AC: Alphacrucis College

Graduate Certificate in Leadership

The Graduate Certificate in Leadership (GCL) develops your leadership potential to be an effective leader and leadership mentor. Explore issues of leadership integrity and build a leadership tool kit

Innovative, Visionary, World Changer

Message from the Program Director...

Welcome to the Graduate Certificate in Leadership program. The GCL program is designed to be both practical and challenging, addressing your skills, belief systems, and ideas. It is designed to help you to become more reflective about, and gain understanding of, your leadership context.

Fundamental to the content of our leadership units is a distinction between “leadership” and “ministry.” A failure to understand this distinction is at the heart of much confusion and ineffectiveness in Christian Organisations. Without effective leadership the potential of the ministry or professional skills of staff and volunteers is normally wasted or under utilised.

The content of the leadership units cover issues related to identifying potential leaders, levels of complexity within different leadership roles, and how leaders can be effectively developed. In addition to the leadership skills, the program is designed to train you in critical and creative thinking as well as provide you the opportunity to engage issues that relate to Christian ethics.

The GCL will transform your understanding of leadership and your role as a leader.


Dr Ian Jagelman
ACA, M.Div, D.Min

Program Director

The Graduate Certificate in Leadership is a nested award in the Master of Leadership designed to equip professionals with an understanding of leadership, integrating leadership theories with spiritual principles and pragmatic application. The award parallels the accepted criteria articulation into professional university awards (such as MBA), specifically providing a pathway to the Master of Leadership program. It can be a destination course or exit point, thus allowing flexibility for students who may wish to start with a short postgraduate course before committing to a Master of Leadership or for students who need to exit the Master of Leadership earlier than intended, due to unforeseen personal or professional reasons.

The Graduate Certificate in Leadership provides a broad understanding of leadership principles as well as critical and creative thinking skills which are valuable to any professional context. Integrating leadership theory and skills with spiritual principles, this award provides the opportunity for students to explore the implication of their faith in their professional context. For those students wishing to proceed to postgraduate studies, this award provides an entry point. With provision for regular as well as professional entry it is particularly suitable for those who wish to pursue studies after being in full-time employment for some time.

The GCL consists of 4 subjects (2 core and 2 electives):

2 core:

THE401 Christian Worldview

LEA401 Introduction to Leadership


2 electives (choose two): 

LEA550 Governance, Law, and Ethics

LEA404 Leadership Theory and Skills

LEA535 Organisational Leadership 


The GCL can be completed in 1 semester of full-time study or 1 year of part-time study (candidacy up to 3 years).

Dr Ian Jagelman (faculty profile)

Ian spent fifteen years in public accounting with Price Waterhouse Coopers including stints in Papua New Guinea and Fiji where he set up their tax consulting division.

For 20 years he served as the Senior Pastor of Christian City Church, Lane Cove, an evangelical/Pentecostal church in the northern region of Sydney.  A church plant in 1984, it grew to in excess of 1100 active members by December 2002 when the church was restructured to create three autonomous churches at Lane Cove, Ryde and Carlingford.

In the Christian world he is also recognised as having a teaching gift expressed through Truth for Life Ministries, a division of The Jagelman Institute.

Mr Johnny Kumar (faculty profile)

Andrew Mellor (faculty profile)

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


International students are required to have attained an International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) of 7.0, with a score of not less than 6.5 in any band, or equivalent.

Academic Entry Requirements

Completion of a AQF Level 7 bachelors degree or completion of a AQF Level 8 or above postgraduate qualification.

In addition to the above, applicants must have at least three years relevant work experience in a professional leadership or managerial role. To demonstrate this, applicants must submit a copy of their CV with a cover letter outlining how they meet the criteria of at least three years leadership or managerial experience

Professional Entry Requirements

Professional Admission Requirement:

Demonstrated minimum 5 years relevant work experience in a managerial or professional leadership role. This will include:

• Ministers in senior leadership positions.
• Managers and leaders in non-government organisations which act to further social or cultural outworking of Christian ministry.
• Business people who are fulfilling positions of responsibility including team or industry leadership.
• Equivalent evidence of leadership experience.

To demonstrate this, applicants must submit a copy of their CV with a cover letter outlining how they meet the criteria of at least five years leadership or managerial experience. The nature of what is to be considered appropriate leadership/managerial experience for admission to this postgraduate leadership award is outlined in the ‘Professional Entry Criteria policy’ (see


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:

LEA401 - Introduction to Leadership


Upon completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Critically analyse the importance of past and present trends in leadership training.
  • Describe the distinction between leadership roles and technical or ministry tasks.
  • Explain the historical development of leadership theories in the not-for-profit sector (including churches).
  • Demonstrate an ability to apply knowledge of understanding and performance as a leader.
  • Discuss how intrapersonal reflection can contribute to greater long-term effectiveness – including an understanding as to how leaders learn.
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LEA404 - Leadership Theory and Skills

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LEA550 - Governance, Law and Ethics


Upon completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Explain the historical, legal, ethical and theological contexts of governance.
  • Critically evaluate governance arrangements in organisations.
  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the role of boards, and knowledge to function effectively as a board member, to work with boards, and to develop and evaluate boards.
  • Assess current policy debates about governance, especially in relation to not-for-profit organisations, schools and churches.
  • Contrast various models of governance, and critique governance structures and processes.
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RES401 - Postgraduate Research and Writing


Upon completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to analyse, synthesise, and critically engage with literature.
  • Demonstrate broad understanding of academic writing as a genre and the process of research.
  • Demonstrate broad understanding of methodologies, and underlying assumptions of different methods.
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THE401 - Christian Worldview


Upon completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Describe the sources used to inform a Christian worldview and apply consistent method in arriving at theological conclusions.
  • Examine alternate perspectives, and identify complementary and contradictory conclusions and arguments.
  • Identify central elements of a Christian worldview and show how these are impact individual spirituality and inform the life and mission of the church.
  • Give a critical account of the historical formation of Christian doctrines of God, creation and redemption and analyse contemporary formulations.
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