MST Course Outline

Bachelor of Theology

Course code:BTh
Type:Undergraduate Degree
Subjects:24
Length:Min 3 years, up to 9 years part time.
Pre-requisites:Year 12 - ATAR above 65
Mature age entry available

Introduction

Our Bachelor of Theology degree will lay a strong foundation for any pastoral or teaching ministry, equipping you with the knowledge and skills to confidently interpret the Scriptures, engage thoughtfully with the challenges of faith and life, and interact with a range of ethical, theological and practical issues facing the church. This foundation is built on Christ and an in-depth understanding of the traditional Christian beliefs, doctrines, and interpretation of Scripture.

You will be equipped with

Skills and knowledge to accurately and faithfully interpret the Bible.
A strong working knowledge of the Bible’s original authors, historical context, major themes, and theological developments.
An understanding of the impact of the early church and reformation on the Church of today.
A deep knowledge of the major theological tenets of the Christian faith.
The ability to lead, or pioneer, a Church or mission work.

Course Structure

The Bachelor of Theology comprises 24 subjects in total. It can be studied from a minimum of 3 years full-time, and up to 9 years part-time.

Required Subjects

Old Testament FoundationsOld Testament Prophets and WritingsJesus and the Gospels
Early New Testament ChurchNew Testament Greek A & B, or, Biblical Hebrew A & BPrinciples of Hermeneutics
Early Church History 30-451Reformation in Britain & EuropePatterns of Spiritual Formation
Grace & EschatologyKnowledge of GodDoctrine of God and Work of Christ
Field Education

Advanced Subjects (Choose 6)

Luke & Historical Jesus Studies Fourth Gospel (John) Pauline Theology & Romans
Corinthians & Ephesians General Epistles: James & Peter The Epistle to the Hebrews
PentateuchFormer ProphetsIsaiah
JeremiahPsalmsWisdom Literature

Ministry Stream Electives (Choose 5)

TEACHING
Church, Sacraments and Ministry

Languages
• Intermediate Greek

Philosophy & Ethics
• Introduction to Christian Ethics
• Introduction to Philosophy
• Christian World-view
SPIRITUAL FORMATION
• Christian Worship
• Practical Ministry Field Education
• Spirituality & the Arts
• Christian World-view
LEADERSHIP
• Christian worship
• Congregational or Pastoral Care Field Education
• Disability & Normality
• Foundations of Pastoral Care
• Introduction to Preaching
• Pastoral Skills & Methods
• Principles of Evangelism
• Principles of Leadership & Management
• Church Planting
• Christian World-view
INTER-CULTURAL
Cross-Cultural Missions
• Aid & Development
• Biblical Theology of Mission
• Contemporary Theology of Mission
• Cross-cultural Field Education
• Cultural Anthropology
• Living Faiths
• Principles of Evangelism

Islamic Studies
• Christian Apologetics to Islam
• Christian Ministry in Islamic Contexts
• Cross-cultural Field Education
• Mohammad: A Christian Perspective
• The Qur’an: a Christian Perspective
PASTORAL CARE & CHAPLAINCY
• Chaplaincy in Education Settings
• Foundations of Pastoral Care
• Pastoral Skills & Methods
• Practical Ministry Field Education

Entry Requirements

    Year 12 with ATAR of at least 65
    Mature age entry for students over 21 years
    International English Language Testing Service of 6.5 overall with 6.5 in each subtest for Non English Speaking Background students

Where this degree may take you

Become a pastor, teacher or minister with responsibility for preaching and/or teaching, providing leadership in various ministry contexts.

Become a leader of staff in cross-cultural ministry, whether in Australia or internationally.

Become a Bible translator in Australia or internationally.

“I chose the Bachelor of Theology because I wanted to have a firm grasp of the biblical languages and the rigorous training MST provides, so I could rightly handle the Word of God.”
Alex Marriott, Youth Minister
Eltham Baptist Church

About this Degree

This degree provides thorough understanding of the Bible in theological depth, along with the skills and knowledge to translate the Bible from its original language.

Ministry Streams