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Arana Hills Church of Christ – Applications for new Office Administrator position are open! This permanent part time role (30 hours per week) will be perfect for the rightly gifted and passionate candidate interested in supporting church leadership at Arana.

Please submit your resume to admin@aranahills.church, attention to Tony Sargent.

Arana Hills Church of Christ – Office Administrator Position Description

The Presbyterian Church of Victoria (PCV) is seeking a faithful Christian, academically able to lead the ministry of the Presbyterian Theological College in Melbourne, Australia. The ideal applicant will be academically qualified and with experience in pastoral ministry, who can give direction to the development of the college, be a model of integrity and faithful Bible teaching to the students, support and encourage the work of colleagues.

The principal will also have a role in the wider Presbyterian Church of Victoria and encourage the work of the gospel in congregations throughout the State. The PCV believes that the College is in a unique position to have a significant role in promoting the work of the gospel in the State of Victoria both within and beyond the bounds of the denomination and is looking for a person of energy and determination who can see the opportunities and lead the College in making its contribution through the training of faithful gospel ministers.

Position qualifications: The successful candidate will either be a minister in full standing with the Presbyterian Church of Australia; or be willing to satisfy the requirements of the rules of the General Assembly of Australia relative to the reception of ministers from other churches; or similarly able to provide theological and spiritual leadership as a teacher of the Church. The successful candidate must embrace and actively promote the Reformed faith as embodied in the confessional standards of the Presbyterian Church of Australia. Previous experience in academic teaching, academic administration, and curriculum design is desirable, as well as a proven ability to participate in wider academic and cultural engagement across a variety of platforms.

Full-time. Expected start date: SEM 2, 2024.
Close date for applications 28 February 2024.

Application instructions: All applications should include a current CV, a cover letter and contact details for at least three referees and are to be directed by email to the PCV Theological Committee Chair, Rev. Kevin Maxwell (ptcpositionsapp.boardsec@gmail.com).

Please contact the Office if you have any questions or to request the full detailed position description – +61 3 9898 9384 or info@ptc.edu.au.

Lecturer in Church History and Practical Theology

We are seeking a faithful Christian, academically able in the discipline of historical studies and with experience in pastoral oversight who can help students understand the challenges and gospel opportunities of the intellectual, moral and cultural context in Australia. The lecturer will also have a role in the wider PCV as it engages with doctrinal and pastoral issues.

The lecturer will be responsible for teaching the church history courses offered by the PTC, and also for teaching courses in the area of practical theology. The successful candidate would contribute to the academic culture of the college not only in research but also in fostering the development of students engaged in our MTh/PhD program.

The successful candidate will either be a minister in full standing with the Presbyterian Church of Australia; or be willing to satisfy the requirements of the rules of the General Assembly of Australia relative to the reception of ministers from other churches; or similarly able to provide theological and spiritual leadership as a teacher of the Church. The successful candidate must embrace and actively promote the Reformed faith as embodied in the confessional standards of the Presbyterian Church of Australia.

Previous experience in academic teaching, academic administration, and curriculum design is desirable, as well as a proven ability to participate in wider academic and cultural engagement across a variety of platforms.

Full-time. Expected start date: SEM 1, 2024.

Close date for applications 30 November 2023.

Application instructions: All applications should include a current CV, a cover letter and contact details for at least three referees and are to be directed by email to the PCV Theological Committee Chair, Rev. Kevin Maxwell (ptcpositionsapp.boardsec@gmail.com).

Please contact the Office if you have any questions or to request the full detailed position description – +61 3 9898 9384 or info@ptc.edu.au.

MINISTRY OPPORTUNITY – Next Generations Pastor

North-East Baptist Church is located 20 minutes from the centre of Brisbane in Nundah.  NEB is an active, local, relevant and contemporary witness to Jesus Christ in the north-eastern suburbs of Brisbane. NEB is seeking to appoint an applicant who has the appropriate heart, giftings and passion to build on the strengths of our existing ministries.

The Next Generation Pastor would be responsible for providing leadership, and ministry assistance when necessary, to the various leaders, volunteers and teams ministering to those from birth to Young Adult (25 years of age). This role will help carry out the church’s mission and vision, and requires someone who is strategically minded, administratively skilled, and intentional with recruiting and developing teams within the scope of the next generation of Jesus followers. The NextGen Pastor will also possess a pastoral heart that can lead volunteers, parents and children/teens in a relational ministry style, and serve as the chief communicator in these areas.

The role will likely be 4 or 5 days a week (negotiable) with an initial call period of three (3) years. We would envision that the successful applicant would start in January 2024 or by negotiation.

 For a full job description and application form, please email or contact Rev Peter Cossgrove at peter@neb.org.au or 0416 063 316

Applications will be accepted until 1th November 2023.

Sapphire Coast Anglican College is a P-12, independent, Anglican college and is a Christ-centred, student-focused and community-minded school that develops extraordinary learners with a passion to serve others. Established in 1994, the College is located on the Far South Coast of NSW in the heart of the Bega Valley with an enrolment of approximately 420 students, PK-12.

The College is known for its strong sense of community and pastoral care of students and their families and staff. Sapphire Coast Anglican College has strong links with St John’s Anglican Church in Bega and local churches throughout the Bega Valley. 

Sapphire Coast Anglican College is seeking a Chaplain to lead the Christian life of the College, teach Christian Studies lessons and, as a NESA accredited teacher, deliver another subject as well (area subject to skills and abilities).

The Chaplain is a member of the College’s middle leadership team and is chiefly responsible for the gospel ministry of the College in line with the Canberra and Goulburn Anglican Diocesan Ethos Statement. The Chaplain will be a strong Christian who has a passion for the gospel, a heart for mission and ministry and is a passionate educator/community builder.

The appointed applicant would possibly be an ordained minister or at least hold theological/Christian Education qualifications. On appointment the Chaplain would be licensed through the Anglican anberra/Goulburn Diocese and would be supported through a range of chaplaincy networks including the Anglican Schools Australia and the Canberra/Goulburn Diocese 

For more information about the role, please see the Job Description and Duty Statement – 2023_Chaplain and Teacher 2023 update

We’re looking for a children and families minister!

Overview

St Peter’s is a welcoming Bible teaching church full of diverse and ordinary people in the northern suburbs of Darwin. Our mission is to help everyone grow in Jesus Christ.

We meet as three inter-generational congregations on Sundays, with kids church at all three, catering for up to 60 children.

We are looking for a children and families minister to have primary oversight of ministry to children (birth to year 6) and their families. There is plenty of scope for broader service within the parish.

Together with the rector, you will oversee all aspects of childrens ministry at St Peter’s to serve our church mission, in line with our ministry philosophy. Such plans should include details of programs, curriculum, opportunities for evangelism, involvement in Sunday services and the recruitment and training of leaders. This also includes planning for new ministry opportunities to children.

Essential criteria

  • A mature Christian with a commitment to St Peter’s beliefs, values, and mission.
  • A passion to see children come to know Jesus as their Lord and Saviour.
  • Competence in recruiting, training, and encouraging leaders and volunteers to serve.
  • Ability to oversee children’s ministry.
  • Experience at working creatively with children to grow them as disciples of Jesus Christ.
  • Humility and a willingness to join an existing team and ministries.
  • A mission heart to live and minister in Darwin.
  • Formal theological education.

Conditions of position

Time commitment: This is a full time ministry position.

Remuneration: The Anglican Diocese of the Northern Territory has guidelines for stipend, superannuation, accommodation, annual leave, long service leave, sick leave and workers compensation. Other benefits like ministry expense account, travel allowance, study benefits will be worked out with the rector and wardens. We intend to be generous in providing what you need to live and minister in Darwin.

Due diligence: As an employee of the Anglican Church in the Northern Territory, you will need to comply with all relevant safe ministry clearance checks.

God willing, the role and responsibilities of the children and families minister will develop over time. Therefore this job description will be revised in October/November each year.

For more information, contact Joshua Kuswadi, Rector joshua@stpetersnightcliff.org 0421 235 055

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Finley – Berrigan Presbyterian Church is seeking someone to lead and equip our congregation into its next chapter of ministry, and to connect with the wider population within our footprint of Finley, Berrigan, Tocumwal, and other smaller townships in the Southern Riverina of NSW.

Our heart and vision is to serve and see our communities come to the true knowledge and love of Jesus Christ, while at the same time pursuing the maturing of our church family in Christ.

We are seeking a person who will convey the heart and core values of the Gospel of Jesus, into both our church and into the towns in our regional area of NSW. Our churches have been established over 100 years. With ups and downs in ministry, our present combined congregation of around forty plus adults has a desire to grow through the conversion of the unchurched.

According the ABS the area of Finley, Berrigan and Tocumwal has a population of 8,665. We estimate 200-250 people attend church across our area, meaning much Gospel ministry to be done.

Finley has the only high school in this area. Each town has a primary school and some have a Catholic primary school. More could be done in SRE ministry, and/or school chaplaincy.

The ideal candidate will possess a love for teaching and a strong desire to help others grow in their faith. Additionally, along with a background in Biblical knowledge the person should be able to relate it to everyday life by applying the bible to contemporary cultural settings.

Character, conviction and competency, are essential for our church and will be considered in the search for the new person. They should be able to mentor and disciple using a biblical approach, and foster friendship among church members. They should be approachable and able to communicate across age demographics

The person will be someone, who:

  • Is dependent on Christ as their Saviour, having your identity fixed in Him
  • Is reliant on God’s word the Bible, and on the work of the Holy Spirit for their ministry.
  • Is willing to connect the church community with their wider community.
  • Is willing to work alongside teams with different roles, for example, the Session made up of Elders with responsibility for spiritually and pastorally guiding the church, and the Committee of Management on property and financial matters.
  • Has relevant theological training and ministry experience, according to the accrediting requirements of the Presbyterian Church NSW & ACT.
  • Aligns with our reformed evangelical beliefs and will adhere to the theological standards of the Presbyterian Church of Australia.
  • Is agreeable with relevant WWCC and Police Checks, and willing to complete the Presbyterian Church of NSW Safe Church requirements, known as ‘Breaking the Silence’.

As our minister they will be responsible for:

  • Preaching expository sermons using a biblical approach
  • Providing pastoral care with the help of elders, study leaders, and others as needed
  • Investing in the elders, leaders, and others through mentoring and discipleship
  • Facilitating and assisting with mission-focused activities
  • Considering new directions of ministry

Remuneration

This will be in accordance with the remuneration recommendations of the Presbyterian Church of NSW & ACT, and subject to negotiation around days or hours you can commit to.

If you wish to discuss this ministry opportunity please contact Maurie Cropper 0424416334 or mauriecropper28@gmail.com

The mission of Dickson Baptist Church is:

‘To be and make disciples of Jesus, in a loving church, in our local community and beyond.’

Dickson Baptist Church is a small church with a big vision of what God could do in Canberra. There are currently two congregations that meet on a Sunday. A morning congregation of 60-80 regular adults and around 20 children, and an evening congregation of 10-20 regular adults. We have an active kids ministry within our church, and connections to our community through a Mainly Music playgroup.

We are looking for a new associate pastor, to join us in our mission as a church. There are two key aspects to this role:

  • Leading and shepherding the evening congregation that was planted in January, 2022
  • Establishing a junior youth ministry to disciple the new generation of children that are growing up in our church.

For more about this role, see the attached PDF – Dickson Baptist Church Associate Pastor Role

For more about Dickson Baptist, visit http://www.dicksonbaptist.com.au

Sunnybank District Baptist Church

Sunnybank District Baptist Church (SDBC) is currently seeking an experienced Pastor with an exemplary Christlike character and spiritual maturity to fulfill the important role of Senior Pastor. Under God’s direction, the Senior Pastor will continue to provide spiritual and pastoral leadership for the congregations, whilst leading and facilitating SDBC’s ministries in maintaining and developing further a healthy Christian community to fulfill our biblical mission: “Working with God in transforming people into passionate followers of Jesus”.

SDBC is a Christ-centred church, focused on solid Bible-teaching with a strong belief in the importance of prayer. We are a multicultural, multigenerational church serving English, Mandarin and Cantonese congregations (combined 800+ attendees over 5 Sunday services), celebrating our 65th anniversary in 2022. We currently have 3 full time Associate Pastors on staff and many ministry leaders, with a broad range of ages, using their God-given gifts for His Glory.

Our next Senior Pastor would be required to have a clear understanding of the Scriptures and its applications, with a strong grasp of Theology and be a driven leader with a clear vision for our local church. They would need to be a team player with outstanding communication skills, communicating with the Board, Associate Pastors, Elders, Ministry Leaders and the church members.

A key role of the Senior Pastor will be to provide visionary leadership to the church, developing a long-term vision with the Board and with the Pastoral Team and working with the Board to provide a stable leadership and governance for SDBC. They will be responsible for approving and overseeing the preaching of God’s Word throughout the church, equip and encourage spiritual formation and discipleship and be intergenerational in demonstrating God’s love, by leading the church in engaging the surrounding communities.

The Senior Pastor will report directly to the Board and be in agreement with the mission and constitution of SDBC. Candidates will need to be registered and ordained, or be eligible to be, by Queensland Baptist. They will need to have considerable experience leading a congregation with confidence and work collaboratively with others in humility.

To apply for the Senior Pastor position at SDBC , email your expression of interest to PSC@SDBC.org.au. An information pack will be sent to you via return email.

Please submit a resume and a cover letter that addresses each of the selection criteria within “our next senior Pastor at SDBC” in the Position Description.

For any queries, please use the above email. Applications will be considered on submission. Apply now by email to psc@sdbc.org.au

Location:  General Area – Salisbury/Moorooka/Yeerongpilly
Job Type: Approx 3 days/week with the potential for growth
Contact Person: David Staines
Contact Telephone: 0402 881 977
Contact Email: christcollectivechurch@gmail.com
Website: www.christcollective.com.au

About Christ Collective

We like pot luck meals, neighbourhood connection, social justice and Jesus. We are a small community church, but we all pitch in. We are creative, contemplative and charismatic. We gather in a hall and in homes. Our vision is to transform our neighbourhoods through Christ’s love. We are currently looking for a lead pastor for our small community.

Christ Collective was founded on a vision of authentic Christian communities sharing life together and drawing others into the warmth of Christ’s love. We are inspired by the early church as seen in the book of Acts.

Some ways we have dreamed of this being fulfilled include:

  • Community meals hosting a mix of cultures and backgrounds
  • A vibrant place for youth and young adults
  • Out of the box liturgy that mixes ancient and contemporary practices
  • Growing in our faith as we encounter Jesus together

If we’ve piqued your interest, please contact us.

Your Role

In this role you will:

  • Champion the heart of Christ Collective
  • Build neighbourhood connections
  • Engage with, and disciple, youth and young adults
  • Manage some administrative duties with support from eldership and book keeper

A mandatory aspect of this role is:

  • Strong Christian Faith and a heart for discipleship
  • Eligibility for a Working with Children Bluecard

Preferred aspects:

  • Ministry/Chaplaincy or relevant qualification and/or experience preferred

Please send all expressions of interest, with resume to the email address above. For further information, feel free to call for a chat.

DE046 – Teaching the Bible to Children-Old Testament

QTC delivers a series of units in the QTC Certificate in Children’s Ministry, chosen specifically to equip those working with children in our churches, in schools and in other child evangelism and discipleship contexts. These units meet the requirements of the ACT Undergraduate Certificate of Ministry and the ACT Graduate Certificate of Divinity i.e., 48 credit points in total.

This unit explores the different types of Old Testament writing and considers how to teach children the Bible as it is written – in genre-sensitive ways, developmentally appropriate, and methodologically diverse ways. Students will examine a variety of child development theories and explore current educational tools used in active learning.

They will gain skills in adapting material to suit their context; in formulating lessons that model skills for independent reading of the Old Testament for children; in preparing them to listen to God’s Word as part of the body of Christ in all-age worship contexts and in encouraging children to see the gospel shape of every story.

This unit is worth 6 credit points.

CH009 – History of Christianity in Australia

This unit looks at the history of Christianity in Australia, with particular reference to the Presbyterian and other evangelical churches. It also seeks to give students an understanding of where modern Australia has come from – and where it might be heading to. 

It aims to enable students to evaluate current developments in the life of the church and to apply insights from the past to address contemporary issues. The intention is that students will gain an increased understanding of the relationship between Christianity and Australian culture and society, and of how contemporary Australian Christianity and society in their current forms have emerged over time. 

As a result of taking this unit, students should be more aware of the real-world social context in which ministry in Australia happens, and have a better understanding of the background to and future trajectories of Australian Christianity. 

This unit is worth 12 credit points 

TH028 – Doctrine of Creation and Christ

The unit Doctrine of Creation & Christ: Exploring the Relationship involves an in-depth examination of the relationship between the doctrines of Creation, Humanity, Sin, and Providence on the one hand, and the person and work of Christ on the other.

This unit will enable students to work through in some depth the sources and content of Christian understandings of how the reality which God created, and which is now fallen, is related to the saving action of God that has taken place in Christ. It will provide training in articulating this relationship and applying it to life in the contemporary world and Christian ministry.

This unit is worth 12 credit points

PC003 – Pastoral Skills and Methods

Pastoral Skills and Methods introduces students to the aims and methods of pastoral care and helps equip students to deliver pastoral care in a variety of situations which may arise in Ministry positions.

This unit is worth 12 credit points.

OT014 (English) & OT015 (Hebrew) – Exilic Prophecy (Jeremiah)

Also OT206 (English) & OT207 (Hebrew) – Specialised Studies in OT: Exilic Prophecy (Jeremiah)

This unit will introduce students to the theology and significant texts of the book of Jeremiah, and its contribution to our overall understanding of the Bible. Two thirds of the unit (24 hours) will be devoted to lectures on the theology of the book. The remaining one third (12 hours) will comprise exegesis of set texts from Jeremiah.

This unit is worth 12 credit points

LA006 – New Testament Greek B

This unit completes your introduction to the grammar and vocabulary of the New Testament and begins your introduction to the translation and exegesis of the New Testament. It is Part 2 of the basic building block of New Testament study. Like first semester language studies, it requires application and time, but I am sure that you will find it very rewarding.

This unit is worth 12 credit points.

LA004 – Biblical Hebrew B

This unit continues the introduction to Biblical Hebrew begun in LA003. The first half of the unit will be devoted to further study of morphology and syntax and the completion of a first-year Hebrew grammar. The second half of the  unit will comprise an orientation to the Hebrew Bible and translation of selected texts.

This unit is an elective unit, and worth 12 credit points.

DE020 – Church-based children’s ministry

The unit Church-based Children’s Ministry examines biblical perspectives on children; critically analyses child development theories as they intersect with theological understandings of faith development in children; traces the history of children and the church; and examines dominant cultural influences on children. Key children’s ministry issues in the local church are then addressed – teaching and discipling children, the integration of children in the worshipping community; the spiritual nurture of children; evangelism of children; and the safety and care of children.

This unit is worth 12 credit points

CH006 – The Reformation

The unit The Reformation involves an in-depth study of  the Protestant Reformation of the Sixteenth Century in its historical context, with particular reference to developments in Germany, Switzerland, England & Scotland. It also devotes attention to the “Catholic Reformation” (or “Counter-Reformation”) of the same period. 

Some of the major personalities of the Reformation such as Luther, Calvin and Cranmer are studied in detail, together with how their lives, writings, and theology impacted on history. Some consideration is also given to the Radical Reformation and the Anabaptists, and the lessons to be learned from those movements. 

This unit is worth 12 credit points 

CA-CRT22 – Westminster Confession of Faith

The unit Westminster Confession of Faith is designed to introduce students to the background and content of the Westminster Confession of Faith, the doctrinal standard of the Presbyterian Church of Australia (as subordinate to the Bible, the written Word of God). This unit will consider this statement of classic Reformed theology by first looking at the historical and theological background to the Confession and then examining the chapters of the WCF in turn.

This unit is not available for Academic credit

CA-MIP B / PC106 – Pastoral Ministry in Practice B

Pastoral Ministry in Practice is based on the twin convictions that applying the gospel to ourselves is the foundation of all gospel ministry, and that the gospel must shape and drive all that we do in ministry.

The unit is designed to enable you to clarify and crystallize what you have learned during your course and to apply it to gospel ministry in a wise and considered way. You will be encouraged to articulate your own philosophy of ministry which draws on the full gamut of theological and biblical perspectives which you have garnered in your course to date. You will be expected to demonstrate how this is shaping your preaching as well as your thinking about all aspects of ministry.

Pastoral Ministry in Practice is usually taken in the final year of a four-year degree e.g., MDiv/GDDiv or BTh/BMin. It is compulsory for all Candidates for Ministry in the Presbyterian Church of Australia (PCA).

This unit is worth 6 credit points

TH025 – Principles of Systematic Theology

This preparatory half unit examines the importance of systematic theology, takes a bird’s eye view of Christian doctrine and gives the learner skills on ‘how to do theology’.

This unit is worth 6 credit points

NT008 (English) and NT009 (Greek) – The Synoptic Gospels

This is one of the exegetical units available in the New Testament field. Like all our advanced exegesis units it differs from the New Testament introduction units and Introduction to New Testament Greek in that it takes the knowledge and skills you have learnt and applies them at a deeper level.

You will learn to employ exegetical methods of modern critical study to read the Synoptic Gospels. For those who are studying this unit as a follow up to the study of New Testament Greek, you will find it very satisfying to put into practice what you have learned, and to see the fruit of all that study.

The unit will study a sample part of the Synoptic gospels – Luke 19-24. Within our selection of advanced exegesis units, this one focuses on the gospel accounts of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Luke’s Gospel takes us straight to the person of Jesus Christ. In these chapters Luke cleverly uses his source material to reveal Jesus in a way that highlights important theological themes and both contrasts and compliments our knowledge of Jesus from the other gospels.

This unit is worth 12 credit points

NT001 – Jesus and the Gospels

Welcome to the study of the life and teaching of Jesus in the setting of the Gospels. No matter how often we read the Gospels, we always are surprised at some new aspect that emerges from the life of our Lord. I pray that as we progress through this study you will be surprised, challenged and encouraged by what you learn. I am looking forward to being a guide on the journey with you.

This unit entails an introductory study of Jesus’ life and ministry against its background of the world of that time, as it is recorded in the Gospels. This involves a study of the cultural, political, religious and social background of the Gospels. The Gospels as pieces of literature are examined to see what we can learn about how they came into being and consequently how we can read them better. We then study the life and ministry of Jesus, particularly as this is set out by Mark’s gospel. Such topics as the Kingdom of God, the person of Jesus, the miracles, the ethics of Jesus, the parables, and the passion and resurrection of Jesus are highlighted

This unit is worth 12 credit points.

NT002 – Early New Testament Church

The first section of the unit focuses on the Acts of the Apostles and investigates the history, theology, and features of the early church as it grew, expanded, and matured.

In the second section, students will examine in outline several other New Testament Writings (various Epistles and Revelation) not covered elsewhere in their course.

This unit is worth 12 credit points

OT002 – Old Testament Prophets and Writing

Old Testament Prophets and Writings (OT002) and Old Testament Foundations (OT001) form the foundation upon which all further study of the Old Testament
builds. They are thus concerned not so much with the critical issues of Old Testament studies, as with the biblical history as it is recorded in the Old Testament. The study is undertaken in the light of the various ancient contexts of the biblical narrative, illustrated by modern archaeological findings.

Old Testament Prophets and Writings  covers the Prophetic books or Latter Prophets and the wisdom literature of the Old Testament and writings such as Chronicles, Ezra and Nehemiah.

This unit is worth 12 credit points

BB008 – Introduction to Biblical Interpretation

‘Introduction to Biblical Interpretation’ is the foundation of everything we seek to do at QTC. This unit aims to go ‘back to basics’ to ensure that everyone is handling the Bible in a helpful and responsible way before we throw ourselves into the detail of studying the text in earnest. In this unit, you will be introduced to a way of reading and studying the Bible which is coherent, flexible and will shape the way in which you interpret the Bible in every context – whether reading it for personal study or studying the text in order to teach it to others.

We will examine in turn the importance of History, Literature and (Biblical) Theology in reading the Bible, before giving some attention to the way in which this will affect how we seek to communicate the message of any text in the context of the flow of the whole Bible. After completing this unit, every student should be equipped to understand how the Bible fits together, how Jesus Christ is the key to all the Scriptures and how to approach the task of interpreting any part of the Bible.

EM018 – Ministry in a Culturally Diverse Context

Modern Australia’s diverse society means that those in ministry are guaranteed to encounter other cultures. Whether we are fathers, mothers, sons or daughters, students from overseas, refugees or asylum seekers, Australian, Iranian, Chinese, Korean or from other parts of the globe, Revelation chapter 5 says that Christ lived, died, and rose again to “ransom people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation”.

This unit addresses questions of ethnicity and identity, cultural sensitivity and the challenges and opportunities associated with Ministry in a Diverse Context. This unit will be of great benefit to students planning to serve in a variety of ministry roles, whether in Australia or overseas, with a particular emphasis on how multi-ethnicity shapes the exercise of local church.

This unit is worth 12 credit points

DE047 – Teaching the Bible to Children-New Testament

QTC delivers a series of units in the QTC Certificate in Children’s Ministry, chosen specifically to equip those working with children in our churches, in schools and in other child evangelism and discipleship contexts. These units meet the requirements of the ACT Undergraduate Certificate of Ministry and the ACT Graduate Certificate of Divinity i.e., 48 credit points in total.

This unit explores the different types of New Testament writing and considers how to teach children the Bible as it is written – in genre-sensitive, developmentally appropriate, and methodologically diverse ways. Students will examine a variety of child development theories and explore current educational tools used in active learning.

They will gain skills in adapting material to suit their context; in formulating lessons that model skills for independent reading of the New Testament for children; in preparing them to listen to God’s Word as part of the body of Christ in all-age worship contexts and in encouraging children to see the gospel shape of every story.

This unit is worth 6 credit points.

PC004 – Christian Worship

There are few subjects which provoke such strong reactions among Christians in Australia today as ‘worship’ – arguments rage over what it is, whether we can use the category to describe what goes on when we meet together and, of course, what is appropriate for God’s people to sing and do when we get together.

This unit aims to set today’s vital discussions in the context of a biblical theology of worship and a rich understanding of the debates and choices which have shaped the thinking of the church of Christ through history, with a special focus on the Reformation tradition and more recent developments here in Australia. As well as biblical and theological input from the QTC Faculty, students will have the opportunity to hear from an experienced and diverse selection of key pastors within our constituency, and to visit and reflect on practice in a church outside their own tradition.

This unit is worth 12 credit points

PE008 – Philosophy and Christian Thought

Also PE206 – Specialised Studies in Philosophy and Ethics: Philosophy and Christian Thought

This unit introduces students to some of the most significant thinkers and ideas in the history of the western world and explores how they have shaped the world we live in, and sought to bring the Christian message to it. It considers how Christian theology past and present has influenced and been influenced by major philosophical movements and concepts. It also seeks to help students to critically evaluate the thinkers and ideas studied, as well as their influence upon the church and Christian theology.

This unit is taught in intensive mode. It is worth 12 credit points

CA-MIP A / PC105 – Pastoral Ministry in Practice A

Pastoral Ministry in Practice is based on the twin convictions that applying the gospel to ourselves is the foundation of all gospel ministry, and that the gospel must shape and drive all that we do in ministry.

The unit is designed to enable you to clarify and crystallize what you have learned during your course and to apply it to gospel ministry in a wise and considered way. You will be encouraged to articulate your own philosophy of ministry which draws on the full gamut of theological and biblical perspectives which you have garnered in your course to date. You will be expected to demonstrate how this is shaping your preaching as well as your thinking about all aspects of ministry.

Pastoral Ministry in Practice is usually taken in the final year of a four-year degree e.g., MDiv/GDDiv or BTh/BMin. It is compulsory for all Candidates for Ministry in the Presbyterian Church of Australia (PCA).

This unit is worth 6 credit points

CA-CRT21 – Presbyterian Polity

This unit is an introduction to the polity (church government) practised within the Presbyterian Church. The unit touches upon the Biblical principles and historical basis for Presbyterian Church government. However, this unit primarily focuses on how these Biblical and historical principles are used  to form Presbyterian Church government as practised within the Presbyterian Church of Australia. 

This unit is compulsory for candidates for the ministry of the Presbyterian Church of Australia, and an optional unit of secondary importance for other students. It will enhance the core units of your course by exploring one of the denominational distinctives of the Presbyterian Church of Australia. 

This unit is not available for academic credit for ACT qualifications.  

CH011 – History of Evangelical Christianity

Also CH206 – Specialised Studies in Church History: History of Evangelical Christianity 

The unit History of Evangelical Christianity gives an overview of modern Church History (since around 1700), with a particular focus on evangelicalism within Britain and the USA. Movements in continental Europe are also given some attention where they have had a major impact on the English speaking world. Some key Christian figures of the period are studied in depth, along with their theology and writings. Related developments in Australia are also considered to help students connect wider happenings with their own context, although only briefly, as an entire unit is devoted to the history of Christianity in Australia elsewhere in the QTC curriculum (CH009). 

This unity is worth 12 credit points 

NT024 (English) and NT025 (Greek) – Other Writings (Philippians and 1 Peter)

Also NT206 (English) and NT207 (Greek) – Specialised Studies in New Testament: Other Writings (Philippians and 1 Peter)

This unit is intended to give students a firm grasp on two key letters of the New Testament: Philippians and 1 Peter. These are central texts of the New Testament and Christianity. The unit provides detailed study of selected passages from these texts, along with an examination of the teaching and purpose of the letters as a whole. For those studying the Greek text, your skills in Greek exegesis will be extended. For those studying the English text, a wider breadth of the letters will be covered.

This unit contributes to the course by examining two letters which address topics that are not covered so directly in other parts of the New Testament, namely Philippians and 1 Peter. Joy, Suffering, Salvation, Exile, and the fulfillment and culmination of God’s promises in Jesus are all themes that these two epistles share though they are developed in their own unique ways as we will see. These issues and others deal with biblical-theological themes which stretch all the way back to Genesis and are at the heart of the gospel message that both Peter and Paul expound in their own way. It has therefore been chosen by QTC as an important unit of study and one suitable for introducing the student to the work of one of the New Testament’s major writers.

This unit is worth 12 credit points

OT010 (English) and OT011 (Hebrew) – Former Prophets (1&2 Samuel)

Also OT206 (English) and OT207 (Hebrew) – Specialised Studies in Old Testament: Former Prophets

This unit will introduce students to the theology and significant texts of 1 and 2 Samuel. Two-thirds of this unit (26 hours) will be devoted to studying the unfolding story and theology of these two books. The remaining third (13 hours) will comprise exegesis of set texts from 1 and 2 Samuel.

1 and 2 Samuel play an important role in the unfolding history of redemption. Central biblical theological topics like Kingship, the Ark of the Covenant, and Temple are introduced and/or developed in these books. Moreover, it can be argued that unless students grasp the message of 1 and 2 Samuel, this will result in a truncated understanding of the Gospel.

This unit, then, is a fundamental part of your course. It is designed to enable you to grapple with both the details of the text and the grand themes which dominate 1 and 2 Samuel as a literary work. The unit will endeavour to enable you to read these two books sensitively, and to think through the implications of the theological issues which they raise.

This unit is worth 12 credit points

PE007 – Christian Apologetics

This unit is designed to help students explore and develop proficiency in the discipline of Christian apologetics, the task of defending the Christian faith from attacks and commending it against rival claimants.

This involves examination of the biblical and theological foundations for apologetics, philosophical issues regarding the nature of truth and when there is epistemological warrant for beliefs, and some awareness of the history of apologetics throughout the centuries. From there the unit will consider the arguments for and against the major ‘schools’ or approaches to apologetics in the current era so that students may make an informed decision as to which approach best commends the gospel on its own terms.

With this framework in place, the unit will then turn to the various classical arguments for the existence of God from natural theology, arguments for the Christian faith arising from Scripture’s claims, understanding the nature of various critiques on Christian claims and responses that have been made to these, as well as critical interaction with some of the main alternatives to Christianity.

This unit is worth 12 credit points

LA003 – Biblical Hebrew A

This unit comprises an introduction to Biblical Hebrew which will be continued in LA004612/812 in Semester 2. The unit will be devoted to study of morphology and syntax and completion of approximately half of a first-year Hebrew grammar.

Note: Before Semester 1 starts, there is a Language Intensive Week that is compulsory for all LA003 students.

This unit is worth 12 credit points

TH027 – The Corporate Dimension of the Gospel-Driven Life

The unit The Corporate Dimension of the Gospel-Driven Life is intended to equip students to articulate the relationship that exists between the nature of the church and the nature of the gospel and to apply this understanding to the practice of life in God’s household.

This involves examination into the different ways in which the church has been conceived and how that entails varying concepts of the gospel and of the relationship between them both. It will also entail exploring the way other theological topics shape one’s view of the body of Christ, and critically reflecting on the ecclesiological thought of one or two significant figures in the formation of a theological vision of the people of God as an articulation of the teaching of Scripture.

This unit is worth 12 credit points

TH101 – The Knowledge and Doctrine of God

Also TH206-912 – Specialised Studies in Theology: The Knowledge and Doctrine of God

The unit The Knowledge and Doctrine of God is designed to introduce students to those doctrines which deal with how the Christian God acts to reveal himself and the knowledge of God that results from these acts.

This involves examination of the issues involving the nature of theology as a discipline, as well as the nature and purpose of human knowledge of God, the distinction between general revelation and special revelation, and the role and nature of the word of God as gospel and as Scripture, including such categories as authority, inspiration, trustworthiness, clarity, interpretation and canon.

It is also involves examination into the knowledge of God that revelation actually gives us— what can we say about the God that we know? This entails forays into the nature and identity of the Christian God including the doctrine of the Trinity and God’s attributes. This unit will consider these fundamental Christian teachings as they are presented in the Scriptures of the Old & New Testaments, and in light of debates and insights past and present.

This unit is worth 12 credit points

PE002 – Theological Ethics

This unit will begin by considering biblical and theological ethics, including various hermeneutical issues which commonly come up as Christians and churches seek to frame their approaches to ethical matters. The major non-Christian approaches to ethics (“philosophical ethics”) will then be briefly surveyed, to increase critical understanding of how the non-Christian world we live in and interact with thinks about ethics. 

The second half of the Semester will be devoted to the consideration of a number of important ethical issues, including the family, money, wealth, work, and start of life and end of life issues such as abortion, contraception, and voluntary assisted dying. Unfortunately , in one Semester we cannot even cover all of the really critical issues, let alone others that are relatively common in some contexts, however the issues we will study can be taken as examples of how to handle other ethical questions that may arise in your life and ministry. 

This unit is worth 12 credit points 

PC127 – Expository Preaching in Practice

This unit offers a practical, hands-on introduction to Biblical Preaching. The unit looks at the skills that are essential in clearly proclaiming Christ from all the Scriptures to a contemporary audience. Students will be required to think theologically about preaching, to clarify their own philosophy of ministry in this area, before moving on to work on preparing and delivering an engaging Bible talk.

This unit is worth 6 credit points

OT020 (English) & OT021 (Hebrew) – The Psalter

Also OT206 (English) and OT207 (Hebrew) – Specialised studies in Theology: The Psalter

This unit will introduce students to the genres, poetry, themes theology and significant texts of the Psalter. Two thirds of the course (26 hours) will be devoted to lectures on the theology of the book. The remaining one third (13 hours) will comprise exegesis of set texts from specific psalms.

This unit is worth 12 credit points

NT055 (English) and NT056 (Greek) – The Person and Work of Christ in John’s Gospel

This is one of the exegetical units available in the New Testament field. Like all our advanced exegesis units it differs from the New Testament introduction units and Introduction to New Testament Greek in that it takes the knowledge and skills you have learnt and applies them at a deeper level. You will learn to employ exegetical methods to read John’s Gospel; methods such as literary criticism and biblical theological interpretation, alongside traditional approaches of grammatical, historical critical theory and systematic theological integration. For those who are studying this unit as a follow up to the study of New Testament Greek, you will find it very satisfying to put into practice what you have learned, and to see the fruit of all that study.

The content of this unit will explore John’s gospel through two key theological concepts Christology and Faith. In his prologue (1:1-18) and purpose statement (20:31), John himself tells us that these concepts drive this gospel. A number of other themes will be examined under these topics. The intention is to give appropriate attention to the way in which John presents Christ as the fulfilment of multiple Old Testament images, develops Christological teaching, and to how he communicates regarding these specific themes through multiple evocative metaphors. The focus on the theological topic of Faith will encourage students to apply their exegesis to life and ministry.

This unit is worth 12 credit points

LA005 – New Testament Greek A

The books of the New Testament were originally written in the lingua franca (Trade Language) of the time, Koine Greek (Common Greek). This is one of the “ancestors” of the Greek language spoken today. Students will study a basic introductory grammar of New Testament Greek, and early on will commence reading the Greek New Testament, which as the unit progresses, they will be able to increasingly understand.

Biblical languages are critical for responsible and insightful exegesis and exegesis is the foundation of all good Biblical and Systematic theology. This unit opens up the world of the New Testament in a way that is both interesting and vital for students of the Bible. It is the basic building block of New Testament study. Like all language studies it requires application and time, but I am sure that you will find it very rewarding.

Note: Before Semester 1 starts, there is a Language Intensive Week that is compulsory for all LA005 students.

This unit is worth 12 credit points

OT001 – Old Testament Foundations

Old Testament Foundations (OT001) amd Old Testament Prophets and Writings (OT002) form the foundation upon which all further study of the Old Testament builds. They are thus concerned not so much with the critical issues of Old Testament studies, as with the biblical history as it is recorded in the Old Testament. The study is undertaken in the light of the various ancient contexts of the biblical narrative, illustrated by modern archaeological findings.

This unit will introduce students to key features of the contents and background of the Pentateuch (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy) and the Former Prophets (Joshua, Judges, 1–2 Samuel, and 1–2 Kings).

This unit is worth 12 Credit Points.