Diploma Units 2021
Old Testament Overview
OT003-512 • 150 hours
Wednesdays – Semester 1
The Old Testament forms the background to the message of Jesus, but often we don’t have a good knowledge of it. In this unit, you will learn about the way the OT came together into its current form, as well as learning about the divisions of the books (Law, Prophets, Writings) and the different literary genres in order to help inform our understanding of the message of the New Testament.
OT053-508 • 100 hours
Thursdays – Semester 2
Unlike the rest of the Bible which offers God’s words to us, the Psalms focus on human words directed to God. They speak of praise, thankfulness, and comfort, but they also speak about lament, loss, and disappointment. In this unit, we will explore how God speaks to us through the Psalms, thinking both theologically and pastorally about the psalms can be applied in our own lives and ministry today
New Testament Overview
NT003-512 • 150 hours
Wednesdays – Semester 2
In this unit, you will learn about the social, historical and cultural world from which the New Testament arose. Study the contents and themes of the gospels, Acts, Romans, Hebrews and Revelation with a view to the way you can incorporate these into your own life and ministry.
NT044-508 • 100 hours
Tuesdays – Semester 1
Spend time studying the instruction contained in John’s incredible letter of Revelation. Through a close examination of the text, you will learn exegesis skills, as well as how to use the letter’s theological insights in your own life and ministry.
Christian Thought and History Units
TH040-512 • 150 hours
Fridays – Semester 2
How do we know God? What does God reveal about Himself to us through His word? In this unit, you will study the central doctrines of the Christian faith including the trinity, creation and the fall, and grace, as well as considering the ways you can apply these to your own personal life and ministry contexts.
Rise of Christianity: Acts to the Reformation
CH040-512 • 150 hours
Fridays – Semester 1
In this unit, you will get to explore the history of Christianity from the New Testament period to the time of the English Reformation by looking at key historical figures, periods and beliefs. You will reflect on the development of Christianity as the gospel spread throughout the world in spite of opposition, misunderstanding and conflict.
Ministry and Practice Units
Foundations of Pastoral Care
PC013-508 • 100 hours
Tuesdays – Semester 1
Would you like to improve your skills to care for others pastorally? This unit on pastoral care will introduce you to the biblical basis of caring and how to care for people in different stages of life. You will also develop your skills in active listening, encouragement and dealing with conflict.
Applied Pastoral Care
PC014-512 • 150 hours
Mondays – Semester 2
In this unit, you will develop your practical skills in pastoral care. You will learn how to ask helpful questions, listen effectively and employ boundaries. You will also learn how to apply the scriptures to important pastoral issues. (This unit includes a 45hr practical component).
PC104-508 • 100 hours
Thursdays – Semester 1
How can we grow in understanding God’s offer of comfort to those who are experiencing grief? This unit will help to raise your awareness of the causes and impact of grief. You will also be introduced to a biblical understanding of grief and how you can best support people in the midst of grieving.
Foundations of Christian Mentoring
PC112-508 • 100 hours
Tuesdays – Semester 2
Jesus’ final command to his followers was to ‘make disciples’ (Matthew 28:19-20). How do we equip others
for ministry and leadership? What are some of the tools of spiritual formation that we need? This unit will give you the practical skills and knowledge you need to make a tangible difference in the spiritual growth of others.