Masters degree unit descriptions

Extend your ministry training and develop stronger theological study foundations with a Masters degree from Harvest Bible College. Where will your call take you?

The Minister’s Personal Development (MN-508)

The unit aims to provide students with a unique learning environment that deals with the spiritual, mental and emotional health and growth of ministers. You will learn to critically evaluate current thinking and research on this topic, including the psychological work of Arch Hart, the theological reflection of Ray Anderson and the practical research and reflections of authors such as R.M. Oswald and London and Wiseman.

You will be equipped to analyse areas of potential weakness and vulnerability in your own life in the light of the documented experience of other ministers. You will learn how to develop pre-emptive and recovery strategies for ministers in typical areas of danger. You will be directed to the latest and best resources for dealing with issues that arise from the hazards of modern ministry.

In particular the following areas will be covered:

  • The minister’s personal and family life
  • Roles expectations and conflicts
  • Issues such as anger, assertiveness, depression, low self-esteem, real and false guilt
  • Relationships & communication issues- dysfunction and triangulation, sexual and role conflicts
  • Stress and burnout
  • Personal growth and development
  • Strategies of overcoming & modifying behaviour
  • Trends in Ministry & managing change
  • Accountability, friendship & support
  • Healthy perspectives on ministry and church communities

Your final essay will require you to apply analysis of current thinking and research to developing a strategy for your own ministry life.

Theological Reflection for Ministry  (TH-509)

The purpose of practical theology is understood as to help prepare students to translate the knowledge learned into effective ministry. In other descriptions it is “the theological reflection and underpinning that guided pastoral care directed towards ensuring the individual and corporate wellbeing and flourishing of the Christian ‘flock’”. This core unit lays a foundation to help students practice practical theology in all that they learn by instilling practices of theological reflection. This knowledge can then be drawn upon during the course with attention to the historical and cultural context in which the student finds themselves.

In this unit, you explore models of theological reflection related to Christian ministry, discuss issues involved with theological reflection on ministry and design your own model of theological reflection on ministry based on evaluation of other models and issues you have read about. You learn how to synthesize and evaluate your reflections.

This unit is built on the following structure:

Module 1: Models of and barriers to reflection

This module explores different models of reflection and the barriers to reflection. This unit is based in online peer-learning and prepares students for the online or face-to-face lecture component.

Module 2: The Descriptive-Empirical Task within Theological Reflection

This module considers the role of theory, descriptions and empirical analysis in the process of theological and critical reflection.

Module 3: The Interpretive Task within Theological Reflection.

This module considers the construction of theoretical models concerning the issue being reflected upon. This module recognises these models are worked out in conjunction with a community of faith and colleagues and the theoretical models are considered for their quality of argument and how well they address the issue being reflected upon.

Module 4: The Normative Task within Theological Reflection.

This module considers the norms of reflection as theological interpretation, ethical reflection and good practice alongside the impact of these norms upon the recipient population as seen through student eyes.

Module 5: The Pragmatic Task of Theological Reflection

This module considers how to lead people through a process of change as the result of the reflection and how the reflectors have themselves been shaped.

Module 6: Producing a portfolio of Reflection

This module brings together the previous four modules to describe how to produce a reflective portfolio.

You will participate in an online forum, using discussion questions related to set readings

You will write an essay based on preparing and evaluating a portfolio of your own theological reflections based on your own ministry experience.

Ministry  Research 1

Levels Offered Status Unit Code
Master Core RS-501

This core unit is taken towards the end of your MA studies. It gives you the opportunity to study and research a specific topic related to Christian ministry of your own choice.

In this unit, you will compare different methods and approaches to research on ministry and assess their applicability to the issue selected, evaluate a paper based on research into ministry, identify and analyse specific ethical, legal and pastoral issues related to research about ministry, demonstrate competence in various forms of data gathering, analysis and synthesis and construct a research proposal, including appropriate ethical protocols. To enable you to do this, the unit will include an extended seminar on research methods and proposals.

You will carry out a 6000 words project. You also have the option or extending this to a 12,000 words project amounting to a “double unit” incorporating Ministry Research Unit 2.

You will be invited to present some of your findings in the Harvest research conference.

See also Ministry Research 2 (RS-502)

Electives Units

Building a Christian Worldview

Levels Offered Status Unit Code
Master General Elective TH-505

This unit enables students to analyse differing views and definitions of worldview in current scholarship, discuss the shifts in worldview in western culture since the 17th century, analyse biblical passages and themes relating to worldview issues in the light of their historical context, evaluate proposals for a Christian worldview in the light of the current intellectual context and finally, construct and argue for their own Christian worldview outline.

The unit begins by examining the concept of worldview and then goes on to a study of how the western worldview in particular has developed and changed since medieval days, concentrating especially on the European Enlightenment and development of modernism and the more recent advent of postmodernism. Students will evaluate a range of current worldviews. They will also study different ideas about a Christian worldview in the light of biblical teaching and some recent literature. Finally they will be given the tools with which to make their own proposal of what a Christian worldview should consist of.

You will participate in an online forum, using discussion questions related to set readings

You will write an essay that draws on biblical material, comments on rival worldviews today and proposes and argues for your own interpretation of a Christian worldview

Building Teams

Levels Offered Status Unit Code
Master Ministry Elective MN-507

This unit equips students to identify and assess key elements for addressing the effectiveness of teams within a Christian organisation based on current research and theories.

You will compare and evaluate secular and Christian theories and models for team development in the light of biblical examples. You will be equipped to develop a plan to develop and implement a team culture in a Christian organisation, to assess various instruments used in team analysis, to identify performance barriers within a team and propose an effective means to address them.

The unit presents an overview of current world trends in the function and development of Christian organisations and subsequent necessitated changes to team based ministry. The importance of collaborative teamwork is highlighted together with the means to develop, equip, monitor and enhance the skill of teams so as to enable the mission of the Christian organisation to be fulfilled. With a foundation of Biblical examples of teamwork, various secular and Christian theorists are discussed. Various instruments, and their application in the selection and development of teams within the Christian organisational context, are discussed together with stages of team development and necessary competencies of team leaders and members through each stage.

Content includes:

  • Difference between Groups and Teams
  • Importance of Teamwork
  • Biblical precedents and examples
  • Learning from the Acting Fraternity
  • Team Membership: Roles and Personal Competence
  • Team Alignment: Why the team exists, how the team fits and biotic principles
  • Instruments used in team analysis.
  • Implementing Teams: The learning Spiral and steps in developing a team
  • Team Discipline: Single-leader disc. Vs Team disc.
  • Team decision-making processes
  • Contemporary Ministry
  • Team Motivation: other disciplines
  • Team Leadership

You will participate in an online forum, using discussion questions related to set readings

You will write an essay in which you relate analysis of team building strategies to their application to a specific case, in the light of current research.

Church Dynamics and Health

Levels Offered Status Unit Code
Master Ministry Elective MN-506

This unit deals with the cultural and social factors that impinge on the growth and health of local churches, the various models of church growth and their relationship to contemporary ministry.

You will be equipped to identify and analyse such factors and evaluate the theories and models and strategies proposed for contemporary churches from a biblical and theological perspective. You will then be able to apply research-grounded principles of church dynamics and health to the church’s mission.

Content includes:

  • Presentation of a holistic strategy for dynamic church development and health from a Pentecostal perspective.
  • Assistance for church leaders to reflect about their own ministry situations and to consider and compare other strategies in order to improve their ministries.
  • A biblical analysis with particular emphasis on Acts as a foundation for a practical strategy in a local church.
  • Theological studies with leadership training and cross-cultural evangelism.
  • A survey of recent developments in ecclesiology.
  • A review and critical analysis of the concepts, theology, principles and procedures arising from the Church Health/Church Growth Movement.
  • Sociological factors including church dynamics, organisational life cycles and local factors that hinder or stimulate growth;
  • Analysis of local demographics for strategic planning;
  • Qualitative and quantitative growth dynamics;
  • Review and analysis of contemporary models of church health and their theological implications, transferability and contextualization;
  • Church consultancy and contemporary church development theory

You will participate in an online forum, using discussion questions related to set readings

You will write an essay in which you relate analysis of strategies for church dynamics and health, in the light of current research and established theories, to a specific case.

Coaching and Mentoring

Levels Offered Status Unit Code
Master Ministry Elective MN-504

This unit is designed to equip students to become better coaches and mentors, not only by developing their skills but also by analysing existing concepts and models in this area. Key theoretical concepts of coaching and mentoring will be examined in the light of principles of Christian leadership. The unit will investigate the appropriateness of coaching and mentoring as a philosophy of training and developing people in a local church or mission organisation. The relevance of culture, and how this is created and used in an organisation to enhance the coaching process, will be examined.

You will compare and evaluate Christian and secular models of coaching and mentoring and assess tools commonly used in coaching and mentoring models and theories. You will be equipped to evaluate and choose the most appropriate elements out of existing models, to conduct an evaluation of participants in a coaching or mentoring situation and develop your own plan to promote a culture that enhances ethical coaching in a specific setting.

You will participate in an online forum, using discussion questions related to set readings

You will write an essay that develops and evaluates a plan for coaching and mentoring in the light of currently accepted research and theories in this field.

Conflict Management in the Pastorate

Levels Offered Status Unit Code
Master Ministry Elective MN-502

This unit is designed to help students to identify, analyse and evaluate different approaches to conflict management in pastoral and local church situations and to develop their own approach. Practical skills in conflict management will be developed through critical analysis and application.

The content of the unit includes:

  1. Conflict Theory and its Implications.
  2. Conflict Management and Resolution with an analysis and application of the collaborative approach, developing an integrative model of mediation..
  3. Communication Skills and Reflective Listening including techniques for dealing with anger and negotiation.
  4. Other related issues such as:
  • the process of change and within a church and its implications as a cause of conflict
  • personality traits (with particular emphasis on the student understanding their own personality traits and likely responses to conflict under pressure)
  • leadership styles, team building and staff related issues
  • the place of spiritual warfare in conflict
  • burn out avoidance

You will participate in an online forum, using discussion questions related to set readings

You will write a reflective essay based on a case study in which you will develop and defend your own model of conflict resolution in the light of your own personal experience and analysis of alternative models.

Contemporary Ministry in International Perspective

Levels Offered Status Unit Code
Master Ministry Elective MN-509

This unit is built around an international study tour of contemporary ministries that are often considered exemplars of best practice. These may include, among others, ministries that focus on leadership, social justice, preaching, creative arts, revivals, mega church, cell based church, evangelism and systematic training. The unit equips students to reflect theologically on the contexts of their own ministry in the light of current research and the specific case studies examined during the field trip.

You will investigate key aspects of the specific ministries using publicly available material before the tour, develop questions to help you discuss them analytically and discuss what best practice in the field involves. During the tour you will have the opportunity to observe the ministries selected and interact with key leaders of those ministries. Your own reflection on them will focus on context, setting and any other pertinent critical factors in the exemplar ministries. This experience will enable you to apply current research and established theories to analyse these ministries and to create a model of contemporary ministry for your own context after reflecting on what you have experienced during the study tour.

You will participate in an online forum, using discussion questions related to set readings.

You will take notes on the ministries visited.

You will write an essay in which you analyse the ministry models studied during the study tour and use this and other research to create your own ministry model for your local ministry context.

Developing Leaders in a Cross-Cultural Context

Levels Offered Status Unit Code
Master Ministry Elective HS-502

This unit examines the issues involved in developing emerging Christian leaders in a cross-cultural context. The planned development of indigenous leadership is examined through the perspectives of Biblical paradigms, missiological theory and strategy, the socio-cultural matrix, political and historical analysis, denominational ecclesiology and global organizational dynamics. A proposed model for Christian leadership dynamics that seeks to be contextually relevant and prophetically faithful is developed.

Content includes:

  • Review and describe the general process by which leaders emerge
  • Historical patterns of leadership in the church
  • Modern anthropological insights on leadership in different cultures
  • Historical and contemporary leadership training models.
  • The personal development of a leader
  • Contemporary management and organisational theory
  • Contextualisation of the Gospel and Church in Western and ‘Third-World’ contexts
  • Missiological insights into cross-cultural leadership
  • Developing an understanding of Christian leadership
  • How to train leaders in a cross-cultural context

You will be equipped to discuss the processes by which leaders emerge, assess different cultural and organisational authority structures and critically evaluate church leadership in various cultural contexts using missiological insights and in the light of biblical models and principles.

You will participate in an online forum, using discussion questions related to set readings

You will write an essay in which you evaluate existing models of church leadership and leadership training in the light of contextual and cultural factors and missiological research.

History of the Expansion of the Earliest Church

Levels Offered Status Unit Code
Master General Elective HS-506

This unit is built on a study tour of the ancient Mediterranean, especially the regions where Paul ministered, with a view to informed discussion of the historical reliability of the New Testament documents relating to the earliest Christian church in the light of current research. The unit includes an introduction into archaeology tools, methods, techniques and terminology and the proper use of archaeology and ancient history in interpreting biblical texts.

You will analyse the socio-political, historical, cultural and geographical settings of the earliest church. You will assess the implications of specific important historical sites, using archaeological data where appropriate.

Before the field trip, you will participate in an online forum, using discussion questions related to set readings.

During the field trip, you will take notes on the historical sites visited so as to build up a field trip journal.

You will write an essay based on your field trip journal and other research in which you apply historical and archaeological evidence and research to specific questions about the New Testament.

Issues in Contemporary Pentecostal Thought

Levels Offered Status Unit Code
Master General Elective TH-511

In this unit, students will learn how to evaluate the work of some leading contemporary Pentecostal thinkers using theological, sociological and contextual analytical skills, analyse issues arising from contemporary developments in Pentecostal and charismatic Christianity, make a critical theological response to a current issue among Pentecostal and charismatic Christians and develop a theological and practical paradigm for discussion of theological issues in local church settings.

Contemporary Pentecostal thinkers like Amos Yong, Frank Macchia, James K.A. Smith, Miroslav Volf and others will be studied and specific issues that have arisen in the Pentecostal and charismatic movements will be discussed; for example, the Pentecostal theology of baptism in the Holy Spirit, Pentecostal views on other religions, Pentecostal hermeneutics and Pentecostal thinking about social justice.

Students will consider how to handle theological issues and controversies that arise in local churches.

Students participate in an online forum, using discussion questions related to set readings.

You will write an essay on a selected issue and how it could be handled in a local church context in the light of current discussions of the issue concerned.

Issues in Old Testament Theology

Levels Offered Status Unit Code
Master General Elective BS-504

This subject involves a study of key issues in Old Testament Theology with a view to ministers becoming able to confidently address and apply concepts and themes from the Old Testament to the contemporary local church and ministry situation. The content will be structured thematically but will be studied with reference to the whole Old Testament as well as some individual books.

Topics to be covered will include:

  • The nature of the Old Testament: its content, organisation and literary features.
  • Problems in applying the Old Testament in contemporary life and ministry.
  • History of Old Testament theology, with special attention to modern, postmodern, evangelical and Pentecostal approaches and issues raised.
  • The core narratives of the Old Testament.
  • Selected key concepts and themes of the Old Testament (chosen in relation to the lecturer’s and students’ interest): e.g. creation, God, covenant, election, land, Israel, sin, warfare, remnant. These will be studied in relation to specific books or passages and their original context and with an eye on current issues and approaches and application to contemporary church and ministry.
  • Relationship between the theology of the Old Testament and New Testament: themes of fulfilment and messianic expectation.
  • Preaching as a Christian minister from the Old Testament.

You will gain increasing mastery of key Old Testament concepts and the ability to evaluate various modern and postmodern approaches to Old Testament theology. You will discuss major issues in Old Testament theology and explore the connections between the Old and New Testaments.

You will participate in an online forum, using discussion questions related to set readings

You will write an essay in which you interact with a major issue, theme or feature of the Old Testament and how it relates to the New Testament and to preaching and teaching today.

Lifelong Leadership Development

Levels Offered Status Unit Code
Master Ministry Elective MN-510

This unit is designed to help students become lifelong leaders who build credibility and continually develop their capacity as leaders as a result of studying other successful long-lasting leaders and reflecting on their own leadership journey.

You will become familiar with current research on longevity in leadership, analyse factors in the success of long-lasting Christian leaders today, reflect systematically on your own history and progress in the light of structured reading and build a credible strategy for your future development as a Christian leader.

You will participate in an online forum, using discussion questions related to set readings.

You will write an essay in which you reflect on your own past and current leadership development and make credible plans for future development.

Ministry Foundations: The Bible, Leadership and Women

Levels Offered Status Unit Code
Master General Elective TH-510

The unit will provide a theological and biblical foundation for exploring contemporary ministry and ministry issues. Current theories and research related to Christian ministry and leadership will be evaluated in the light of historical development of ministry and congregational leadership roles. Special attention will be given to issues related to women in church leadership.

You will evaluate arguments for and against women in church leadership and their biblical foundations and be equipped to develop a considered and critical position on this issue. You will be enabled to develop your own theology of ministry in the light of your own context and analysis of leadership issues.

Particular attention will be given to:

  • A biblical, theological and missional framework for Christian ministry.
  • New Testament teaching on ministry and leadership in the church.
  • How ministry has been understood throughout Church history. Roman Catholic, Protestant and Pentecostal views on ministry will be discussed.
  • Current issues and contemporary pressures on church leaders.
  • Arguments for and against women in the leadership of the Church in the light of the biblical data.
  • Contemporary expressions of ministry and how they can be evaluated.

You will participate in an online forum, using discussion questions related to set readings

You will write an essay in which you address leadership, ministry and women’s ministry in particular, grounded in understanding of current debates and theories, with an application to your own context.

Ministry in a Post-modern Society

Levels Offered Status Unit Code
Master Ministry Elective MN-503

This unit is designed to help students identify and analyse major trends in thinking, spirituality and culture in the contemporary world (especially the western world) and the economic and social changes influencing these trends. In particular the concepts related to postmodernism and postmodernity are critically analysed in order for Christian ministers to be able to develop an informed response to challenges to Christian faith.

You will be given tools to analyse postmodern thinking and develop your own response to its inherent challenges for Christianity. You will be challenged to evaluate current attempts to contextualize the gospel in the light of postmodernity and similar cultural trends. You will be equipped to develop your own paradigms for ministry in a postmodern society.

Content includes:

  1. Historical background: the development of modernity and the progression to postmodernity in the west against the background of the development of modern science, the European Enlightenment, industrial revolution, secularisation, urbanisation, globalisation and emerging post-industrial world.
  2. Major emphases of postmodern thought: pluralism, perspectivalism, constructivism, inclusivism, ecological awareness, analysis of power; rejection of metanarratives and binary thinking.
  3. Major aspects of postmodernity: developments in media, arts, music, education, sexuality, politics; multiculturalism and tribalism. Postmodern religion and spirituality; e.g. the “New Age”, religious pluralism, fundamentalisms, revival of ancient traditions.
  4. Christian responses to postmodernism: postmodern theologies, rejection of postmodernism, postmodern apologetics, sympathetic critiques. Christian approaches to the relationship between Christianity and culture. Analysis of relevant Scriptures and theological issues.
  5. Approaches and methods for contextualising the gospel in postmodern society; e.g. alternate church structures, contemporary Christian music, emphases on social justice. Evaluating the current ways we do church in the light of postmodernity. Developing new ways of doing ministry in a postmodern and multicultural society.

You will participate in an online forum, using discussion questions related to set readings.

You will write an analytical essay on postmodern trends and reflecting on how they relate to actual Christian ministry.

Ministry Research 2

Levels Offered Status Unit Code
Master Elective RS-502

This unit is the optional extension of Ministry Research 1 for students wanting to attempt a 12,000 words research project as a pathway towards a doctoral program.

It cannot be undertaken as a separate unit.

This unit requires students to specify and formulate a research question related to ministry that is grounded in a review of the relevant academic literature, complete a defined research project according to an approved plan, demonstrate the ability to communicate the results of ministry research in an appropriate academic format and present results of research in oral and written forms to appropriate audiences.

You will be expected to present some of your research findings at the annual Harvest research conference.

Missional Evangelism (Special Elective in Ministry)

Levels Offered Status Unit Code
Master Ministry Elective MN-593

Church attendance in Australia, and the Western world in general, is in crisis. There has been major decline in participation, particularly in the last 10 to 15 years.  It is imperative therefore, that we examine and consider alternate ways for the Christian church to engage with our post-Christian contexts.

This unit is designed for those in Christian ministry to reflect on their own ministry context and consider strategies to connect with the unchurched population within their local community.

The unit will:

  •  Provide an overview of the decline of the church in Western societies,  with a particular focus on Australia
  • Review the major indicators of post-Christian and/or post-Christendom societies
  • Encourage students to research their local demographic, noting particularly the various shifts and trends.
  • Reflect upon how the Christian message is heard and perceived from a post-Christian perspective
  • Consider how Christian leaders can explore the cultural aspects of their local communities that impact upon Christian Ministry engagement including: ethnic, social, economic and religious diversity
  • Examine the changing faces of faith communities that result from creatively engaging with local social contexts
  • Explore different means of generating missional conversations in the broader community

Pauline Pneumatology

Levels Offered Status Unit Code
Master General Elective TH-508

This unit examines aspects of Pauline pneumatology as reflected in his letters with a view to providing a critical and applied analysis of Pauline pneumatology. Historical and contemporary interpretations of Pauline pneumatology are analysed. Pentecostal views of Pauline pneumatology are discussed.

You will be equipped to exegete representative texts on the Holy Spirit in Paul’s writings, engage critically with representative Pentecostal and non-Pentecostal interpreters of Pauline pneumatology and examine the implications of Pauline pneumatology for Pentecostal and charismatic theology, church life and practice.

The content will include:

  • The Spirit in the Pastoral Epistles
  • The Spirit in 1 & 2 Thessalonians
  • Fee’s view(s) of the Spirit
  • The Spirit in Jewish Literature
  • The Spirit in Galatians
  • The Spirit in Ephesians
  • The Spirit in Romans
  • The Spirit in 1 Corinthians
  • The Spirit in 2 Corinthians

You will participate in an online forum, using discussion questions related to set readings

You will write an essay in which you relate analysis of current issues and interpretations of Pauline pneumatology to Pentecostal and Charismatic theology, ecclesial life and praxis.

Special Elective in Biblical Studies

Levels Offered Status Unit Code
Master General Elective BS-591 or BS-592

A special elective in Biblical Studies is a unit specifically developed to study a field not otherwise covered in this MA program, usually with a visiting expert lecturer. Students are equipped to discuss important issues in a specialized field based on current theories and research and to research, analyse and synthesize relevant evidence to the specific topic under discussion.

You will participate in an online forum, using discussion questions related to set readings

You will write an essay in which you provide an analysis of evidence and knowledge about a specific topic, with application to contemporary ministry.

Special Elective in History or Society

Levels Offered Status Unit Code
Master General Elective HS-591 or HS-592

A special elective in History or Society (including intercultural ministry) is a unit specifically developed to study a field not otherwise covered in this MA program, usually with a visiting expert lecturer. Students are equipped to discuss important issues in a specialized field based on current theories and research and to research, analyse and synthesize relevant evidence to the specific topic under discussion.

You will participate in an online forum, using discussion questions related to set readings

You will write an essay in which you provide an analysis of evidence and knowledge about a specific topic, with application to contemporary ministry.

Special Elective in Ministry

Levels Offered Status Unit Code
Master Ministry Elective MN-591 or MN-592 or MN-593

A special elective in ministry is a unit specifically developed to study a field not otherwise covered in this MA program, usually with a visiting expert lecturer. Students are equipped to discuss important issues in a specialized field based on current theories and research and to research, analyse and synthesize relevant evidence to the specific topic under discussion.

You will participate in an online forum, using discussion questions related to set readings

You will write an essay in which you relate analysis of the evidence and knowledge about a specific topic to contemporary ministry.

Special Elective in Theology

Levels Offered Status Unit Code
Master General Elective TH-591 or TH-592

A special elective in Theology is a unit specifically developed to study a field not otherwise covered in this MA program, usually with a visiting expert lecturer. Students are equipped to discuss important issues in a specialized field based on current theories and research and to research, analyse and synthesize relevant evidence to the specific topic under discussion.

You will participate in an online forum, using discussion questions related to set readings

You will write an essay in which you provide an analysis of evidence and knowledge about a specific topic, with application to contemporary ministry.

Strategic Leadership

Levels Offered Status Unit Code
Master Ministry Elective MN-505

This unit is designed to help students understand strategic leadership and develop the capacity to undertake strategic planning for an organisation they may be leading.

You will explore the concept of strategic leadership and develop the ability to assess internal and external factors that impact on developing and achieving an organisation’s mission and vision, based on current research and established theories. You will practice analysing and evaluating a contemporary strategic leadership model.

Content includes:

  • The latest approaches to strategic planning and strategic leadership.
  • Examination of ways various kinds of research underpin the planning process.
  • Shaping an organization with strategic leadership principles by aligning the organizational mission and vision with its structure, people, programs, and services.
  • Evaluating research alternatives in terms of methodology, application, cost and topicality.
  • Assessing organizational effectiveness, priorities, and identifying opportunities to successfully fulfil its mission and vision.
  • The impact of societal factors; leadership; politics, law, and economics; and human resource development (HRD) on the planning process.

You will participate in an online forum, using discussion questions related to set readings

You will write an essay in which you relate elements of strategic planning to a case study, evaluating a contemporary model in the light of current research in this field.

The Archaeology of Biblical Lands

Levels Offered Status Unit Code
Master General Elective HS-503

This unit is built on a study tour of Israel and some neighbouring areas and examines the archaeology of the Biblical Lands. It will investigate archaeological discoveries to enhance the student’s 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 Ancient Near East. It will provide a basic introduction to the study of archaeology generally. Students must participate in the field trip to complete this unit of study.

You will be equipped to critically analyse methods and techniques used by archaeologists to reconstruct ancient cultures and history. You will gain a fresh appreciation for how archaeology contributes to our understanding of the social and cultural setting of the Bible. You will master the terminology used in archaeology.

Content includes:

  • An introduction to archaeological methods, techniques and terminology
  • An examination and assessment of the archaeological evidence of the history of the Bible.
  • Development of a critical appreciation of the archaeological evidence related to biblical events and stories.
  • The geography of the Bible.
  • Proper use of archaeological evidence in interpreting biblical texts
  • Basic archaeological resources available for biblical research, as well as using these resources in interpreting biblical passages.
  • Cultural and historical understanding of the people of the Ancient Near East
  • The Impact of the Ancient Near Eastern cultures on the Bible

You will participate in an online forum, using discussion questions related to set readings.

You will take notes on the sites visited so as to build up a field trip journal.

You will write an essay based on your field trip journal and other research in which you apply analysis of archaeological findings and current knowledge in the field to specific biblical questions.

The Church as a Restoring Community

Levels Offered Status Unit Code
Master Ministry Elective MN-511

This unit was developed by Dr Allan Meyer on the basis of his famous Careforce Christian training modules which have made an enormous difference to many lives in bringing different levels of healing to individuals and church communities, and is partly based on Careforce Facilitator training. The unit is designed to help students get a vision for the kind of healing and restoring community our broken world is looking for. Developing people that can allow the purpose of your church to be achieved is the challenge we will address. How that has been pursued and accomplished at Careforce Church in Australia will be a concrete example

You will learn how to identify and analyse specific ministry responsibilities that every church should embrace in the context of contemporary Australia (or whatever country you live in). You will analyse the history of your own local church so as to reconfirm the specific call of God on your church. You will be equipped to critically evaluate existing research and theories about local churches and their leadership training so that you can determine how effective such training is to help people apply their lives to ministry opportunities.  In particular, you will interact with and evaluate the Careforce model of training for small group based ministry.

You will participate in an online forum, using discussion questions related to set readings

You will write an essay in which you analyse a specific ministry or church program and develop a tool for your own church in the light of established knowledge and research about local churches and healing.

The Trinity: The Distinctive Christian Doctrine of God

Levels Offered Status Unit Code
Master General Elective TH-504

This unit draws students into a study of the central Christian doctrine of the Trinity in the light of its historical development and contemporary discussions. The unit outlines the biblical teaching on God as one and three and traces how the doctrine of the Trinity was formulated in subsequent history to ensure that fundamental biblical teaching was not eclipsed. Attention is also given to the rich discussion on the doctrine of the Trinity in the last forty years and to the practical outcomes that a right doctrine of God suggests.

You will critically evaluate some contemporary writings on the Trinity, master some of the key theological terms, critically exegete specific biblical passages related to this doctrine and evaluate major formulations of the doctrine in the light of biblical and historical evidence. You will be equipped to analyse the implications of various understandings of the Trinity for contemporary issues in the Christian church.

The content will include:

  • An examination and assessment of the biblical evidence for the Trinity with special reference to triadic formulations, the pre-existence and deity of the Son, the deity and personhood of the Holy Spirit, the ordering of the divine three, the Son’s obedience and divine unity.
  • The development of the doctrine in history, focusing on the contribution of the Apologists, Irenaeus, Tertullian, Origen, Athanasius, the Cappadocian Fathers, Augustine, and Calvin. As background to the fourth century contributions to this doctrine the teaching of Arius and the later Arians is outlined.
  • Three key issues: The primacy of the Father; the distinction between the divine persons; and the issue of subordinationism, especially in regard to the Son.
  • The Eastern Orthodox perspective and the Filioque clause, with special reference to the contribution of John Zizioulas.
  • Modern presentations of the doctrine of the Trinity beginning with Karl Barth, and summed up for orthodoxy by T. F. Torrance.
  • The immanent-economic Trinity debate with special reference to Karl Rahner.
  • Social and communal doctrines of the Trinity with special reference to Jurgen Moltmann and Millard Erickson.
  • The Trinity as a model for human liberation and for ecclesial communion with special reference to the work of Leonard Boff and Miroslav Volf.

You will participate in an online forum, using discussion questions related to set readings

You will write an essay in which you relate analysis and evaluation of current thinking and research and exegesis of significant biblical passages to specific issues in the contemporary church related to the Trinity.

Levels Offered Status Unit Code
Master Ministry Elective HS-501

This unit examines significant global trends that affect the mission of the Christian church. These include geo-political, socio-cultural, technological, religious and philosophical trends. Particular emphasis will be given to globalisation, the influence of the Majority World, the peopling of cyberspace, resurgent Islam, global poverty and other issues directly impacting on the communication of the Christian Gospel.

Content will include:

  • Contemporary global trends: geo-political, socio-cultural, technological, economic, religious, philosophical, etc.;
  • Missiology, a review of missiology, in particular early 21st Century missiology;
  • Trends in theological, hermeneutical, and epistemological contributions to an understanding of the current situation and trends in contextualisation;
  • Cultural and religious change dynamics;
  • Post-Modernity;
  • Globalisation;
  • The emergence of the Non-Western Church;
  • Analysis of other trends that impact the global Christian movement and its mission.
  • History of the church’s response to trends and socio-cultural change
  • Suggested Christian responses to current world and regional trends

You will be equipped to analyse key global trends and issues that potentially impact on the church’s mission and critically evaluate suggested Christian responses.  You will increasingly grasp relevant missiological concepts and paradigms and be able to apply them to the contemporary situation so as to develop effective responses that allow the church to fulfil its mission.

You will participate in an online forum, using discussion questions related to set readings

You will write an essay in which you develop specific responses to significant rends in the light of key missiological concepts and research.