Master of Ministry

Course Code2016
CRICOS Code111572G
Course duration /
Study mode

Course duration: Two years full-time (or part time equivalent)
Study mode: On-campus or distance education available

LocationAvondale Campus - Lake Macquarie
Fee Support

FEE-HELP*
*for eligible students, see www.studyassist.gov.au

About


The Master of Ministry(MMin) is for students who have a degree in another discipline and are seeking employment as ministers in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The degree enables students to further their knowledge and understanding of biblical studies, theology and practical ministry. Students will have opportunities to apply what they learn in church settings and complete an action research project.  


Learning Outcomes


Upon successful completion of the Master of Ministry, graduates will be able to:
  • Critically engage with and evaluate a specialised body of knowledge in the disciplines of biblical studies, theology and practical ministry and their underlying methodologies;
  • articulate an advanced and integrated understanding of Seventh-day Adventist history, theology, identity, and mission;
  • critically analyse, research, and synthesise complex theological and ministry concepts independently, and demonstrate how they relate to a Seventh-day Adventist world view;
  • interpret and communicate advanced and integrated Biblical and theological knowledge, and practical ministry skills in a contextualised manner to specialist and non-specialist audiences;
  • model and articulate the relevance of a relationship with Christ and Christian beliefs to the practice of pastoral ministry and Christian living;
  • apply the skills and capacities expected of a growing, reflective Christian ministry practitioner, researcher and/or scholar;
  • have an understanding of research principles and methods, including analytical and communication skills applicable to ministry and its related disciplines.

Career Opportunities


The Master of Ministry provides the foundations for a career as a:

  • Church Pastor
  • Youth Minister
  • Evangelist, and
  • Church Administrator.

It is also a pathway for students who want to complete a Doctorate in Ministry.


Admission Criteria


GENERAL ADMISSION CRITERIA

To qualify for admission, you must have completed:

  • An Australian Qualifications Framework AQF Level 7 Bachelor's degree (or higher) from an accredited university or higher education provider; or
  • An overseas qualification comparable to an Australian Qualifications Framework AQF Level 7 or higher

SPECIFIC ADMISSION CRITERIA

The following are the specific criteria for admission:
  • Satisfactory Pastoral Recommendation Form, which may entail an interview with the pastor; and
  • Complete and submit Avondale Seminary's Acceptance of the Code of Professional Ethics; and
  • A National Police Check (issued within the last six months). Applicants with offences or pending charges may be required to undertake a further assessment; and
  • A current Working with Children Check for the state/territory you are located while undergoing your study; and
  • Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) applicants: Baptised for two years or more and evidence of being actively involved in a local SDA church; or
  • Non-SDA applicants: Evidence of being actively involved in a local church of their denomination

POST ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

The post-admission requirement for this degree is:
  • An AdSafe certificate of completion for Safer Churches Training

For more information, refer to the post-admission requirements for Ministry & Theology.

ADVANCED STANDING

Applicants with an Australian Qualifications Framework AQF Level 9 qualification (or higher) in a cognate area may be eligible for advanced standing (credit recognition). Refer to the Advanced Standing Policy for more information.

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

International applicants must meet the Australian Government's visa requirements to reside in Australia while studying at Avondale University.

For more information, visit https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-finder/study

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

Applicant's who completed their bachelor's degree (or overseas equivalent) in a language other than English must demonstrate English language proficiency by achieving a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no sub-band below 6.0.

Course Structure


The MMin is composed of 16 units (96 credit points) of study over four semesters full-time or the part time equivalent. All units are worth six credit points. The following table outlines when each unit if offered. Full time students should refer to the subsequent tables which provide the recommended program order.

Code

Unit Name

Core/
Elective

Credit Pts

New/ Existing

ASCED Code

Teaching Period & Year

Campus

BBNT46110

Greek

Core

6

Existing

 

Sem 1 - Every

Lake Macquarie

BBNT56130

Gospels of  Matthew & John

Core

6

Existing

 

Sem 2 - Every

Lake Macquarie

BBOT46110

Pentateuch in Context

Core

6

Existing

 

Sem 1 - Every

Lake Macquarie

BBBI56110

Daniel and the Apocalypses

Core

6

Existing

 

Sem 2 - Odd

Lake Macquarie

BBNT56120

New Testament Epistles

Core

6

Existing

 

Sem 2 – Every

Lake Macquarie

THEO46110

Theology & Belief

Core

6

Existing

 

Sem 1 - Every

Lake Macquarie

THEO56140

Eschatology and Salvation

Core

6

Existing

 

Sem 2 - Even

Lake Macquarie

THEO56120

Adventist Heritage

Core

6

Existing

 

Sem 1 - Odd

Lake Macquarie

THEO56150

Ecclesiology and & Doctrine of the Sabbath

Core

6

Existing

 

Sem 1 - Even

Lake Macquarie

THEO46230

Christian History

Core

6

Existing

 

Sem 1 - Every

Lake Macquarie

CHMN56150

World Mission and Evangelism

Core

6

Existing

 

Sem 1 - Even

Lake Macquarie

CHMN46160

Family Systems in Ministry

Core

6

Existing

 

Sem 2 – Even

Lake Macquarie

CHMN46110

Church & Ministry

Core

6

Existing

 

Sem 1 - Every

Lake Macquarie

CHMN56140

Biblical Preaching

Core

6

Existing

 

Sem 2 – Every

Lake Macquarie

CHMN46130

Personal Evangelism & Discipleship

Core

6

Existing

 

Sem 1 - Odd

Lake Macquarie

CHMN56180

Pastoral Leadership & Church Management

Core

6

Existing

 

Sem 2 - Odd

Lake Macquarie

 

The order in which students take units will depend on which semester they begin the course as some units are only offered in odd numbered years and some units are offered in even numbered years. The recommended program for full-time students beginning in each semester is shown below.

Starting Even Year

Sem

Unit 1

Unit 2

Unit 3

Unit 4

 

1

BBNT46110

Greek

THEO46110
Theology & Belief

CHMN56150
World mission and Evangelism

CHURCH PLACEMENT

THEO56150

Ecclesiology & Sabbath

 

2

 BBNT56130
Gospels of Matthew & John

THEO56140

Eschatology and Salvation

CHMN46160
Family Systems in Ministry

CHURCH PLACEMENT

THEO46230
Christian History

 

3

BBOT46110

Pentateuch in Context

THEO56120

Adventist Heritage

CHMN46110

Church & Ministry

CHURCH PLACEMENT

CHMN46130
Personal Evangelism & Discipleship

EXTERNSHIP

 

4

BBBI56110

Daniel and the Apocalypses

BBNT56120

New Testament Epistles

CHMN56140
Biblical Preaching

CHURCH PLACEMENT

CHMN56180

Pastoral Leadership & Church Management

CHURCH PLACEMENT

 

 

Starting Odd Year  

Sem

Unit 1

Unit 2

Unit 3

Unit 4

1

BBNT46110

Greek

THEO46110
Theology & Belief

THEO56120

Adventist Heritage

CHMN46130
Personal Evangelism & Discipleship

CHURCH PLACEMENT

2

BBNT56130
Gospels Matthew & John

BBBI56110

Daniel and the Apocalypses

CHMN56180

Pastoral Leadership & Church Management

CHURCH PLACEMENT

 THEO46230
Christian History

3

BBOT46110

Pentateuch in Context

THEO56150

Ecclesiology & Sabbath

CHMN56150
World Mission and Evangelism

EXTERNSHIP

CHMN46110

Church & Ministry

CHURCH PLACEMENT

4

BBNT56120

New Testament Epistles

THEO56140

Eschatology and Salvation

CHMN46160
Family Systems in Ministry

CHURCH PLACEMENT

CHMN56140
Biblical Preaching

CHURCH PLACEMENT


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

Practical Experience


Supervised field education is central to ministry formation and employment in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. It permits ministry students to be engaged in various supervised settings as trainee pastors under the guidance of a mentor. The mentoring allows students to integrate theological content with practical ministry and provides students with the opportunity to experience ministry in various circumstances.

All Church Ministry coded units are associated with supervised field education. Field education is a type of internship or apprenticeship experience whereby ministry students will be teamed with SDA pastors and in some instances chaplains who supervise, support and mentor the student throughout the ministry placement in a local congregation. Their supervised field education can either be a church placement or a ministry practicum externship worth 40% of the grade for the unit.

At the end of the semester, students are asked to write a theological reflection paper on their placement. The theological reflection paper helps students to develop knowledge of their gifts, strengths, and weaknesses.

Students experience two types of supervised ministry development:

Placements: Placements place students for 10 consecutive weeks in a local church or school under the supervision of a pastoral mentor.

Externships: Externships place students in an evangelistic context for 10 consecutive days, inclusive of two weekends.

Assessment includes a ministry report form signed by the mentor and a ministry reflection paper.

In Week 10, a 20-30 minute interview with seminary staff helps assess the student’s placement experience.

 

The units that have Field Education are:

CHMN46160

Family Systems in Ministry

Placement

CHMN46110

Church & Ministry

Placement

CHMN56140

Biblical Preaching

Placement

CHMN46130

Personal Evangelism & Discipleship

Placement

CHMN56180

Pastoral Leadership & Church Management

Placement

CHMN56150

 

World Mission and Evangelism

Externship


Accreditation


While there are no national professional accrediting body associated with theology degrees, the Seventh-day Adventist Church has guidelines on what is required for those entering into pastoral ministry within the Seventh-day Adventist Church and as such, has an interest in the content of this degree. The South Pacific Division of Seventh-day Adventists Board of Ministerial and Theological Education ( SPD BMTE) has reviewed the content of this degree and is supportive of it.               


Registration and Self-Disclosure


All students entering the Master of Ministry are required to provide a national police check as well as a Working with Children Check (or equivalent if studying by distance).

From 2023, all incoming theology students will also be required to undertake psychological testing (at their own expense) as recommended by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.


Where to get further information


Course Enquiries

Student Administration Services

Phone: +61 2 4980 2377
Email: [email protected]
Monday-Thursday, 9.00am-5pm
Friday, 9.00am-12.00noon

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Scholarships

Scholarships are available for Avondale students. View all scholarship information. http://www.avondale.edu.au/scholarships/

Testimonials

"I enjoyed studying at Avondale because it was small and allowed the school community to know each other better. I especially appreciated how my lecturers would take time aside to help out when I reached out for assistance. Although it is a small community, the quality of facilities and academics is high standard. My favourite part of Avondale was the constant communication of our Christian values." Pastor David Leo