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.  Like all Clergy Track courses, it focuses 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.

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)


    • MINS1509 Introduction to Christian Leadership

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

  • MINS2534 Liturgy and Worship


Saints Cyril and Methodius Orthodox Institute is the theological and higher education institute of the Australian and New Zealand Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia.


SCMOI delivers undergraduate and postgraduate award courses by arrangement with the Adelaide College of Divinity and the Uniting College for Leadership and Theology.


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