About This Course
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. Its flexibility allows various options for specialisation, such as: Christian Studies; Ministry Practice; Spiritual Direction; Children, Youth and Families; Creative Arts; and Contextual Studies.
Students may choose to complete a Diploma of Ministry and Theology for their own personal growth and development, or for employment (paid or voluntary) in local churches or parachurch organisations in various ministry roles, based on their area of specialisation.
Spiritual Direction specialisation.
Students who are planning to focus on Spiritual Direction within the Diploma of Ministry and Theology would complete the following subjects as their electives; Exploring Spiritual Direction and Deepening Spiritual Direction. Please note that choosing a focus on Spiritual Direction means this course cannot be completed within 12 months but over 24-36 month period at a part time rate.
The Diploma of Ministry and Theology (Spiritual Direction specialisation) consists of 6 subjects, 4 x core and 2 x specialisation subjects. The core subjects are worth 6 credit points each and the specialisation subjects 12 credit points each. A Diploma of Theology candidate must accrue an aggregate of at least 48 credit points.Please seek pathway advice each semester with the Head of Program.
Upon completion of the Diploma of Ministry and Theology, graduates will be able to:
- Interpret theological and biblical texts faithfully and analyse, synthesise, and communicate the approaches of others.
- Employ cognitive and creative theological reflection skills to analyse, plan, design and evaluate approaches to unpredictable issues and problems within ministry and/or vocational settings.
- Communicate specialised biblical and theological and/or ministry concepts, perspectives and skills to others.
- With depth in Christian studies or ministry praxis, in various Christian traditions and/or ministry contexts.
- To adapt biblical and theological and/or ministry concepts, perspectives and methodologies in various contexts.
- With personal responsibility, autonomy and accountability in theological reflection on life, vocation and/or ministry praxis, based on Christian traditions and methodologies.
- With initiative and judgement to organise the work of self and others to plan, coordinate and evaluate the work of teams within specific Christian traditions and/or ministry contexts.
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.
Bachelor of Theology
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.
Graduate Diploma in Spiritual Direction
In a fast-paced and consumerist culture, people of all walks are hungering for a grounded spiritual journey. Spiritual direction is an ancient practice where through hospitable conversation, one person helps another discern and respond to God’s presence in the sacred stories of daily life. Grounded in the Christian tradition, Tabor’s Graduate Diploma in Spiritual Direction forms people for this ministry.
- The Biblical Story for Everyone
- Exploring the Christian Faith
- Formation and Vocation
ONE of the following:
- Meaningful Living (Tabor Core)
- Christian Spirituality (Required for Spiritual Direction specialisation)
- Elective 1
- Elective 2
- Elective 3
- Elective 4
Options vary and are subject to availability.
Spiritual Direction specialisation: Students undertaking a Spiritual Direction focus are required to complete the following two subjects within their electives: Exploring Spiritual Direction, and Deepening Spiritual Direction. Please seek pathway advice each semester.
How long does it take?
1 year full-time or part-time equivalent.
What do I need for entry?
Completion of ‘Tabor Early Entry’ criteria (NOT dependent on ATAR)
Qualify for mature age entry
OTHER ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:
Completion of an Australian Certificate IV or higher qualification awarded by an authorised institution or registered training organisation (or equivalent overseas qualification).
Completion of at least an Australian Qualifications Framework Level 5 Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma, or equivalent overseas qualification.
Completion of Tertiary Admissions Assessment (TAA) with a score of 70 or higher. If an applicant receives a score of 60-69 they will be eligible to enrol “on probation”.
English language proficiency
Proficiency in the English language is required for entry to all courses and any applicant for whom English is not their first language must satisfy the College’s English language requirements. This can be met by attaining an overall score of 6.5 with minimum 5.5 in each subtest in the IELTS (Academic), or by holding a tertiary qualification delivered and assessed in English, or by achieving a passing grade in Tabor’s Admissions Assessment.
When can I start?
Semester 1 – February
Semester 2 – July