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Christian Mentoring: Foundations and Dynamics

AQF: 8, hybrid


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.

This unit is designed to contribute to your professional and vocational formation in ministry by addressing the concept and practice of Christian mentoring as a specialist area within your ministry. Christian mentoring is a broad and important area of specialised ministry and research that requires accomplished scholarly practitioners to master a significant range of theory and practice. 

We'll focus on three main areas:

  • Biblical, theological and contemporary theoretical perspectives on mentoring;
  • Skills and methods in mentoring;
  • Fieldwork in which you apply your developing competence in one or two mentoring relationships.

Christian Mentoring: Foundations and Dynamics (double unit) is the first of three successive units which develop Christian mentoring as a specialist area. The other two units are

  • PC021-812i Mentoring Christian Leaders
  • PC022-812i Professional Practice as a Christian Mentor

Together they will build competence for Christian mentoring at an advanced level. By taking these three units within a Graduate Certificate of Christian Mentoring (or Graduate Certificate of Divinity if you have not studied theology before) you will be qualified for mentoring in a variety of contexts. The principles apply in local and cross-cultural ministry settings, for helping men and women throughout their journeys as disciples. 

Note: In the course of your training as a professional Christian mentor you will also be equipped with knowledge and skill in the related areas of professional supervision and ministry coaching. Highly effective mentors also need to be able to switch modes into the reflective practice of supervision and the skills training of coaching. 

Lecturers: Dr Peter MooreTim DyerSally Jones
AQF level: 8
Lecture Mode: hybrid*
Enrol by Start Date: Monday 13 December 2021
Workshop 1 (Residential): Wednesday 12 – Friday 14 January 2022
Workshop 2: Friday 8 April 2022
Workshop 3: Friday 27 May 2022
Workshop 4 (Residential): Tuesday 12 to Thursday 14 July 2022
Workshop 5: Friday 16 September 2022
Workshop 6: Friday 28 October 2022
End Date: 19 November 2022
Credit Points:
APC043 = Audit (no assessments) 
PC043-824i = 24 credit points (DOUBLE UNIT) - GCCM, GCDiv, GDDiv, MTS
Tuition Fees:
Audit = $3,840 
AQF unit level 8 (24 credit points) = $5,280
For further details see Costs

Learn more about the SMBC Christian Mentoring Course

If you have any questions or would like to apply, please contact us here
Note: Application for this course will involve an interview. Some workshops will be in 'residential mode' (COVID-19 restrictions allowing). This unit is conducted in partnership with MEQ.

 units in this mode are delivered face-to-face in the classroom only
Off-Campus: units in this mode are delivered live online-only, that is, a mix of online lectures, videos, activities and interaction with lecturers and fellow students.
Hybrid: units in this mode are delivered both on-campus and off-campus concurrently.

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