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 course.


AQF levels (Australian Qualifications Framework) specify the standards for educational qualifications:
AQF 5 = Foundational undergraduate level
AQF 6 = Advanced undergraduate level
AQF 7 = Advanced undergraduate level + Foundational postgraduate level
AQF 8 = Advanced postgraduate level
AQF 9 = Advanced postgraduate level
AQF 10 = Doctorate postgraduate level
Here's a helpful chart with more AQF levels information

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Christian Ethics

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5/7

INTENSIVE
Lecture Week: 13 - 17 January 2020
PE001-512i/712i

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...

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Knowledge of God

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8 Prerequisites: 2 x OT/NT foundational units + 1 x CH unit

INTENSIVE
Lecture Week: 13 - 18 January 2020
TH001-612i/712i/812i

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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Identity and Idolatry

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 8/9 Prerequisites: not less than 2 x biblical foundational units

INTENSIVE
Lecture Week: 20 - 24 January 2020
TH204-812i/912i

What does it mean to be created in God’s image, and the effect of that on our distinctive human identity and vocation? Do the constructs of human identity and human nature differ, and how do they inform a biblical anthropology? This unit explores human identity from the perspective of Genesis 1-3, and the unfolding biblical narrative. But alongside the unfolding of our identity lurks the inverted narrative of human idolatry: the disruption of the image of God – from creation to the golden calf idolatry of Exodus, through to redemption in Christ as perfect image...

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Pastoral Theology A

SMBC Internal Unit SMBC Certificate level

SEMESTER 1 2020
Monday Daytime Unit

CT02A

Pastoral Theology seeks to provide students with an overview of the structure and content of Christian theology. In doing so, the focus of the subject is upon the personal impact of the knowledge of God upon the student's mind, heart and life. It is a thought provoking unit seeking to help a student understand the implications of theology for the way they live, with the spiritual formation of the student as its primary goal...

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Pauline Theology and Romans (Greek)

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

SEMESTER 1 2020
Monday Daytime Unit

NT019-612/712/812

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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Pauline Theology and Romans (English)

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

SEMESTER 1 2020
Monday Daytime Unit

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 A (Class 1)

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6

SEMESTER 1 2020
Monday + Thursday Daytime Unit

LA005-612

Learning to read the New Testament in its original language opens up a richness of understanding of the text. There are fresh insights and nuances that can deepen your love of God's word...

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New Testament Greek A (Class 2)

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6

SEMESTER 1 2020
Monday + Wednesday Daytime Unit

LA005-612

Learning to read the New Testament in its original language opens up a richness of understanding of the text. There are fresh insights and nuances that can deepen your love of God's word...

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Chaplaincy in Educational Settings

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

SEMI-INTENSIVE
Lecture evenings: Mondays 9, 16, 23 March;  4, 11, 18 May 2020
Lecture days: Tuesday 21 - Thursday 23 April 2020
DM014-612i/712i/812i

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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Fourth Gospel (English)

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8 Corequisite: Jesus and the Gospels

SEMESTER 1 2020
Monday Evening Unit - Northern Beaches Centre
NT016-612/712/812

**SPECIAL REDUCED AUDIT RATE ON THIS UNIT**
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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New Testament Greek A

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6

SEMESTER 1 2020
Monday Evening Unit

LA005-612

Learning to read the New Testament in its original language opens up a richness of understanding of the text. There are fresh insights and nuances that can deepen your love of God's word...

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Ethics

SMBC Internal Unit SMBC Certificate level

SEMESTER 1 2020
Tuesday Daytime Unit

CT04

Sex, guns and babies – what is Christian ethics in a postmodern, post-Christian, culturally relativist, morally subjectivist world where "everything is OK as long as you are true to yourself". Can you give a Christian viewpoint on the mini-Pill, euthanasia, IVF, divorce and remarriage, same-sex attraction, war, gambling, or which political party to vote for? Can you explain what makes something right or wrong? Would you go to the funeral of an Asian friend where there will be ancestor worship involved? Why are Christians vocal about some ethical issues (e.g., euthanasia and abortion) but not others (health, welfare, immigration)?..

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Wisdom Literature (Hebrew)

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

SEMESTER 1 2020
Tuesday Daytime Unit

​OT017-612/712/812

There's something intriguing and appealing about books like Job, Ecclesiastes and Proverbs. But then they disorient us. The book of Job is sad, Ecclesiastes is sceptical and Proverbs is self-interested. And they don't seem to be about the gospel.

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Wisdom Literature (English)

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

SEMESTER 1 2020
Tuesday Daytime Unit

OT016-612/712/812

There's something intriguing and appealing about books like Job, Ecclesiastes and Proverbs. But then they disorient us. The book of Job is sad, Ecclesiastes is sceptical and Proverbs is self-interested. And they don't seem to be about the gospel...

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Christianity in History to 1550

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 7

SEMESTER 1 2020
Tuesday Daytime Unit

CH001-712

Who we are is very much a product of our 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. Christian 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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Holy Spirit, Grace and Hope

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5

SEMESTER 1 2020
Tuesday Daytime Unit

TH009-512

As Christians we're convinced that the Bible is a book about salvation. And yet the grammar of salvation is complex in Scripture. If we ask 'Have I been saved?', or 'Am I being saved?' or 'Will I be saved?', the Bible's answer is 'Yes!' In this subject we'll explore how this is the case; how our redemption has been accomplished and applied by God's grace alone, through faith in Christ alone...

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Early New Testament Church

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5

SEMESTER 1 2020
Tuesday Evening Unit

NT002-512

**SPECIAL REDUCED AUDIT RATE ON THIS 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 very heart of the Roman Empire?..

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Pentateuch (English)

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8 Corequisite: Old Testament Foundations

SEMESTER 1 2020
Tuesday Evening Unit

OT008-612/712/812

The Pentateuch is the foundation of all biblical revelation, and indeed, of the entire biblical worldview. How was this part of Scripture designed to impact the lives of ancient Israelites? And how does knowing this help us discern God’s enduring message for today?..

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Church, Sacraments and Ministry

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

SEMESTER 1 2020
Wednesday Daytime Unit

TH004-612/712/812

For Christians, church is a central part of life. But what, according to the Bible, is the church? What is it we are seeking to do when we gather? What is the church’s nature and essential marks?..

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Critical Thinking

SMBC Internal Unit SMBC Certificate level

SEMESTER 1 2020
Wednesday Daytime Unit

CT05

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Biblical Theology

SMBC Internal Unit SMBC Certificate level

SEMESTER 1 2020
Wednesday Daytime Unit

CT01

One of the joys of being a Christian is reading God's word and growing in our understanding of what it means to know the Lord Jesus and serve him. One of the challenges that soon becomes apparent and one that many Christians of all stages face is how to apply the various parts of the Bible to the Christian life. Wouldn't it have been great to walk with Jesus along that Emmaus road and hear him explain 'what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself' (Luke 24:27)?..

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Applied Evangelism

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

SEMESTER 1 2020
Wednesday Daytime Unit

EM025-612/712/812

Jesus commissioned his disciples to ‘go and make disciples’ (Mt 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 Pt 3:15); and Paul lamented, ‘How can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard?’ (Rm 10:14)...

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Spiritual Formation for Cross-Cultural Settings

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

SEMESTER 1 2020
Wednesday Daytime Unit

EM017-612/712/812

Cross-cultural ministry can shape us to be more like our Lord Jesus. Unfortunately, it can also be a difficult and discouraging journey. This is often due to the extra challenges of living and serving away from our normal supports of family, friends and church; being out of our comfort zone in unfamiliar cultures where we struggle as linguistic toddlers; and confronting entrenched spiritual forces that are dogged in opposing the discipling of the nations...

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Hot Topics

SMBC Internal Unit

SEMESTER 1 2020
Wednesday Evening Unit

CU01

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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Spiritual Formation for Professional Ministries

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

SEMESTER 1 2020
Thursday Daytime Unit

PC008-612/712/812

Competence and charisma often outstrip character in Christian leaders. However, what God primarily requires of Christian leaders in Scripture is character. That’s because leadership in God’s church is to be exercised by those who are first and foremost, followers of Jesus Christ. We can only serve as leaders if we are disciples of THE leader, Jesus Christ...

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Cross-Cultural Communication

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

SEMESTER 1 2020
Thursday Daytime Unit
EM008-612/712/812

Would you like to get to know people from another culture, but are afraid of ‘treading on their cultural toes’? Do you want to learn how to share the gospel with people who are very different to you, in a way that resonates with their hearts?..

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Pentateuch (Hebrew)

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

SEMESTER 1 2020
Thursday Daytime Unit

OT009-612/712/812

The Pentateuch is the foundation of all biblical revelation, and indeed, of the entire biblical worldview. How was this part of Scripture designed to impact the lives of ancient Israelites? And how does knowing this help us discern God’s enduring message for today?..

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Pentateuch (English)

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

SEMESTER 1 2020
Thursday Daytime Unit

OT008-612/712/812

The Pentateuch is the foundation of all biblical revelation, and indeed, of the entire biblical worldview. How was this part of Scripture designed to impact the lives of ancient Israelites? And how does knowing this help us discern God’s enduring message for today?..

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Biblical Hebrew A

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6

SEMESTER 1 2020
Thursday Daytime Unit

LA003-612

This unit is the first step in building a solid framework for engaging with Biblical Hebrew texts in their original language. By completing both Biblical Hebrew A and B (Semester 2), 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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Old Testament Foundations

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5

SEMESTER 1 2020
Thursday Daytime Unit

OT001-512

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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Early New Testament Church

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 7

SEMESTER 1 2020
Thursday Evening Unit

NT002-712

**SPECIAL REDUCED AUDIT RATE ON THIS 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 very heart of the Roman Empire?..

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Empowering Leadership

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 8/9 Prerequisites: not less than 2 x biblical foundational units + demonstrable experience in ministry and/or leadership

INTENSIVE
Lecture Week: 2 - 6 March 2020

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 also the unique insights into leadership which come from Scripture and the mission of God’s kingdom...

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Christianity in History to 1550

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5/7

INTENSIVE
Lecture Week: 20 - 24 April 2020
CH001-512i/712i

Who we are is very much a product of our 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. Christian 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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Wisdom Literature (English)

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8 Prerequisite: Old Testament Prophets and Writings

INTENSIVE
Lecture Week: 20 - 24 April 2020
OT016-612i/712i/812i

There's something intriguing and appealing about books like Job, Ecclesiastes and Proverbs. But then they disorient us. The book of Job is sad, Ecclesiastes is sceptical and Proverbs is self-interested. And they don't seem to be about the gospel...

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The Bible in Context - Israel and Greece

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5/6/7/8

This unit includes the SMBC 2020 Study Tour of Israel and Greece on 29 June - 18 July, 2020.

Join us as we visit some of the key archaeological sites relating to important events recorded in the Bible. Come to Caesarea on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea where Gentiles heard the good news from Peter, travel to Galilee to the Mount of Beatitudes and sail from Tiberius to Capernaum, enter Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives and explore the Garden of Gethsemane. Fly to Phillipi where the gospel first came to Europe and then enjoy the sights of Thessaloniki, Athens, and Corinth...

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Synoptic Gospels (English)

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8 Prerequisite: Jesus and the Gospels

INTENSIVE
Lecture Week: 13 - 17 July 2020
NT008-612i/712i/812i

Luke was a doctor, a theologian, a careful historian and a follower of Jesus – the evangelist who recorded Jesus’ momentous words to Zacchaeus, “Today salvation has come to this house.” This unit studies the Gospel of Luke in its context as one of the three Synoptic Gospels, considering the question of what kind of writing the Gospels actually are...

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Christian Mentoring

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 8/9

INTENSIVE
Workshops: 13-16 July, 11 September, 20 October 2020
PC020-812i/912i

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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Old Testament Prophets and Writings

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5/7

SEMESTER 2 2020
Monday Evening Unit - Northern Beaches Centre

OT002-512/OT002-712

**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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New Testament Greek B

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6 Prerequisite: New Testament Greek A

SEMESTER 2 2020
Monday Evening Unit

LA006-612

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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Jesus and The Gospels

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5

SEMESTER 2 2020
Tuesday Evening Unit

NT001-512

**SPECIAL REDUCED AUDIT RATE ON THIS UNIT**
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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Preaching II

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

SEMESTER 2 2020
Tuesday Evening Unit

PC048-612/712/812

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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Doctrines of Grace and Eschatology

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8 Prerequisites: 2x foundational NT/OT units + 1 x CH/TH/PE unit

SEMESTER 2 2020
Wednesday Evening Unit

TH003-612/712/812

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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Jesus and The Gospels

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 7

SEMESTER 2 2020
Thursday Evening Unit

NT001-712

**SPECIAL REDUCED AUDIT RATE ON THIS UNIT**
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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Children’s Ministry Skills

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5

SEMESTER 2 2020
Thursday Evening Unit

DM022-512

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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Old Testament Foundations

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 7

SEMESTER 1 2020
Friday Daytime Unit

OT001-712

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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Knowledge of God

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

SEMESTER 1 2020
Friday Daytime 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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Christianity in History to 1550

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5

SEMESTER 1 2020
Friday Daytime Unit

CH001-512

Who we are is very much a product of our 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. Christian 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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Interpreting Samuel for Today

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 8/9 Prerequisites: 2 x OT foundational units

INTENSIVE
Lecture Week: 10 - 14 August 2020

OT042-812i/912i  + OT205-912i (Capstone)

1 & 2 Samuel are often seen as the most literarily sophisticated books of the Bible. Gripping stories of Samuel, Saul and David combine to describe the dawn of Israel's monarchy. The central character of these stories, however, is God himself. And the goal of recounting Israel's history is made subordinate to the goal of presenting life-changing theology. Ultimately, God's choice of David as king becomes essential background for understanding Jesus as the messiah king...

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Interpreting and Applying Thessalonians

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 7/8/9 Prerequisites: 2 x NT foundational units

INTENSIVE
Lecture Week: 7 - 11 September 2020

NT038-712i/812i/912i + NT205-912i(Capstone)

1 & 2 Thessalonians are the somewhat forgotten books of the New Testament. While many are familiar with Paul's letters written to the Romans, Galatians and the church at Corinth, the letters of 1 & 2 Thessalonians are often less familiar. When we examine these shorter letters, however, we quickly discover they are filled with deep truth that is both encouraging and practical...

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Christianity in History from 1550

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5/7

INTENSIVE
Lecture Week: 28 September - 3 October 2020
CH002-512i/712i

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 we well we have grasped the rise of fundamentalism in the 19th Century...

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The Gospel, Cultural Anthropology and Ethnographic Research Methods

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 9

ONLINE
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
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: 9

ONLINE
Postgraduate Unit

EM039-912

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
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
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
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
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: 8

ONLINE
Postgraduate Unit

EM052-812

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
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
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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Reproducing Reflective Practice

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 9

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Postgraduate Unit

EM042-912 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 a number of items that communicate missiological ideas to others in practical ways...

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Introduction to Research Methods

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 9

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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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