Historical Books of the Old Testament
Description: Many of the OT books are dedicated to the history of Israel fron the time of conquest through to exile. This subject will examine the books of Joshua, Juges, 1& 2 Samuel, 1& 2 Kings, Ezra & Nehemiah - a vast array of books and times! But it will specifically investigate what are the major events and people in OT history, plus discuss how do we read OT history today? Unit detail page >>
- BIB251 - Johannines
Description: The Gospel and Letters of John are dearly loved by Christians today. Rich in theology and symbolism, these texts draw heavily on the Jewish tradition fulfilled in Jesus the Messiah. This unit will equip you to interpret and apply these extraordinary texts, as well as helping you to see the ways in which the story of Jesus fulfils the testimony of Israel. Unit detail page >>
- BIB252 - The Prison Epistles
Description: The letters of Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians and Philemon were written from prison and yet deal with some of the most liberating concepts imaginable. We know Ephesians from its famous spiritual warfare passage, but what exactly did Paul picture as the greatest of all battles? Philippians is a letter of instruction, providing models to follow. In it we will find Paul, Jesus, Timothy and Epaphroditus offered as those whom we should seek to copy. Colossians is an enigma one needs to play detectives trying to recover from the clues what Paul was likely confronting. Finally, Philemon is gigantic in its implications contrary to its miniature word length. Time spent with these letters will be richly rewarded and equip us for life in multiple dimensions; spiritual, relational, personal and corporate. Specifically, these four letters from captivity will release any of us from unconscious imprisoning ideas. Unit detail page >>
- BIB253 - The Pastoral Epistles
Description: The Pastoral Epistles show us that intrigue and controversy are not new to the church! The letters of 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus and are located towards the end of Paul’s life and ministry career. The letters give insight into the need for stabilisation and structure within the emerging Christian communities in Ephesus and Crete, for firm Christian leadership, and error free teaching. Many of these questions arise today and this unit is sure to generate some good discussion on contemporary Christian leadership. Unit detail page >>
- BIB254 - The New Testament in its Historical Context
Description: Why would Paul, A Hebrew speaking Jew, writing to Latin speaking Romans, use Greek? Why was the liberating message of the crucified messiah considered "foolish?" What did the first Christians look like to outsiders? Did Paul really endorse slavery and male headship? So many aspects and difficult issues of the NT are overlooked or misunderstood in the 21st century for the very simple reason that we don't know much about the world of the text. This course takes a look at the culture, customs, and values of the first century, especially as they relate to the NT. It asks the question "What was that world like?" and "How does the NT challenge it?" It shows how radical this minority group were in the face of the Roman Empire and invites the student to be challenged in their own convictions and values as 21st century Christians. Unit detail page >>
- BIB255 - The Thessalonian Correspondence
Description: The Thessalonian correspondence gives a rare insight into a fledgling Christian community facing difficult challenges from outside and within. The community in Thessalonica was only a matter of months old when the first letter was written and were already being persecuted for their faith. At the same time, there was confusion over certain theological issues, most notably, the second coming. This is the situation that Paul finds himself addressing in these 2 short epistles, which, despite their brevity, provide wonderful encouragment and clarity in how to live out the Christian life in even the most trying circumstances. Unit detail page >>
- BIB311 - Psalms and Song of Songs
Description: The Psalms are infused with the diverse richness of the human experience. No matter what you are feeling, whether joy or thankfulness, grief or despair, you can always find a psalm that resonates with these emotions. This is why the Psalter continues to remain a favourite book for many of us. Together in this unit, we will explore the wonder and technique of Hebrew poetry, plus the many expressions of prayer and worship within ancient Israel. We will be challenged to utilise these psalms in our own life to bring expression to all our experiences, whether the heights of praise or cries of doubt. But wait, there’s more! In this unit, we will also explore the sexually infused lyrical poetry of the Song of Songs. So all in all, settle back as we explore the poetry of the Psalms and Song of Songs. Unit detail page >>
- BIB312 - Isaiah
Description: Many readers have been captivated by the vision of Isaiah. Isaiah was a prophet consumed with the vision of God as the sovereign Lord over the nations. The NT authors knew the wonder of Isaiah, for even within their gospels and letters there are multiple quotes and allusions back to this book. This is why some scholars have named it the “fifth gospel”. Yet, within its context, the Book of Isaiah speaks to a crucial time in the history of ancient Israel both prior to the exile as well as re-building after the devastation. It speaks to a community about how to be live faithfully as the people of God in a hostile environment, and presents a vision of a holy people who mirror this quality of the God they serve. Unit detail page >>
- BIB313 - Esther
Description: Esther is a female character in the Old Testament who outwits her enemies in a deadly game of palace politics. In a thoughtful examination of Esther, we discover that it is a book rich in wonder, mystery, and artistic literary expression. The excellent Hebrew narrative of Esther, with its twists and turns, continues to make it a favourite book for many of us today. This unit will take you into the Persian world of Esther, and its post-exilic context. We will particularly explore with Esther ‘where is God?’ - for this narrative is crafted in such a way that the name of the LORD is never mentioned, yet God is present in every situation. Unit detail page >>
- BIB349 - Old Testament Field Study
Description: Do you want the places of the bible to come alive? Well join us for this Field Study Trip subject to Israel and its surrounding lands. We will walk through significant places where the biblical people lived and link the geography of the land to message of the biblical stories. Your reading of the bible will never be the same again! Unit detail page >>
- BIB350 - Biblical Theology
Description: The Bible is not just a random collection of books yet sometimes we struggle to ‘see the forest from the trees.’ This unit will whisk you to the top of the mountain for a bird’s eye view of the big picture. It is designed to reflect on the relationship between the Old and New Testaments and the many theological themes, ideas and concepts that make the Bible a unified whole. From the progressive revelation of God’s identity, to creation, to covenant, to the temple and worship, each class will offer a fresh topic for discussion that will pull together the threads that tie the variety of biblical literature together. This unit will not only give you a comprehensive understanding of the unity of the Bible, but will without doubt demonstrate how relevant its themes and wisdom are for our own generation. Unit detail page >>
- BIB351 - Luke-Acts
Description: Luke-Acts is the two-volume work which tracks the movement from the ministry of Jesus through to the early church (and beyond!). Obviously this text is therefore of great significance in the New Testament (even if just in regards to the size of the combined volumes), and has been used by Pentecostals for over a century in our quest for recovering a truly biblical faith. This unit examines the narrative of Luke-Acts in a way that holds together the historical and theological foci, and seeks to equip you with a solid reading strategy for approaching these remarkable texts. Unit detail page >>
- BIB352 - Romans and Galatians
Description: Have you ever wondered why Christians don’t follow the full Mosaic law? Have you ever asked what sets Christianity apart from Judaism? Paul’s letters to the Romans and Galatians answer these questions and more, and in many ways these letters reveal the heart of his theology. This unit will also synthesise Paul’s thought into a storyline of history that informs his pastoral and theological reflections. If you are interested in understanding the core gospel message and its relevance in our contemporary culture than this unit will scratch where you itch! Unit detail page >>
- BIB353 - I & II Corinthians
Description: The Corinthian Correspondence is a fascinating exchange between the Apostle Paul and the troubled church in Corinth, and is a worthwhile study for those who are interested in Paul’s role as pastor and apostle. Addressing a variety of ethical and theological issues, such as sexual sin, drunkenness, Christians taking each other to court, dissatisfaction with style of leadership and much more. If you wish to understand more about the practical ministry of the church and its leadership in the first century, then this unit is for you! Unit detail page >>
- BIB354 - The General Epistles
Description: Hebrews and 1 and 2 Peter provide some of the richest teaching on the nature of Christ, faith, and practical Christian living of any of the NT epistles. In fact, Hebrews was seen to be so valuable that it was given a place in the NT even though they didn't know who wrote it! In 1 and 2 Peter we have insights to life as a Christian from one of Jesus' own disciples. Put together, these 3 epistles offer a treasure chest of wisdom, theology, and practical teaching for the Christian in the 21st Century. Unit detail page >>
- BIB355 - Revelation
Description: Understanding the Book of Revelation is kind of like scaling Mount Everest: if you don’t have the right equipment for the task, then the climb can very quickly become perilous. There is no doubt that Revelation is one of the most puzzling books of the Bible, with many Christians either simply ignoring it altogether or framing their entire outlook on life with misunderstandings of this seemingly incomprehensible text. We offer the student the chance to equip themselves with the right tools for the task of interpreting the Apocalypse, providing the opportunity for the student to discover that, while the book wasn’t written directly to us, it still has a very important message for us. Indeed, when it is reached, the view from the summit is breathtaking. Unit detail page >>
- BIB359 - New Testament Field Study
Description: This unit provides students with a first-hand introduction to the relevant cultural, geographical, historical, and archaeological issues for the New Testament. This unit features an on-site field study program in the location of modern day Turkey and Greece, formative for the biblical text. 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 >>
- HIS208 - History of Christian Expansion
Description: Acknowledging the central role of missions in the theology and practice of Christianity, this unit provides students with an overview of Christian missionary motivation and historical endeavour both from the perspective of institutions, and in terms of the cultural/globalising impulse of Christianity. It explores scriptural foundations, as well as the historical expansion of the Christian church and its impact on church and society over the centuries, including political and cultural challenges, as well as new technological opportunities. This study enables students to critically explore the nature of missions, integrating it within their own contexts. Unit detail page >>
- HIS210 - Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity
Description: This unit examines the history of spiritual renewals, revivals and awakenings, as well as their influence on church life and growth. It is recognised that ‘revivalism’ is one of the most distinctive modes of proclaiming the gospel. It explores the sociological and spiritual milieu out of which these movements arise and what impact they have on society. It seeks to discover the theological and biblical principles of these movements and explores their potential applications to the contemporary church. This unit provides a basis for students to integrate their experience of church (in the charismatic/Pentecostal movements of Christianity) with their broader studies. Unit detail page >>
- HIS301 - Australian Church History
Description: This unit provides a detailed analysis of the major global trends which led to the foundation and then settlement of Australia. The pattern of settlement and national development is traced, including issues of inculturation, colonialism, denominationalism and racism. Australian Christianity in rural and urban regions is explored, as well as the challenges and opportunities of multiculturalism. Understanding the Christian history of this nation helps to equip students for effective ministry in a wide variety of contexts and allows for a deeper understanding of Australian national identity. Unit detail page >>
- HIS302 - Early and Medieval Christian History
Description: This subject examines the context, origins and development of early Christianity and its impact on the surrounding communities. It explores how the rapid expansion of the church brought various social, cultural and theological challenges and examines how these were addressed. The contextualisation of medieval Christian thoughts and actions are discussed, as well as its formative influences in contemporary contexts. An analysis of major reform movements will also reveal how they have shaped the history of Christianity. 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 >>
- 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 >>
- 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 >>
- THE202 - Christ and Salvation
Description: Is it an oxymoron (contradiction) to claim that Jesus is both human and divine? How do we make sense of Jesus’ death on the cross? Is the resurrection something that can be believed in this modern scientific era? These are the sort of questions addressed in this unit, which intends to provide students with the opportunity to explore central elements of Christian faith. It explores what has traditionally been labelled the “person” and “work” of Jesus, i.e. who is he and what did he do for us? In answering these questions, students are encouraged to reflect on both the ancient traditions of the bible and early church and, further, to discuss the significance of Jesus Christ for contemporary Christian life and thought. Unit detail page >>
- THE203 - Trinity and Creation
Description: Do you think that the doctrine of the Trinity is just too hard to understand, even though you know that this doctrine is foundational to Christian faith? This unit provides students with an opportunity to reflect deeply on the doctrine of the Trinity – both its historical development and its relevance for the contemporary church. It also explores God’s providential work in the creation and addresses controversial issues such as the creation / evolution debate. Unit detail page >>
- THE204 - Pneumatology
Description: This unit explores central elements of Pentecostal spirituality and theology. It engages critically with the experience and doctrine of baptism in the Holy Spirit, and considers the importance of the Spirit for our understanding of the nature and mission of the church. Unit detail page >>
- THE310 - Apologetics
Description: Is it possible to make sense of Christian faith in the 21st century? This course explores traditional "proofs" of the existence of God, and analyses their contemporary relevance. It considers the relationship between theology and science, and provides students with tools to defend central elements of the gospel. Students are also challenged to put theory into practice by engaging in discussions about faith with non-Christians. Unit detail page >>
- THE315 - Theology and Popular Culture
Description: Conservative Christian communities have long been suspicious of popular culture, encouraging people to be wary of the “sinema.” It is increasingly apparent, however, that if the church is going be relevant in the modern world, it needs to find ways to engage with the mediums of popular culture; film, television, music and the internet. This unit teaches students tools for interpreting pop culture texts, and encourages critical analysis. It focuses particularly on film, but provides students the option of exploring other mediums. Teaching strategies include listening to podcast lectures and gathering together to watch and discuss films. The unit will feel a little like a series of “nights-out” although beneath all the fun is some serious reflection on the culture within which we live and minister. Unit detail page >>
- THE320 - Theology and Psychology
Description: Who am I? What is the soul? How should Christian faith interact with the psychological sciences? This unit considers the theological concepts of grace sin and freedom as found within traditional Christian theologies of the human person. It also seeks to interact with the discipline of psychology and contemporary insights into the study of the mind. The unit should be of particular interest for all people interested providing pastoral advice and counselling from a Christian perspective. 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 >>