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 of Ministry and Theology
Tabor’s Diploma of Ministry and Theology is designed to shape graduates holistically for Christian ministry through engagement in four interdependent formation domains: theology, spirituality and personhood, contextual studies and ministry, and reflective disposition and practice. More Information
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.
Biblical Languages Core
The Biblical Story for Everyone
Interpreting the Old Testament
Interpreting the New Testament
At least 3 Exegesis and Theology for Proclamation (ETP) units: Pentateuch ETP; Prophets ETP; Synoptic Gospels ETP; Romans ETP
Story of the Church
Exploring the Christian Faith
TiC: Trinity and Creation
TiC: Christ and the Kingdom
TiC: Spirit and the Church
Early Church History OR Reformation History
Formation and Vocation
Developing Cultural Intelligence
- Contextual Studies and Ministry Core
- Elective 1
- Elective 2
- Elective 3
- Elective 4
Students can choose to specialise in the following areas:
- Biblical Studies
- Theological Studies
- Ministry Leadership
- Ministry Practice
- Contextual Studies
- Creative Arts
Options vary and are subject to availability.
How long does it take?
3 years (36 months) full-time or part-time equivalent.
When can I start?
Semester 1 – February
Semester 2 – July