Newlife College is a ministry of Newlife Uniting Church
on the Gold Coast, Qld Australia, offering education
to those looking to study ministry and biblical theology -
both as a pathway to part time or full time ministry
and for personal growth and development.



Newlife College is a ministry of Newlife Uniting Church
on the Gold Coast, Qld Australia, offering education
to those looking to study ministry and biblical theology -
both as a pathway to part time or full time ministry
and for personal growth and development.


Welcome To Newlife College

Newlife College is a ministry of Newlife Uniting Church on the Gold Coast, providing theological education for those looking to study ministry and biblical theology - as a pathway to part time or full time ministry or for personal growth and development.  We provide a variety of study options and topics in undergraduate and postgraduate courses through our relationships with Adelaide College of Divinity and Uniting College for Leadership & Theology (a constituent member college of the Adelaide College of Divinity).

We hope you will be inspired to engage in a deeper knowledge and understanding of scripture, theology and ministry - expanding the way you connect with God and with others in your work, friendships and life. 


REV. Stu Cameron
Lead minister





dEVELOPING Missional Leaders



A Diploma in Ministry is a great starting point for those interested in pursuing a vocation in ministry, with a choice of seven ministry pathways.  Whether you are just wanting to stretch your faith journey or advance your career, the Diploma of Ministry is a great starting point.


A Bachelor in Ministry is your entry pathway to ordained Ministry.  This degree will open opportunities while giving you a deeper and more founded understanding of the Christian faith.  With many pathways to choose from, the options are almost endless.



Postgraduate studies are for people who have already completed tertiary education and would like to go deeper in their understanding and their knowledge and experience of the Christian faith.





Working fulltime, I desired to study Theology part time to aid my personal development. I enrolled in an intensive class at Newlife College solely due to my interest in the subject matter. I was warmly welcomed and befriended by the currently enrolled students. The lecturers and administrative staff were extremely encouraging and supportive. As a consequence I have decided to continue studying for the Diploma of Ministry, with further advanced study a possibility. I have found a vibrant spiritual space at Newlife College to explore my gifts.
— Darryl
Newlife College puts first class teaching right on our front door! To have top quality lecturers, the Adelaide College of Divinity’s years of experience and the inspiring environment of the Gold Coast is an opportunity not to be missed! I have completed 4 of my 7 required subjects towards a Grad Dip of Ministry and am encouraged to continue well past the 7 subjects and onto Masters level! Thank you Newlife College!
— Marcelle
Newlife College has challenged me to stretch in my faith and engage with God’s Word in a deeper way. I’ve had the opportunity to learn from and with some of the most fantastic people. My experience has gone far in equipping me for leadership and ministry in the contexts in which I serve.
— Ori





Diploma OF Ministry

We currently offer six face-to-face Study Options at Newlife College.  If you would like to complete a Diploma in 12 months, other units can be taken as distance learning subjects completing the 8 units required for the Diploma in Ministry.

The Diploma of Ministry course provides a foundational knowledge and skills at introductory level in the disciplines which comprise the professional field of ministry studies: biblical studies; Christian education & discipleship; leadership; and missiology.

Students who complete the Diploma of Ministry will gain one year of credit towards a Bachelor of Ministry.

Face to Face Study Options for 2016 ( Click to Download )

Newlife College will offer the following face-to-face units as part of this blended-learning program:

Semester II
Interpreting the Old Testament (MINS1101)
Reading Cultures (MINS1305)

Semester I
Beyond Sunday: An Introduction to Life, Faith & Work (MINS1603)
Introduction to Formation for Ministry (MINS1510)

November Intensive
Homiletics (MINS2533)

July Intensive
The Ministry of Pastoral Care (MINS2536) July intensive has been cancelled due to two major denominational conferences taking place over this same period. This course is still available to study via distance study.

2016 Face to Face Study Timetable ( Click to Download )

2016 Face to Face Subject Descriptions ( Click to Download )

Graduates of the Diploma of Ministry will have:

  • developed foundational skills in the core areas of ministry practice
  • the ability to apply skills in ministry contexts, including employed and voluntary roles
  • developed the ability to access, comprehend and evaluate information across the disciplines of ministry practice
  • developed interpersonal and teamwork skills applicable to a range of ministry practice contexts
  • begun to develop skills which foster self-directed lifelong learning

Graduates of the Diploma of Ministry will:

  • have developed at least one area of specialisation within the disciplines of ministry practice, and the ability to apply that knowledge to ministry contexts
  • be responsible and accountable for their exercise of ministry practice
  • have foundational skills in leadership in the context of ministry practice

Length of the course

The course requires one year of full-time study, or equivalent part-time.

Students may commence enrolment in the Diploma of Ministry. Students in either the Bachelor of Ministry or Associate Degree of Ministry may choose to exit early with a Diploma of Ministry after one year of full-time study and having met the course rules for the Diploma.

Course Structure

The Diploma of Ministry course is 36 credit points comprising 8 units of 4.5 credit points each:

Students are required to complete:

  • at least four level 1 core units, one in each of the four areas of study (selected from the 8 units offered), and
  • at least two upper level elective units selected from the full range of units available in the Bachelor of Ministry.

Within these requirements, the Diploma of Ministry also provides a range of specific study pathways to meet the training and study needs for those working within chaplaincy areas of aged care, schools and hospitals, and leadership at Church councils.

Pathways include: Children, Youth & Family Ministry; and Discipling Adults 

COURSE STRUCTURE: At least four level one units, one from each of the following areas:























Biblical Studies

Interpreting the Old Testament
Interpreting the New Testament


Introduction to Christian Thought
Reading Cultures


Introduction to Leadership
Introduction to Formation for Ministry

Christian Education and Discipleship

Spirituality for 21st Century Disciples
Media & Communication in Contemporary Culture

and at least two upper level units selected from the full range of units available in the Bachelor of Ministry

Further elective units selected from the full range of units available in the Bachelor of Ministry to complete 36 credit points.

A full explanation of the Diploma of Ministry is available here ( click to download )

Bachelor in Ministry

All subjects offered at Newlife College are bachelor level subjects.

A full explanation of the Bachelor of Ministry is available here ( click to download )






Information for Applicants

Newlife College welcomes applicants from all backgrounds who desire an education based on a Christian worldview.

 The Application Form is to be read and completed in conjunction with the relevant information found in the Adelaide College of Divinity 2016 Handbook, which  includes information on admissions and courses.

 How To Apply

Step 1: Course of Study

Choose the course that you would like to study and determine whether you meet the entry requirements. Some courses require additional forms and documentation to be submitted with the Application Form. If you would like to discuss your application, please do not hesitate to contact our campus coordinator on 0413 343 404 or email

Step 2: Lodging an Application

Complete all sections of the Application Form along with your certified copies of documentary evidence of your identity and qualifications.
Mail to: Newlife College, 4 Greenwhich Court, Robina, QLD, 4226 or email to

STEP 3: Documentation

All supporting documentation must be included with the Application Form. Copies of certificates and educational awards need to be certified by a Justice of the Peace or public notary, stating that the copy is true to the original.

 What Next?

Adelaide College of Divinity will contact you directly regarding your application.  On acceptance of admission you may select the units you would like to enrol in and submit an Enrolment Form.

Further information will be sent to you to assist you to begin your studies.


You can download the 2016 Fee schedule here.

Enrolments cannot be processed fees are paid either by one of the options stated on the enrolment form. Should you wish to use the FEE help option, you will need to request a FEE Help form which will be posted out to you.  Your enrolment will not be processed until the completed form is received by Adelaide College of Divinity (ACD).

ACD Student Services can be contacted by phoning  08 8416 8400 or emailing

They can assist with the following:  

  • Advice on FEEHelp.
  • Assessment for recognition of prior learning (VET students) Assignment submission.
  • Detailed Course enquiries. 
  • Credit for study completed previously (undergrad and postgrad students) 
  • Fee payments.
  • Purchasing printed copies of materials.

 Credit for Previous Study

Requests for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) need to be made directly to Adelaide College of Divinity.

Admission & Enrolment Forms





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Newlife College is affiliated with Uniting College, a member of the Adelaide College of Divinity a Registered
Training Organisation (RTO4863) and Higher Education Provider.