For many years Moore College has offered both a Diploma of Bible and Missions and a Diploma of Bible and Ministry alongside its degree programs. Now these courses have been improved, upgraded into an advanced diploma and combined in the new Diploma of Bible, Mission and Ministry, commencing in Semester 1, 2017.
The new Advanced Diploma retains all the strengths of the previous diplomas with specialised streams in missions and ministry at both a deeper and more practical levels. There is also a new stream in women’s ministry. The Advanced Diploma, like the previous diplomas, may be taken in full-time or part-time mode.
Enhanced cross-cultural mission training
This new Advanced Diploma enhances the College’s commitment to training cross-cultural missionaries. The mission stream prepares people to understand and communicate the gospel across cultures and to people from different religious worldviews. A survey of the history of Christian mission both inspires and informs those who plan to be involved in the work of the gospel around the world.
Simon Gillham, Head of the Department of Mission at Moore College, commented on this development:
“The Advanced Diploma is a better recognition of the depth of study and high standard of work produced by students. We are training men and women for missionary service in all kinds of settings both here and around the world. The integration of significant biblical, theological and missiological input, with clear and practical mission application is why this is a terrific course for anyone wanting to serve the Lord Jesus anywhere in his world.”
Strengthened congregational ministry training
The Advanced Diploma’s ministry stream strengthens the program of preparing men and women for service within a local congregation or Christian organisation. Archie Poulos, Head of the Department of Ministry and Director of the Centre for Ministry Development, said that
“the much loved Diploma of Bible and Mission and the Diploma of Bible and Ministry have been improved, streamlined and now offer more flexibility. We want to continue to offer the best education and the changes that will be introduced in 2017 allow us to do just that in an even better way.”
Enriched commitment to women’s ministry training
The new and exciting stream of studies in women’s ministry enables the particular issues faced by women ministering alongside men in today’s world to be addressed. The women’s ministry stream will explore topics such as the influences on the self-understanding of women in our modern world, and the vital role women have been able to play in ministry throughout the history of the church.
Of course, there are ministry skills which every Christian needs—and these will be addressed in this stream, with many classes conducted in a setting with men and women alongside one another. But time will also be taken to focus on the particular concerns and shape of women’s ministry.
Jane Tooher, Director of the Priscilla and Aquila Centre and Lecturer in Ministry, said,
“A focus on the ministries of women is so exciting. We want to equip women to serve well with their whole lives and for the rest of their lives and this course is especially tailored to meet the needs women have. More women than ever before are enrolling in Moore’s courses and this is another way we are engaging with the needs of women.”
Moore College’s Principal, Mark Thompson, commented,
“This is a great step forward, which recognises the strength of our much-loved diploma courses at this level and opens up new opportunities for equipping men and women for service.”
Archie Poulos, said,
“Having examined the units of this program convinces me that there is nothing like this on offer anywhere in the world. This program is a blessing from God”
More detailed information on the new course will be published online from late December. Applications for study are open now.