1st Year Internship

Certificate in Christian Ministry (Internship)(Level 4)

 

All courses in this programme are compulsory and students must pass each course with a grade of 60% or more in order to gain the qualification. This programme is made up of the following courses.

 

Semester 1
Leadership Foundations 15 credits
Defining Our Faith (Theology) 15 credits
Internship 1 30 credits
  60 credits
Semester 2
Ministry in Action 15 credits
Reading and Interpreting Scripture 15 credits
Internship 2 30 credits
  60 credits

COURSE CONTENT

Leadership Foundations (15 credits)

This course introduces students to foundational Christian leadership principles. Both the personal and organisational aspects of leadership will be examined as well as core practices needed for lasting the distance in ministry.

Major topics covered in this course include:

  • Defining Leadership
  • Relationship with God
  • Time management
  • Strategic planning
  • Conflict resolution
  • Decision making
  • Leading change
  • Leadership styles
  • Team building and team development
  • Sustainable leadership

Defining Our Faith (Theology) (15 credits)

This course provides a basic understanding of Christian beliefs and begins to outline some of the practical implications of these beliefs for Christian life and ministry.

Major topics covered in this course include:

  • God’s existence
  • The atonement
  • Humanity
  • The attributes of God
  • The Trinity
  • Sin
  • The church
  • The Holy Spirit
  • The humanity and divinity of Christ
  • The Scriptures

Ministry in Action (15 credits)

This course provides a foundational understanding of Christian ministry including working with volunteers, leading a small group and communication.

Major topics covered in this course include:

  • Communication
  • Working with volunteers
  • Leading small groups
  • Ministry in action
  • Ministry in various contexts including different cultures

 Reading and Interpreting Scripture (15 credits)

This course overviews the story of the Bible and introduces students to the core skills required for interpreting scripture.

Major topics covered in this course include:

  • Bible storyline
  • Prophets
  • Parables
  • Foundations for interpreting Scripture
  • Psalms
  • Acts
  • Old Testament narrative
  • Wisdom literature
  • Epistles
  • Law
  • Gospels
  • Revelation

Internship 1 (30 credits)

Interns work independently in their local church under the guidance of an experienced local supervisor and mentor. They will set goals for their ministry area and learn to prioritise key tasks and responsibilities.

 Internship 2 (30 credits)

This course builds on what was accomplished in Internship 1. In conjunction with their supervisor, interns will review their goals and revise their plans for the new semester. As part of this course they will also evaluate their own work/life balance to ensure sustainability of leadership and ministry.