SERVING AND PROSPECTIVE CLERGY

Clergy Track courses focus on currently serving clergy (in-service) and men preparing for ordination (pre-service) in the Orthodox Church.

The academic content of the track is at seminary level.

Course units are delivered at distance (online), in interactive classes, with online support and resources.

Diploma of Ministry (DipMin)

The Clergy Track Diploma of Ministry (one year full-time or part-time equivalent; 36 Credit points) provides some foundational theological study in the disciplines underpinning pastoral ministry.

It is a basic qualification tailored for:

  • Serving clergy without a formal theological qualification who are unable to commit to an extended course of study;

  • Clergy wanting a ‘refresher’ course;

  • Clergy with a theological qualification from a non-Orthodox institution who seek a structured foundation specifically in Orthodox faith and practice; and

  • Mature-age pre-service candidates or others who due to their circumstances are unable to commit to an extended course of study.

 

For more information and unit descriptions see: 2019 Handbook

Unit requirements are:

  • MINS1101 Interpreting the Old Testament

  • MINS1201 Interpreting the New Testament

  • MINS1304 Introduction to Christian Thought

  • SCM3 Emergence of the Orthodox Church A​

  • MINS1601 Spirituality for 21st Century Disciples

  • SCM1 Church Slavonic (NB: The Handbook defines any exemptions; however, such students must substitute SCM4 Emergence of the Orthodox Church B)

  • EITHER

    • MINS1509 Introduction to Christian Leadership

    • SCM2 The Orthodox Diaconate (for those serving, or intending to serve, permanently as a deacon)

  • MINS2534 Liturgy and Worship

Associate Degree of Ministry (AssocMin)

The Clergy Track AssocMin (two years full-time or part-time equivalent; 72 Credit points) provides an up-to-date understanding of major pastoral concepts and theories as well as the skills to apply them to life situations as effective practitioners. Providing the same foundation as the BMin, through eight core level one units, the SCMOI course also provides for beginning specialisation in Biblical Studies and Missiology. This course supports the acquisition of knowledge, skills and attitudes relevant to pastoral service. Study at this level requires students to become critical and independent learners.

For more information and unit descriptions see: 2019 Handbook

 

Unit requirements are:

  • MINS1101 Interpreting the Old Testament

  • MINS1201 Interpreting the New Testament

  • MINS2704 Biblical Greek

  • MINS2219 Synoptic Gospels

  • MINS3002 Biblical Hermeneutics

  • MINS1304 Introduction to Christian Thought

  • SCM3 Emergence of the Orthodox Church A​

  • Two units from:

    • SCM4 The Emergence of the Orthodox Church B​

    • MINS2314 Theology of Jesus Christ

    • MINS3335 God the Trinity

    • MINS3336 Church, Ministry, Sacraments

  • MINS1601 Spirituality for 21st Century Disciples

  • MINS1603 Beyond Sunday

  • SCM1 Church Slavonic (NB: The Handbook defines any exemptions; however, such students must substitute either MINS3602 Creative Arts or MINS3605 Public Faith in a Secular Age)

  • MINS1509 Introduction to Christian Leadership

  • EITHER

    • MINS1510 Introduction to Formation for Ministry

    • SCM2 The Orthodox Diaconate (for those serving, or intending to serve, permanently as a deacon)

  • MINS2534 Liturgy and Worship

  • MINS2528 Supervised Field Education 1

Bachelor of Ministry (BMin)

The Clergy Track BMin (three years full-time or part-time equivalent; 108 Credit points) thoroughly forms candidates in Orthodox faith and pastoral practice, and equips them to be competent in establishing, developing, transforming and growing healthy communities and networks. The BMin provides a strong foundation across the full range of theological disciplines, together with Supervised Field Education and integrative studies, to equip candidates for contemporary pastoral service.

Candidates seeking to prepare for the priesthood, are strongly encouraged to enrol in the BMin course.

The incremental structure of the ACD courses means that candidates who enrol for the BMin can, if they choose, exit with either the DipMin or the AssocMin once they have completed the respective requirements for those awards. This affords pre-service candidates an opportunity to undertake part of their undergraduate training at SCMOI and to exit with a recognised award, preparatory to completing their studies at a residential seminary.

Alternatively, candidates who satisfactorily complete either the DipMin or AssocMin have the option of continuing with full credit to the BMin.    

For more information and unit descriptions see: 2019 Handbook

Unit requirements are:

  • MINS1101 Interpreting the Old Testament

  • MINS1201 Interpreting the New Testament

  • MINS2704 Biblical Greek

  • MINS2219 Synoptic Gospels

  • MINS2111 Pentateuch

  • Either:

    • MINS2218 1 & 2 Corinthians​

    • MINS3218 Gospel of John & Johannine Letters

  • MINS3002 Biblical Hermeneutics

  • MINS1304 Introduction to Christian Thought

  • SCM3 Emergence of the Orthodox Church A​

  • SCM4 The Emergence of the Orthodox Church B​

  • MINS2314 Theology of Jesus Christ

  • MINS3335 God the Trinity

  • MINS3336 Church, Ministry, Sacraments

  • MINS1601 Spirituality for 21st Century Disciples

  • MINS1603 Beyond Sunday

  • SCM1 Church Slavonic

  • EITHER

    • MINS3602 Creative Arts​

    • MINS3605 Public Faith in a Secular Age

  • MINS1509 Introduction to Christian Leadership

  • EITHER

    • MINS1510 Introduction to Formation for Ministry

    • SCM2 The Orthodox Diaconate (for those serving, or intending to serve, permanently as a deacon)

  • MINS2534 Liturgy and Worship

  • MINS2801 Integrative Ministry Practice A

  • MINS2528 Supervised Field Education 1

  • MINS3801 Integrative Ministry Practice B

  • MINS2529 Supervised Field Education 2

Postgraduate Courses
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