You will choose eight elective subjects in your third year that are most relevant to managerial, pastoral, creative or other technical leadership areas.
Leading a Church Department:
As a senior leader one of your key roles is to implement vision and organisational ethos to your church or ministry department, communicating it powerfully to your team, outworking it with other departments and directing its effective implementation. This subject will equip you with the practical skills needed to manage human resources within your department, take you through the financial planning process and help you develop the strategic management skills and disciplines you’ll need to steer your department. (MINLED610 Manage a church department | 56 hours)
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. (MINLED604 Manage and develop ministry leaders | 59 hours)
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. (MINTHY602 Defend the Christian Faith | 58 hours)
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. (MINBIB601 Interpret and analyse biblical literature | 55 hours)
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. (MINTHY603 Examine and apply biblical theology to a ministry setting | 59 hours)
Social Justice and the Church:
Social justice is increasingly becoming a subject of concern in contemporary societies. This subject will explore aspects of social justice practices and theory and apply them to evaluate the contributions of the Church to that arena. It will also equip you to develop strategies of implementation in a ministry setting. (MINPST602 Apply social justice to a ministry setting | 60 hours)
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. (MINTHY601 Analyse contemporary theologies to a ministry setting | 60 hours)
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. (MINPST604 Plan and deliver ministry training in a local-church environment | 56 hours)
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. (MINLED608 Lead a Christian service or ceremony | 59 hours)
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.
++Please note: This subject is being made available exclusively to students who have completed a Diploma of Ministry in Worship Music, Production or Film and TV. (MINPST503 Deliver a sermon | 59 hours)
Marriage and Family:
This subject helps you develops a biblical basis for marriage and family, identifying relevant current issues encountered in various forms of relationships. 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, while you navigate the challenges of life and ministry.
++Please note: This subject is being made available exclusively to students who have completed a Diploma of Ministry in Worship Music, Production or Film and TV. (MINPST502 Interpret and apply the theology of marriage and family | 60 hours)
This subject equips students who are committed to producing high-level creative presentations for their local church services and events. You will be equipped with the understanding and skills you’ll need to produce creative elements of an event (story-telling, concept development, music, video, dance). You will also develop an understanding of the necessary technical elements (sound, lighting). In addition you will grow your knowledge of the management skills needed to oversee such events and presentations. (CUAPPR602 Collaborate in professional creative projects | 56 hours)*
In this subject you will further extend what you have learned in your first and second year songwriting 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 to a professional industry standard.
Pre-requisite: you must have already completed the Songwriting focus in either Cert IV or Diploma.
(CUAMCP602 Extend techniques for composing music | 55 hours)*
This subject is for anyone passionate about learning to lead and develop artistic people and teams. In this class, we specifically focus on discovering the personhood challenges artistic people on Creative teams face and how they shape them as people and ministers. We will also explore how artistic people tend to face unique issues in life, what these issues are and how you can become a leader who releases them to outwork their creativity, whilst living a strong, consistent life for longevity in ministry. (MINWMU602 Lead and pastor creative artists in a ministry setting | 60 hours)
Creativity and the Arts in the Church
An investigative look into the history of Christian worship and the fine arts; music, drama, literature and poetry, the visual arts, sculpture, and architecture. You will learn from the lessons of the past, and how they might apply to your leadership and artistic journey today. Learn how to outwork worship, both artistically and culturally, in the 21st century across a variety of church and cultural art expressions. Discover how to use and apply your God-given, unique creativity to reach today’s generations using timeless & relevant art mediums. You will also develop a growing ability to research and analyse the internal and external influences on the Arts, and as a result be able to effectively and beautifully communicate to others the workings and purpose of the Arts for worship through creative presentations. (60 hours | BSBCRT601 Research and apply concepts and theories of creativity)
*CUA Creative Arts and Culture Training Package Release 2, April 2016