Plan your study
for Semester 2, 2020.

Classes begin 27 July.

Semester 2 - Campus Classes

Starting 29 July

MINS1601 | Spirituality for 21st Century Disciples

The purpose of the unit is to provide students with the ability to articulate the biblical, spiritual and ethical bases for Christian discipleship, to reflect on the appropriation of these in their own lives as developing leaders, and to gain a general understanding of such issues for church members.

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Starting 29 July

MINS2219 | Synoptic Gospels

This unit is designed to examine the Synoptic Gospels, in order to understand the historical and cultural contexts in which they were written. Compare the distinctive witness of Matthew, Mark and Luke, examine questions that arise from exegesis of the text and learn the methodologies that have been developed to address these questions.

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Starting 29 July

MINS2314 | Theology of Jesus Christ, Word and Saviour

This unit combines biblical, historical, doctrinal and contemporary approaches to Jesus Christ and to salvation in Christ. It will include discussion of the theology of salvation in Christ in biblical, patristic, medieval, reformation and modern theologies.

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Starting 30 July

MINS3515 | Leadership and Organisational Culture

This  unit  is  designed  to  assist  participants  to  lead  a volunteer intensive 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.

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Starting 30 July

MINS1101 | Interpreting the Old Testament

This unit looks at the contemporary relevance and interpretation of the Old Testament by exploring its historical, cultural and social backgrounds. Modules will include the Pentateuch, Deuteronomistic History, Prophets, and Psalms.

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Semester 2 - Online Classes

Starting 27 July

MINS1002 | Interpreting the Scriptures

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

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Starting 27 July

MINS1509 | Introduction to Christian Leadership

Designed to assist in the formation of effective Christian leaders for contemporary ministry and mission contexts. Explore the nature and dynamics of leadership and the value of effective leadership as integral to the mission and ministry of the church.

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Starting 21 September

MINS1304 | Introduction to Christian Thought

This unit introduces students to the study of theology at an introductory level.  It outlines the content and method of Christian theology and explores the roles of Scripture and tradition in theological discourse through historical developments and in the present day.

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Starting 21 September

MINS2527 | Christian Leadership

Building on MINS1509, the Christian Leadership unit is designed to assist in the formation of effective leaders for a healthy, missional church. Students will explore strategic planning, putting plans into action and methods of evaluation.

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Starting 9 November

MINS1603 | Beyond Sunday

The purpose of the unit is to provide students with an introduction to faith and work beyond Sunday. This unit looks at Biblical and theological foundations for a Christian approach to vocation, work and leisure, and discusses principles of leisure and rest in 21st century Australian life.

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Starts 29 July - Campus

MINS1601 | Spirituality for 21st Century Disciples

The purpose of the unit is to provide students with the ability to articulate the biblical, spiritual and ethical bases for Christian discipleship, to reflect on the appropriation of these in their own lives as developing leaders, and to gain a general understanding of such issues for church members. The unit will explore New Testament texts and theology regarding the nature of Christian discipleship and examines a range of approaches to spiritual development. It also explores personal and communal practices of Christian discipleship as described in recent literature and the biographies of contemporary disciples, with students engaging in reflection on their own beliefs, values and practices.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Ability  to  explain  biblical  motifs  of  Christian discipleship as expressed in the New Testament.
  • Ability  to  identify  formative  practices  of  Christian discipleship, both corporate and individual, and demonstrate some foundational practices suitable for personal development.
  • Ability to articulate and apply basic ethical frameworks for decision-making from a Christian perspective
  • Articulate an understanding of forms of spiritual development in the Christian tradition, and the ability to  identify appropriate  personal practices to foster these.

Class Details:

Wednesday mornings from
9am-12pm, starting 29 July
On campus – Newlife Church

Lecturer:
Lisa Maunder

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Starts 29 July - Campus

MINS2219 | Synoptic Gospels

This unit is designed to examine the Synoptic Gospels, in order to Understand the historical and cultural contexts in which they were written. Compare the distinctive witness of the three Synoptic Gospels. Examine questions that arise from exegesis of the text and learn the methodologies that have been developed to address these questions. Gain an understanding of the theology of the Synoptic Gospels. Explore connections between these writings and contemporary issues.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Read the Gospels of Mark, Matthew and Luke and apply methodological tools in order to interpret them.
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the structure, themes and distinctive features of one of the Synoptic Gospels and explain the similarities and differences between this Gospel and the other Synoptic Gospels.
  • Discuss ways of drawing contemporary relevance from these writings and demonstrate the ability to apply the text in contemporary missional and ministry contexts.
  • Demonstrate the ability to articulate, discuss and present the issues raised.

Class Details:

Wednesday afternoons from
1pm-4pm, starting 29 July
On campus – Newlife Church

Lecturer:
Dr. Adam Robinson

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Starts 29 July - Campus

MINS2314 | Theology of Jesus Christ, Word and Saviour

This unit combines biblical, historical, doctrinal and contemporary approaches to Jesus Christ and to salvation in Christ. It will include discussion of the theology of salvation in Christ in biblical, patristic, medieval, reformation and modern theologies. It will provide opportunities for students to survey biblical, historical, doctrinal and contemporary approaches to Jesus Christ. It will introduce students to the quest for the historical Jesus, the biblical foundation for Christology and developments up to and beyond the council of Chalcedon.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Critically examine a Christological issue in depth, using a theoretical framework.
  • Present critical reflections on the information and ideas in lectures, readings and tutorials, and formulate their own opinion.
  • Compare and contrast the various approaches presented in class.
  • Articulate a personal and theological argument or reflection.
  • Describe and critique the thesis of a Christological text.

Class Details:

Wednesday evenings from
6pm-8pm, starting 29 July
On campus – Newlife Church

Lecturer:
Brenden Burgess

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Starts 30 July - Campus

MINS3515 | Leadership and Organisational Culture

This  unit  is  designed  to  assist  participants  to  lead  a volunteer intensive 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. Topics may include understanding organisational culture, challenging and changing culture, emotional intelligence, conflict mediation and resolution and building teams.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Define  organisational culture and identify cultural traits within a number of organisations including Christian organisations.
  • Identify and evaluate a range of approaches in developing and maintaining relationally and emotionally healthy organisations.
  • Describe the nature of  a  volunteer, non-profit organisation and identify approaches and strategies in leading the organisation.
  • Explain effective methods of bringing about change in a Christian or non-profit organisation.

 

Class Details:

Thursday afternoons from
2pm-4pm, starting 30 July
On campus – Newlife Church

Lecturers:
Deborah Candler
David Yates

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Starts 30 July - Campus

MINS1101 | Interpreting the Old 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. The modules will include the Pentateuch, Deuteronomistic History, Prophets, and Psalms and may include selections from other writings.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Read a selection of writings from the Old Testament and   interpret   them   according   to   their   original contexts.
  • Encounter the methods of biblical interpretation and describe their use and limitations
  • Explore ways of drawing contemporary relevance from the ancient writings.
  • Demonstrate the ability to articulate, discuss and present orally the issues raised.

Class Details:

Thursday evenings from
6pm-9pm, starting 30 July
On campus – Newlife Church

Lecturer:
Dr. Adam Robinson

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Starting 27 July - Online

MINS1002 | Interpreting the Scriptures

This unit provides an introduction and overview to the writings of the Old and New Testaments, focusing on interpreting them in light of their historical settings, genres, and leading theological themes. It introduces students to the challenges of reading and interpreting ancient texts. Passages chosen for discussion reflect some of the major theological themes of the bible and the significant stages in the unfolding of salvation history.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Read selected passages of the Old and New Testaments and interpret them according to the original context
  • Demonstrate an understanding of genre as it applies to biblical texts
  • Articulate the challenge of reading ancient texts
  • Explore the inter-connectedness between the Old and New Testaments
  • Discuss how the  writings of the  Old  and New Testaments reflect and shape our understanding of salvation history.

Class Details:

Online Delivery
Pre-recorded lectures
Interactive tutorials via Zoom

Lecturer:
Dr. Adam Robinson

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Starting 27 July - Online

MINS1509 | 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. Topics covered may include: defining leadership; theology and leadership; leadership as influence; models of Christian leadership (leader as servant, shepherd, change-agent, manager); leadership styles; leadership qualities.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Articulate definitions and understandings of leadership from the perspective of Christian theology in dialogue with secular leadership modes
  • Identify a number of models and styles of leadership and their applications to the given context and in relation to issues such as responsibility, power, authority and governance in general
  • Critically  reflect  on  her/his  personal  experiences  in leadership
  • Evaluate the culture and dynamics of a given organisation.

Class Details:

Online Delivery
Pre-recorded lectures
Interactive tutorials via Zoom

Lecturer:
Deborah Candler

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Starting 21 September - Online

MINS1304 | Introduction to Christian Thought

This unit introduces students to the study of theology at an introductory level.  It outlines the content and method of Christian theology and explores the roles of Scripture and tradition in theological discourse through historical developments and in the present day.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will be able to identify the history and scope of theological discourse
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to critically engage with contemporary approaches to Christian theology
  • Students will be able to outline and describe the importance of theological doctrine to ministry practice.

Class Details:

Online Delivery
Pre-recorded lectures
Interactive tutorials via Zoom

Lecturer:
Brenden Burgess

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Starting 21 September - Online

MINS2527 | Christian Leadership

The Christian Leadership unit is designed to assist in the formation of effective leaders for a healthy, missional church. Students will explore strategic planning, putting plans into action and methods of evaluation. Topics may include: acquiring, developing and articulating vision; the art of strategy: goals, systems and strategic thinking; effective execution: decision making, tactics and programming; resourcing ministry; decision-making; programs and tactics; establishing evaluation systems.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Articulate  a  personal  philosophy  of  leadership  and management  in  dialogue  with  Christian  theological understandings and perspectives.
  • Evaluate critically a range of approaches to leadership, comparing concepts and styles.
  • Identify the role of a Christian leader in relation to strategic planning including vision, goals, programming and evaluation.
  • Articulate  the  value  and  contribution  that  systems theory can make to a Christian organization.
  • Reflect on the nature of decision-making, particularly in relation to the leader’s style and personality as well as the use of power and authority.

Class Details:

Online Delivery
Pre-recorded lectures
Interactive tutorials via Zoom

Lecturer:
Craig Bailey

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Starting 9 November - Online

MINS1603 | Beyond Sunday

The purpose of the unit is to provide students with an introduction to faith and work beyond Sunday. This unit looks at Biblical and theological foundations for a Christian approach to vocation, work and leisure, and discusses principles of leisure and rest in 21st century Australian life. Students will explore the application of Christian discipleship to significant issues of 21st century life, e.g. globalisation, economic factors and the influence of technology, and examine key pastoral issues in the life of the worker such as stress, anxiety, work/life balance, financial pressure, workplace bullying, and the development of peer-based pastoral skills in relation to these.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Develop a theology of vocation, work and leisure.
  • Analyse a range of issues that affect the wellbeing of individuals in the contemporary workplace, and explore a range of Christian responses.
  • Identify ways in which the church can empower people to effectively live out a Christian approach to their vocation and leisure.
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills (written, verbal and technological).

Class Details:

Online Delivery
Pre-recorded lectures
Interactive tutorials via Zoom

Lecturer:
Lisa Maunder

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