Courses

From undergraduate diplomas through to postgraduate research degrees, whether full-time, part-time or by intensive mode study, SMBC offers academic depth with flexibility depending on your goals.  All our courses have solid Biblical foundations and preparation for ministry, but each course has different requirements and emphasis. Except for the Certificate of Bible and Ministry and the Introductory Certificate in Christian Studies, which are SMBC awards, all courses are Australian College of Theology (ACT) courses.

We encourage you to contact our registrar's department on +61 2 9747 4780 or email to have a conversation about what course, or unit, might best suit your needs.

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Certificate of Bible and Ministry (CBM)

The CBM is an internal SMBC program that all full-time SMBC students participate in concurrently with their ACT course. The program supplements and complements the accredited studies and is made up of a number of subjects and participation in the community life at College.

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Introductory Certificate in Christian Studies (ICCS)

The ICCS is awarded to part-time students who have successfully completed a total of 192 hours of study at certificate level. This internal SMBC certificate is available to part-time students and does not require concurrent enrolment in an Australian College of Theology (ACT) course.

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Diploma of Christian Studies (DipChrStuds)

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: Completion of Year 12 or Mature Age Entry (20yr+). For overseas students only.

The DipChrStuds is primarily offered to overseas students. It provides an overview of the Bible, Church History, Theology with some Ministry and Practice units.

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Diploma of Theology (Pathway 1) (DipTh(P1))

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: Completion of Year 12 or Mature Age Entry (20yr+)

The DipTh(P1) will suit anyone who is looking to be better equipped to serve in a local church as a Bible study leader, youth or children’s leader, or lay preacher. This course is only available to part-time students. It provides a broad understanding of the Bible, church history and theology as well as the option of choosing a couple of ministry and missions units.

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Combined Diplomas of Theology and Ministry (Pathway 1) (DipTh/DipMin(P1))

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: Completion of Year 12 or Mature Age Entry (20yr+)

The purpose of the DipTh/DipMin(P1) is to prepare you for gospel ministry in your local environment or in cross-cultural settings in Australia or overseas. Graduates work in a wide variety of ministries including pastoral, youth, children’s, prison, church planting, evangelism, missions, and ‘tentmaking’. The course provides a broad understanding of the Bible, Church History and Theology as well as the option of choosing several Ministry and Missions units.

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Diploma of Ministry (Pathway 2) (DipMin(P2))

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: ATAR of 65+ or Mature Age Entry (21yr+)

The DipMin(P2) suits those requiring some foundational biblical and theological education to serve in a local church, or to use their existing profession or trade on the mission field. It contains units of study which provide an overview of the Bible, Church History and Theology, as well as Ministry and Practice electives.

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Associate Degree of Ministry (AssocDegMin)

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: ATAR of 65+ or Mature Age Entry (21yr+)

The AssocDegMin is offered through the SMBC Centre for Cross-Cultural Mission and provides a great balance of study in Bible, Church History, Theology and Missions. Cross-cultural fieldwork is a required component of this course, providing you with the opportunity to experience and reflect on ministry in a cultural context different to your own, either within Australia or overseas...

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Bachelor of Theology (BTh)

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: ATAR of 65+ or Mature Age Entry (21yr+)

The BTh is aimed at equipping you for full-time pastoral, evangelistic or Bible teaching ministry in Australia and overseas. It provides a broad knowledge of the Bible, as well as a more detailed textual, exegetical and theological treatment. It includes biblical languages as core units as well as missions and pastoral units...

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Bachelor of Theology/Bachelor of Ministry (BTh/BMin)

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: ATAR of 65+ or Mature Age Entry (21yr+)

The BTh/BMin is aimed at equipping you for full-time pastoral, evangelistic or Bible teaching ministry in Australia and overseas, with additional emphasis on missions, pastoral and ministry skills. This combined degree includes the full Bachelor of Theology programme which you will complete initially. Following this, the additional units leading to the award of the Bachelor of Ministry are chosen from a wide selection of ministry and practice areas: missions and cross-cultural studies, evangelism and educational chaplaincy. You may also choose to include a research project or a Master of Arts level unit in your selection.

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Bachelor of Theology (Honours) (BTh(Hons))

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: Bachelor of Theology with a GPA of at least 2.0 overall, and 2.8 in the designated field of study.

The BTh(Hons) program is designed for students who have graduated with a three year undergraduate degree in theology from the ACT and who have demonstrated high academic potential as a means of preparing you for advanced research in theology.

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Graduate Diploma of Divinity (GDDiv)

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: A non-theological degree

The GDDiv will suit anyone who is looking to be better equipped to serve in a local church or for those wishing to use their profession on the mission field and require some foundational theological education. It provides a broad understanding of the Bible, Church History, Theology with some Ministry and Practice units.

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Master of Arts (Christian Studies) (MA(ChrStuds))

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: A non-theological degree

The MA(ChrStuds) is designed for those wishing to think theologically about their profession. The course contains two phases: Phase One is at graduate level and Phase Two is at postgraduate level...

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Master of Divinity (MDiv)

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: A non-theological degree

The MDiv is a first theological degree which would suit any graduate wishing to prepare for full-time pastoral, evangelistic or Bible teaching ministry in Australia and overseas...

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Master of Divinity/Graduate Diploma of Divinity (MDiv/GDDiv)

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: A non-theological degree

The MDiv/GDDiv is a first theological degree which would suit any graduate wishing to prepare for full-time pastoral, evangelistic or Bible teaching ministry in Australia and overseas...

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Graduate Certificate of Ministry (GradCertMin)

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: A theological degree

The GradCertMin is primarily for those in ministry who wish to reflect on aspects of their ministry. This is a coursework postgraduate course.

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Graduate Certificate of Theology (GradCertTh)

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: A theological degree

The GradCertTh is primarily for those in ministry who wish to reflect on aspects of their ministry.This is a coursework postgraduate course.

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Graduate Diploma of Ministry (GradDipMin)

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: A theological degree

The GradDipMin is primarily for those in ministry who wish to reflect on aspects of their ministry. It may be a pathway to qualify for entry into research programs. 

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Graduate Diploma of Theology (GradDipTh)

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: A theological degree

The GradDipTh is primarily for those in ministry who wish to reflect on aspects of their ministry. It may be a pathway to qualify for entry into research programs. 

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Master of Arts (Ministry) (MA(Min))

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: A theological degree

The MA(Min) is primarily for those in ministry who wish to reflect on aspects of their ministry. It may be a pathway to qualify for entry into research programs. This is a coursework postgraduate course.

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Master of Arts (Theology) (MA(Th))

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: A theological degree

This course is designed to provide graduates in theology, including those who are practitioners in ministry, the opportunity to undertake study at course work masters level, thus consolidating and enhancing the areas of speciality, or proceeding to new areas of professional and vocational expertise on the foundation of their first degree in theology.

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Master of Theology (MTh)

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: A theological degree + additional prerequisites

The MTh is a research degree with study and research to be undertaken normally in one field of specialisation within the departments of Bible and Languages, Christian Thought, or Ministry and Practice. The MTh is for theology graduates who are already engaged in ministry and aspire to be teachers in universities and theological colleges in Australia and overseas. Graduates of the course may articulate to the ACT's Doctor of Ministry, Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Theology.

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Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: A theological degree + additional prerequisites

The DMin is a research doctoral course for those who wish to make a significant and original contribution to knowledge as applied in the context of professional Christian ministry practice. The degree is designed to enable you to produce significant and original research outcomes and as a beginning researcher demonstrate the capacity to design, implement, gather and interpret data, and communicate the results of the research for theses undertaken in specific fields of knowledge applied to various areas of professional ministry.

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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: A theological degree + additional prerequisites

The PhD is designed to allow candidates whose academic background is in fields other than traditionally related to theology to pursue research in their primary field of research and integrate their research with knowledge from various Christian traditional theological disciplines.

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Doctor of Theology (ThD)

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: A theological degree + additional prerequisites

The ThD is a premier research degree for graduates who are already engaged in the ministerial profession as aspiring teachers in universities and theological colleges in Australia and overseas. The degree is designed to equip men and women as beginning researchers in the traditional fields of theology and provide a qualification recognised by theological and Bible colleges as well as universities for those who teach in these fields.

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The Church to 1550 (CH301/501)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2018 Semester 1 Monday Evening Unit - Northern Beaches Centre

Who I am is very much a product of my personal history and experiences. The same can be said of families, people groups, even whole countries. As Christians, we have a shared collective history of thought and experiences that make up who the church is today. Church History not only helps us to understand ourselves, but it also reminds us how God has sovereignly worked throughout the centuries...

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New Testament Greek (LA004A)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2018 Semester 1 Monday Evening Unit

In this unit you are introduced to and given experience in reading the language in which the New Testament was written. This prepares you to read straightforward parts of the Greek New Testament for yourself, be equipped for consulting New Testament commentaries based on the Greek text and reading books which discuss or refer to Greek words and expressions. New Testament Greek is a prerequisite for study of degree New Testament units with Greek exegesis in the Bachelor of Theology and Master of Divinity.

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Old Testament Foundations: Exploring Genesis to Kings (OT201/301)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2018 Semester 1 Tuesday Evening Unit

**SPECIAL REDUCED AUDIT RATE ON THIS UNIT**
As Christians, we want to affirm that the Old Testament is indeed the word of God and that it holds value for the contemporary church. Yet at times we struggle to know what to do with it. While some parts are familiar, there is much here that seems odd or strange. In fact, it can sometimes feel like we are travellers lost in a foreign country – and without a guidebook...

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Other Writings: 1 Corinthians and Hebrews (NT428/628)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2018 Semester 1 Tuesday Evening Unit

Want to explore in more depth the thorny issues raised in Paul's letter to the Corinthians and the theological depth of Hebrews? How did the values in 1st century Corinth impact the Corinthian church and their view of the Christian life and spiritual gifts? Why did the writer to the Hebrews warn them about falling away?...

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Hot Topics (CU01)

2018 Semester 1 Wednesday Evening Unit

This series of 10 lectures is for all Christians who want to apply biblical wisdom as they confront life's complex issues.

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Old Testament Foundations: Exploring Genesis to Kings (OT501)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2018 Semester 1 Thursday Evening Unit

As Christians, we want to affirm that the Old Testament is indeed the word of God and that it holds value for the contemporary church. Yet at times we struggle to know what to do with it. While some parts are familiar, there is much here that seems odd or strange. In fact, it can sometimes feel like we are travellers lost in a foreign country – and without a guidebook...

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Holy Spirit, Grace and Hope (TH211)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2018 Semester 1 Thursday Evening Unit

**SPECIAL REDUCED AUDIT RATE ON THIS UNIT**
This unit contains a study of major doctrines of the Christian faith. Topics include: the Holy Spirit; the doctrines of grace; church and ministry; the means of grace; and the Christian hope.

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Ethics and Contemporary Issues (PE211i)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2018 January Intensive Unit 1

What does it mean to live a life worthy of the gospel? How can we discern what is ‘right’ and ‘good’ – and how should we seek to apply that understanding in our post-Christian world?

The aim of this unit is to apply the Bible to develop a coherent theological framework for how we should think and act, live and love, do and desire as disciples of Christ – by the power of his Spirit and in accord with the will of God. Our approach will be biblical, systematic and practical...

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Doctrines of Grace and Eschatology (TH403i/603i)

Australian College  of Theology Award Pre/co-requisite: 8cps of OT/NT core foundational units + 4cps of CH/TH

2018 January Intensive Unit 2

There is no more important question in life than, “What must I do to be saved?” The doctrines of grace are concerned with God’s plan of salvation from election through to glorification, through which He brings about his eternal purposes for his creation, and in particular, for those he has chosen by grace to be His people. They also describe how the finished work of Jesus Christ is applied by the regenerating and sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit to the believer, who by virtue of their union with Christ, is justified, adopted and perfected to share in his glory...

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Chaplaincy in Educational Settings (DM414i/614i) SEMI-INTENSIVE

Australian College  of Theology Award

2018 Semester 1 Monday evening lectures plus a 3-day intensive

Chaplains have played a significant role for many years in sharing and modelling the Christian faith in places of education in this country. With much recent media discussion about the role of chaplaincy, this unit will give you the opportunity to explore the practice and theology of chaplaincy...

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Jesus and the Gospels (NT301i/501i)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2018 April Intensive Unit 1

Being a Christian involves ‘following’ the Lord Jesus, not around Galilee and Judea, but in the course of our daily lives. The four Gospels provide four different records of what Jesus said and did. They are the foundation for knowing and understanding what he has done for us, as well as what he said about God and his will. If we really want to ‘follow’ Jesus, if we really want to be salt and light in our world, then the Gospels need to be our regular reading matter...

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Introduction to Preaching (PC447i/647i)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2018 April Intensive Unit 2

There are not many more important responsibilities in the life of the church than the task of preaching God's word. Whether it is speaking to children, youth, at evangelistic outreaches, or to a Sunday congregation, communicating God's timeless truth in the Bible with accuracy, pastoral warmth, and relevance is a challenging task that requires diligence, prayer, and hard work. But where do you start? What is the process of moving from the ancient text to the modern world?...

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The Psalter (English) (OT426i/626i)

Australian College  of Theology Award Prerequisite: OT302/502

2018 July Intensive Unit 

We live in beautiful but broken world, a world full of blessing and loss. In every circumstance, we are called to trust in a God who is sovereign and good, a God who has promised to save and protect his people. How do we respond when our prayers to God go unanswered? How do we live faithfully before God in times of blessing and in times of loss?...

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Early New Testament Church (NT302i/502i)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2018 October Intensive Unit 

The church is far from perfect; whether we have in mind the early church or the church today. How did the church get started? What issues did those first Christians struggle with? How did God use his people to spread the light of the gospel from its beginnings in Judea and Jerusalem to the heart of the Roman Empire?...

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Being Human in God’s World: Old Testament Theology of Humanity (OT789i)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2018 March Postgraduate Unit

What does it mean to be “Human” according to the Old Testament? There are fundamental questions to be addressed, such as the meaning of the “image of God,” humanity’s relationship to God, its own inter-relationships, and its relation to the created order...

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Reformation and Revival (CH789i)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2018 May Postgraduate Unit

Today, in an era where there is little reflection on those who have gone before us, we do well to learn from the successes and failures of the past. Knowledge of Christian history provides many great lessons not to be forgotten, yields important insights for Christian faith and practice, and gives us much encouragement as we see afresh God’s sovereignty over his church...

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Christian Mentoring (PC720i)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2018 July Postgraduate Unit 1

We live in an era when Christian leadership is intensely challenging. It is more important than ever for leaders to find competent support for effective ministry and personal development. Christian Mentoring is an intentional 1 to 1 ministry that helps good leaders flourish as thoughtful and secure Christian disciples in the midst of the challenges of ministry and life...

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The Apostle Peter: His Life and Letters for Ministry Today (NT789i)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2018 July Postgraduate Unit 2

Christians seem to love Peter. He makes mistakes like the rest of us! Yet no one doubts the sincerity of his love for Jesus. He actually says what others are thinking, and does what others refrain from doing. This makes him an excellent foil for Jesus in the Gospels; we learn much about Jesus because Peter is the way he is...

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Disability, Theology and Religion (DM703i/IN789i)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2018 August Postgraduate Unit

The human experience of disability keeps turning up on the pages of the Bible and raises questions about the core concerns of theology. What are God’s purposes? What does it mean to be human? How do faith and cognition connect? Who belongs at my church? What answers are on offer in Christianity and other systems of belief?...

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Study Tour of Israel and Jordan (NT745)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2018 September/October Postgraduate Unit

We are excited to be offering SMBC’s third Study Tour of Israel and Jordan. Join us as we visit some of the key archaeological sites connected with important events recorded in the Bible – and that relate to the life and ministry of Jesus...

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Foundational Christian Beliefs (TH305/505)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2018 Semester 2 Monday Evening Unit - Northern Beaches Centre

"Everyone is a theologian...they just don't know it!" If that's so, then the real question is whether you're doing good or bad theology. Theology absolutely matters. That's because what lies at the heart of life, love and the universe is the reality of the Triune God and his plan to create, redeem and perfect the world he has made for his glory...

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New Testament Greek (LA004B)

Australian College  of Theology Award Prerequisite: New Testament Greek (LA004A)

2018 Semester 2 Monday Evening Unit

In this unit you are introduced to and given experience in reading the language in which the New Testament was written. This prepares you to read straightforward parts of the Greek New Testament for yourself, be equipped for consulting New Testament commentaries based on the Greek text and reading books which discuss or refer to Greek words and expressions...

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Leading and Developing a Music Ministry (PC218)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2018 Semester 2 Monday Evening Unit

**SPECIAL REDUCED AUDIT RATE ON THIS UNIT**

Most local churches find music ministry beset with challenges – perhaps because of competing musical tastes or different views of the place and importance of singing in the congregation, or maybe just because of a lack of musical and technical resources and equipment.  Whatever the particular set of challenges facing your church, this unit aims to help you to gain the necessary biblical understanding, godly attitudes, practical insights, musical and ministerial skills for helping lead and develop effective music ministry in a local church context...

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Introduction to Biblical Hebrew (LA001)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2018 Semester 2 Monday Evening Unit

A fast introduction to the fundamentals of the Hebrew language. Students will learn how to use the Hebrew script, comprehend basic Hebrew grammar, and become comfortable with using lexicons, concordances, Bible software and commentaries...

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Old Testament Prophets and Writings (OT202/302)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2018 Semester 2 Tuesday Evening Unit

**SPECIAL REDUCED AUDIT RATE ON THIS UNIT**
'Get Wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.’
 (Proverbs 4:7). Would you like to grow in your understanding of the Old Testament’s wisdom and prophecy books? Would you like to deepen your knowledge of God, as well as be equipped with tools for doing your own study and teaching of some of the least read books of the Bible?...

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Local Church and Global Mission (SMM42/62)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2018 Semester 2 Wednesday Evening Unit

God has a global mission. The gospel is for people of every nation, tribe and tongue. We all affirm it but how should it impact our lives and our churches here? Should we just focus on our own neighbourhood and let others work out the rest? What does it look like to faithfully serve God’s global mission at home? What is our role locally and further afield?...

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Doctrine of God, Person and Work of Christ (TH210)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2018 Semester 2 Wednesday Evening Unit

**SPECIAL REDUCED AUDIT RATE ON THIS UNIT**
Theology affects all of life. It is intensely practical. It answers the meaning of life questions such as, “Who am I? What is my purpose? How can I live well?” by stepping back to see the centrality of God himself to our lives and universe. As Augustine said, “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.”...

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Old Testament Prophets and Writings (OT502)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2018 Semester 2 Thursday Evening Unit

'Get Wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.’ (Proverbs 4:7). Would you like to grow in your understanding of the Old Testament’s wisdom and prophecy books? Would you like to deepen your knowledge of God, as well as be equipped with tools for doing your own study and teaching of some of the least read books of the Bible?...

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Children’s Ministry Skills (DM222)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2018 Semester 2 Thursday Evening Unit

**SPECIAL REDUCED AUDIT RATE ON THIS UNIT**
This is a unit of learning and practical skills related to the planning and conduct of effective children’s ministry. Areas of study include: skills and techniques for communicating with children; pastoral care of children and families; children and worship; children’s ministry teams; training children for ministry; group management of children; duty of care requirements...

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