Diploma of Ministry - Chaplaincy Pathway

Diploma of Ministry - Chaplaincy Pathway


To equip people to serve as Chaplains within Church agency contexts.


Trinity College Queensland equips people to serve as Chaplains within our denominations as well as many Church agencies. The Diploma of Ministry – Chaplaincy Pathway, aims to prepare people for this kind of ministry.

Who is the program for?

This course provides an entry qualification for employment in hospital chaplaincy, and professional development for church members preparing for leadership roles. Please note that each employing organisation may require additional experience or documentation.

Recommended for people who provide ‘person-centred care’ in the Uniting Church context.

How does this course work?

The course is designed to enable students to study outside of work hours, with evening classes or the ability to study online. There are 2 units which require face-to-face attendance, which are delivered in an intensive mode (5-day blocks) to enable people to plan their work life around these important practical experiences.


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Fee & Payment Options

$1790 per unit


1 year full time or 2 years part time (8 units)


Weekly, evening and intensive courses.
Face to face and/or distance
nb. some units are only offered face to face

Last day to enrol

8th February 2019

Units offered this year

Semester 1
Interpreting the Old Testament

This unit gives an introduction to the contemporary interpretation of the Old Testament by reading it as a collection of diverse writings and by exploring its varied historical, cultural and social backgrounds. It introduces some methods used in the exegesis of biblical texts, and explores some the issues surrounding the application of the ancient writings to contemporary contexts. A series of discrete but incremental topics will be covered throughout the semester presenting both an overview of the literature and specific study of representative sections of biblical material. The modules will include the Pentateuch, Deuteronomistic History, Prophets, and Psalms and may include selections from other writings.


The aims of this topic are to:

  • gain a knowledge and understanding of the content, historical and geographical setting, literary forms and the leading theological themes of the Old Testament
  • have an understanding of the major types of critical study of the scriptures
  • develop skills in the study of the scriptures
  • have an appreciation of the meaning and significance of the Hebrew Scriptures for Jews and Christians

List below, in alpha format, what key knowledge and skills students would be expected to attain by successfully completing this unit (link to assessment tasks (refer to 2.4 below))

  • Read a selection of writings from the Old Testament and interpret them according to their original contexts.
  • Encounter the methods of biblical interpretation and describe their use and limitations
  • Explore ways of drawing contemporary relevance from the ancient writings.
  • Demonstrate the ability to articulate, discuss and present orally the issues raised.


Lecturer: Dr Paul Jones
Introduction to Christian Thought

Area: Missiology


This unit introduces students to the study of theology at an introductory level. It outlines the content and method of Christian theology and explores the roles of Scripture and tradition in theological discourse through historical developments and in the present day.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to identify the history and scope of theological discourse
  2. Students will demonstrate the ability to critically engage with contemporary approaches to Christian theology
  3. Students will be able to outline and describe the importance of theological doctrine to ministry
Lecturer: Victoria Lorrimar
Spirituality for 21st Century Disciples

Area: Christian Education and Discipleship


The purpose of the unit is to provide students with the ability to articulate the biblical, spiritual and ethical bases for Christian discipleship, to reflect on the appropriation of these in their own lives as developing leaders, and to gain a general understanding of such issues for church members.

The unit is structured around four modules:

  1. An exploration of New Testament texts and theology regarding the nature of Christian discipleship
  2. An exploration of personal and communal practices of Christian discipleship as described in recent literature and the biographies of contemporary disciples, with students engaging in reflection on their own beliefs, values and practices
  3. An introductory understanding of the nature of Christian ethics in Australian society against a global context, and the implications for Christian beliefs, values and living
  4. An examination of a range of approaches to spiritual development in the Christian tradition, including contemporary approaches and consideration of forms of spiritual development appropriate to the student’s own

Learning Outcomes

  1. ability to explain biblical motifs of Christian discipleship as expressed in the New
  2. ability to identify formative practices of Christian discipleship, both corporate and individual,  and demonstrate some foundational practices suitable for personal
  3. ability to articulate and apply basic ethical frameworks for decision-making from a Christian perspective
  4. articulate an understanding of forms of spiritual development in the Christian tradition, and the ability to identify appropriate personal practices to foster


Lecturer: Simon Gomersall
Theology and Practice of Chaplaincy

Prerequisites: Two units from: MINS1304, MINS1305, MINS1510, MINS1601


This unit will introduce students to practices, images and theological themes in a practical theology of chaplaincy. This will include developing skills and habits in areas of pastoral care, mission, leadership and worship from the perspective of actual human experience.

This unit will consider a range of questions including:

  1. How do we discern God in the face of people with

whom we engage in ministry?

  1. How does the God we see present in the ’embodied other’ inform a theological understanding of self that includes vulnerability, mutuality, spirituality, the love of God, belonging and justice?
  2. How might historic and contemporary pastoral

thinkers inform our understanding?

  1. How might a theology of personhood from below

shape ministry practice?

  1. What skills and habits enable a life-giving practice of chaplaincy?


Lectures, tutorials and case studies will explore issues in the Christian life from the perspective of the socially marginalised. This will include a survey of the historical tradition, from the Church Fathers, Augustine, Aquinas, Julian of Norwich, the Reformers, Bonhoeffer, Barth, Reinders, Eisland, Vanier and Hauerwas. Using case studies, a model of practical theology and the attendant skills and practices will be developed in which an ‘upside down anthropology’ can inform how one practices Christian ministry in churches and in society.


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