New course for career changers who’ve been called

Thursday, October 13, 2022
Brenton Stacey
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Brenton is Avondale University’s Public Relations and Philanthropy Officer. He brings to the role experience as a communicator in publishing, media relations, public relations, radio and television, mostly within the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the South Pacific and its entities.

Introducing the Master of Ministry

A new postgraduate degree at Avondale will better prepare career changers who feel called to enter the ministry.

The Master of Ministry replaces the Graduate Diploma of Ministry and Theology. While the amount of learning is the same—16 units of study over two years—the master’s improves the student’s academic experience by:

  • Providing a higher level of academic development and professional proficiency;
  • Enhancing the profile of graduates, and;
  • Strengthening the pathway into a higher degree by research, such as the Master of Philosophy at Avondale.

“Students with a bachelor’s degree who feel called to Seventh-day Adventist ministry no longer have to go to our sister institutions,” says course convenor Pr Hensley Gungadoo. “They can now get their master’s here at Avondale.”

One of the key points of difference: the master’s brings a focus on research to theoretical training in systematic theology and biblical studies and practical training in church ministry. Students learn about research methodology early in the course and complete an action research project associated with their placements. Some of the theology and biblical studies units also include brief research assessment tasks. “It all gives you the ability to better exegete Scripture, better understand historical theology, and better minister in churches,” says Hensley.

The practical component remains a vital part of the new course, with students completing five, 10-week placements in a church or school and one, 10-day externship in an evangelistic context. “Serving as a trainee under a mentoring pastor or chaplain helps you integrate theological content with practical ministry,” says Hensley. It also builds credibility, “because the question is always, ‘What experience have you had in a local church or school?’”

So, what now for current students? The graduate diploma moves into a teach out for those who have completed more than half of the units. Those who have completed half or less can transfer to the master’s.

New students are eligible for a special ministry and theology offer. They get a 50 per cent fee discount on all units in which they enrol in 2023.

The time is now. “Working in ministry is one of the highest callings we can have,” says Hensley. “If you feel God is calling you to minister, respond. You’ll find a lot of joy in following the divine promptings of your heart.”

Passionate about ministry?

Increase your knowledge and skills to better share Jesus and serve. Our Master of Ministry is practical, flexible and comprehensive. Studying the course just became easier with a 50% fee discount in 2023. Don’t miss out!