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Bachelor of Contemporary Ministry

This course is available

On-Campus, Online

Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

Next start date

Expected Mar 2023


Alphacrucis College


The Bachelor of Contemporary Ministry (BCMin) degree is designed to help you prepare for Christian vocation by combining career training with spiritual development. The BCMin is designed for the Church of the 21st Century: a church that promotes social justice relates to the global community and encourages new ways to worship God and engage today’s youth.


The BCMin is made up of a total of 24 papers (15 credits each, for a total of 360 credits). Every programme for this award shall include:

  • Christian Studies Major (8 papers, compulsory) AND
  • Pastoral Ministry Major (8 papers) OR 2 x Minors (4 papers each, Pastoral Ministry, Leadership, Biblical Studies, Theology)
  • Elective Subjects (8 papers)

Christian Studies Major

The Christian Studies Major forms the core of the BCMin award. It is aimed at developing in students a solid understanding of the Christian faith (biblically, historically & theologically), with well-informed ethical principles and founded on disciplines of Christian spirituality. It consists of the following papers:

Narrative of the First Testament (BIB101)

Writings of the New Testament (BIB102)

Understanding the Faith(THE101)

Biblical Hermeneutics (BBI201)

Personal and Public Ethics (THE205)

Christian Spirituality and Vocation (SPI201)

1 x Theology Paper (300 level)

1 x Biblical or Theology Paper (300 level)

Pastoral Ministry

The traditional core of Christian ministry education has been to train professional ministers and pastors. The BCMin continues this core focus in serving churches by providing equipped ministers. The Pastoral Ministry Major specialises in providing students with a systematic and coherent approach to pastoral formation and practice. The specialization will include outlining approaches to the theory of pastoral ministry, as well as opportunities for developing pastoral ministry skills and workplace experience.

Delivery Modes

Face-to-Face (weekly 3 hour lectures)
Intensive (4-5 days of lectures delivered within a one week period)
Extensive (4-5 days lectures delivered across a Semester period)
Online Delivery (distance learning)

Entry criteria

Students must fulfill the following requirements:

Higher School or equivalent qualification

Mature Age Entry

A person who does not hold a university entrance qualification but who is a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident and is aged 20+ years on or before the first day of semester in which a proposed programme of study is offered is eligible to apply for Special Admission.

International students will, generally, require an overall band of 6.5 or higher in IELTS (academic), with a minimum of 6.0 in reading and writing.

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