Bachelor of Ministry and Theology

Course Code 4876
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Course duration: Four years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
Study mode: On-campus with distance education available for all theology units except for chaplaincy units

Location Lake Macquarie

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Avondale’s Bachelor of Ministry and Theology is designed to prepare students for employment in ministry in Seventh-day Adventist churches and organisations, and other Christian denominational churches. The course provides a foundation in ministry and theology and the resources required to work as an employed minister. Within the bachelor degree, a variant and elective in chaplaincy is now also available, providing greater career opportunities. An honours course is also available, providing you with advanced study and further pastoral and theological reflection.

The ministry qualifications are designed to equip you with knowledge and skills needed to build a strong church and community. The Bachelor of Ministry and Theology is offered either on campus or via distance education, allowing you to fit your study around work, social or family commitments. With practical experience opportunities, strong industry contacts and one-on-one support, you are provided the opportunity to be work-ready upon graduation. 

 


Career Opportunities


The BMinTh provides the foundations for a career as a:

  • Church pastor
  • Youth minister
  • Evangelist
  • Church administrator
  • School chaplain
  • Pastoral educator

Admission Criteria


ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS

ATAR of 63.00+ (or equivalent e.g. OP of 15 or less)

1. A satisfactory Pastoral Recommendation form, which may require an interview with the pastor.

2.

  • Seventh-day Adventist applicants - baptized for two years or more, and evidence of being actively involved in a local SDA church
  • Other applicants - baptized for two years or more, and evidence of being actively involved in a local church of their own denomination

3. A National Police Check (issued within the last six months)

4. A current Working with Children Check (for the state in which the student will be located while they undergo study)

5. A signed Acceptance of the Code of Professional Ethics for Avondale Seminary

Students who enrol in this course will also be expected to obtain an AdSafe certificate of completion for Safer Churches Training in order to meet the requirements for Church Ministry units.

WORK AND LIFE EXPERIENCE

If your ATAR is below 63.00 (or equivalent), you may still be able to gain entry into this degree on a provisional basis. Previous work experience and educational qualifications will also be considered upon application.

Alternative admission may be obtained by one or more of the following methods:

  • Previous post-secondary qualifications,
  • Appropriate scores in the uniTEST and the Tertiary Online Written Assessment (TOWA),
  • Special consideration (disadvantaging factors impacting on Year 12 results).

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Overseas applicants will have their qualifications assessed by Avondale Admissions in line with the Admission Policy for Undergraduate Higher Education Courses found at http://www.avondale.edu.au/about/policies/display/?s=MjQ=  Overseas applicants are also required to satisfy Australian Government visa requirements http://www.avondale.edu.au/about/policies/display/?s=Mzg3

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in English as per the Admission to Higher Education policy found at http://www.avondale.edu.au/about/policies/display/?s=MjQ=


Course Structure


Course duration: Four years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
Study mode: On-campus with distance education available for some units
Maximum time to complete: Ten years

32 units of 6 credit points spread over 4 years of full time study.
2 units of Biblical languages
1 introductory Psychology unit
1 unit of Seventh-day Adventist History and Heritage
1 unit of Youth Ministry
8 units (a major) in Biblical Studies
8 units (a major) in Theology
8 units (a major) in Church Ministry
3 elective units

All students complete a major in Biblical Studies, Theology, and Church Ministry. 

Options:

1. Elective units may be chosen randomly.

2. Students may convert their Church Ministry major to a specialisation by using all three electives for CHMN, CHPL or CNSL coded units.

3. Alternatively, student may elect at year three to add a Chaplaincy major.  This requires the use of all three electives for CHPL coded units (including Clinical Pastoral Education), and the substitution of CNSL11100 instead of THEO26130 and the substitution of CHPL21120 instead of CHMN36130.

4. Students with a sufficiently high WAM at the end of second year may be invited to transfer into a BMinTh(Hons) degree.

Core units

CHMN16140 Introduction to Psychology for Ministry (Year 1 - Semester 1)

THEO16120 Introduction to Adventist Heritage (Year 1 - Semester 1)

BBOT16110 Hebrew A (Year 2 - Semester 1)

BBNT26110 Greek I (Year 2 - Semester 1)

  Biblical Studies Units

BBNT16120 Pauline Studies I (Year 1 - Semester 2)

BBOT26120 Torah (Year 2 - Semester 1)

BBOT26110 Hebrew Prophets (Year 2 - Semester 2)

BBNT36110 Exegesis in John Prereq: BBNT26110 (Year 2 - Semester 2)

BBNT36120 Exegesis in Matthew Prereq: BBNT26110 (Semester 1, odd years)

BBNT36130* Pauline Studies II Prereq: BBNT26110 (Semester 2 odd years)   

BBOT36110 Daniel Prereq: BBOT16110 (Semester 1, even years)

BBNT36140 Revelation Prereq: BBNT26110 + 1 X 300 level BBNT unit (Semester 2, even years)

  Theology Units

THEO16110 Theology & Faith (Year 1 - Semester 1)

THEO16130 Survey of Ethics & Philosophy (Year 1 - Semester 2)

THEO26110 Revelation, Inspiration & Hermeneutics Prereq: THEO16110 (Year 2 - Semester 1)

THEO26120 Early & Medieval Christianity Prereq: THEO16120 or any HIST unit (Year 2 - Semester 2)

THEO26130 Religion & Belief in Australasia Prereq: THEO16110 (Semester 1, odd years)

THEO36110 Salvation & Eschatology Prereq: 1 X 200-level THEO unit (Semester 2, odd years)

THEO36130* Ecclesiology & Sabbath Prereq: 1 X 100-level THEO unit (Semester 1, even years)

THEO36120 The Doctrine of God & the Work of Christ Prereq: THEO26120 (Semester 2, even years)

  Church Ministry Units

CHMN16110 Biblical Spirituality & Ministry (Year 1 - Semester 1)

CHMN16120 Worship & Communication (Year 1 - Semester 2)

CHMN26110 Ministry & Church Leadership I Prereq: 1 X 100-level CHMN unit (Year 2 - Semester 1)

CHMN26140 Preaching Prereq: CHMN16120 (Year 2 - Semester 2)

CHMN26130 Discipleship Evangelism Prereq: 1 X 200-level CHMN unit (Semester 1, odd years)

CHMN36110* Ministry & Church Leadership II Prereq: CHMN26110 (Semester 2, odd years)

CHMN36130 Evangelism & Church Planting Prereq: 1 X 200-level CHMN unit (Semester 1, even years)

CHMN26170 Contemporary Youth Ministry (Semester 1, even years)

CHMN36120 Contemporary Ministry to Families Prereq: 1 X 200-level CHMN unit (Semester 2, even years)

  Chaplaincy Major

CHMN16140 Introduction to Psychology for Ministry (Year 1 - Semester 1)

CNSL11100 Foundational Counselling Skills (Semester 1, odd years)

CHPL31100 Clinical Pastoral Experience I (Semester 1, odd years)

CHPL31110 Clinical Pastoral Experience II (Semester 2, odd years)

CHPL21120 Emotional & Behavioural Responses (Semester 1, even years)

CHMN26170 Contemporary Youth Ministry (Semester 1, even years)

CHMN36120 Contemporary Ministry to Families Prereq: 1 X 200-level CHMN unit (Semester 2, even years)

CHPL21100 Principles & Practice of Chaplaincy (Semester 2, even years)

Electives which relate directly to Ministry and Theology

CHMN26160 Small Group Ministry

BBNT16110 Mark & Luke

BBOT16120 Hebrew IB

ENGL21100 Literary Studies of the Bible  (offered by the Discipline of Humanities and Arts)

HIST21130 Reformation Era (offered by the Discipline of Humanities and Arts)

THEO24110 Contemporary Issues in Science & Theology (offered by the Discipline of Science)

Any CHPL (chaplaincy) or CNSL (counseling) units  (offered by the Discipline of Humanities and Arts)

 


Practical Experience


CHRISTIAN MINISTRY AND CHAPLAINCY PLACEMENTS AND EXTERNSHIP

All core Christian Ministry units with the exception of the introductory unit CHMN 16140 (Introduction to Psychology for Ministry); and CHMN26170 (Contemporary Youth Ministry) are associated with either a church placement, or, a ministry practicum externship which is worth 30% of the grade for the unit.

Church placements are central to ministry formation. They involve the placement of students in a local church as a trainee pastor under the guidance of a mentor who meets regularly with the student. The attachment allows students to integrate theological content with practical ministry, and provides students the opportunity to experience and experiment with ministry in a variety of different circumstances. Reflection on their experience helps students to develop knowledge of their own gifting, strengths, and weaknesses.

Church placements are associated with the following units:

CHMN 16110 Biblical Spirituality and Ministry
CHMN 26110 Ministry and Church Leadership 1
CHMN 26140 Preaching
CHMN 36110 Ministry and Church Leadership 2
CHMN 36120 Contemporary Ministry to Families

School placements are associated with the following unit:

CHMN 16120 Worship and Communication

BMinTh students undertaking the chaplaincy major have the option of chaplaincy practicums which are managed in the same way as church placements.

Ministry practicum externships are designed to allow students to observe, participate and experience “full-on” ministry in the pastoral context of a local church for a minimum period of 10 consecutive days inclusive of two weekends. These immersion experiences allow students to experience ministry in a greater depth than is normally possible during a regular church placement. One of the two externships is devoted specifically to an intercultural experience.

Ministry Practicum Externships are associated with the following units:

CHMN 26130 Discipleship Evangelism
CHMN 36130 Evangelism & Church Planting

Management of Placements

Suitable mentors are chosen in dialogue between the Christian Ministry lecturers and Conference Presidents. Chosen mentors are then trained on an annual basis, and are in regular email communication with the Christian Ministry lecturers.

All students must have completed Safe Places training and Working with Children and a Police Check prior to any placement.
To secure a church placement, students undertake an interview with a Ministry practicum Director in order to match the student’s individual development and needs with a suitable church and pastoral mentor. The Ministry Practicum Director approaches the chosen pastor to arrange an introductory interview in which the student will discuss the terms of a contractual arrangement which will permit them to function as a student pastor under their mentorship.

Students meet with their mentor monthly during their placement and conduct ministry in line with the expectations outlined in their contract.

Assessment includes a ministry report form signed by the mentor, a ministry reflection paper, and a 20-30 minute interview with the practicum director.

Management of externships occur in a similar manner with students indicating their preferred experience (eg pastoral ministry, church planting, youth ministry, cross cultural ministry, or school chaplaincy) and the ministry practicum director communicating with the chosen mentor, and their line manager to set up the experience.

Students keep a log of their experience which must be co-signed by the mentor. The ministry practicum director receives a report from the mentor, and an externship reflection paper from the student upon completion of the externship.

Full details of the management of placements and externship, including relevant forms can be found in the Ministry Practicum Handbook in http://www.avondale.edu.au/academic-disciplines/school-of-ministry-theology/


Registration and Self-Disclosure


All BMinTh students must submit a police check with their admission, and apply for Working with Children number on acceptance.
 


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"The course has equipped me and inspired me... I feel ready to go out and minister to people." - Ministry and Theology graduate