Unit descriptions for graduate degrees

Learn more about where a graduate degree from Harvest Bible could take you: extend your ministry training, build on your knowledge of the Bible, and develop stronger theological study foundations.

Eschatology and the Theology of the Future

Levels Offered Status Unit Code Pre-requisites
Graduate Diploma Elective TH-412 TH-402 Introduction to Theology
This unit examines the basics of core biblical teaching about eschatology and different interpretations and approaches to the future. Major schools of thought pertaining to the Kingdom of God, end-time events, and life after death are critically evaluated. Biblical prophecy and revelation from both the Old and New Testaments will be discussed, giving students the opportunity to compare and discuss how these may translate into understandings of eschatological beliefs and consequent pastoral practices. Previous title: The Theology of the Future.

Introduction to Theology

Levels Offered Status Unit Code Pre-requisites
Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma Core TH-402 None
This unit introduces and overviews the content and dynamics of Christian theology, examining how we know and understand the Persons of the triune God and His revelation in Scripture. An examination is made of God’s creation and the redemption of humanity, with a particular focus on the Person and work of Jesus Christ and of the Holy Spirit. The nature and mission of the Church and perspectives on the future will be briefly overviewed also.

Issues in Apologetics

Levels Offered Status Unit Code Pre-requisites
Graduate Diploma Elective TH-408 None
As well as examining arguments in favour of, and against, the Christian faith, this unit explains the apologetic issues relevant to different religious or cultural groups. Students will learn how to evaluate an opportunity for apologetics and develop apologetic strategies applicable in the 21st century.

New Testament Theology

Levels Offered Status Unit Code Pre-requisites
Graduate Diploma Elective TH-405 None
With careful attention to definitions and methodologies, this unit delves into the concept of New Testament Theology, reviewing its relationship to the Old Testament and then to systematic theology. Contexts and themes of the theology of the Gospels, Paul and other New Testament books will be studied, while methods and intentions of their authors are analysed. Students will begin to synthesize this theology, discussing application of New Testament Theology to their lives, faith, vocation and ministry, and that of those around them.

Person and Work of Christ

Levels Offered Status Unit Code Pre-requisites
Graduate Diploma Elective TH-403 None
This unit familiarises the student with the biblical teachings on the person and work of Jesus Christ, including the various theories of the atonement, free will, and predestination.

Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

Levels Offered Status Unit Code Pre-requisites
Graduate Diploma Elective TH-401 None
This unit discusses of the historical development and biblical foundations of the Christian doctrine of the Holy Spirit. Elemental differences between Pentecostal and other Christian views will be compared. There will also be regular “clinics” to practice prayer and the exercise of spiritual gifts.

Theology of Church

Levels Offered Status Unit Code Pre-requisites
Graduate Diploma Elective TH-411 TH-402 Introduction to Theology
This unit builds on the introductory material on ecclesiology from Introduction to Theology by considering the theological issues of church in greater depth. This unit describes the nature of the church and its mission in the world, and will equip students with theological principles of church leadership and governance, worship, ministry, pastoral care and mission. The unit is an adventure into the radical possibilities of the missional church. It aims to introduce the student to the paradigm shifts required to recast the church in a genuinely missional stance in western cultural contexts.

Theology of Mission

Levels Offered Status Unit Code Pre-requisites
Graduate Diploma Elective TH-409 None
Observing key trends and issues arising from contemporary missiology, this unit traces mission back to the historical development of mission themes and principles in the Bible. From this study, students will be equipped to apply their understanding of theology of mission and explore opportunities where this can be outworked in their personal lives.

Supervised Reading – Theology

Levels Offered Status Unit Code Pre-requisites
Graduate Diploma Elective TH-490 Permission required from the Head of Intercultural Ministry OR from the Head of Theology
This reading unit is intended extend the student’s understanding of a specialised field within Theology that is not catered for in any existing unit or regularly scheduled classes.

Ministry Units

Chaplaincy 1

Levels Offered Status Unit Code Pre-requisites
Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma Elective MN-431 None
This unit describes the concept and role of a chaplain, listing and explaining the biblical and theological foundations of chaplaincy. The contexts, social and cultural settings in which chaplaincy operates, as well as essential basic skills for chaplaincy will be discussed. The unit also identifies and discusses policies, procedures and resources relevant to the role of chaplaincy, introducing students to the mission and scope of this ministry.

Chaplaincy 2

Levels Offered Status Unit Code Pre-requisites
Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma Elective MN-432 MN-431 Chaplaincy 1
Expanding on theological and ethical issues in chaplaincy, this unit identifies psychological problems addressed by chaplains in various specialised chaplaincy contexts. Students will compare and contrast existing models of practice and investigate and describe relevant organisations, resources and professional development opportunities in chaplaincy.

Children’s Ministry 1

Levels Offered Status Unit Code Pre-requisites
Graduate Diploma Elective MN-402 None
This unit introduces students to the learning needs and worlds of children while helping the student to identify the legal, and ethical needs of a Christian children’s ministry program.

Children’s Ministry 2

Levels Offered Status Unit Code Pre-requisites
Graduate Diploma Elective MN-403 MN-402 Children’s Ministry 1
Expanding on the Children’s Ministry 1 unit, this unit explores significant issues affecting a child’s spiritual formation and how to present the gospel message to them. Also discussed is a holistic approach for the discipleship of children within ministry situations and how to create lesson plans utilising material applicable to children.

Counselling Skills 1

Levels Offered Status Unit Code Pre-requisites
Graduate Diploma Elective MN-421 None
Through discussing theological foundations of Christian counselling and a biblical theology of human behaviour, students can expect to develop a basic understanding of counselling skills. They will develop and ability to describe basic psychological principles and techniques in addressing these, identifying causes with a common personal problem, and counselling tools and qualities of an effective Christian counsellor. Note: This unit is not designed to produce professional counsellors.

Counselling Skills 2

Levels Offered Status Unit Code Pre-requisites
Graduate Diploma Elective MN-422 MN-421 Counselling Skills 1
This unit continues addressing the areas involved in a biblical understanding of counselling and psychology. The unit is designed to equip the student with a foundation of counselling and prayer ministry and the biblical perspective on human psychology. We endeavour to assist the student to recognize root causes of some common problems facing pastors and leaders in the Church. Note: This unit is not designed to produce professional counsellors.

Educational Chaplaincy

Levels Offered Status Unit Code Pre-requisites
Graduate Diploma Elective MN-419 None
This unit is offered at Whitley College in conjunction with a number of other Bible Colleges in Melbourne. Beginning with discussions of biblical models of chaplaincy, students will construct a personal theology for chaplaincy and discuss its relevance in pluralist educational institutions. This unit will cover some theoretical frameworks around religious education and its role in multi-faith situations, as well as describing models of pastoral care and counselling with a variety of ages. The complex nature of the ministry of chaplaincy and the key issues relating to the health and spirituality of children, adolescents and young adults will also be explored. Previous title: Chaplaincy

Ethics

Levels Offered Status Unit Code Pre-requisites
Graduate Diploma Elective MN-420 None
This unit analyses the nature and content of ethics, and examines various approaches to ethics. It examines biblical and non-biblical approaches to various ethical questions and controversies, analysing issues related to relationships, sexuality, war, social justice, ministry and creation care. This unit equips students to communicate ethical issues in a balanced manner to people both inside and outside the church.

Evangelism

Levels Offered Status Unit Code Pre-requisites
Graduate Diploma Elective MN-435 None
This unit develops a thorough understanding of the scriptural imperative of evangelism. It looks at the biblical, historical and current patterns of evangelism, equipping students to do the work of evangelism, both personally and corporately. It also encourages students to consider contemporary culture and the contextualization of the gospel in postmodern society. Previous title: Evangelism: Principles and Practice.

Faith at Work

Levels Offered Status Unit Code Pre-requisites
Graduate Diploma Elective MN-426 None
The aim of the unit is to equip people to see their work as vocation and ministry and to help those in full time ministry to understand this perspective. History and models of “faith at work” from theological and biblical perspectives will be explored, as well as contemporary models and challenges of integrating faith into work, family, church and any part of life.

Healing and Power in Ministry

Levels Offered Status Unit Code Pre-requisites
Graduate Diploma Elective TH-437 None
This is an introductory study of the power of the Holy Spirit in Christian ministry with special attention to the ministry of healing. Elements of an integrated Christian theology of healing and spiritual power, and the biblical material that that provokes revelation and confrontation, will be considered. This unit will also compare different Christian approaches to, and models of, healing and power in ministry; not neglecting the cultural factors affecting interpretation of spiritual power, and the implications of this in practice.

Homiletics

Levels Offered Status Unit Code Pre-requisites
Graduate Diploma Elective MN-409 Students undertaking this unit need to demonstrate some level of public communication skills
This unit will explore key theological questions related to preaching with a contemporary perspective. Not only will different kinds of sermons be described, but how to construct a coherent and well structured sermon will also be outlined. Students will learn the basics of delivering a sermon with confidence, clarity and effectiveness, evaluating the preaching of themselves and others in reflective practice for betterment of preaching technique.

International Ministry Models

Levels Offered Status Unit Code Pre-requisites
Graduate Diploma Elective MN-427 MN-428 Understanding Kingdom Ministry
This unit includes a field trip to various international locations and will investigate a variety of contemporary ministries in their international context and setting. This unit directs students to study firsthand and reflect upon exemplar models of contemporary ministry from a variety of international perspectives. Reflections will focus on context, history, setting and any other pertinent critical factors in the exemplar ministries, leading students to propose a model of ministry in their own setting or context.

Justice, Poverty and Development

Levels Offered Status Unit Code Pre-requisites
Graduate Diploma Elective MN-425 None
Beginning by defining justice, poverty and development from biblical perspective, this unit aims to help students understand and address the physical, social, economical and structural causes of poverty and injustice. The role of the church in Australia in tackling global poverty and justice issues will also be discussed.

Leading a Ministry Team

Levels Offered Status Unit Code Pre-requisites
Graduate Diploma Elective MN-434 None
This unit describes the skills and knowledge needed to lead a team in a Christian ministry environment. It addresses the responsibilities of all persons in a Christian organisation, especially those in leadership, to promote positive and inclusive teamwork. In this unit the principles of inclusivity and self-reflection are applied to working with both colleagues and clients, while the significant features of team dynamics and leadership character are explored through ministry case studies and practical experiences. Previous equivalent unit: Lead a Ministry Team.

Media and Communication in Ministry

Levels Offered Status Unit Code Pre-requisites
Graduate Diploma Elective MN-423 None
This unit is an introduction to the broad scope of media in Australia, plus coverage of the development, growth and emergence of Christian media within the church, and in the secular marketplace.

Ministry Field Trip

Levels Offered Status Unit Code Pre-requisites
Graduate Diploma Elective MN-430 None
This unit is built around an extended intercultural field trip (2 weeks or longer) in a ministry context in Australia or another nation. The aim is to provide all pastoral leadership and intercultural ministry students (in particular) with an intercultural ministry experience. Students will study aspects of intercultural ministry, teamwork, short term missions trips and the culture of the location they will be travelling to prior to leaving. Then they will be involved in various ministry tasks as allocated by their team leaders and/or hosts on the field trip. Discussion of the key features, values and issues of intercultural or short-term mission trips will ensue.

Music and Worship

Levels Offered Status Unit Code Pre-requisites
Graduate Diploma Elective MN-433 None
This unit concentrates on identifying and describing biblical terms, examples and teaching related to praise, worship and music. Contemporary practices at both individual and corporate levels will be reflected on, analysed and relaed to personal life and local church contexts, in the light of biblical teaching, church history and the experiences of the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Previous title: Music and Worship, Principles and Practice.

Organisational Leadership in Christian Ministry

Levels Offered Status Unit Code Pre-requisites
Graduate Diploma Elective MN-436 None
This unit identifies and discusses key legal, ethical and financial issues faced by senior leaders of local churches and other Christian ministries today. It will inform students of the key procedures for conducting a formal meeting or service (including weddings and funerals) and discuss important managerial competencies needed for leadership of a local church or other Christian ministry.

Pastoral Care

Levels Offered Status Unit Code Pre-requisites
Graduate Diploma Elective MN-429 None
This unit integrates a Biblical theology and a realistic understanding of the nature of pastoral ministry with many of the skills necessary for effective pastoral care in the contemporary church. From reviewing Biblical foundations of pastoral care, students will review ways in which pastoral skills associated with gifts may be developed. Pastoral care is then examined both as care within the church, and the whole community. Previous equivalent unit: Pastoral Ministry.

Planting and Developing Churches

Levels Offered Status Unit Code Pre-requisites
Graduate Diploma Elective MN-410 None
This unit seeks to inspire potential ministers to become involved in church planting. It deals with the challenges and various issues regarding the initiation, formation, health and multiplication of churches. It seeks to discover and apply church health and growth principles to the targeting, planting and development of a local congregation. For the purpose of this unit the definition of ‘church’ is broadened to include, new pioneer churches, new satellite churches, new small groups, or new specifically targeted congregational meetings and/or outreach services.

Supervised Reading – Ministry

Levels Offered Status Unit Code Pre-requisites
Graduate Diploma Elective MN-490 Permission required from the Head of Ministry
This reading unit is intended extend the student’s understanding of a specialised field within Ministry that is not catered for in any existing unit or regularly scheduled classes. This unit describes a biblical theology of youth and youth ministry, discussing important aspects of today’s youth culture, visiting key issues in ministry and showing how to be an effective youth minister in the midst of these.

Understanding Kingdom Ministry

Levels Offered Status Unit Code Pre-requisites
Graduate Diploma Core MN-428 None
This unit evaluates understandings of the Kingdom of God via biblical, theological and historical material, and the implications of these. From these understandings stem the outworking of kingdom ministry and this shows how Christians can be leading servants in their local community, workplace and church.

Youth Ministry 1

Levels Offered Status Unit Code Pre-requisites
Graduate Diploma Elective MN-405 None
This unit describes a biblical theology of youth and youth ministry, discussing important aspects of today’s youth culture, visiting key issues in ministry and showing how to be an effective youth minister in the midst of these.

Youth Ministry 2

Levels Offered Status Unit Code Pre-requisites
Graduate Diploma Elective MN-406 MN-405 Youth Ministry 1
This unit investigates the advanced aspects of leading a Bible based, culturally relevant presentation of Christ to young people in local church and high school settings. This includes planning, development, and implementation of Youth Ministry strategies.

Biblical Studies Units

Acts (English Text)

Levels Offered Status Unit Code Pre-requisites
Graduate Diploma Elective BS-414 BS-402 New Testament Survey
This study of Acts will consider its composition, structure, and historical milieu. Key events will be addressed, as will the study of key individuals. In particular, events surrounding the Day of Pentecost, the expansion of the early church and other key issues will be examined.

Biblical Hermeneutics

Levels Offered Status Unit Code Pre-requisites
Graduate Diploma Elective BS-421 BS-415 Exegesis: Corinthian Correspondence
This unit builds on material introduced in Biblical Studies and Academic Writing and Exegesis: Corinthian Correspondence by introducing students to further issues in exegesis, other methods in interpretation and different approaches for application of Biblical texts.

Exegesis: Corinthian Correspondence

Levels Offered Status Unit Code Pre-requisites
Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma Core BS-415 BS-402 New Testament Survey
Combined with Biblical Studies and Academic Writing, Exegesis: Corinthian Correspondence replaces the previous Bachelor unit Hermeneutics; also replaces the Graduate unit Hermeneutics. The primary goal of this unit is to help students develop an ability to read and interpret biblical literature with competence, using the Corinthian letters of Paul as a case study.

Greek 1

Levels Offered Status Unit Code Pre-requisites
Graduate Diploma Elective BS-403 None
This unit introduces students to the fundamentals of Biblical Greek. Students will learn the Greek alphabet and be able to translate simple phrases of New Testament Greek text and begin to recognise basic verb and noun patterns.

Greek 2

Graduate Diploma Elective BS-404 BS-403 Greek 1
Building on the material of Greek 1, this unit extends students’ knowledge of Greek by learning to read and translate passages from the Greek New Testament. Furthermore students will learn how to correctly interpret the forms of Greek language used in selected passages, proceeding to analyse verb and noun patterns.

Hebrew 1

Levels Offered Status Unit Code Pre-requisites
Graduate Diploma Elective BS-407 None
In this unit, students are introduced to the alphabet, morphology and basic grammar of Biblical Hebrew. This will build a foundation for further study of the original text. This will enable student to exegete simple passages.

Hebrew 2

Levels Offered Status Unit Code Pre-requisites
Graduate Diploma Elective BS-408 BS-407 Hebrew 1
In this unit, students learn to understand Biblical Hebrew further, in grammar, alphabet and vocabulary; becoming more accurate in interpreting the forms of the Hebrew language in the text of the Hebrew Bible. Furthermore, the importance of context in translation and exegesis will be explored, with an expectation that upon completion of the unit, students would be sufficiently equipped to read, translate and exegete simple narrative or poetry phrases from the original Hebrew text.

Ministry Book Study: John

Levels Offered Status Unit Code Pre-requisites
Graduate Diploma Elective BS-416 BS-402 New Testament Survey
This is a ministry-focussed unit designed to help students read and communicate the message of John’s Gospel in a contemporary context such as a local church and community.

New Testament Exegetical Method (English)

Levels Offered Status Unit Code Pre-requisites
Graduate Diploma Elective BS-417 BS-402 New Testament Survey
This unit is primarily focused on exegetical method, with particular focus on the two main genres in the New Testament: Gospels and Letters. Critical biblical scholarship will be analysed regarding specific New Testament passages, while issues involved in translating Greek into English will also be considered. This unit does not presuppose any knowledge of the Greek language.

New Testament Exegetical Method (Greek)

Levels Offered Status Unit Code Pre-requisites
Graduate Diploma Elective BS-418 BS-404 Greek 2
This unit is primarily focused on exegetical method, with particular focus on the two main genres in the New Testament: Gospels and Letters. Critical biblical scholarship will be analysed regarding specific New Testament passages, while issues involved in translating Greek into English will also be considered. This unit presupposes some knowledge of the Greek language.

New Testament Pastoral Letters

Levels Offered Status Unit Code Pre-requisites
Graduate Diploma Elective BS-419 BS-402 New Testament Survey
Through a study of the shorter letters of Paul, James, Peter and John, this unit reviews and compares their purposes, strategies, form and orality as a genre of New Testament pastoral letters. Particular attention is given to the significant critical, theological and ethical issues, whilst discussing relevance for Christian life and ministry today. Previous Equivalent Unit: Pauline Literature.

New Testament Survey

Levels Offered Status Unit Code Pre-requisites
Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma Core BS-402 None
This unit provides a ‘big picture’ view of the setting, circumstances and themes surrounding the New Testament. This unit will provide students with a foundational grasp of the New Testament documents and serves as a spring-board for later in-depth study of its individual books. VU20354 Create a ministry resource using the New Testament. This unit is an overview of the knowledge and skills required to describe, investigate and share the Christian Bible in the context of the New Testament writings.

Old Testament Prophetic Literature

Levels Offered Status Unit Code Pre-requisites
Graduate Diploma Elective BS-420 BS-401 Old Testament Survey
Previously known as Prophetic Literature. Examining Old Testament Prophetic Literature, this unit discusses the content, historicity and critical issues of particular passages as they are interpreted using valid exegetical methods. As well as analysing key theological and ethical themes, students will explore the relationship between Old Testament Prophetic Literature and the Christian Gospel, and application of key ideas to contemporary life and ministry.

Old Testament Survey

Levels Offered Status Unit Code Pre-requisites
Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma Core BS-401 None
This unit is an introduction to the literature of the Old Testament. Using mainly a chronological approach, attention will be given to the historic and cultural background, messianic images, geography of the Old Testament, and major themes of each book.

Pentateuch

Levels Offered Status Unit Code Pre-requisites
Graduate Diploma Elective BS-411 BS-401 Old Testament Survey
This unit discusses key issues, characters, events and teachings of each of the five books of the Pentateuch, assembling central theological ideas of the Pentateuch. Also considered, are key critical issues concerning genre, authorship and historical reliability, whilst exploring the relevance and application of the Pentateuch’s teaching to the 21st century.

Romans and Galatians

Levels Offered Status Unit Code Pre-requisites
Graduate Diploma Elective BS-410 BS-402 New Testament Survey
This unit provides an exegetical and thematic introduction to Paul’s exposition of the gospel to the churches in Galatia and Rome, giving special attention to the apostle’s views on righteousness, the law, the equal standing of Jews and Gentiles with God, and the implication of the gospel in mission. Controversial issues in interpretation of Romans and Galatians will also be discussed, tracing the ‘arguments’ in the light of their occasion and purpose.

Supervised Reading – Biblical Studies

Levels Offered Status Unit Code Pre-requisites
Graduate Diploma Elective BS-490 BS-401 Old Testament Survey OR BS-402 New Testament AND Permission from the Head of Biblical Studies
This reading unit is intended extend the student’s understanding of a specialised field within Theology that is not catered for in any existing unit or regularly scheduled classes.

History and Society Units

Archaeology of Biblical Lands

Levels Offered Status Unit Code Pre-requisites
Graduate Diploma Elective HS-415 BS-101 Old Testament Survey
This unit will provide a basic introduction to the study of archaeology and investigate archaeological discoveries to enhance the students understanding of the historical and sociological context of the Bible and its peoples. It will increase understanding of the important artefacts and sites of the Near East. This unit involves an international field trip to sites of archaeological significance in the ancient near east (Israel, Jordan and Egypt), which presents the reality of sites and artefacts of biblical archaeology in a very real and tangible way.

Cultural Anthropology in Ministry Perspective

Levels Offered Status Unit Code Pre-requisites
Graduate Diploma Elective HS-418 None
This unit provides an introduction to the principles of cultural anthropology, their relevance in a multicultural world, and the application of anthropological perspectives to the task of communicating the Gospel. These insights will build a better understanding of another society’s belief, value and behaviour systems, and develop in the student, a cross-cultural perspective on ministry both in an Australian multi-cultural environment and globally.

Encountering World Religions and Belief Systems

Levels Offered Status Unit Code Pre-requisites
Graduate Diploma Elective HS-417 None
This unit addresses Christian approaches to other belief systems, introducing students to details of the origins, development and dynamics of particularly dominant non-Christian faiths. Comparisons between key beliefs and practices of non-Christian and Christian faiths are discussed, as well as current issues and interfaith relationships. Diverse belief systems and worldviews are then considered, alongside strategies for influential Christian interaction with followers of non-Christian faiths. Previously: World Religions/World Religions and Cults.

History of the Expansion of the Earliest Church

Levels Offered Status Unit Code Pre-requisites
Graduate Diploma Elective HS-416 BS-402 New Testament Survey
Involving an international field trip to archaeological and other historical sites in Greece, Turkey and Rome, this unit follows the basic chronology and key features of the expansion of the earliest church, with its historical issues related to the New Testament. An understanding of the geographic, historic and cultural contexts of the New Testament will be brought to life as students travel to some of the vivid locations of the earliest church.

Introduction to Church History

Levels Offered Status Unit Code Pre-requisites
Graduate Diploma Elective HS-401 None
This unit features a study of history, thought, and literature of the Christian Church from the Apostolic Age through to the present day, and features a special emphasis on the Reformation. This study will include an examination of cultural contexts, personalities, controversies, and periods of persecution.

Introduction to Intercultural Ministry

Levels Offered Status Unit Code Pre-requisites
Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma Elective HS-403 None
This unit grounds intercultural ministry in biblical, historical, cultural and strategic perspective. It discusses key contemporary features of the global context of mission, recognising the unavoidable requirement that ‘World Christians’ be culturally aware for the effective communication of the Christian faith. Biblical and practical issues in world mission will be explored for the sake of equipping of cross-cultural harvesters.

Intercultural Communication and Strategies in Ministry

Levels Offered Status Unit Code Pre-requisites
Graduate Diploma Elective HS-419 None
This unit articulates the importance of communication and strategy in intercultural ministry. This involves an understanding of the science of communication and its application to the communication of the Christian message in a cross-cultural context. As they compare practical solutions for effective communication with people of other nations, students will be encouraged and challenged to strategise relevant and effective mission programs from a local church perspective. Replaces: Intercultural Communication as well as Strategies in Intercultural Ministry.

Israel and the Middle East

Levels Offered Status Unit Code Pre-requisites
Graduate Diploma Elective HS-407 None
This unit offers an introduction to the study of the Middle East in terms of history, current events, and Christian witness and destiny. The focus of this unit is on historical, cultural and religious insights into the modern Middle East and their significance for the Christian Church.

Life of Christ

Levels Offered Status Unit Code Pre-requisites
Graduate Diploma Elective HS-404 None
This unit includes an overview of the life of Christ as recounted in the New Testament and other ancient texts. The question of the “Jewishness of Jesus,” within his cultural context in first century Judaism is also discussed. Issues raised by critical scholarship regarding the life of Christ and the gospel accounts are addressed, as is the history of scholarship on the “quest for the historical Jesus.” A survey of extra-biblical historical references to Jesus will be conducted. The place of biblical archaeology in the life of Christ will also be examined.

Pentecostal History

Levels Offered Status Unit Code Pre-requisites
Graduate Diploma Elective HS-409 TH-402 Introduction to Theology OR TH-401 Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
With an emphasis on the major developments in the history of Pentecostalism, this unit reflects upon lessons from Pentecostal History and their significance for ministry today. The primary focus will be on the formation and spread of the Pentecostal movement from the various locations around the world, and the effect of Pentecostals on World Missions. Attention will also be given to the opportunities and problems of those associated with the Pentecostal church in their interaction with the wider church and the society around them, including aspects specific to Australia’s Pentecostal movement.

Supervised Reading – History or Society

Levels Offered Status Unit Code Pre-requisites
Graduate Diploma Elective HS-490 Permission required from the Head of Intercultural Ministry or Theology
This reading unit is intended extend the student’s understanding of a specialised field within History or Society, that is not catered for in any existing unit or regularly scheduled classes.

Supervised Reading – Intercultural Ministry

Levels Offered Status Unit Code Pre-requisites
Graduate Diploma Elective HS-493 Permission required from the Head of Intercultural Ministry
This reading unit is intended extend the student’s understanding of a specialised field within Intercultural Ministry, that is not catered for in any existing unit or regularly scheduled classes.