Diploma of Christian Ministry and Theology

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    1 year part-time

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    St Mark's National Theological Centre (RTO 88072)

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This course meets the Nationally Recognised Training standards. It is listed on the Australian government’s National Register for Vocational Education and Training (VET). Studying this course leads to a qualification that’s recognised throughout Australia, and lets employers know that you have the right skills for the job.

Course Rundown

Build practical skills with Biblical grounding to support your work serving the church with this online Diploma of Christian Ministry and Theology (10434NAT) course. 

Designed for Christians seeking to build relevant skills for deepening their knowledge and serving the church, this course provides the foundation training and confidence required to help others and communicate your faith. No previous study is required to enter this course, and you can expect to gain the foundation skills and experience necessary for starting your spiritual training journey. 

Whether you’re seeking to provide pastoral care, run small groups, lead volunteers or start your own ministry, this course provides a relevant and practical framework to start your training. You’ll learn how to interpret, analyse and apply integrated concepts relating to Christian beliefs, provide considered information and ideas related to Christian beliefs, and provide leadership to Christians based on your demonstrated understanding of Christianity. You’ll be encouraged to apply your new knowledge in your own church setting, with opportunities available for participate in and lead some lay-ministry activities in your church. 

If you’re seeking to build new skills in leadership to help others along their spiritual path, this qualification will help you start your training and equip you with the skills to help others enrich their lives and serve the church. 



Study Christian ministry and theology at St Mark's Theological Centre


To be eligible to study this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Provide a letter from your church minister, indicating that the minister considers you to have the potential for introductory training in theology and lay ministry, and that the minister takes responsibility for you to be inducted into safe church practises relevant to their church setting; AND
  • Be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, an Australian permanent resident, or hold a permanent humanitarian visa.

If English is not your first language, you may need to complete a language, literacy and numeracy indicator test prior to enrolment.

What You’ll Learn

In this arts and humanities course, the subjects you may study include:

Core units:

  • CMTTHE501A – Analyse and interpret theological beliefs in the light of current thinking
  • CMTTHE502A – Analyse and interpret theological data
  • CMTTHE503A – Research and analyse information within a theological theme or issue
  • CMTTHE504A – Identify new theological information
  • CMTMIN501A – Relate theological ideas to the Christian way of life
  • CMTMIN502A – Communicate theology in a clear form

Elective units:

  • CHCCDE002 – Develop and implement community programs
  • BSBCMM401 – Make a presentation
  • CHCCOM001 – Provide first point of contact
  • CHCPAS001 – Plan for the provision of pastoral and spiritual care

Why study with St Mark's National Theological Centre?

Discover what theological learning is all about when you sign up to a course at St Mark’s National Theological Centre. Since 1957 St Mark’s has been a leader in theological learning, offering students from all different backgrounds a rich, vibrant and supportive educational environment. St Mark’s is a proud partner of Charles Sturt University (CSU) and offers nationally recognised and academically rigorous undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in counselling, ministry and theology, pastoral studies plus more.

Student Support

St Mark’s National Theological Centre pride themselves on offering a supportive and high-quality theological education experience, while keeping the students’ interest at the forefront at all times.

As a partner with CSU, students of St Mark’s will be able to access the same great range of support services, including counselling services for any support you may need along your study journey or in your personal life.

Campus locations

This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

You can also choose to study this course entirely online.

Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a Diploma of Christian Ministry and Theology (10434NAT) from St Mark’s National Theological Centre.

This qualification will equip you with the skills and experience required to deepen your own spiritual practise and help others on their journey to serve the church. You’ll be equipped to work or volunteer in your own church as a team leader, youth leader, or in a pastoral care role, and will develop the leadership skills required to coach or guide others.

The opportunities for practical work provided by this qualification ensure you’ll graduate equipped with the practical skills, personal insights and relevant experience required to help others and serve the church.

Curious about where a career in arts and humanities could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

How Much Will It Cost?

Finance options

The fee for this course is $6,600.

St Mark’s offers payment plans to assist students to manage the cost of study. The payment plan involves payment of a $500 deposit on or before the census date, and an agreement to make regular payments to complete the balance of fee payment by the last day of the semester.