Bachelor of Ministry and Theology

Course Code4876
CRICOS Code059851C
Course duration /
Study mode

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

LocationAvondale Campus - Lake Macquarie
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Avondale’s Bachelor of Ministry and Theology (BMinTh) 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 also available, providing greater career opportunities. An honours course is also available, providing students with advanced study and further pastoral and theological reflection.

The ministry qualifications are designed to equip you with the 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. 


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Ministry and Theology course, graduates will be able to:
  • develop a systematic and advanced coherent understanding of biblical and theological study, and of the ministry and of the principles and concepts underlying them, using a knowledge of research principles and methods;
  • understand hermeneutical issues raised by the differences and similarities between contemporary societal contexts and those of biblical times;
  • use appropriate academic skills to critically evaluate and synthesize emerging trends and issues from within the church, the community, and scholarship, and to communicate these ideas;
  • have developed the academic, cognitive and technical skills necessary for broad understanding of Scripture and theology, and for well-informed exegesis of biblical and theological texts;
  • critically reflect on concepts and ideas in an open manner and demonstrate understanding of how they relate to an Adventist world-view;
  • articulate and defend a personal world-view informed by Christian values and ethics;
  • communicate biblical, theological and pastoral understandings and apply them in a meaningful and problem-solving manner to diverse audiences;
  • write and edit in a manner appropriate to an AQF Level 7 qualification;
  • demonstrate the necessary research and analytical skills to analyse and evaluate complex ideas and situations;
  • communicate biblical, theological and pastoral understandings and apply them in a meaningful and problem-solving manner to diverse audiences;
  • demonstrate initiative and judgement in professional practice and scholarship;
  • demonstrate a developing personal spirituality that is authentic with self and others, showing a capacity for lifelong learning;
  • demonstrate interpersonal and teamwork skills appropriate to pastoral ministry, in collaboration with others.

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

To be eligible for entry into the Bachelor of Ministry and Theology, you must qualify for admission. General admission is based on your academic background. There are also specific admissions requirements for this course.


General admission requirements are met by any of the following:
  1. Applicants with higher education study
    • Successful completion of at least one (1) semester (typically four (4) subjects) of a higher education degree/diploma; or
    • Successful completion of a bridging or enabling course, or other recognised tertiary preparation course; or
    • Successful completion of the first one (1) or two (2) semesters of the Diploma of General Studies
  2. Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study
    • Successful completion of a national qualification at Certificate IV level or higher.
  3. Applicants with work and life experience
  4. Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years)
    • ATAR of 63.00*; or
    • OP of 15 or less; or
    • Satisfactory completion of Year 13 with NCEA Level 3 results, identifying University Entrance attainment; or
    • Successful completion of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma with a minimum of 24 points; or
    • Overseas secondary qualifications considered equivalent to Australian studies, as stated in the Admission to Higher Education Undergraduate Courses Policy

    *After adjustment factors have been applied


  • Satisfactory Pastoral Recommendation form which may require an interview with the pastor.
  • Seventh-day Adventist Applicants: Baptized for two (2) years or more and evidence of being actively involved in a local SDA church.
  • Other Applicants: Evidence of being actively involved in a local church of their own denomination.
  • National Police Check (issued within the last six (6) months). Applicants with offences or pending charges may be required to undertake further assessment.
  • Current Working with Children Check for the state in which the student will be located while they undergo study.
  • Signed Acceptance of the Code of Professional Ethics for Avondale Seminary.

For more information, refer to the Ministry Practicum Handbook


  • AdSafe certificate of completion for Safer Churches Training.

For more information, visit the post-admission requirements for ministry and theology students.


Overseas applicants will have their entry qualifications assessed in accordance with the Admission to Higher Education Undergraduate Courses Policy as well as the International Students Policy


Applicants may be required to demonstrate proficiency in English as stated in the Admission to Higher Education Undergraduate Courses Policy

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. 


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, students 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. If admitted to the honours degree students will take 400 level units instead of units marked with an asterisk ( *). 

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 (counselling) units  (offered by the Discipline of Humanities and Arts)


To find out more about any of the units listed here, copy the unit code and then search for that unit here.

Practical Experience


All core Christian Ministry units with the exception of the introductory unit CHMN16140 (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:

CHMN16110 Biblical Spirituality and Ministry
CHMN26110 Ministry and Church Leadership 1
CHMN26140 Preaching
CHMN36110 Ministry and Church Leadership 2
CHMN36120 Contemporary Ministry to Families

School placements are associated with the following unit:

CHMN16120 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:

CHMN26130 Discipleship Evangelism
CHMN36130 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 Check 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 Ministry Practicum Director.

Management of externships occur in a similar manner with students indicating their preferred experience (e.g. 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


This course is accredited under Avondale’s self-accrediting authority, within the terms of the Australian Qualifications Framework, and is nationally registered with the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). In 2014 Avondale was granted self-accrediting status by TEQSA.

The course is recognised by the Board of Ministerial and Theological Education of the South Pacific Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Avondale is also a member of the Australia/New Zealand Association of Theological Schools.

Registration and Self-Disclosure

All BMinTh students must submit a Police Check with their admission, and apply for a Working with Children Check on acceptance.

Where to get further information

Course Enquiries

Student Administration Services

Phone: +61 2 4980 2377
Monday-Thursday, 9.00am-5pm
Friday, 9.00am-12.00noon


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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