Colleges where it can be studied
- Pilgrim Theological College
- Stirling Theological College
Level 8 – Bachelor Honours Degree, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma
The GCCFM is one semester full-time or three semesters part-time.
Cost of study
The GCCFM requires completion of 3 standard postgraduate units. Fees for 2019 are $2,448 per unit or $7,344 for a full-time semester (3 units).
Fees are subject to change from year to year. For more information about fees, please visit the Fees page.
What this course is about
The Graduate Certificate in Children and Families Ministry provides an academic qualification which can be used as an instrument for accrediting people who are engaged in ministry with children and their families. Safe practice and effective ministry with children demands practical expertise, pastoral awareness, and ethical depth. In the context of ministry with children and their families, the practical, spiritual, and pastoral disciplines are becoming increasingly important and recognised foci in the church and its associate agencies. This qualification will assist the church and associated agencies to build a cohort of professionals and enthusiasts; provide opportunities for growth in this ministry; grow expertise in the Children’s Ministry Network; improve skills and standards in the sector; and enhance community recognition for people engaged in ministry with children and their families.
Course learning outcomes
Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Children and Families Ministry
- have a broad knowledge of Biblical texts and the Christian tradition, particularly as these bear on ‘child theology,’ theologies of child, and child spirituality.
- apply a clearly articulated vision of mission to children and their families in various ministry contexts and contemporary culture.
- have a critical understanding of pastoral practices and theories of child development as these apply to ministry with children and their families.
- apply the skills of theological reflection personally and contextually resulting in a coherent practice of ministry with children and their families.
- have an understanding of ministry that recognises and values the spirituality and experiences of children.
Follow on study
Admissions for first semester 2019 close on Friday 15 February 2019.
Admissions for second semester 2019 close on Friday 19 July 2019.
Successful completion of an undergraduate degree, or an approved equivalent.
How to apply
The Graduate Certificate in Children and Families Ministry consists of 72 points comprised of:
a) DA8015S or DA8000P Children and Families Ministry: Core Issues in Diverse Contexts;
b) DS9019S or DS 9719S or DS9040P or DS9049P The Nurture and Spiritual Guidance of Children; and
c) A further 15 points.
Black Bachelor gown
Where to get further information
- For detailed information about this course, please consult Regulation 75 Graduate Certificate in Children and Families Ministry, or talk to the course advisor at your chosen College.
- For further information about student support, please visit the Study page.
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