Course Details

Course CodeMS51
QTAC CodeDirect Entry to CHC
Entry RequirementsBachelor of Ministry (or equivalent) with 1 year (FTE) of professional ministry experience OR Graduate Diploma in Ministry (or equivalent) OR Bachelor degree in a field other than Ministry with 3 years (FTE) of professional ministry experience; Concurrent involvement in professional ministry practice is required for the duration of the course; English language and Personal suitability requirements apply
Assumed KnowledgeN/A
ModeOn Campus
Credit Points80
Starting Semesters1&2
Overseas StudentsUnavailable

General Information

The Master of Ministry Leadership is a one-year course (full time equivalent), but is available on a part time basis only. The course aims to provide the ministry professional with an advanced understanding of leadership within the ministry context in order to further enhance students’ professional vocation. Concurrent involvement in professional ministry practice is required for the duration of the course.

Ministry leaders at all levels of responsibility, including senior, and executive- and departmental-level leaders, are required to function both within distinctly ministry elements of their divine calling, and as Chief Executive Officers, senior managers and managers of their churches and ministry organisations. Likewise, ministry organisations are divinely appointed and commissioned, but must operate within legislation. As such, ministry leaders are called to ‘co-mission’ together with God in leading, directing and managing their ministry organisations within society.

Although there are numerous models and theories of leadership and organisational management, an integrative approach for ministry leadership is one which should engage and reflect both biblical and theological perspectives. The Master of Ministry Leadership recognises the complementary nature of the various sources of knowledge to inform such an integrative approach. Consequently, the course draws upon the outcomes of social science research into leadership and organisational behaviour, together with biblical and theological perspectives on leadership within the context of ministry.

The maximum time allowed for the completion of the Master of Ministry Leadership is 10 years. Extensions beyond this time may be approved where extenuating circumstances exist.

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.

Course Accreditations

The Master of Ministry Leadership 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 FEE-HELP (personal eligibility requirements apply).

English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants for whom English is not their first language must provide certified documentary evidence that the language of instruction of their undergraduate degree was English 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 (Academic)6.5 (at least 6.0 in all subtests)
PTE (Academic)59 (at least 51 in all subtests)
TOEFL (IBT)90 (at least 16 in Listening, Reading; 21 in Writing; 18 in Speaking)

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 and other 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.

Course Structure


The Master of Ministry Leadership consists of 8 core units.

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

In planning their courses, students must consult the relevant Courses Handbook for information regarding course rules and requirements, including unit prerequisite requirements.


Unit SummarySample Unit Outline
JM501 Paradigms of LeadershipDownload
JM502 Identity of the Leader – A Theological InvestigationDownload
JM503 Scholarship and the Ministry LeaderDownload
JM504 Ministry Leadership – A Commissional ParadigmDownload
JM505 Toward a Kingdom of God CultureDownload
JM506 Relational Interactions – A Leadership PerspectiveDownload
JM507 Christian Perspectives on Organisational ManagementDownload
JM508 Ministry Leadership ProjectDownload