Courses

SMBC offers academic depth with flexibility – from undergraduate diplomas through to postgraduate research degrees – full-time, part-time or intensive mode. All our courses have solid Biblical foundations and preparation for ministry, but different courses have different requirements and emphasis. We encourage you to contact our registrar's department on 02 9747 4780 or ftstudy@smbc.com.au to have a conversation about what course, or unit, might best suit your needs.

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Certificate of Bible and Ministry

The Certificate of Bible and Ministry is an SMBC award that all full-time SMBC students study in conjunction with the ACT Diploma, Degree, or Graduate Diploma programme of their choosing.

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Introductory Certificate in Christian Studies (ICCS)

The Introductory Certificate in Christian Studies (ICCS) is awarded to part-time students who have successfully completed a total of 192 hours of study at Certificate level.

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Diploma of Theology (Pathway 1) - DipTh(P1)

Australian College  of Theology Award Prerequisite: Completion of Year 12 or Mature Age Entry (20yr+)

The Diploma of Theology (Pathway 1) will suit anyone who is looking to be better equipped to serve in a local church as a Bible study leader, youth, children’s leader or lay preacher.

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Combined Diplomas of Theology and Ministry (Pathway 1) - DipTh/DipMin(P1)

Australian College  of Theology Award Prerequisite: Completion of Year 12 or Mature Age Entry (20yr+)

The purpose of these Combined Diplomas is to prepare you for gospel ministry in your local environment or in cross-cultural settings in Australia or overseas. Graduates work in a wide variety of ministries, including pastoral, youth, children’s, prison, church planting, evangelism, missions, and ‘tentmaking’.

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Diploma of Ministry (Pathway 2) - DipMin(P2)

Australian College  of Theology Award Prerequisite: ATAR of 65+ is required or Mature Age entry (21yr+)

The Diploma of Ministry (Pathway 2) will suit anyone who is looking to be better equipped to serve in a local church or for those wishing to use their existing profession or trade on the mission field and requiring some foundational theological education.

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Associate Degree of Theology (AssocDegTh)

Australian College  of Theology Award Prerequisite: ATAR of 65+ is required or Mature Age entry (21yr+)

The Associate Degree of Theology has the purpose of preparing you for gospel ministry in cross-cultural settings within Australia and overseas. It is offered through the SMBC School of Cross-Cultural Mission and it will provide you with a foundation in Bible, Church History and Theology as well as providing the opportunity to focus on Missions studies.

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Bachelor of Theology (BTh)

Australian College  of Theology Award Prerequisite: ATAR of 65+ is required or Mature Age entry (21yr+)

The Bachelor of Theology (BTh) is aimed at equipping you for full-time pastoral, evangelistic or Bible teaching ministry in Australia and overseas.

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Bachelor of Theology/Bachelor of Ministry (BTh/BMin)

Australian College  of Theology Award Prerequisite: ATAR of 65+ is required or Mature Age entry (21yr+)

The Bachelor of Theology/Bachelor of Ministry (BTh/BMin) is aimed at equipping you for full-time pastoral, evangelistic or Bible teaching ministry in Australia and overseas, with additional emphasis on missions, pastoral and ministry skills.

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Bachelor of Theology (Honours) - BTh(Hons)

Australian College  of Theology Award Prerequisite: Bachelor of Theology with a GPA of at least 2.0 overall, and 2.8 in the designated field of study.

The Bachelors Honours program is designed for students who have graduated with a three year undergraduate degree in theology from the ACT and who have demonstrated high academic potential as a means of preparing men and women for advanced research in theology.

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Graduate Diploma of Divinity (GDDiv)

Australian College  of Theology Award Prerequisite: A non-theological degree

The Graduate Diploma of Divinity will suit anyone who is looking to be better equipped to serve in a local church or for those wishing to use their profession on the mission field and require some foundational theological education.

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Graduate Diploma of Christian Studies (GDCS)

Australian College  of Theology Award Prerequisite: A non-theological degree

The Graduate Diploma of Christian Studies will help equip you with the biblical and theological understanding and skills needed to integrate theological reflection with your present or future occupation and/or life interests. The programme is particularly suited to those who intend to return to their profession following graduation. It would also be appropriate for Christians moving into a ministry context at home or overseas in which the exercising of their profession will be a key part of their work.

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Master of Divinity (MDiv)

Australian College  of Theology Award Prerequisite: A non-theological degree

The Master of Divinity is a first theological degree which would suit any graduate wishing to prepare for full-time pastoral, evangelistic or Bible teaching ministry in Australia and overseas.

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Master of Arts (Christian Studies) - (MACS)

Australian College  of Theology Award Prerequisite: A non-theological degree

Phase one is at graduate level and phase two is at postgraduate level.

The Master of Arts (Christian Studies) aims to equip you with the biblical and theological understanding and skills needed to integrate theological reflection with your present or future occupation and/or life interests. The MACS would be suited to you if you intend to return to your profession following graduation or if you intend to move into a ministry context at home or overseas in which the exercising of your profession will be a key part of your work.

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Graduate Certificate of Ministry (GCMin)

Australian College  of Theology Award Prerequisite: A theological degree

The Graduate Certificate of Ministry is ideal if you are involved in ministry and wish to further develop your understanding and skills in a number of ministry areas. For example, you might be interested in studying a Master of Arts (Ministry) but cannot complete the whole programme. Alternatively, it may also be a ‘good fit’ if you are on sabbatical leave, on long service leave or on ’home assignment’.

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Graduate Certificate of Theology (GCTh)

Australian College  of Theology Award Prerequisite: A theological degree

The Graduate Certificate of Theology is ideal if you are already involved in ministry and wish to further develop your understanding of theology and its application to ministry. They would be well suited if you are interested in studying the Master of Arts (Theology) but cannot complete the whole programme. They may also be a ‘good fit’ if you are on sabbatical leave, on long service leave, or on ‘home assignment’.

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Graduate Diploma of Ministry (GDMin)

Australian College  of Theology Award Prerequisite: A theological degree

The Graduate Diploma of Ministry is ideal if you are involved in ministry and wish to further develop your understanding and skills in a number of ministry areas. For example, you might be interested in studying a Master of Arts (Ministry) but cannot complete the whole programme. Alternatively, it may also be a ‘good fit’ if you are on sabbatical leave, on long service leave or on ’home assignment’.

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Graduate Diploma of Theology (GDTh)

Australian College  of Theology Award Prerequisite: A theological degree

The Graduate Diploma of Theology is ideal if you are already involved in ministry and wish to further develop your understanding of theology and its application to ministry. It would be well suited if you are interested in studying the Master of Arts (Theology) but cannot complete the whole programme. It may also be a ‘good fit’ if you are on sabbatical leave, on long service leave, or on ‘home assignment’.

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Master of Arts (Ministry) - MA(Min)

Australian College  of Theology Award Prerequisite: A theological degree

If you are already involved in ministry and wish to further develop your understanding and skills in a number of ministry areas, then the Master of Arts Ministry course is ideal.

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Master of Arts (Theology) - MA(Th)

Australian College  of Theology Award Prerequisite: A theological degree

The Master of Arts (Theology) is primarily intended for those already involved in ministry and who wish to further develop their understanding of theology and its application to ministry.

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Master of Theology (MTh)

Australian College  of Theology Award Prerequisite: A theological degree + additional prerequisites

The Master of Theology will help you to further develop your understanding of theology and enable you to teach in a Bible or theological college.

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Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

Australian College  of Theology Award Prerequisite: A theological degree + additional prerequisites

The Doctor of Ministry is a research doctoral award for those who wish to make a significant and original contribution to knowledge as applied in the context of professional Christian ministry practice.

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Introduction to New Testament Greek (LA002)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2015 Semester 1 Monday Evening Unit

This unit aims to familiarise you with the fundamentals of New Testament Greek, to enable you to use commentaries on the Greek text and to be able to consult lexicons and grammars for exegetical purposes. It also aims to enable you to appreciate the fundamentals of translation of the New Testament text into English.

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New Testament Greek (LA004A)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2015 Semester 1 Monday Evening Unit

In this unit you are introduced to and given experience in reading the language in which the New Testament was written. This prepares you to read straightforward parts of the Greek New Testament for yourself, be equipped for consulting New Testament commentaries based on the Greek text and reading books which discuss or refer to Greek words and expressions. New Testament Greek is a prerequisite for study of degree New Testament units with Greek exegesis in the Bachelor of Theology and Master of Divinity.

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Cross-Cultural Communication (EM408/EM608)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2015 Semester 1 Monday Evening Unit

This unit aims to help you with insights, understanding, principles, and strategies for relating to people of very different cultural backgrounds to your own and for contextualising the gospel for a specific group of people.

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Old Testament Foundations (OT201/OT301)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2015 Semester 1 Tuesday Evening Unit

**SPECIAL REDUCED RATE FOR AUDIT OPTION ON THIS UNIT**
This unit aims to ground you in a basic knowledge of the content of Genesis to 2 Kings in preparation for more detailed textual, exegetical and theological treatment of the Old Testament. The unit also involves some orientation to Old Testament Studies as an academic discipline. Topics covered include creation, the ancestral narratives, the exodus, the conquest and settlement and the emergence of the monarchy and prophecy and the place of the covenants in the faith of Israel.

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Hot Topics (CU01)

2015 Semester 1 Wednesday Evening Unit

This series is for all Christians who want to apply biblical wisdom as they confront life's complex isues. Topics on each of the 12 weeks include: Christians and Politics, Hope Beyond Cure, Zoe's Bill and Mental Illness.

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Old Testament Foundations (OT501)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2015 Semester 1 Thursday Evening Unit

This unit aims to ground you in a basic knowledge of the content of Genesis to 2 Kings in preparation for more detailed textual, exegetical and theological treatment of the Old Testament. The unit also involves some orientation to Old Testament Studies as an academic discipline. Topics covered include creation, the ancestral narratives, the exodus, the conquest and settlement and the emergence of the monarchy and prophecy and the place of the covenants in the faith of Israel.

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Introduction to Preaching (SMP21/PC447)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2015 Semester 1 Thursday Evening Unit

An introduction to the basic principles of preaching, aimed at providing the student with skills in the area of the preparation and delivery of sermons. Particular emphasis is placed on the interpretation of the Bible.

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Personal Life of those in Ministry (PC210)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2015 Semester 1 Thursday Evening Unit

This unit provides you with the opportunity for reflection on your own Christian life with a view to preparing for Christian ministry. You will be encouraged to consider your own devotional life; how to maintain a life of integrity under pressure; developing relationships within the context of ministry; and nurturing family relationships.

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Local Church and Global Mission (SMM42/SMM62)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2015 Semester 2 Monday Evening Unit - Northern Beaches Centre

God has a global mission. The gospel is for people of every nation, tribe and tongue. We all affirm it but how should it impact our lives and our churches here? Should we just focus on our own neighbourhood and let others work out the rest? What does it look like to faithfully serve God’s global mission at home? What is our role locally and further afield? In this unit we will together gain the understanding, perspectives, and skills required to help local churches become more aligned with God’s global missional purposes. We will engage with God’s word, with what God is doing in the world and with the changing demographic realities of Australia and the globe. We will see the important role a church can play in raising up and sending out cross-cultural workers and in partnering with what God is doing across the street and across the ocean.

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Introduction to Biblical Hebrew (LA001)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2015 Semester 2 Monday Evening Unit

A brief introduction to the fundamentals of the Hebrew language. Students will begin to develop skills in the use of Hebrew dictionaries and the Hebrew Bible.

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New Testament Greek (LA004B)

Australian College  of Theology Award Prerequisite: LA004A

2015 Semester 2 Monday Evening Unit

In this unit you are introduced to and given experience in reading the language in which the New Testament was written. This prepares you to read straightforward parts of the Greek New Testament for yourself, be equipped for consulting New Testament commentaries based on the Greek text and reading books which discuss or refer to Greek words and expressions. New Testament Greek is a prerequisite for study of degree New Testament units with Greek exegesis in the Bachelor of Theology and Master of Divinity.

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Christian Education Among Children (DM202)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2015 Semester 2 Monday Evening Unit

A study of the learning processes of (pre-adolescent children), and the provisions made in the churches for their education in faith. Areas of study include: developmental and learning characteristics of children; methods of teaching; biblical and historical perspectives on Chrisitian ministry with children; evangelism, conversion and nurture of children; scrutiny of Christian education curricula.   

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Old Testament Prophets and Writings (OT202/OT302)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2015 Semester 2 Tuesday Evening Unit

**SPECIAL REDUCED RATE FOR AUDIT OPTION ON THIS UNIT**
This unit aims to ground you in a basic knowledge of the content of the Old Testament Prophets and Writings with a view to preparing them for more detailed textual, exegetical and theological treatment of the Old Testament. The unit also involves some orientation to Old Testament studies as an academic discipline. Topics covered include eighth century prophets, the exile and restoration, exilic prophets, the psalms, wisdom literature, apocalyptic and post-exilic prophets.

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Pastoral Skills and Methods (Educational Chaplaincy Focus) (PC603 + PC789)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2015 Semester 2 Wednesday Evening Unit

This unit aims to develop your understanding of the nature of pastoral care and to provide the opportunity to develop skills and methods needed to be effective in educational chaplaincy.

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Old Testament Prophets and Writings (OT502)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2015 Semester 2 Thursday Evening Unit

This unit aims to ground you in a basic knowledge of the content of the Old Testament Prophets and Writings with a view to preparing them for more detailed textual, exegetical and theological treatment of the Old Testament. The unit also involves some orientation to Old Testament studies as an academic discipline. Topics covered include eighth century prophets, the exile and restoration, exilic prophets, the psalms, wisdom literature, apocalyptic and post-exilic prophets.

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Children’s Ministry Skills (DM222)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2015 Semester 2 Thursday Evening Unit

A unit of learning and practical skills related to the planning and conduct of effective children’s ministry. Areas of study include: skills and techniques for communicating with children; pastoral care of children and families; children and worship; children’s ministry teams; training children for ministry; group management of children; duty of care requirements. This unit includes a practical component requiring observation, supervised reflection and involvement in children’s ministry.

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Foundational Christian Beliefs (TH305i/TH505i)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2015 September Intensive Unit - in Canberra

The purpose of this unit is to give an overview of the central doctrines of the Christian faith following the outline in the Creeds.

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Jesus and the Gospels (NT301/NT501)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2016 Semester 1 Monday Evening Unit - Northern Beaches Centre

Being a Christian involves ‘following’ the Lord Jesus, not around Galilee and Judea, but in the course of our daily lives. The four Gospels provide four different records of what Jesus said and did. They are the foundation for knowing and understanding what he has done for us, as well as what he said about God and his will. If we really want to ‘follow’ Jesus, if we really want to be salt and light in our world, then the Gospels need to be our regular reading matter...

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Early New Testament Church (NT302/NT502)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2016 Semester 2 Monday Evening Unit - Northern Beaches Centre

The church is far from perfect; whether we have in mind the early church or the church today. How did the church get started? What issues did those first Christians struggle with? How did God use his people to spread the light of the gospel from its beginnings in Judea and Jerusalem to the very heart of the Roman Empire?..

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Knowledge of God (TH401i/TH601i)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2016 January Intensive Unit

Can we know God? And if so, then how? Who wrote the Bible? Is it a divine book? Or a human book? How reliable and trustworthy is the Bible? Can we rely on it to tell us the truth about all things, or just some things?
Does God foreknow the future? All of it, or just some of it? If everything happens according to God's will, why is there still suffering and evil in the world? What exactly does it mean to be created in God's image?...

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Chaplaincy in Educational Settings (DM414i/DM614i)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2016 April Intensive Unit

Chaplains have played a significant role for many years in sharing and modelling the Christian faith in places of education in this country. With much recent discussion about the role of chaplaincy in some quarters, this unit will give you the opportunity to explore the practice and theology of chaplaincy...

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Fourth Gospel (English) (NT424i/NT624i)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2016 July Intensive Unit

Ever wish you'd been there with Jesus, listening to him in action and even eavesdropping on his conversation with his Father? John was there, and left us his eyewitness record. The Gospel of John is unique: simple and accessible, but also complex and profound. Its purpose, according to its author, is “that you may believe Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and by believing you may have life in His name” (John 20:31)...

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Introduction to Preaching (PC447i/PC647i)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2016 October Intensive Unit

There are not many more important responsibilities in the life of the church than the task of preaching God's word. Whether it is speaking to children, youth, at evangelistic outreaches, or to a Sunday congregation, communicating God's timeless truth in the Bible with accuracy, pastoral warmth, and relevance is a challenging task that requires diligence, prayer, and hard work. But where do you start? What is the process of moving from the ancient text to the modern world?...

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