|Entry Requirements||Completion of Year 12 (or equivalent); English language and Personal suitability requirements apply|
|Assumed Knowledge||English – SA (QCAA) (or equivalent)|
|Mode||On Campus, External Studies|
|Starting Semesters||1 & 2|
The Diploma of Ministry is a one-year course (full time equivalent), and is available on both a full time and part time basis. The course normally consists of the first two semesters of the Bachelor of Ministry.
The course provides initial studies at degree level as preparation for further study or as foundational for students’ ministry calling, and offers opportunity for students to begin preparing for evangelical/charismatic Christian ministry and leadership. It also prepares students for ancillary ministry and vocational roles which require the integration of biblical and theological knowledge with the practice of ministry. It will allow for people with life or ministry experience to gain formal qualifications for ministry in the church and the wider society.
The course fulfils the ordination requirements of International Network of Churches (INC).
The maximum time allowed for the completion of the Diploma of Ministry is 5 years. Extensions beyond this time may be approved where extenuating circumstances exist.
Students who successfully complete the Diploma in Ministry may articulate into the Bachelor of Ministry. Students who are enrolled in the Bachelor of Ministry may exit with the Diploma of Ministry , subject to the completion of course requirements.
CHC regards the Bible as the final referent particularly as it applies to defining and shaping Christian Ministry. In the light of this distinctive orientation, the personal, theological, and ministry dimensions of the course are integrated under the authority of Scripture as the revelation of God developed within theological reflection arising from Scripture and applied in ministry and mission.
The Diploma of Ministry is:
- accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and appears in the list of accredited CHC courses on the National Register of Higher Education Providers.
- approved for offering to overseas students and appears on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).
- approved for FEE-HELP, Youth Allowance/Abstudy and Austudy (personal eligibility requirements apply).
- Assistant roles within the church, par church or vocational situations.
English Language Proficiency Requirements
Applicants for whom English is not their first language must provide certified documentary evidence that their secondary schooling, or tertiary studies of at least one year, was conducted in the English language or they have satisfactory results in an acceptable English Language Proficiency examination (see table below). Results are to be no more than two years old as at the commencement of the course of study.
|IELTS||6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in all subtests|
|TOEFL||575 or better (pBT – paper-based); 90 or better with no subscore lower than 20 (iBT – internet-based)|
|STAT||156 or higher in the Verbal component|
Personal Suitability Requirements
Since scholastic achievement is not the sole requirement in ministry, additional factors are considered in assessing applicants’ suitability for entry into the course.
Applicants are asked to submit a personal statement outlining their Christian experience, their understanding of their call to ministry and reasons for seeking to enter the course. Information regarding the requirements of the Personal Statement and a list of topics to address are provided upon application.
Students are also expected to provide, through a pastoral reference, evidence of aptitude and potential for ministry service in terms of temperament, personal qualities, interests and attitude. The Pastoral Referee Report and interview questions are standardised for each applicant.
An interview with the Course Coordinator will also be conducted with individual applicants.
The criteria against which an applicant’s personal suitability for entry to the course is assessed are:
- Recommendation by the applicant’s local church Pastor/Minister;
- Personal alignment with the doctrinal values within the evangelical/charismatic tradition, as expressed in the Citipointe Ministry College Statement of Faith and Code of Ministry Ethics; and
- Agreement to adhere to the Citipointe Ministry College Code of Ministry Ethics.
These criteria are assessed through the triangulation of information collected through each applicant’s personal statement, pastoral referee report and interview.
Applicants are notified that the progress of their application is linked to this process. This process is designed to be open and transparent and to be equitable for all applicants.
DIPLOMA OF MINISTRY (MS07)
The Diploma of Ministry normally comprises the first two semesters of the Bachelor of Ministry. It requires 80 credit points for completion, where each unit normally equates to 10 credit points.
CHC provides sample unit outlines for each unit offered in this course. Should you wish to view the latest version of a unit outline, please contact the Course Coordinator via the School of Ministries Administration Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In planning their courses, students must consult the relevant Courses Handbook for information regarding course rules and requirements, including unit prerequisite requirements.
|Unit Summary||Sample Unit Outline|
|JA101 Biblical Interpretation and Application||Download|
|JA103 Biblical Studies in the New Testament||Download|
|JB104 Spiritual Transformation||Download|
|JC102 Communication for Ministry||Download|
|Unit Summary||Sample Unit Outline|
|JA102 Biblical Studies in the Old Testament||Download|
|JB105 Theology of Ministry||Download|
|JC101 Introduction to Ministry Practice||Download|
|JC103 Leadership for Life and Ministry||Download|