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Pastoral Leadership

Pastoral Leadership Stream

The Pastoral Leadership stream is designed to equip students to lead in every sphere of life, focusing predominantly on leadership and ministry development within a local church setting. The stream subjects cover biblical studies, theology, leadership and ministry principles.

PATHWAYS
Students in this stream customise their study further by choosing one of the following Pathways:

Church Ministry
For students who have a passion to see God’s church be all it can be, and are prepared to do whatever it takes to see that accomplished. Focuses on strategies for empowering the local church, especially through volunteer service.

Youth
Equips the student who has a heart to reach high schooler’s with the Gospel, to discover and apply their God-given purpose and change their generation.

Young Adults
Equips the student to effectively impact the 18-35 age demographic and develop them into a vibrant and strategic community that supports the strength and reach of their church from within.

Kids
For students with a heart to reach children of all ages with the Gospel – working with and learning from Hillsong Children’s Department, who are committed to modern, relevant communication and leadership techniques specifically geared towards twenty first century children.

Pastoral Care
Teaching practical skills and ethical principles to come alongside those facing challenge or crisis and helping connect them with God’s answers and practical ways to establish healthy life-style patterns.

Social Justice & Community Engagement
Teaching practical skills and ethical principles to practically and personally assist the vulnerable and marginalised.

Events
Learn creative ways and organisational skills to work “behind the scenes” of making weekend church and other church events successful.

Students who choose these pathways will also complete a range of industry approved training units, as well as participating in weekly practical ministry in the department associated with their chosen pathway.

Certificate IV - Core Subjects

If you’re going to serve Jesus, there are some things you just have to know. Core Subjects are done by all students and build a foundation of bible, doctrine personal leadership and ministry teamwork that can be applied in a wide range of life and ministry settings.

New Testament Introduction The books, themes and events of the New Testament in their cultural and historical context are introduced along with their application and relevance today. (48 hours | MINBIB401B Complete and apply a study based on the Biblical material to own life)

Old Testament Introduction The books, themes and events of the Old Testament in their cultural and historical context are introduced along with their application and relevance today. (48 hours | MINBIB401B Complete and apply a study based on the Biblical material to own life)

Christian Doctrine This subject identifies and explores a number of the major doctrines of the Bible, with the goal of building a solid foundation of truth for Christian life and ministry. (40 hours | MINTHY401B Identify and apply foundational theological concepts of Christianity)

Spirit-Filled Living The person and work of the Holy Spirit is introduced including an investigation of the baptism in the Spirit, spiritual gifts and ministering in the power of the Holy Spirit. (16 hours | MINLED401B Demonstrate Christian disciplines and spirituality)

Personal Leadership This subject introduces principles of spiritual leadership and is designed to assist the student in building godly character in to their life as a Christian leader, both spiritually and practically. It covers critical issues including, integrity, core values, healthy living, relationships and finance. (48 hours + 22 hours practicum | MINLED401B Demonstrate Christian disciplines and spirituality & MINLED402B Manage personal and ministry priorities holistically)

Personal Evangelism This subject is customised to equip students with the skills and understanding to effectively share the Gospel in a wide range of settings, from personal relationship to the public sphere. (16 hours | MINLED401B Demonstrate Christian disciplines and spirituality)

Teamwork This subject trains the student with the necessary skills and knowledge to work successfully in a team setting. (32 hours + 39 hours practicum | MINLED402B Manage personal and ministry priorities holistically & CHCORG303B Participate effectively in the work environment 1)

Communication in Ministry This subject trains the student with the necessary skills and knowledge to be able to successfully communicate in ministry settings. (32 hours + 71 hours practicum | CHCORG303B Participate effectively in the work environment 1)

Church and Ministry A wide range of aspects of church ministry and culture are introduced from a biblical basis including how we make church relevant today. (16 hours + 80 hours practicum | MINLED405B Describe and contribute to effective Christian ministry)

1Unit drawn from CHC08 Community Services Training Package
2Unit drawn from BSB07 Business Services Training Package
3Units drawn from CUS09 Music Training Package
4Units drawn from CUA11 Live Performance Training Package
5Units drawn from CUF07 Screen and Media Training Package
6Units drawn from CUE03 Entertainment Training Package

Certificate IV - Stream Subjects

In your first year, choosing this stream will start you on the journey towards ministering the Word, ministering to people, and helping build incredible ministries in a local church. In addition to the subjects below, you’ll also choose a Pathway, which allows you to get hands-on experience in pastoral ministry of your choice.

Introduction to Pastoral Leadership This subject introduces the student to their chosen pathway. These different pathways include: Church Ministry / Youth / Young Adults / Kids / Social Justice / Pastoral Care / Events. In this subject you will identify the essential features of that form of ministry, develop an understanding of its key social, ministry and leadership issues, and cultivate the specialised skills you need for ministry effectiveness. (16 hours + 29 hours practicum | MINLED405B Describe and contribute to effective Christian ministry2)

Public Speaking and Presentations This subject focuses on developing communication skills and the skills necessary to implement business, leadership and preaching presentations. (40 hours | BSBCMM401A Make a presentation)

Church History A refreshing overview of our Christian heritage from the early church to modern day. Attention is given to lessons relevant to contemporary ministry. (40 hours | MINPST402B Investigate Church history and apply findings to a ministry setting)

World Religions Surveying the world’s major religions and cults, outlining their history, major teachings, world-view and providing modern demographics. Students are equipped to reach out to the followers of other faiths with an informed Christian response. (40 hours | MINPST403B Investigate and compare major non-Christian beliefs and practices)

Mission and Culture The theories and practices of modern missions are introduced. Topics include: the biblical basis for missions, modern trends in missions, cross-cultural communication and strategies for effective missions. (48 hours | MINPST405B Develop an approach to global mission)

1Unit drawn from CHC08 Community Services Training Package
2Unit drawn from BSB07 Business Services Training Package
3Units drawn from CUS09 Music Training Package
4Units drawn from CUA11 Live Performance Training Package
5Units drawn from CUF07 Screen and Media Training Package
6Units drawn from CUE03 Entertainment Training Package

Diploma - Core subjects

Taking your Core studies further, these subjects will further strengthen your understanding of the Bible and theology, while adding key leadership skills to your ministry toolkit, so you can start empowering others to make a difference.

Old Testament Studies An in-depth look at key text in the Old Testament, focusing on Exodus and Psalms, analysing and interpreting major themes and applying them to a contemporary ministry. This subject builds upon the bible study skills you developed in first year by developing some basic exegetical skills appropriate for reading Old Testament texts accurately. (40 hours | MINBIB501B Interpret and apply the Bible)

New Testament Studies An in-depth look at key books and genres in the New Testament, focusing on Paul’s letter to the Romans and The Gospel of Luke. It will delve more deeply in to the cultural and historical settings of both books as it helps you cultivate some early exegetical skills that you can apply to the close study of other books of the New Testament. It will also help you analyse how you might apply these texts to contemporary Christian life and ministry. (40 hours | MINBIB501B Interpret and apply the Bible)

Pastoral Care This subject equips the student with the skills necessary to identify and effectively deal with pastoral care issues that arise in a ministry setting. These topics include: identifying issues, effective consultation and referral, overview of key pastoral issues, such as grief and loss, relational issues and crisis care. It will also help you think through the biblical and theological dimensions of caring for people so that you can grapple with many of the difficult issues that come up in pastoral ministry. (32 hours | MINPST501B Interpret and apply pastoral theology in a ministry setting)

Theology This subject builds on the concepts and skills you developed in Christian Doctrine and Church History in your first year. It discusses and develops major theological concepts, seeing how they developed through church history, and explores the diversity of theological viewpoints across a range of Christian traditions. The strengths and weaknesses of different positions will be assessed, along with their implications for life and ministry in a modern-day church setting. (40 hours | MINTHY501B Interpret and apply theological concepts)

Team Leadership One of the steps up into your second year is level of leadership responsibility you will be trained to carry. In this subject you will be equipped with the understanding and diverse skills you need to lead and build teams in a ministry environment. It will help you build your capacity to recruit people to your team, build a great team atmosphere, manage your team to meet challenging ministry goals, and develop the people in your team to fulfil their God-given potential. (40 hours + 170 hours practicum | MINLED504A Integrate and apply biblical, theological and ministry concepts in a ministry setting, BSBWOR402A Promote team effectiveness, BSBWOR501A Manage personal work priorities and professional development & BSBMGT401A Show leadership in the workplace1)

Leadership Development This subject combines with Team Leadership to give you a well-rounded understanding of leadership, and your pathways forward as you develop as a leader. In particular, this subject focusses on a range of leadership theories, from the academic and business worlds, and explores their implications and application to Christian ministry and leadership. In the process you will be enabled to think about your own leadership style, practice and potential, so that you can map out your leadership development trajectory. (40 hours + 70 hours practicum | MINLED504A Integrate and apply biblical, theological and ministry concepts in a ministry setting, BSBWOR501A Manage personal work priorities and professional development & BSBMGT401A Show leadership in the workplace1)

Ministry Safety Focussing on one of the key responsibilities of modern ministry leaders, this subject equips you with the skills and information you need to assess and maintain safety in a ministry environment. Topics include: managing risk, dealing with emergencies and Health and Safety policies and procedures. (8 hours | BSBOHS304B Contribute to OHS hazard control1)

1Units drawn from BSB07 Business Services Training Package
2Unit drawn from PSP04 Public Sector Training Package
3Units drawn from CUS09 Music Training Package
4Units drawn from CUF07 Screen and Media Training Package

Diploma - Stream subjects

In your second year, this stream will enlarge and deepen your knowledge and skills across the spectrum of pastoral ministry roles. You will be trained to preach, develop ministries, think through critical issues for Christianity in the 21st century and practically build people’s lives, coming out as a well-rounded pastoral leader.

Preaching Preaching is one of the most effective tools for communicating the gospel, teaching biblical truth and impacting lives. In this subject you’ll be introduced to the theology, communication theory and skills you’ll need to construct and deliver powerful, life-changing sermons. You’ll also have opportunity to practice and be coached in your new preaching skills. (48 hours | MINPST503B Deliver a sermon)

Ministry Development Many of our graduates find themselves being asked to take on or start ministries in their churches. This subject equips you to develop and run a ministry program, exploring strategies for researching, planning and building new and successful ministry opportunities within the church or reaching out to the community. It covers topics like understanding your target audience and their context, developing effective communication strategies, building and managing a ministry start-up team, and measuring and evaluating ministry success. (40 hours | MINPST504B Develop a Christian ministry program)

Christian Ethics This subject develops the skills you need to identify and address key ethical issues within contemporary society and to evaluate those issues within a Christian context. Topics include Christian and non-Christian world-views and ethical systems, and an overview of key ethical issues you’re likely to strike in Christian ministry today including: abortion, IVF, Wealth and Poverty and Workplace ethics. (48 hours | MINTHY502B Analyse ethical issues in a Christian context)

Marriage and Family This subject helps you develops a biblical basis for marriage and family, identifying relevant current issues that both marriages and the families encounter. This subject equips you with the theology and ministry skills you’ll need to help people in a Christian community build their marriages and families. It will also equip you to build your own life-giving and exemplary marriage and family, whilst navigating the challenges that life and ministry can throw at you. (40 hours |  MINPST502B Apply the theology of marriage and family)

World Perspectives As a Christian leader you will often be required to speak and respond to the key issues facing global society today. This subject will equip you to research and think through current issues from a biblical perspective, especially those that have implications for justice and the kingdom of God. Topics include: climate change, gender issues, current world conflicts, poverty and globalization.  (32 hours | MINPST505B Evaluate contemporary world issues from a Christian perspective)

Coaching Skills Helping people reach their God-given potential and to perform in ministry at a high level is one of a Christian leader’s most important tasks. In this subject you will be introduced to the ideas and skills involved in life and executive coaching, learning and practicing how to apply them to help others flourish in life and grow in ministry. (32 hours | PSPGOV415A Provide workplace coaching2)

1Units drawn from BSB07 Business Services Training Package
2Unit drawn from PSP04 Public Sector Training Package
3Units drawn from CUS09 Music Training Package
4Units drawn from CUF07 Screen and Media Training Package

Advanced Diploma - Subjects

Advanced Practicum 1 & 2 These are the subjects behind your Practicum. As you work alongside an experienced church leader, and immerse yourself in the week-to-week running of a church department or ministry, you will learn what it really takes to make ministry work. You will be involved in the development of new ministry initiatives and gain experience managing ministry and exerting influence in a ministry team environment. This development is guided by key members of the College faculty through regular coaching sessions. (34 hours + 240 hours practicum | MINLED601A Research, design, implement and evaluate a ministry initiative, MINLED602A Demonstrate technical or managerial leadership in a ministry function)

Elective Subjects

You will choose eight elective subjects in your 3rd year.*

Apologetics: With the recent rise in pluralism and militant atheism, as Christian leaders we are often required to give a reasoned defence of our Christian faith. This subject gives you the background knowledge and arguing skills you’ll need to present the case for Jesus Christ in this post-modern world. You will develop an understanding of and a response to the key arguments used to challenge the Christian Gospel. (54 hours | MINTHY602B Defend the Christian faith)

Corinthian Correspondence: Paul’s two letters to the Corinthians provide an ideal opportunity for in-depth study of a new testament book in its historical, cultural and social setting. This subject will fill-out your awareness of the background to the early church in the first century Greco-Roman world, and further develop your NT exegetical skills. You will also explore more deeply the process of applying the NT text into a modern day church setting. (53 hours | MINBIB601B Interpret and analyse biblical literature)

Prophetic Literature: The prophetic books of the Old Testament give a unique insight into God’s relationship with ancient Israel. Bringing together Israelite history, Jewish poetry, and Old Testament theology, this subject will help you grapple with the message of these profound and challenging books. Whilst developing your OT exegetical skills, you will also think through the process of applying the OT prophetic message to the modern world. (59 hours | MINTHY603A Examine and apply biblical theology to a ministry setting)

Managing Leaders: At higher levels of leadership, much of your time will be spent developing and managing other leaders. This subject will take you through the principles, practices and disciplines of those who excel in leading and managing teams of leaders. Content and skills will be drawn from both the ministry and business worlds. (59 hours | MINLED604B Manage and develop ministry leaders)

Leading Organisations: As a senior leader one of your key roles is to develop vision and strategy for your church or ministry department, communicating it powerfully to your team and directing its effective implementation. This subject will take you through the strategic planning process, equipping you with the tools you need to prayerfully develop a sense of God’s direction for your church or ministry, and the pathway to get there. You will also develop the strategic management skills and disciplines you’ll need to steer your leadership team. (53 hours | BSBMGT616A Develop and implement strategic plans1)

Contemporary Theologies: Theology is a continually evolving discipline, with new trends and ideas regularly gaining the limelight in Christian teaching, writing or ministry. This subject equips you for the challenging task of engaging with and analysing key, modern-day theological concepts and their impact on church life and on popular Christian thinking. (60 hours | MINTHY601B Analyse contemporary theologies to a ministry setting)

Building Creative Leaders:  This subject is for anyone passionate about learning to lead, come alongside & bring the best out of artistic people. In this class we specifically focus on discovering the personhood challenges the artistic people on our teams face and how they shape them as people and minsters. We’ll also explore how artistic people tend to face unique issues in life, what these issues are and how they can become the people who can release their incredible gift to the world, whilst living a strong, consistent life for the long-haul. (60 hours | MINWMU602A Pastor and lead a creative / worship department in a ministry setting)

Creative Director: These subjects are for those people who are committed to producing high-level creative presentations for the building of their local church services and events. They will equip you with the understanding and skills you’ll need to produce the creative elements of an event (story-telling, concept development, music, video, dance). You will also develop and an understanding of the necessary technical elements (sound, lighting) plus a growing knowledge of the management skills needed to oversee such events and presentations.  (54 hours | MINWMU601A Produce the creative elements of a service, CUSMPF603A Manage stagecraft aspects of performances2)

**Advanced Song Writing: In this subject you will further extend what you have learned in your first and second year song writing subjects. You will investigate and experiment with various writing components and music materials for the betterment of your writing; giving you the ability to fine-tune, rewrite and evaluate your songs on the way to professional industry standard. (53 hours | CUSMCP601A Extend techniques for composing music2)  

**You must have already completed the Song Writing focus in either Cert IV or Diploma as a prerequisite.

Training Skills: One of the things leaders regularly do in ministry is train people. It is one of the key ways they multiply their influence and expand ministry. This subject gives you the practical skills you need to plan and deliver group-based learning. It also teaches you how to assess people’s acquisition of skills and to evaluate the effectiveness of the training you conduct. (54 hours | TAEDEL401A Plan, organise and deliver group-based learning3)

Global Ministry and Culture: We increasingly minister in a multi-cultural yet globalised world. This subject introduces you to anthropology and its use in developing inter-cultural communication strategies for reaching various people- and sub-cultural groups through mission. (60 hours | MINPST601B Apply cultural anthropology to a ministry setting)

Platform Ministry: This subject practically equips the student to lead a service and deliver some of the key elements, such as communion, baptisms, altar calls and offering messages. Students will also learn to conduct weddings, baby dedications and funerals. (59 hours |MINLED608B Minister publicly in a Christian service or ceremony)

*Please note that elective availability is affected by timetable and requires a minimum number of students to run.

1Unit drawn from BSB07 Business Services Training Package
2Units drawn from CUS09 Music Training Package
3Unit drawn from TAE10 Training & Education Training Package