Associates Program

This special Wednesday morning program is for people over 50 who may have more time on their hands and who want to dig deeper biblically without the pressure of exams or assignments. You can come to one, a few, or ideally come to all 12! Each semester a different unit of study is covered.

Our aim is for you to:

  • Deepen your knowledge of the Bible
  • Be encouraged in your walk with God
  • Be encouraged by how God is at work overseas and around Australia
  • Enjoy the warm fellowship and community of SMBC
  • Learn from great lecturers!

Semester 1, 2024

In Semester 1, 2024, we're pleased to be bringing you  'Cross-Cultural Communication' with Ed Grudier, Director of the SMBC Centre for Cross-Cultural Mission.

Ed will explore the importance and challenges of effective cross-cultural communication. Through the course of the 12 weeks, Ed aims to equip you with insights, understanding, principles and strategies for relating to people of different cultural backgrounds to your own, and for sharing the gospel and your lives with them. Together you'll also explore the nature of cultural differences and their impact on worldviews, communication, thought, behaviour, and evangelism.

Topics that will be covered over the 12 weeks are:

  • The Communication Process
  • Attitudes and Skills Needed for Cross-Cultural Communication
  • Cultural Perspectives on Time
  • Cultural Influences in Cross-Cultural Communication, including: Saving Face, Power Distance, Patronage, Hot and Cold Climate Cultures, Uncertainty Avoidance, Individualism vs. Collectivism
  • ​Non-Verbal Communication
  • A Theological Framework for Cross-Cultural Communication
  • Contextualisation and Worldview
  • Worldview and How Sin is Perceived
  • Contextualising the Gospel
  • Contextualising Theology and Rituals
  • Models, Theories and Case Studies in Cross-Cultural Communication



7, 14, 21 February; 6, 13 March; 3, 10 April; 1, 8, 15, 29 May; 5 June 2024


Please note the change of lecture and Principal Hour times from previous years.

9.40am: Lecture starts (including the Zoom platform for online attendees)
10.30am: Morning tea
10.55am: Lecture continues (and concludes at 11.45 am)
11.50am: Principal's Hour (main chapel service) for on-campus attenders.
1.00pm: Principal's Hour  concludes

On-Campus and Online Options

You have the choice of attending the full program in person at our Croydon campus, or joining us online and participating in the lecture via Zoom, and then watching a recording of Principal's Hour at a later time. Please note:

  1. When registering, please choose ONE mode of attendance and remain in that mode for that week, or for each of the 12 weeks (if booking all 12 sessions). This is so we can be sure we have enough seats in the lecture room.
  2. We're sorry, but lectures are not recorded.
  3. For on-campus attendance, please note there are only 25 places available. Book early to avoid disappointment.



Please note for those attending online, Principal's Hour will not be live-streamed, but will be recorded and available at a later time.

All 12 sessions for one person (online): $225.00 (+ fees)

All 12 sessions for two people (online): $400.00 (+ fees)

Per session (online) for one person: $35.00 (+ fees)

Per session (online) for two people: $56.00 (+ fees)


For on-campus attendance, please note there are only 32 places available. Book early to avoid disappointment.

All 12 sessions per person (on campus): $225.00 (+ fees)

All 12 sessions for two people (on campus): $400.00 (+ fees)

Per session for one person (on campus): $35.00 (+ fees)

Note: For information about  COVID-19 please click here

SMBC, PO Box 83
43 Badminton Road, Croydon NSW 2132
T +61 2 9747 4780
Sydney Missionary and Bible College (SMBC) is an Affiliated College of the Australian College of Theology, CRICOS: 02650E
ABN: 11 000 047 950