St Marks National Theological Centre

St Mark's Registered Training Organisation

Preparing for Ministry

Theological and Ministry Formation at St Mark’s

St Mark's RTO offers the Diploma of Ministry and Theology and the Advanced Diploma of Ministry and Theology. Both courses are delivered by St Mark's Registered Training Organisation under the auspices of the Australian Skills Quality Framework for VET qualification. These are nationally accredited courses.

Information relating to requirements for ordination candidates in Canberra & Goulburn Diocese has been updated (11 Oct 2012) — candidates from other dioceses will need to contact the bishop's office in their own diocese. 


The 10435NAT Advanced Diploma of Christian Ministry and Theology is designed for candidates for deacon and priest orders within the Anglican Church. The program consists of both theological studies and ministerial formation. This latter part of the program is run over two years as a complement to the theological studies through Charles Sturt University. The program requires a strong involvement with a local community of faith and individual work with supervisors and spiritual director. Students in the program will engage in a Field Placement program with a relevant ministry unit.

The 10348NAT Graduate Certificate in Professional Supervision (Pastoral) is for experienced clergy and ministry workers who are supervising clergy and church workers in pastoral settings, and allowed for integration fo supervision theolgy and practice within a theological framework.

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How to apply

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10435NAT Advanced Diploma in Christian Ministry and Theology

What is it?

The 10435NAT Advanced Diploma of Christian Ministry and Theology provides ministry training and theological education for all who seek to lead ministry in the Church. It is a prerequisite for ordained ministry in a number of dioceses across the Anglican Church of Australia

What is covered?


Intentional Pastoral Practice

Helps students reflect on their lives and ministry in the light of the resources of the Christian tradition. By developing skills in practical theological reflection it will develop greater self awareness and theological depth, while reflecting on ministry experience to improve professional practice.

Leadership in a Changing Culture

Designed to help students develop a better understanding of their role as a leader in changing and challenging parish contexts. Areas covered will include missional leadership, understanding cultural change, conflict management and leading for change.

Introduction to Worship

An overview of the Biblical principles of worship; worship in the Old and New Testaments and an understanding of worship and worship practice from an Anglican perspective.

Christian Worship

Provides students with a sound, practical understanding of congregational worship in the Anglican Church of Australia. It covers worship and prayer book principles, the use of the various services contained within the Prayer Book, and the development of services for special occasions.

Vocation, Calling & Gifts

Helps students to understand and reflect upon the nature of vocation and call to ministry in the Christian Church and explore their own particular abilities and talents.


Encourages students to appreciate and work within the various Spiritual Traditions expressed and embraced by the Church; the ability to understand and work with their own Personal Spiritual Style; and to participate in Spiritual Direction. A special focus will be given to spiritual traditions as expressed in the Anglican Church.

The Ordinal

Provides students with an opportunity to reflect on the practice and theology of Ordained Ministry as set out in the Ordinals of the Anglican Church of Australia and how to give effective practical expression to the Ordination vows.

Church Leadership

Develops in students Christian leadership and their own particular behavioural and leadership style. It has a particular focus on understanding systems and how the interaction of many different, emotional and relational, components can impact themselves and the organisation they lead.


Introduces students to the concepts and practice of Christian apologetics and recent changes to apologetic method. It will examine the ways in which mission, evangelism and apologetics interrelate and complement each other in growing the church.

Christian Ministry

Provides an opportunity to explore the call to Christian Ministry and in particular to the Ordained Ministry. It provides a sound understanding of the structure, legal and ethical requirements, and the expectations of commissioned and ordained ministers in the Anglican Church of Australia.


Develops knowledge and skills to analyse and understand the changing context the church now finds itself in. It will examine how to use forms, traditions and ministries of existing congregations to reach out to local communities, as well as an examination of ‘Fresh Expressions’ and ‘Pioneer Ministry’ as means of reaching out into the community.


Has a significant practical component and will enable students to develop the ability and skills required for the practice of preaching and communicating biblical truths.

Mission in the modern world

Introduces students to the concepts and practice of Christian mission in a post-Christendom world. There will be an opportunity to take part in a mission/outreach event in this session.

Supervised Field Placement

Will help students develop a wide variety of ministry skills and provide a supervised practice environment for learning. Over the course of this unit students will develop ministry and leadership skills to help them meet the varied demands of ordained ministry.


Two or three years part-time including attendance at 6 residential sessions.


The 10435NAT Advanced Diploma of Christian Ministry and Theology is offered through a Flexible Delivery mode. In order to complete students will be required to:

  • attend six compulsory intensive sessions 
  • submit reading and assessment tasks
  • complete a Supervised Field Placement (to be negotiated with St Mark’s and your sending church body).
Entrance requirements

St Mark’s Christian Ministry and Theology courses are designed to cater for a wide range of backgrounds and experience. St Mark’s recommends that the 10434NAT Diploma of Christian Ministry and Theology or an equivalent qualification is held.

Cost of Study

See current fees and dates.


Code Description
CMTTHE601A* Analyse and critique religious traditions in the light of current thinking
CMTTHE602A* Analyse and critique theological data
CMTTHE603A* Analyse and critique data within a theological theme or issue
CMTTHE604A* Critique new insights on theological information
CMTMIN601A* Synthesise theological ideas and the Christian way of life
CMTMIN602A* Communicate theology in substantial depth
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
CHCORG529B Provide coaching and motivation
CHCORG610B Manage change in a community sector organisation
CHCORG611C Lead and develop others in a community sector workplace

* Denotes core unit competencies 

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