If you have a heart for the church, and want to be involved in guiding, encouraging and growing God’s people, then the Bachelor of Ministry is the course for you.
It begins with an overview of the entire biblical text, giving you a great framework as you move into more detailed analysis of key sections. You’ll have a chance to study the Bible in the languages it was originally written in; you can get a better understanding of the history and purpose of the church; and you’ll be grappling with how key theological doctrines, like grace or eschatology, actually relate to the Christian life. You can then choose the areas in which you want to dig deeper, focusing on pastoral ministry and preaching, cross-cultural mission, leadership development, or more comprehensive biblical study.
Most churches are quite happy that the Bachelor of Ministry fulfils all the academic requirements for ordination, although a small amount of denomination-specific training might still be expected from some. Ministry organisations also recognise this degree program as excellent preparation for mission work, both practically and spiritually.
To be able to study the course at BST you need to have a minimum OP score of 16 or equivalent. (If you don’t have an OP score, you will have to demonstrate your academic suitability for the course via an English writing exercise or an interview.)
If you get to the end of the first year of the BMin and decide that you can’t or don’t want to continue studying, at least for now, then you can still be awarded a Diploma of Ministry. The same applies after the first two years, when you can leave with an Associate Degree in Theology (see below).
If you’re an international student, and English is not your first language, you need to have taken the IELTS test and achieved an average score of 6.5. (The exception to this is if you are a Mandarin-speaker, in which case you can study the Bachelor of Ministry through our Chinese program your average score for your IELTS test needs to be 5.0). The restrictions of a student visa also mean that international students must study full-time.
If you study the BMin full-time it will take six semesters (three years), as you’ll do an average of four units each semester and you need 24 units to complete the course. You can study part-time if it suits you better, as long as you finish the course within nine years. Of your 24 units, four must be from Biblical Introduction, two from Church History, three from Exegesis, three from Theology and six from Ministry and Practice. You also have to complete Field Education and Spiritual Formation, and the choice of four elective units from any of the sections below.
N.B. Core units are generally offered every year, while elective units are offered in alternative semesters. Please refer to the college timetable to find out what’s being offered.
Adam and Hester Pike
Bible translators with Wycliffe (Vanuatu)
Hester: “When we arrived at college we were sure God wanted us to work in cross-cultural mission, but had no idea what that would look like for us. But after three years at BST we had a much clearer picture of the road ahead. From a spiritual perspective, our knowledge of and love for the Bible was greatly increased and our relationships with God and his people were strengthened. And from a practical perspective – well, it was through BST that we came into contact with Wycliffe, and the rest, as they say, is history…”
Adam: “Somewhat unusually, it’s the Greek lessons that were my favourite at college! People can sometimes think ‘What’s the point? It’s a dead language’, but the lecturers are so passionate about it and the things I learnt are invaluable to me in my day-to-day work now. As I translate the Bible into Merei I’m served so well by my knowledge of Greek vocabulary, grammar and sentence structure – it’s helping me to make sure I’m giving the best, most accurate representation of the gospel to the people of Vanuatu.”
The Associate Degree is what you’ll be awarded if you begin the Bachelor of Ministry program but for some reason can’t, or choose not to, complete it.
As long as you’ve gained 64 credit points (16 units) you can receive the qualification. If at some point in the future you want to continue your studies you may be able to pick up where you left off and those credit points will count towards your Bachelor (this is subject to time constraints, so you will need to speak to our registrar to discuss your options).
This is a course of the Australian College of Theology.