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Graduate Certificate of Christian Mentoring

GRADUATE

Course Description

In 2020, BST began offering a Christian Mentoring Program as a series of three units taught via collaborative online learning over three years. Each unit consists of three workshops. Together they build competence for Christian mentoring at an advanced level. By taking these three units within a Graduate Certificate of Christian Mentoring, Graduate Diploma of Divinity or Master of Theological Studies you will be qualified for mentoring in a variety of contexts. The principles apply in local and cross-cultural ministry settings, for helping men and women throughout their journeys as disciples.

What is Christian Mentoring?

Mentoring is an intentional interpersonal process in which one person equips and empowers another toward more effective ministry through sharing God-given encouragement, instruction and resources.

Aims of Christian Mentoring

Christian mentors aim to empower disciples for more effective ministry and personal spiritual growth through setting and moving toward clear mutually agreed objectives that arise from the mentoree’s life and ministry. Christian mentoring is statistically associated with disciples growing throughout a fruitful Christian life. It is a thoughtful way to encourage vital Christian individuals and ministry and faith communities.

A coursework certificate at AQF Level 8 supporting professional skills and practice and/or a further study and scholarship, the Graduate Certificate of Christian Mentoring is designed to enhance the Graduate Attributes with a special focus on knowledge skills and abilities in the one to one intentional ministry of Christian mentoring and with related knowledge in professional supervision and ministry coaching to an advanced level.

Its purpose is to provide advanced knowledge and skills for a professional ministry as a Christian mentor.

Academic Qualifications:

  • Completed 3 year bachelor degree or equivalent; AND
  • Completed at least 1 year of ministry or theology or divinity study at Level 5 or above.

Language Qualifications for NESB: IELTS 7.0 overall with a minimum of 7.0 in reading and writing, and 6.5 in listening and speaking OR 10 years in Australia with English being the language primarily spoken both at home and work

4 units | 48 credit points | 3 yrs PT | On-campus

Unit 1 – PC020-812: Christian Mentoring (semester 1, 2022)

The Christian Mentoring unit is the first of three units that build that competence, by focusing on three main areas:

  • Biblical, theological and contemporary theoretical perspectives on mentoring;
  • Skills and methods in mentoring;
  • Fieldwork in which you apply your developing competence in one or two mentoring relationships.

This unit is designed to contribute to your professional and vocational formation in ministry by addressing the concept and practice of Christian mentoring as a specialist area within your ministry. Christian mentoring is a broad and important area of specialised ministry and research that requires accomplished scholarly practitioners to master a significant range of theory and practice.

Dates for this unit 2022: 

Workshop One – Tue 18 to Thur 20 January 2022 (Residential site)

Workshop Two – Mon 11 April 2022 (Zoom)

Workshop Three – Mon 23 May 2022 (Zoom)

Costs:

The price each unit will be:

  • Standard unit price (currently $2520 which can be put on fee help if a student requires)
  • $1485 for ‘auditors’  (fee help not applicable and payable personally by the student).
  • Workshop 1 residential component costs TBA

UNIT OUTLINE SAMPLE

Unit 2 – PC021-812: Mentoring Christian Leaders

The unit builds on Christian mentoring in the professional and vocational formation of postgraduate students in theology and ministry by applying skills in Christian mentoring to emerging and existing Christian leaders as a specialist area within their professional activity. This unit focuses on three main areas:

  • Biblical, theological and contemporary perspectives on Christian leadership and on mentoring, supervision and coaching of Christian leaders;
  • Skills and methods in mentoring Christian leaders;
  • Fieldwork in which you apply your developing competence in two or three relationships mentoring Christian leaders.

Workshop One – TBA (Residential site)

Workshop Two – TBA (Zoom)

Workshop Three – TBA (Zoom)

Costs:

The price each unit will be:

  • Standard unit price (currently $2520 which can be put on fee help if a student requires)
  • $1485 for ‘auditors’  (fee help not applicable and payable personally by the student).
  • Workshop 1 residential component costs TBA

Unit 3 – PC022-812: Professional Practice as a Christian Mentor 

The unit builds on mentoring Christian leaders in the professional and vocational formation of postgraduate students in theology and ministry by developing knowledge and skills in Christian mentoring as a healthy and sustainable professional practice. This unit focuses on three main areas:

  • Critical perspectives on professional practice and training as a Christian mentor, with reflection on healthy boundaries and support structures and with a thoughtful personal style of mentoring, and all framed by a sound theology of ministry and practice;
  • Skills and methods that are sufficiently accomplished for professional practice as a mentor;
  • Fieldwork in which you apply your developing competence in an emerging practice as a professional Christian mentor.

Dates for this unit 2022: 

Workshop One – Mon 20 to Wed 22 June 2022 (Residential site)

Workshop Two – Mon 12 September 2022 (Zoom)

Workshop Three – Mon 17 October 2022 (Zoom)

Costs:

The price each unit will be:

  • Standard unit price (currently $2520 which can be put on fee help if a student requires)
  • $1485 for ‘auditors’  (fee help not applicable and payable personally by the student).
  • Workshop 1 residential component costs TBA

Unit 4 – Elective

You can choose from any ACT unit Level 8 and above at any time during your course. These 4 units will complete your Graduate Certificate of Christian Mentoring. 

2022 timetable and calendar

Coursework Course Enrolment Policy

Discipline Knowledge and Understanding

1. Demonstrate up-to-date advanced knowledge and understanding of ‘Christian Mentoring’ and the related fields of Professional Supervision and Ministry coaching.

2. Examine the biblical, theological and ministry foundations of Christian Mentoring and the related fields of Professional Supervision and Ministry coaching.

Inquiry and Analysis

3. Collect, analyse, evaluate and synthesize advanced scholarship in inquiry-based learning in Christian Mentoring and the related fields of Professional Supervision and Ministry coaching.

Problem Solving and Integration

4. Construct evidence-based perspectives on advanced issues in Christian Mentoring and the related fields of Professional Supervision and Ministry coaching by using recognized source materials and scholarly literature, evaluating alternative explanations and drawing reasoned conclusions.

Communication

5. Present advanced ideas, knowledge and principles in Christian Mentoring and the related fields of Professional Supervision and Ministry coaching and engage with, specialist and non-specialist audiences using a variety of formats.

Teamwork and Professional Practice

6. As a professional practitioner in Christian mentoring to apply advanced understanding of Christian Mentoring and the related fields of Professional Supervision and Ministry coaching in formal ministry contexts and the wider community.

Engagement With the World

7. Bring developing professional and vocational capacity in Christian Mentoring and utilising understanding of the related fields of Professional Supervision and Ministry coaching to support Christian disciples and leaders in their engagement with the challenges of contemporary Christianity, society and the wider world.

Continuous Learning and Professional Development

8. Demonstrate a capacity for independent reflection and learning to sustain personal and professional development in Christian Mentoring, and utilising understanding of the related fields of Professional Supervision and Ministry coaching.

BST Timetable, Calendar and Fees

This course is FEE-HELP and Centrelink approved.

What is FEE-HELP?
FEE-HELP is a loan that helps eligible fee paying students pay their tuition fees.

For eligibility and more information on FEE-HELP go to:
https://www.studyassist.gov.au/help-loans/fee-help

Rev Dr Peter Moore, Lecturer

A.Mus.A., LL.B (Hons), B.Th (Hons), Dip Arts (Theol), M.Th (Moore), PhD (Macquarie)

Peter has 25 years of experience in ‘professional’ pastoral ministry, including 20 in congregational leadership and 12 in theological education.  His postgraduate research awards are in historical theology, and the history of preaching/Christian formation.

Peter currently mentors professionally 2-3 days per week, mentoring / supervising 30 pastors. Peter has been training mentors in 3 year non-accredited courses for John Mark Ministries since 2014. He is a member of the Australian Christian Mentoring Network.

Kylie Brown, Tutor

B OccThy, MDiv

Kylie has experience in a variety of ministry contexts both in volunteer and paid capacities.  She has mentored women in the context of university ministry (AFES), church and theological study.

She is currently working as the Women’s Mentor at the Brisbane School of Theology.

As a former paediatric Occupational Therapist, current business owner, wife to Andrew (who is in full-time ministry) and Mum of school aged children, she brings rich life and ministry experience to her practice as a Christian mentor.

When you have completed the Graduate Certificate of Divinity you can continue your theological studies with either:

Graduate Diploma of Divinity

Master of Divinity

Master of Theological Studies

“Peter Moore has spent years honing the art of mentoring. He teaches out of the depths of countless hours mentoring Christian leaders. It’s been a privilege to learn from Peter’s tutelage, with a cohort of fellow trainees. I commend this course to Christian leaders wanting to pursue more intentional leadership development”.
Dave McDonald
FIEC National Director
Salt Community Church Pastor

“The Mentoring course has been extremely valuable as both personal and professional development. The course introduces a model for mentoring which is in itself a powerful tool in discipleship but within the model I’ve learned new skills and approaches to pastoral questions which have given me some creative ideas for discipleship on campus and beyond. I particularly appreciated the way the course was delivered which was highly practical and gave high value to the cohort learning from one another over a couple of years”.
Laura Maddock
Senior Staffworker AFES
Adelaide University
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