Diploma of Christian Ministry and Theology

Diploma of Christian Minsitry and Theology Vision CollegesThe Diploma of Christian Ministry and Theology continues, extends, and develops the students’ ministry skills gained from Certificate IV or advanced standing.  It further enhances their faith and understanding of God’s word and will for their ministry at a denominational level.

The course can be completed in one year as a distance education study program; the time frame is a guide only depending on the student’s capacity and the circumstances for study.

The course includes a broad range of challenging, faith-building, and biblically-based studies relevant for personal, pastoral, church and community life. Students will learn to apply biblical principles to their daily lives and explain and share those Christian truths with others.

This diploma is a pre-requisite for the Advanced Diploma of Christian Ministry and Theology.  


 Certificate IV in Christian Ministry and Theology or similar Bible college award or a minimum of four years of verifiable ministry experience with a pastoral recommendation.

Who is The Diploma Suited For:

Diploma Christian MinistryAs a general guide, the Diploma of Christian Ministry and Theology is a preferred option for those preparing for a ministerial or senior ministry level. It is suitable for those expected to work unsupervised in a decision-making capacity while being responsible to a senior minister. They may be involved in ministry or Christian work and service at an Assistant Pastor to Pastoral ministry level. It is also suited for those who;

  • already engaged in church or Christian work and service as an Assistant Pastor to a pastoral ministry level.
  • Are seeking ministry qualifications.
  • Require ordination qualifications.
  • Have the desire to undertake studies for personal benefit and apply learned truth.
  • Are preparing for an Advanced Diploma and above.
  • Desire to continue into deeper levels of study, to serve Christ and the church better.
  • Need to meet denominational qualifications and study requirements.
  • Are seeking personal growth and development in Christ.
  • Personal study choice or preference.
Work placements

It is helpful but not required for a student to be involved in a local church or community-based program under competent leadership.

The student should document their work experience for each unit to provide evidence of competencies.


The Diploma of Christian Ministry and Theology can be taken with an emphasis in Chaplaincy or Christian Counselling.

To satisfy their study requirements the student will select alternative subjects from the Vision Colleges “Counselling Stream” for the doctrine subjects in the Cert IV or Diploma

To satisfy the study requirement for the elective units the student shall select alternative subjects from the Alternative Elective Units.

The decision of the Principal on the suitability of the choice will be final.

The Diploma Subjects

AQF NRT LogoThe Theology subjects for the Diploma of Christian Ministry and Theology continue to develop a sound understanding and depth of knowledge. They require more significant levels of research in the word of God to strengthen their Christian life and ability to serve the Lord Jesus Christ. The elective subjects are appropriate for someone involved in ministry at a senior level, such as the pastor or seeking to be qualified for a pastoral ministry.

The student will complete the following units

  • 6 Units of Biblical Theology, identified as “CMT” units.
  • 4 Elective Ministry Skills units

VIC has nominated subjects to satisfy these Units. Students may request alternative topics provided they fulfil the unit elements. The decision of the Principal on the substitution request is final.

Biblical Theology Subjects

The Blood Covenant of God

Principles of Praise and Worship

First Corinthians

The Church

Dazzling Secrets for Despondent Saints

Understanding your Bible

Students are provided with a textbook, assignments and instructions to complete the subject satisfactorily.  A student may select an alternative subject from the Study StreamsHowever, the final decision on a substitute subject rests with the College’s Principal.

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Elective Practical Units

Leadership in the Local Church

Christian Communications II

Networking for ministry

Planning Pastoral and Spiritual Care

There are two options to complete the elective units

  1. Online
    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 four elective units with a minimum of 190 nominal hours.

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

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Vision International College Standing

Vision International College is an independent Bible college. Many Christian churches and denominations highly value our awards for ministry training purposes.

However, Vision International College cannot offer or guarantee any posting to any church or missions organisation due to the diverse requirements of differing denominations. While our awards are highly respected, applications and inquiries to such bodies must be made in person by the student/graduate.

Upon completing this award, learners should have acquired the necessary knowledge, attitudes, and skills to serve effectively as Christian workers, religious instructors in churches, parishes, para-church organisations, missionary organisations, and religious education.