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