Units (Subjects)

See below for the individual units (subjects) currently available. Please go to Courses for information on our undergraduate and postgraduate courses. We encourage you to contact our registrars to start a conversation about what units might best suit your needs.

Units are available in the following modes:

  • On-Campus: units in this mode are delivered face-to-face in the classroom only.
  • Off-Campus: units in this mode are delivered live online only.
  • Hybrid: units in this mode are delivered both on-campus and off-campus concurrently.

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Interpreting and Applying Revelation

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 8/9 hybrid, Prerequisites apply

INTENSIVE
Lecture Week: Monday 23 - Friday 27 May 2022

NT033-812i/912i + NT205-912i (Capstone)

"A curious record of the visions of a drug addict." That's how George Bernard Shaw once described the Book of Revelation. Amongst Christians, Revelation is sometimes ignored and sometimes obsessed about. But rarely is the book a positive influence on Christian life and practice. But the book of Revelation was given by God to form disciples for worship and witness. If it does not transform our discipleship, we haven't yet heard its message...

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Advanced Preaching Workshop A: Bible Teaching and the Art of Story

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 8, hybrid

WORKSHOP
​28 May 2022

PC115-803

The Bible is full of masterful storytelling. Deepen your reading of it and connect with the way people experience and understand their own lives in story forms...

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Fourth Gospel (English)

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9, hybrid

INTENSIVE
Lecture Week: Monday 4 – Friday 8 July 2022

NT016-612i/712i/812i + NT206-912i (Specialised Studies)

Ever wish you'd been there with Jesus, listening to him in action and even eavesdropping on his conversation with his Father? John was there and left us his eyewitness record. The Gospel of John is unique: simple and accessible, but also complex and profound. Its purpose, according to John, is ‘that you may believe Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and by believing you may have life in His name’ (John 20:31)...

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Empowering Leadership

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 8/9 hybrid, Prerequisites apply

INTENSIVE
Lecture Week: Monday 4 - Friday 8 July 2022

PC070-812i/912i + PC205-912i (Capstone)

All churches and Christian organisations are at the same moment human entities which need to be well organised and wisely led, and spiritual entities which need to be guided and empowered by the Holy Spirit as they serve the Lord Jesus. This means they need both the best of leadership and management practice, and the unique insights into leadership that come from Scripture and the mission of God’s kingdom...

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The Early New Testament Church

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 8, hybrid

SEMESTER 2 2022
Monday Daytime Unit

NT002-812

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 very heart of the Roman Empire?..

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The Psalter (English)

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9, on-campus

SEMESTER 2 2022
Monday Daytime Unit

OT020-612/712/812 + OT205-912 (Capstone) + OT206-912 (Specialised Studies)

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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The Psalter (Hebrew)

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9, on-campus

SEMESTER 2 2022
Monday Daytime Unit

OT021-612/712/812 + OT205-912 (Capstone) + OT206-912 (Specialised Studies)

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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Pauline Theology and Romans (English)

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8, on-campus

SEMESTER 2 2022
Monday Evening Unit - Northern Beaches Centre

NT018-612/712/812

The apostle Paul was one of the most zealous evangelists and clearest thinkers in the early church. What we know about him comes from the Acts of the Apostles and from the letters that make up a large part of our New Testament. Our world is fast becoming as pagan as it was in Paul’s time. With individual Christians and churches exhibiting many of the problems that he addressed, his letters are of crucial importance to the modern church. They enable us to respond to those issues in a godly and courageous way, and remain faithful to Christ and his gospel in our own age...

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New Testament Greek B

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/8, off-campus

SEMESTER 2 2022
Monday Evening Unit

LA006-612/812

In this unit we continue our introduction and 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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Pastoral Skills and Methods

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8, on-campus

SEMESTER 2 2022
Tuesday Daytime Unit

PC003-612/712/812

Christian ministry is grounded in God’s love for people in the gospel of Jesus Christ. That means Christian ministry is necessarily about loving and caring for people, so that they love, trust and look to Christ. Ministry to people can be challenging at the best of times, and especially when people are faced with a crisis such as relationship breakdown, death, mental illness or domestic violence...

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The Doctrine of God and the Work of Christ

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8, hybrid

SEMESTER 2 2022
Tuesday Daytime Unit

TH002-612/712/812

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 the 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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New Testament Greek B

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/8, on-campus

SEMESTER 2 2022
Tuesday + Thursday Daytime Unit

LA006-612/812

In this unit we continue our introduction and 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 the study of degree New Testament units with Greek exegesis in the Bachelor of Theology and Master of Divinity...

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Teaching in Intercultural Settings

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9, on-campus

SEMESTER 2 2022
Tuesday Daytime Unit

EM014-612/712/812 + EM205-912 (Capstone) + EM206-912 (Specialised Studies)

Are you teaching, training, or discipling anyone from a different cultural background than your own? Or do you think you might be in the next few years? If so, this unit is designed to equip you to do this well...

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Christianity in History from 1550

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5/6/8, hybrid

SEMESTER 2 2022
Tuesday Evening Unit

CH002-512/612/812

We can only properly make sense of our present if we understand our past. Our numerous Protestant denominations only make sense if we understand the Reformation of the 16th Century. Whether we identify ourselves as modern or post-modern, we are indebted to the Enlightenment of the 18th Century. Our ability to understand the American Presidential race depends in part on how well we have grasped the rise of fundamentalism in the 19th Century...

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Living Faiths

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9, on-campus

SEMESTER 2 2022
Wednesday Daytime Unit

EM021-612/712/812 + EM205-912 (Capstone)

Over 4 billion people in the world follow traditional religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, or Islam. Perhaps God has given you an interest in helping people in these religions find Jesus? This unit will help you do that. In it, we explore the basic beliefs, practices, and some deeply held assumptions of Animists, Hindus, Buddhists, and Muslims...

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Old Testament Prophets and Writings

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5/6/8, hybrid

SEMESTER 2 2022
Wednesday Daytime Unit

OT002-512/612/812

'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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Other Writings (English)

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9, hybrid

SEMESTER 2 2022
Wednesday Daytime Unit

NT024-612/712/812  + NT205-912 (Capstone) + NT206-912 (Specialised Studies)

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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God’s Mission and the Local Church

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9 hybrid

SEMESTER 2 2022
Wednesday Evening Unit
EM060-612/712/812 + EM205-912 (Capstone) + EM206-912 (Specialised Studies)

Our God is a God of mission. The gospel is for people of every nation, tribe and tongue, in Australia and to the ends of the earth. 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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Other Writings (Greek)

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9, hybrid

SEMESTER 2 2022
Thursday Daytime Unit

NT025-612/712/812  + NT205-912 (Capstone) + NT206-912 (Specialised Studies)

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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Church Planting (Cross-Cultural)

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9, hybrid

SEMESTER 2 2022
Thursday Daytime Unit

EM026-612/712/812 + EM205-912 (Capstone)

Are you interested in helping a church, or cluster of churches, come into being where they don’t yet exist, and especially where Christ is not known? This unit will help you develop a biblical framework for church planting. We’ll wrestle with the whys, whats, and hows of starting churches from scratch...

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Preaching II

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9, hybrid

SEMESTER 2 2022
Thursday Daytime Unit

PC048-612/712/812 + PC206-912 (Specialised Studies)

In our churches every week there are people wrestling with life’s difficulties. The problems of death, disease, political unrest and terrorism create considerable angst and fear. In today’s church how do we address God’s people dealing with such turmoil? How do we communicate the timeless truths of the gospel and connect them with our broken world? How does Christ make a difference? In what ways do people best hear and understand these truths? How does the Bible speak to our deepest longings?..

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The Knowledge of God

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8, hybrid

SEMESTER 2 2022
Thursday Evening Unit

TH001-612/712/812

Can we know God? And if so, then how? Who wrote the Bible? Is it a divine book? Or a human book? How reliable and trustworthy is the Bible? Can we rely on it to tell us the truth about all things, or just some things? Does God foreknow the future? All of it, or just some of it? If everything happens according to God's will, why is there still suffering and evil in the world? What exactly does it mean to be created in God's image?...

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Children’s Ministry Skills

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5, off-campus

SEMESTER 2 2022
Thursday Evening Unit

DE022-512

These 12 interactive, online lectures will help you develop a toolkit of fresh ideas, approaches and skills for ministering with children...

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The Early New Testament Church

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5/6, hybrid

SEMESTER 2 2022
Friday Daytime Unit

NT002-512/612

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 very heart of the Roman Empire?..

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The Doctrines of Grace and Eschatology

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9, on-campus

SEMESTER 2 2022
Friday Daytime Unit

TH103-612/712/812 + TH205-912 (Capstone) + TH206-912 (Specialised Studies)

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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Biblical Hebrew B

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/8, on-campus

SEMESTER 2 2022
Friday Daytime Unit

LA004-612/812

This unit continues building a solid framework for engaging with Biblical Hebrew texts in their original language. By completing both Biblical Hebrew A (Semester 1) and B, students will be in a position to work directly with the Hebrew scriptures, and to continue translation and exegesis of Old Testament texts. After these units, students will be able to take Old Testament exegesis units in the Hebrew stream...

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Leviticus Exegesis

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF:8/9 hybrid, Pre/Corequisites apply

INTENSIVE
Lecture Week: Monday 8 - Friday 12 August 2022

OT032-812i(English) + OT031-812i(Hebrew) + OT206-912i(Specialised Studies)

Why did God give us such a boring book? While many may have secretly asked that question when reading through Leviticus, in the end the problem lies more with us. Here is a part of Scripture that has a long history of being neglected, misunderstood, and misapplied. That is a great pity for Leviticus is a consummate work of literary artistry, it is theologically rich, and presents a vital word that God’s people need to hear today. In fact, it is impossible to fully grasp the significance of Jesus without understanding Leviticus...

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Advanced Preaching Workshop B: Bible Teaching and Everyday Dilemmas

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 8, hybrid

WORKSHOP
13 August 2022

PC116-803

Should I share my opinion on vaccination? Is TikTok OK? How should I care for ageing parents? How can I witness at work? We want our answers to be thoroughly biblical. Deepen your skills in making the connections...

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Applied Evangelism

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9, hybrid

INTENSIVE
Lecture Week: Monday 26 – Friday 30 September 2022

EM025 -612i/712i/812i + EM205-912i(Capstone)

Jesus commissioned his disciples to ‘go and make disciples’ (Matthew 28:19); Peter exhorted, ‘Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have’ (1 Peter 3:15); and Paul lamented, ‘How can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard?’ (Romans 10:14)...

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Old Testament Foundations

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5/6/8, hybrid

INTENSIVE
Lecture Week: Monday 26 – Friday 30 September 2022

OT001-512i/612i/812i

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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The Gospel, Cultural Anthropology and Ethnographic Research Methods

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 9 online

MICS
Postgraduate Unit

EM033-912

This unit will provide participants with an understanding of anthropological concepts and insights as tools for contemporary ministry, especially cross-cultural ministry. In light of this understanding, it will enable participants to exegete the cultural context in which they are serving...

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Ministry in Culturally Diverse Teams

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 9 online

MICS
Postgraduate Unit

EM049-912

This unit will enable participants to investigate the principles of healthy multicultural teamwork, to reflect on their own and others’ experiences of serving in multicultural teams, and to more effectively work as part of a team composed of people from diverse cultural backgrounds...

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Making Disciples Across Cultures

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 8/9 online

MICS
Postgraduate Unit

EM039-812/912

This unit will enable participants to understand the patterns and principles of disciple making and mentoring in the Scriptures and the ways these principles are expressed in various cultures. Building on this understanding, participants will be helped to develop contextually appropriate ways of discipling people in their particular ministry setting...

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Cross-Cultural Church Planting

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 8 online

MICS
Postgraduate Unit

EM012-812

This unit will enable participants to discover a framework of biblical principles that can help guide the practice of church planting in any cultural context.  A variety of models of and approaches to church planting will be evaluated for their appropriateness to specific contexts and cultural settings. Stages of pioneer church planting in cross-cultural contexts and ways to address challenges arising in each stage will be explored...

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Developing Resilience and Spiritual Maturity in Cross-Cultural Ministry

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 8 online

MICS
Postgraduate Unit

EM038-812

This unit will enable participants who are engaged in cross-cultural ministry to understand, reflect on, and think through the personal issues and challenges involved in this ministry. Building on these insights, it will explore principles and resources for responding to these issues and challenges in ways that nurture spiritual, emotional, psychological, and physical wellbeing in themselves, their families and their co-workers...

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Christian Ministry in Islamic Contexts

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 8 online

MICS
Postgraduate Unit

EM036-812

This unit will enable participants to enhance their ability to relate well to Muslims, to communicate the gospel and to help the church grow among them in ways that are biblically faithful and culturally relevant. It will do this by deepening participants’ understanding of key themes in Islam, Islamic attitudes towards Christianity, and approaches to evangelism, discipling and church planting among Muslims.

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Transformational Development

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 9 online

MICS
Postgraduate Unit

EM043-912

This unit explores the Bible’s teaching on the nature of poverty and the way that God’s people are called to love the poor. We will consider models of engagement and assess their appropriateness for a range of contexts...

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Contextualisation of Theology and Ministry Practice

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 9 online

MICS
Postgraduate Unit

EM052-912

This unit will enable participants to understand the principles of contextualisation in order to construct a framework for approaching contextualisation in any specific cultural context. It will help participants to develop contextualised ways to communicate the gospel in their context as well as contribute to the development of the church...

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Developing Leaders Across Cultures

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 8 online

MICS
Postgraduate Unit

EM020-812

This unit will help participants investigate the theological, philosophical, anthropological, educational and developmental foundations of leadership and leadership development in order to enable participants to engage in the practical challenge of developing leaders in cultures that have different assumptions and worldviews. Models of education and curriculum design for leadership development will also be explored...

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Effective Christian Education Across Cultures

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 8 online

MICS
Postgraduate Unit

EM034-812

This unit will enable participants to research local cultural values and approaches to learning, plan responses, and develop curriculum to empathically serve the educational needs of various receptor cultures in which they are situated. The unit introduces postgraduate students to the current approaches to education across boundaries of culture and worldview difference. Students will critically reflect on various approaches and devise strategies that are appropriate to the design and delivery of educational materials allied to their ministry specialisation in cross-cultural contexts...

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Intercultural Dynamics of Multicultural Ministry

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 8/9 online

MICS
Postgraduate Unit

EM069-812/912

This unit enables students to develop a specialist understanding of the intercultural dynamics that are at play when people from multiple cultures interact and work with each other, wherever they are in the world. Theoretical viewpoints will be evaluated in the light of the authentic voice of interviewees and other data gathered from multicultural contexts. An integrative framework for multicultural engagement that creatively engages with the challenges of intercultural dynamics will be crafted as a guideline for future multicultural ministry...

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Reproducing Reflective Practice Capstone

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 9 online

MICS
Postgraduate Unit

EM205-912 Capstone

As part of the assessments in this unit, participants will work together to construct an integrative conceptual map of what they have learned about cross-cultural ministry throughout the SMBC Master of Intercultural Studies course. They will develop a personal professional development plan and prepare an item that communicates missiological ideas to others in practical ways...

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Introduction to Research Methods

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 9 online

MICS
Postgraduate Unit

AS001-912

This unit prepares participants to do a research project. Assessments are focused preparatory steps towards a research project...

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