Graduate Diploma Of Christian Ministry and Theology

The Graduate Diploma of Christian Ministry and Theology is designed for men and women in senior ministry roles and builds on their skills developed from the Graduate Certificate.
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The Graduate Diploma of Christian Ministry and Theology focuses specifically on individuals in leadership positions within Christian ministry. This program is designed to enhance the skills and knowledge they have already acquired through the Graduate Certificate. By delving deeper into various topics, students gain a more comprehensive understanding of the learning process and its impact on ministry.
This diploma is particularly suitable for students who have completed the Graduate Certificate of Christian Ministry and Theology at Vision International College or those who qualify for advanced standing. By building on the foundation laid in the certificate program, the Graduate Diploma further develops students’ faith and deepens their understanding of God’s word. The ultimate goal is to equip pastors with the tools they need to achieve a more fruitful ministry.
The units in the Graduate Diploma are studied with even greater depth and attention to detail compared to the Graduate Certificate. Although this program can be completed within a year through distance education, the duration ultimately depends on the student’s availability and circumstances for study.
To enroll in the Graduate Certificate, individuals must hold an Advanced Diploma of Christian Ministry and Theology or an equivalent qualification in a related field. This prerequisite ensures that students have a solid educational background before diving into the more advanced topics covered in the diploma.
Additionally, the Graduate Diploma of Christian Ministry and Theology serves as a prerequisite for individuals seeking admission to the Masters of Theology program at Vision International University USA, Texas University of Theology USA, or another university. Those aspiring to pursue higher education in theological studies will find this diploma essential in their academic journey.
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Graduate Diploma Of Christian Ministry and Theology


This course aims to equip individuals for senior Christian ministry roles such as ordained ministers, pastors, Bible College lecturers, and managers or directors of parachurch organizations. It also caters to workers from other industries who are seeking training in Christian ministry and theology as it applies to their specific field.

Some roles may require commissioning from a recognized religious institution. Throughout the course, participants will develop the ability to analyze, synthesize, and effectively communicate complex Christian beliefs. They will also acquire specialized guidance and leadership skills applicable in various contexts, along with advanced proficiency in biblical and theological interpretation.

6 Types of Students Who Might Benefit From The Graduate Diploma


Senior Leadership

For Senior Pastors, Directors, Bible college principals, and those engaged in higher levels of ministry or aspiring to enter senior pastoral positions, this course enhances the skills required for autonomous ministry leadership.


Denominational Requirements

For those needing to meet denominational requirements or continuing professional develoment our degrees and Biblical education programs can be tailored to meet your denominational requirements.


Personal Growth

The graduate diploma offers a distinctive opportunity for individuals seeking a closer relationship with God, a deeper understanding of the Bible, and a strengthened faith and relationship with the church.


Personal Preference

For those who prioritize accredited studies, our ASQA accredited program is the ideal choice. This program ensures your studies meets the necessary accreditation standards and perfectly aligns with your preferences.


Employment Qualifications

Desire to pursue Christian work? Look no further than Vision International College. We offer exceptional Christian degrees and studies, empowering you to make a positive impact in your ministry and Christian service.


Continuing Education

The Graduate Diploma is a necessary requirement for pursuing Masters and Doctoral Programs with Vision International University or the Texas University of Theology in the United States.

The Word

And truly He gave some to be apostles, and some to be prophets, and some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ. 

Ephesians 4:11-12 NKJV

Graduate Diploma Subjects

Upon completing this award, learners should have acquired the necessary knowledge, attitudes and skills to serve effectively as the Senior Minister/Pastor, CEO of Mission Organisations Management positions in churches, parishes, para-church groups, missionary organisations, and in religious education.
Students will learn to apply biblical principles to their daily lives and explain and share those principles with others.
This level of study is best suited to

  • To qualify individuals for autonomous leadership in church groups and other ministry contexts
  • to develop the ministry values, procedures and practise of their church groups and Christian ministry contexts
  • or to provide a pathway to higher levels of qualifications
  • qualify individuals for autonomous and senior leadership in church groups

The recommended subjects for this course are listed below. In keeping with our policy of allowing students to tailor the course to suit their training needs, students can use the recommended list or request a substitute from the Principal of the college. The decision of the Principal on the substitution request is final.
To achieve the qualification of a Graduate Certificate in Christian Ministry and Theology, the candidate must complete four units of competency.
The student will complete the following units
4  Biblical Theology
2  Ministry Skills.

Full List of Graduate Diploma Subject Options

Graduate Certificate: Biblical Theology Subjects

The recommended subjects for this course are listed below as “Biblical Theology Subjects” and “Elective Practical Theology Skills”.


In keeping with our policy of allowing students to tailor the course to suit their training needs, we are providing a link to the full list of subject options available.


Students can use the recommended list or request a substitute from the link below.


Note: Students will be required to purchase study material to complete the subjects.

Contemporary Theology

Missionary Encounter with World Reliogions

Dealing With Conflict

Research and Reaching the Local Community

Elective Practical Theology Skills

There are two options to complete the elective units:


  1. Through our “Online Training Portal”, The student has access to a comprehensive and interactive learning and training experience.   The Assignments teach and determine competency in the units.
  2. Access with detailed instructions is provided to students as they enter each unit.  Go to The Student User Guide to preview the Vision International Colleges Training Portal.


  1. If a student cannot access the internet or is uncomfortable with online learning, the same unit is available by mail in hard copy as a workbook with written assignments.

The student must complete a minimum of two elective units with a minimum of 40 nominal hours.

Students may request alternative options for the elective units. See section Elective Skills Units VIC. The decision of the Principal on the choice will be final.

It is helpful, but not required, for a student to be involved in a local church or community-based program under competent leadership and to document their work experience for each unit. This documentation will assist in establishing competencies.

Managing Innovation in the Local Church

Networking for Ministry