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Diploma of Ministry

Newlife College is offering a Gap Year program in 2018 for new and recent school leavers. The Diploma of Ministry is one year of full-time study or part-time equivalent. This is an accredited course so that students who complete the Diploma of Ministry will gain one year of credit towards a Bachelor of Ministry. Newlife College offers a combination of face-to- face lectures, tutorials and intensives that enable students to complete eight units within one calendar year.

The course provides an entry qualification for employment in lay ministry roles, and professional development for Church members preparing for leadership roles. Vocational outcomes (paid or unpaid) include: youth leader, church worker, professional development for teachers in church schools, church councillors or elders, and chaplains in schools, aged care and hospitals.
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Bible and Culture

with Liz Boase

This course is designed to explore the ways in which the Bible and culture intersect and interpret each other. Drawing on theories of culture and biblical themes and motifs, a range of topics will be considered in order to explore the Bible as a source of critique and liberation, ethical teaching and a framework within which questions of life & death, good & evil are considered. Students will engage with a variety of cultural forms, such as art, film, theatre, popular music, literature and more, in order to explore how the Bible is understood and portrayed.

Leadership and Organisational Culture

with Daniel Pampuch, Ralph Mayhew,
Mark Peters & Ruth Knight

This course introduces students to an understanding of how to lead a volunteer intensive, non-profit organisation. Students will explore issues related to recognising and developing a missional culture, the role of relationships in setting culture and proactive ways of engaging and managing volunteers within the missional culture. The course will explain effective methods of bringing about cultural change in a Christian or non-profit organisation.

Spirituality for 21st Century Disciples

Designed to provide students with the ability to articulate the biblical, spiritual and ethical bases for Christian discipleship.
Reflection on the appropriation of these in their own lives as developing leaders, and to gaining an understanding of such issues for church members.

The Christian
Story A

An introduction to the study of the history of the Christian Church with particular focus on Christian mission to 1500CE, including consideration of the impact of that mission on Australia, both in history and as it relates to contemporary issues.

Introduction to Christian Thought

Designed to introduce students to the study of the Christian faith and its key doctrines by outlining the content and method of Christian theology and exploring the roles of history, Scripture and other resources in theological discourse.

the Scriptures

An introduction and overview of the writings of the Old & New Testaments, focusing on interpreting them in light of their historical settings, genres, and leading theological themes. This course introduces students to the challenges of reading and interpreting ancient texts.

Introduction to Formation for Ministry

This unit is designed to introduce and orientate students to the nature of Christian formation. It will provide an overview of selected practices of Christian formation, both individual and communal, and allow students to identify ways in which this might apply to their own formation. As well as the opportunity to articulate a vocational statement and design a starting point for understanding their role, identify, faith and life in ministry.

Interpreting the New Testament

This unit gives an introduction to the contemporary interpretation of the Old Testament by reading it as a collection of diverse writings and by exploring its varied historical, cultural and social backgrounds. It introduces some methods used in the exegesis of biblical texts, and explores some the issues surrounding the application of the ancient writings to contemporary contexts.

Introduction to Christian Leadership

The Introduction to Leadership unit is designed to assist in the formation of effective Christian leaders for contemporary ministry and mission contexts. Students will explore the nature and dynamic of leadership, especially in relation to Christian ministry and mission, the value of effective leadership as integral to the mission and ministry of the church.

God, Gender, Sexuality and the Church

The most pressing issue for the church over the next decade may be its understanding and relationship to gender and sexuality. This course will bring a helpful perspective for thoughtful Christian understanding. This class will present a constructive dialogue between the views of those who differ on ethical and theological matters and maintain a respectful and humanising posture toward each view. This course will offer a balanced introduction to theological inquiry, which is contemporary, undogmatic, questioning and relevant to a thoughtful Christian’s education for ministry.

Reading Cultures

This unit will analyse the concepts of culture and worldview from a Christian perspective and how their importance for contextual theology and appropriate ministry and mission practices. It will enable students to develop greater sensitivity to ways of viewing the world that are different to their own and provide students with some basic tools to understand and appreciate the influence of their own culture and worldview to their approach to theology and ministry.

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