Diploma of Leadership and Management

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  • Payment options:

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  • Duration:

    2 years part-time

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    St Mark's National Theological Centre (RTO 88072)

  • Course fee:

    Price may vary

  • Career Outcomes:

    Minister | Church Leader |

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

If you’re ready to become an outstanding leader in your church, the Diploma of Leadership and Management from St Mark’s National Theological Centre is the course you’ve been looking for.

The role of church leaders and ministers is becoming increasingly diverse and demanding. This course breaks leadership down into four key areas: effective communication, managing risk and safety, planning and resourcing, and leading and building teams. Throughout each module, you’ll develop a wide range of practical skills and further your personal development, allowing you to better cope with the demands of leadership and guide your community as effectively as possible.

This course is an ideal additional qualification for those who have completed formal ministry training and theological studies. Delivered entirely online, with optional classroom-based training four times per year offered in Canberra, this diploma is just what you need you take your church leadership career to a whole new level.


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

  • Have achieved a level of education equal to or above Australian Year 10 certificate; AND
  • Have sufficient literacy skills to read and engage with complex material and other literature related to leadership and management; AND
  • Be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, an Australian permanent resident, or hold a permanent humanitarian visa; AND
  • Submit the following documents:
    • Copy of Year 10 certificate (or any higher qualification)
    • Brief resume
    • Letter of support from minister or manager; AND
  • Provide evidence they hold a current leadership role in their church or organisation; OR
  • Provide a letter of support from a church minister or other manager indicating agreement for practical leadership assessment activities to be undertaken in their church or other organisation.

What You’ll Learn

In this leadership course, the subjects you may study include:

  • BSBLDR501 - Develop and use emotional intelligence 
  • BSBLDR502 - Lead and manage effective working relationships 
  • BSBLDR503 - Communicate with influence
  • BSBWHS501 - Ensure a safe workplace 
  • BSBRSK501 - Manage risk 
  • CHCPRP003 - Reflect on and improve own professional practice 
  • BSBMGT517 - Manage operational plan 
  • BSBMKG514 - Implement and monitor marketing activities 
  • BSBFIM601 - Manage finances 
  • BSBLED501 - Develop a workplace learning environment 
  • BSBWOR502 - Lead and manage team effectiveness 
  • BSBINN502 - Build and sustain an innovative work environment 

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.

Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a Diploma of Leadership and Management from St Mark's National Theological Centre.

Graduates are prepared to thrive in long-term church ministry or leadership roles, managing diverse, successful ministry teams and coping with the increasing demands of such positions. 

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

How Much Will It Cost?

Finance options

The fee for this course is $3,600. Payment can be made upfront and in full to receive a 5% discount; St Mark’s also offers payment plans to assist students to manage the cost of study.

Payment plans are subject to a $500 deposit. Regular payments to be made by either credit card or direct debit on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis at a rate which will complete payment of fees by the end of each session of study.