Wednesday Evening Talks till 15 May
The Doctrine of Justification and Pastoral Ministry (TH705i)
Under the Sun: Hearing God’s Word from the Book of Ecclesiastes
An evening of celebration and information for SMBC prayer and financial supporters
Old Testament Foundations (OT301i/501i)
Intensive Mode Study
Perhaps you've been thinking about some deeper study of the Bible, or perhaps God is nudging you toward full or part-time ministry, but family, church or work commitments make the move to Sydney, or even week-by-week attendance at lectures, just too out of reach for you.
For those in busy full-time employment or at a distance from Sydney - either in metropolitan areas, or in rural Australia - SMBC offers a flexible, comprehensive intensive mode study program.
Effectively it is part-time study at home with a week at SMBC in Sydney for face-to-face teaching. This offers the best of both worlds, with pre-reading and assignments done at home in your own time (with e-library access) and a focused week of teaching and study with your lecturer, plus interaction with fellow students.
You can complete an Australian College of Theology (ACT) Diploma of Ministry or Diploma of Theology (equivalent to the first year of the Bachelor of Theology) or a Graduate Diploma of Divinity (equivalent to the first year of the Master of Divinity) in four years by intensive mode study. That is, to gain these awards, you will need to complete eight ACT units (subjects).
Alternatively, if you would prefer not to be assessed and sit exams, you can enrol as an 'audit' student. This suits people wanting to grow in their knowledge and love of God without the formality of assessments.
- Pre-reading will be advised
- Initial assignment due on the first day
- Essay and assignments will be completed at home in the weeks following the intensive
- Post-intensive assignments via email
- Exams (if applicable) take place several weeks after the intensive. For those living outside of Sydney, it is possible to do your exams near home with an approved supervisor
- Face-to-face lectures during the week in Sydney. Lectures generally commence at 8.30am and conclude at 4.30pm. Morning tea and lunch provided each day
- Limited onsite accommodation at SMBC may be available with preference given to those travelling from regional locations
- E-library/library resources available.
Download 2019 brochure (819KB PDF)
Note: For postgraduate intensives please go to POSTGRADUATE STUDY
Here's what some of our Intensives students say:
"As a full-time worker, it enables me to take a week out to focus on study and finish my degree in a reasonable time-frame. We get the benefit of teaching from SMBC’s quality lecturers without the dilution of online study and to experience a study community face-to-face."
"I found the pre-reading really beneficial because it allowed me to engage with and reflect on the course content before coming to class. Intensive mode study helps me to think about the content in a deeper way."
"Being able to attend lectures without being tired after work and being able to saturate yourself with the content to the exclusion of other commitments."
"It's been the perfect way for me to balance work and study and get the most out of the lectures."
"Great to be able to have the lectures condensed into one week as I work and have young children (my husband has taken the week off work). Great to have a small group with informal, non-threatening discussion. Hope to do lots of the Biblical Theology subjects this way."
"I've really enjoyed the smaller group (as compared to the weekly, semester long lectures) because it's fostered lots of conversation between everyone. It feels more like a Bible study or tutorial than a lecture, but has been just as informative."
"I like this method of study. It was the ability to complete a whole course eg Graduate Diploma of Divinity, over time in this intensive mode that made me do what I had thought of doing ages ago."
"Staff are supportive and understand the needs of students who require study via intensive mode."
"As a student that lives in Port Macquarie, the intensive mode works great. It allows me to study in community and discuss, instead of doing it all online."