About This Course
The primary goal of Tabor’s Bachelor of Theology course is to develop graduates who are creative theological thinkers, and nurture in them an ability to draw critically on the biblical witness and traditions of the church.
Throughout the course, students will develop a comprehensive understanding of the Christian Scriptures, Christian theology and the history of the church. Students are also given an opportunity to deepen their knowledge in a specialised field by taking an eight subject major in biblical studies, theology studies or ministry.
The degree offers an intentional opportunity for personal growth and development through our unique program of formation. This strand of the course encourages students to see their studies as not only a time of academic challenge, but also a period of ongoing spiritual enrichment.
Graduates may find employment in local churches as congregational pastors with responsibility for preaching, teaching and leadership. Please speak to the course co-ordinator to discuss pathway options in preparation for application for ordination with your chosen denominational body. The degree also provides an ideal basis for post graduate study in the field of Theology, which may lead to employment within Australian Christian tertiary education institutions.
Graduates will be:
- Lifelong learners whose critical thinking is enriched by the living Christian tradition.
- Holistic individuals whose vocational competence is enriched by active Christian values.
- Leading members of various communities whose strategic vision embraces the global context and whose contribution is expressed in multifaceted care and concern for others.
Graduates will be able to:
- Demonstrate a broad and coherent knowledge of the biblical text and Christian theology, with depth in the underlying concepts and methods of biblical studies, theology proper, Christian philosophy or Christian ministry.
- Demonstrate cognitive, technical and creative skills to interpret faithfully the biblical text, with a particular focus on one or more genres of Scripture, and to review critically the interpretations of others.
- Demonstrate cognitive and creative skills to think theologically and synthesise theological knowledge, including an ability to draw critically from the biblical text and Christian tradition.
- Communicate their thinking in a clear and coherent fashion to both theologically trained and non-theologically trained audiences.
- Critically apply knowledge of the biblical text and exegetical skills to develop contextually appropriate interpretations and applications of biblical passages.
- Critically engage theological and life issues in the light of their knowledge of Christian theological tradition and method.
- Explain the relevance and influence of personal and cultural considerations on biblical interpretation and theological method.
- Examine their spiritual, theological and ministerial formation and integration, and identify their vocational direction.
Diploma in Theology
The primary goal of Tabor’s Diploma in Theology course is to develop graduates who have a deeper appreciation of the Christian Scriptures, faith and story and a greater ability to connect these with life in 21st century Australia.
Bachelor of Ministry
The Bachelor of Ministry program at Tabor holistically prepares students for vocational and professional roles which bring glory to God through Christian work, in both word and deed.
Graduate Diploma in Ministry
As Tabor’s foundational postgraduate study option, the Graduate Diploma offers students the opportunity to further build upon knowledge and skills developed in undergraduate courses (B.Min/B.Theology). This comprehensive course offers a standalone qualification while also serving as a bridge into the Master of Ministry program.
Master of Ministry
Tabor’s Master of Ministry is a comprehensive coursework award designed to prepare students academically and spiritually for Christian ministry and leadership in a variety of contexts. Entry into the award is via the Graduate Diploma in Ministry.
- Introduction to the Biblical Languages
- Introduction to the Old Testament
- Introduction to the New Testament
- Introduction to Biblical Interpretation
- Meaningful Living
- Story of the Church
- Foundations of Trinitarian Theology
- Theological Reflection
- Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God
- Holy Spirit and the Church
- Introduction to Christian Ministry
Select 8 subjects within the following fields:
- Biblical Studies
- Theology Studies
- Ministry Studies
ONE MAJOR must be completed. Choose (8) Biblical Studies subjects, or (8) Theology Studies subjects or (8) Ministry Studies subjects
- Elective 1
- Elective 2
- Elective 3
- Elective 4
Options vary and are subject to availability.
How long does it take?
3 years (36 months) full-time or part-time equivalent.
What do I need for entry?
Qualify for mature age entry
When can I start?
Semester 1 – February
Semester 2 – July