Subject CodeDatesLecturerLevel
OT 420/6204-8 JulyDr Douglas GreenUndergraduate and

This intensive subject of the Pentateuch examines the first five books of the Bible, with particular attention given to the theology of Deuteronomy, exegesis of the English text of Genesis 1-11 and sections of Deuteronomy. By studying the Pentateuch, students will develop awareness of source, form and tradition criticism and begin to prepare exegesis papers.

Christian Ministry in Islamic Contexts

Subject CodeDatesLecturerLevel
EM415/61522-24 August 28-30 SeptemberRichard ShumackUndergraduate/Degree

Understanding and engaging with Islam is clearly one of the greatest social and missional challenges the church faces at present. Muslim communities are growing in Australia and we see the impact of radical Islam around the world.

This unit helps Christians understand the history of Islam and the range of interpretations of Islam across the various Muslim groups. We’ll review biblical and theological perspectives on Islam and look at Christian-Muslim worldview comparisons.

We’ll explore the many different ways Christians are seeking to engage positively with Muslims in their local communities, as well as across the world. Issues of culture and contextualisation will also be reviewed. This is a must for contemporary Christians.

Patterns of Spiritual Formation

Subject CodeDatesLecturerLevel
PC327/52724-26 August & 28-30 SeptemberRev Tim MeyersUndergraduate/Degree

In this course, we will examine the rich history and diverse traditions of Christian spirituality. We will trace a number of “streams” or expressions of ‘spirituality’ in the church, from their biblical roots, through the ancient church, and into the modern world. We will also look at ways in which the spiritual disciplines, both corporate and personal, can be understood and applied biblically in your own journey of faith in Christ.

After studying this subject, you should be able to:

· appreciate the main historical traditions and approaches to Christian Spirituality;
· set Christian Spirituality in its biblical and theological contexts, and
· reflect upon, and explore the personal application of spiritual disciplines in your own life, leading to deepening maturity in Christ, and intimacy with God

Chaplaincy Skills

Subject CodeDatesLecturerLevel
PC452/652 4th-8th JulyTBAUndergraduate & Graduate

While the public sector constantly debates the need for chaplains/wellness workers/helpers/volunteers, chaplains are still requested by many areas of Australian society – schools, hospitals, defence force, sport clubs, etc. There are countless testimonies of how a chaplain has made a life-changing impact on a person’s life, and this is why we are still dedicated to equipping Christians in what we believe is an essential role in our society.

Throughout this course, students will be taught on three main areas of chaplaincy: the role of a chaplain, working with the mental health and disability sector, and developing pastoral skills and methods.

A Ministry in Crisis: Studies in 2 Corinthians

Subject CodeDatesLecturerLevel
NT78129 August to 2 September 5 to 9 SeptemberDr. Colin KrusePOSTGRADUATE

We have two major letters written by the apostle Paul to the Corinthians, so we know more about his relationships with the Corinthian church than we do of his relationships with any other church that he founded. These letters provide us with a unique opportunity to explore various aspects of Paul’s ministry. In particular, 2 Corinthians provides crucial information about how the apostle understood his ministry, what he believed are the marks of authentic Christian ministry, and how he dealt with major crises that arose in his relationship with the Corinthians.

The aim of this course is to seek to understand 2 Corinthians within the context of the complex relationship that existed between the church at Corinth and the apostle Paul, and to provide opportunity to reflect upon the relevance of the letter for Christian ministry today.

Islam in the Modern World

Subject CodeDatesLecturerLevel
EM78310-12 & 15-16 AugDr. Peter RiddellPOSTGRADUATE

This unit helps students to engage with issues surrounding Islam’s interaction with the modern world. On successful completion of this unit students will understand the diversity of Muslim responses to the challenges of modernity, identify the key debates preoccupying Muslims today, articulate a sophisticated interpretation of contemporary world events involving the Muslim world, and relate such debates to a specific region of their choice, identifying the impact on resident Christian minority communities in the process.

Reformation Study Tour

Subject CodesDatesLecturerLevel
19-24 January 2017Dr. Michael BrautigamUndergraduate and Graduate

As the church marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017, Melbourne School of Theology is delighted to offer its students the opportunity to join us for an inspiring 15-day tour of Europe. Visit the Castle Church in Wittenberg, where Luther nailed his 95 Theses that sparked the Reformation. Explore the Wartburg castle, where he translated the Bible, and Worms, the city of his famous refusal to recant. Other highlights of this tour include Strasbourg, Konstanz (Constance) and Zurich, where we trace the steps of important Reformers such as Martin Bucer, John Calvin, Jan Hus, and Ulrich Zwingli.

A special feature of this tour is our clear commitment to transformational learning. While we will read, study and discuss, we also intend to immerse ourselves in the European Christian heritage more deeply by enjoying fellowship with local believers and learning how the Protestant faith has shaped them in the past and present. Of course, we will also get a first-hand impression of the rich European culture, including the local culinary delights such as German apple-strudel, French macarons and Swiss chocolate.

Our tour guide Dr Michael Bräutigam, originally from Germany, now serves as MST’s lecturer in Theology and Church History.

Please contact Iona Kroussoratsky for more information at

Prof. Douglas Green
Prof. Douglas Green

Professor Douglas Green is the new Postgraduate Coordinator at Queensland Theological College, where he also lectures in Old Testament studies. Doug has recently returned to his home country of Australia with his wife, Robyn, after 23 years of teaching at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, most recently as Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Theology. Doug completed his doctorate in Old Testament at Yale University. He has published articles and book chapters on the Psalter, Ezra, Nehemiah, Job and Genesis. He has also authored a book on the Semitic background to the Old Testament, and was part of the team who translated the Holy Bible , New Living Translation

    Dr. Richard Shumack
    Dr. Richard Shumack

    Dr. Richard Shumack is the new Director for Melbourne School of Theology’s Arthur Jeffery Centre (formerly the Centre for the Study of Islam and Other Faiths). Richard is based in Sydney with his wife and four sons. He has studied extensively on the Islamic faith and has worked as a fellow specialising in philosophy of religion with the Centre for Public Christianity. He is also involved with the Understanding and Answering Islam team at Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. Richard teaches regularly on ministry in Muslim contexts in Australian colleges, universities, churches and schools. His publications include Witnessing to Western Muslims and the philosophical apologetic The Wisdom of Islam and the Foolishness of Christianity.

      Rev Tim Meyers
      Rev Tim Meyers

      Tim Meyers is the Principal of Melbourne School of Theology. He joined MST at the end of 2011 following 12 years in senior leadership roles with mission agency Pioneers and almost a decade in pastoral ministry with Baptist churches in Queensland.

      Prior to moving into ministry roles, Tim trained and worked as a professional musician, then as a secondary school teacher and also trained as a commercial pilot with Mission Aviation Fellowship.

      Tim completed his Masters of Theology at Dallas Theological Seminary (Texas, USA) in 1991, with majors in Systematic Theology and Bible Exposition.

      He has great skills in leadership and administration, and strong gifts in teaching and preaching, cultural and organisational change, as well as entrepreneurial abilities.

      Tim grew up in a missionary family in Papua and New Guinea before moving to Melbourne during high school, where he later met and married Kathryn. They have five children.

        Dr. David Pohlmann
        Dr. David Pohlmann

        Dr. David Pohlmann has worked in many educational institutions, having taught every school-year level, as well as in Vocational Education and University settings. David has a PhD in school chaplaincy and is currently a Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Science and Chapel Pastor at Christian Heritage College, Brisbane.

          Dr. Colin Kruse
          Dr. Colin Kruse

          Colin and Rosemary came to Melbourne School of Theology (then called Bible College of Victoria) after 16 years at Ridley College. In the years following his ordination into the Anglican ministry, Colin gained practical experience in parishes in Australia and the USA, also five years of missionary service with CMS as a theological lecturer in Indonesia, before taking up his positions at Ridley College and the Melbourne School of theology.

          Colin is a prolific writer. Besides journal articles on the New Testament, Old Testament, and the Dead Sea Scrolls, he has authored several books including New Testament Models for Ministry: Jesus and Paul (Marshall, Morgan and Scott); The Second Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians (IVP/Eerdmans); Paul, the Law and Justification (IVP/Hendrickson), and commentaries on The Letters of John (IVP/Eerdmans) and The Gospel according to John (IVP/Eerdmans).

          Colin recently released a commentary on Romans for the Pillar New Testament Commentary series (Eerdmans/IVP).

            Dr. Peter Riddell
            Dr. Peter Riddell

            Peter completed his PhD at the Australian National University, focusing on Islam in Southeast Asia. He studied Qur’anic Exegesis at L’Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes/Sorbonne (Paris) and held a post-doctoral fellowship at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

            He has previously taught at the Australian National University, the Institut Pertanian Bogor (Indonesia), the London School of Oriental and African Studies, and was appointed as Professor of Islamic Studies at the London School of Theology, where he served from 1996-2007 as the founding Director of the Centre for Islamic Studies and Muslim-Christian Relations. In addition to his present MST appointment, Peter is also a Professorial Research Associate in the Department of History, SOAS, University of London.

            Peter has published widely on Southeast Asia, Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations. His books include Transferring a Tradition (Berkeley, Centers for South and Southeast Asian Studies, Univ. California, 1990); Islam and the Malay-Indonesian World: Transmission and Responses (London, Hurst, 2001); Islam in Context (with Peter Cotterell, Grand Rapids, Baker, 2003); and Christians and Muslims: pressures and potential in a post-9/11 world (Leicester, IVP, 2004). His next book will be a historical study of the Qur'an in Southeast Asia, to be published by Brill Publishers in 2017.

              Dr. Michael Brautigam
              Dr. Michael Brautigam

              Michael and his wife, Jenni, are originally from Germany. They have recently been living in Scotland, where Michael tutored in theology and completed his PhD.

              His doctoral dissertation focuses on the Christology of Swiss theologian Adolf Schlatter (1852–1938), and he has also published on Jonathan Edwards, Dutch Neo-Calvinism, and the relation between theology and culture.

              Michael has worked as a pastor in Germany (Free Evangelical Church), and he served as an elder in a local Edinburgh congregation of the Free Church of Scotland.