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Summary of units

Please see below a full listing of the units on offer at the Presbyterian Theological College. All titles can be expanded for a full description. 

2018 Intensives

+ PC489/689 Preaching Biblical Genres: OT & NT Narrative, Wisdom & Epistle

Teaching dates 23rd Feb, 5th - 9th March 2018

Lecturer: Rev David Cook

Overview: This subject aims to teach students the principles and methods used in expository preaching, particularly for the preaching of OT & NT Narrative, Wisdom and Epistle genres.

More information: Ministry Conference 2018

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+ PC789i-4/6 Communicating for Ministry in a Distracted World

Teaching dates 6th - 11th August 2018

Lecturer: Dr Arthur Hunt III

Overview: This subject provides students with an opportunity to explore, analyse, discuss, and apply ideas associated with media ecology, a sub-discipline of communication that considers how media affect perception, understanding, feeling, and value; and how our interaction with media enables or impedes human flourishing.

Students will reflect upon how changes in technology impact their own lives and future ministries, especially the preparation and delivery of expository sermons.

More information: MA Intensive 2018

Biblical Languages (LA)

+ LA003A Biblical Hebrew A

Summer Intensive (1 week) + 3 hours per week in semester 1, annually.

Lecturer: Matthew Cole

Overview: To impart to candidates a solid working knowledge of the Hebrew language as used in the Hebrew Bible, up to at least half way through the Hebrew Grammar textbook.

Method: Classroom instruction with regular exercises.

Textbook: Ross, Allen P., Introducing Biblical Hebrew (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2001).

Recommended online resources:

animatedhebrew.com/ross_vocab/ross_vocab.htm

lionelwindsor.net/language-tools/hebrew/

ACT unit information: LA003A - Biblical Hebrew A

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+ LA003B Biblical Hebrew B

3 hours per week in semester 2, annually.

Lecturer: Matthew Cole

Overview: To impart to candidates a solid working knowledge of the Hebrew Bible; and to give candidates experience in translating Biblical Hebrew.

Method: Classroom instruction with regular exercises.

Textbook: Ross, Allen P., Introducing Biblical Hebrew (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2001).

Recommended online resources:

animatedhebrew.com/ross_vocab/ross_vocab.htm

lionelwindsor.net/language-tools/hebrew/

Recommended reading:

  • Brown,Francis, Driver, S. R., and Briggs, Charles A. (eds.), A Hebrew and English Lexicon of the Old Testament (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1907).
  • Elliger, Karl and Rudolph, Willhelm (eds.), Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelstiftung, 1977).

ACT unit information: LA003B - Biblical Hebrew B

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+ LA004A New Testament Greek A

Summer Intensive (1 week) + 3 hours per week in semester 1, annually.

Lecturer: Ben Nelson

Overview: To introduce the student to the basic elements of the Greek language of the New Testament. This subject aims to cover at least the first half of the basic text book.

Textbook (Required): Duff, Jeremy, The Elements of New Testament Greek (3rd ed; Cambridge, UK: CUP, 2005).

Recommended Reading: Jay, Eric G., New Testament Greek: An Introductory Grammar (London, UK: SPCK, 1961).

ACT unit information: LA004A - New Testament Greek A

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+ LA004B New Testament Greek B

3 hours per week in semester 2, annually.

Lecturer: Ben Nelson

Overview: Completion of the basic text book, translation of the first four chapters of Mark’s Gospel, and familiarity with textual critical apparatus.

Textbook (Required): Duff, Jeremy, The Elements of New Testament Greek (3rd ed; Cambridge, UK: CUP, 2005).

Recommended Reading: American Bible Society, UBS 5th Revised Edition - Greek New Testament (Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelstiftung, 2014).

ACT unit information: LA004B - New Testament Greek B

Old Testament (OT)

+ OT301/501 Old Testament Foundations

3 hours per week in semester 1, annually.

Lecturer: Martin Pakula

Overview: The subject surveys the contents of the first part of the Old Testament, namely the Pentateuch and Former Prophets.
Students will acquire an overall acquaintance with the text of the Old Testament, ensuring they have an appreciation of the Ancient Near Eastern background, and an understanding of the major theological themes.

Method: Classroom instruction and discussion, set reading and assignments.

Textbook: LaSor, William S., Hubbard, David A., and Bush, Fredreric W., Old Testament Survey: The Message, Form and Backgroun of the Old Testament (2nd ed.; Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1996).

Recommended Reading: Dumbrell, William J., The Faith of Israel: A Theological Survey of the Old Testament (2nd ed.; Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2002).

ACT unit information:
OT301 - Old Testament Foundations
OT501 - Old Testament Foundations

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+ OT302/502 Old Testament Prophets and Writings

3 hours per week in semester 2, annually.

Lecturer: Jared Hood

Overview: This subject surveys the second part of the Old Testament, namely the Latter Prophets, Daniel,and the Writings (including the Psalms and Wisdom Literature).
Students will acquire an overall acquaintance with the text of the Old Testament, ensuring they have an appreciation of the Ancient Near Eastern background, and an understanding of the major theological themes.

Method: Classroom instruction and discussion, set reading and assignments.

Textbooks:

  • Dumbrell, William J., The Faith of Israel: A Theological Survey of the Old Testament (2nd ed.; Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2002).
  • Goswell, Greg R., and Harman, Allan M. (eds.), Covenant and Kingdom: A Collection of Old Testament Essays by Willia J. Dumbrell (Doncaster: RTR, 2007).
  • Merrill, Eugene H., Kingdom of Priests: A History of Old Testament Israel (2nd ed.; Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2008).

ACT unit information:
OT302 - Old Testament Prophets and Writings
OT502 - Old Testament Prophets and Writings

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+ OT421/621ENG/OT431/631HEB Former Prophets

3 hours per week in semester 1, even numbered years

Lecturer: Jared Hood

Overview: The subject covers the theology of the Former Prophets, with special reference to the books of Samuel.
Students will be introduced to a range of Old Testament historical texts in the Former Prophets; learn exegetical method; deepen their knowledge of Old Testament theology; and survey modern interpretation of the Old Testament, giving practice in the fundamentals of textual criticism.

English exegesis text: 1 Samuel 1-12, and 2 Samuel 5-7, 15-18.
Hebrew exegesis text: 1 Samuel 8, 10, 11:14- 12:25, and 2 Samuel 5-7.

Method: Classroom instruction and discussion and set reading.

Textbooks:

  • Hamilton, Victor P., Handbook on the Historical Books (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2001).
  • Gordon, R. P., 1 & 2 Samuel: A Commentary (Exeter, UKL Paternoster, 1986).

ACT unit information:
OT421 - Former Prophets (English text)
OT621 - Former Prophets (English Text)
OT431 - Former Prophets (Hebrew text)
OT631 - Former Prophets (Hebrew Text)

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+ OT425/625ENG/OT435/635HEB Daniel

3 hours per week in semester 2, odd numbered years

Lecturer: Jared Hood

Overview: This subject studies Old Testament apocalyptic, with special reference to the theology of the book of Daniel.
Students will develop exegetical and hermeneutical skills for preaching and teaching the Old Testament through a detailed exegetical study of the English or Hebrew text of the book of Daniel; deepen their knowledge of Old Testament theology; and survey modern interpretation of the Old Testament, giving practice in the fundamentals of textual criticism.

English exegesis text: Daniel 1-12.
Hebrew exegesis text: Daniel 1:1- 2:4, 8-10, 12.

Method: Classroom instruction and discussion and set reading.

Textbooks:

  • Harman, Allan M., Daniel (Darlington, UK: Evangelical Press, 2007).
  • Goldingay, John, Daniel (Dallas, TX: Word Books, 1989).
  • Lucas, Ernest, Daniel (Leicester, UK: Apollos, 2002).
  • Collins, John J., Daniel (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1993).

ACT unit information:
OT425 - Daniel (English Text)
OT625 - Daniel (English Text)
OT435 - Daniel (Hebrew Text)
OT635 - Daniel (Hebrew Text)

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+ OT420/620ENG/OT430/630HEB The Pentateuch

3 hours per week in semester 1, running in 2018

Lecturer: Martin Pakula

Overview: The subject covers the contents and theology of the Pentateuch, with special reference to Deuteronomy, especially such themes as covenant, law, land, grace, holy war, people of God, blessing and cursing.
Students will become familiar with the contents and overall structure of the books of the Pentateuch; be able to interact with select theological themes within the Pentateuch, and use a variety of skills in exegetical procedures to interpret and explain the set texts in some depth.

English exegesis text: Genesis 1-11, and Deuteronomy 5-8, 12, 16-18.
Hebrew exegesis text: Genesis 1-3, and Deuteronomy 5-7.

Method: Classroom instruction, discussion and readings.

Textbook: Alexander, T. D., From Paradise to Promised Land (2nd ed.; Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2002).

Recommended Reading:

  • Alexander, T. D. and Baker, D. W. (eds.), Dictionary of the Old Testament: Pentateuch (Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2003).
  • Clines, D. J., The Theme of the Pentateuch (2nd ed.; Sheffield: JSOT, 1997).
  • Hamilton, V., The Book of Genesis Chapters 1–17 (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1990).
  • McConville, J. G., Deuteronomy (Leicester, UK: Apollos, 2002).
  • Wenham, G., Exploring the Old Testament Vol. I; The Pentateuch (London, UK: SPCK, 2003).
  • Wenham, G., Genesis 1–15 (Waco, TX: Word Books, 1987).

ACT unit information:
OT420 - The Pentateuch (English text)
OT620 - The Pentateuch (English Text)
OT430 - The Pentateuch (Hebrew text)
OT630 - The Pentateuch (Hebrew Text)

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+ OT489/689 (ENG//HEB) Preaching Psalms

3 hours per week in semester 1, running in 2019

Lecturer: Jared Hood

Overview: The subject introduces students to the study of the Psalter, providing training in the skills of exegetical method. Students will gain further knowledge of Old Testament theology, and be able to survey modern interpretations of the Psalms, practice the fundamentals of Old Testament textual criticism, and consider how to preach the Psalms.

English exegesis text: Psalms 2, 8, 16, 19, 22, 24, 46, 51, 73, 74, 96, 99, 103, 110, 116, 132 and 137.
Hebrew exegesis text: Psalms 2, 8, 22, 46, 73, 99, 132 and 137.

Method: Classroom instruction, discussion and readings.

Textbook: Alexander, T. D., From Paradise to Promised Land (2nd ed.; Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2002).

Required Reading:

  • Harman, A. M., The Psalms (Christian Focus, 1998).
  • Ross, Allen, A Commentary on the Psalms (3 vols, Kregel Exegetical Library, Kregen, 2012).
  • Wilson, G. H., Psalms Volume 1 (Zondervan, 2002).
  • Grogan, Geoffrey W., Prayer, Praise and Prophecy (Ross-shire: Christian Focus, 2001).

ACT unit information:
OT489 - Preaching Psalms
OT689 - Preaching Psalms

New Testament (NT)

+ NT301/501 Jesus and the Gospels

3 hours per week in semester 1, annually

Lecturer: Ben Nelson

Overview: This subject explores the historical background to the gospel, with each text be studied separately to discern the main themes of Jesus' message and ministry.
Students will gain an understanding of the historical, socio-cultural, religious and political setting of the gospels, and develop a thorough knowledge of the life and ministry of Jesus.

Textbooks:

  • Carson, Donald A. and Moo, Douglas J., An Introduction to the New Testament (2nd ed.; Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2005).
  • Gundry, Robert H., A Survey of the New Testament (3rd ed.; Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1994).

ACT unit information:
NT301 - Jesus and the Gospels
NT501 - Jesus and the Gospels

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+ NT302/502 Early New Testament Church

3 hours per week in semester 2, annually

Lecturer: TBA

Overview: This subject covers key developments in the growth of the earliest church, namely in the book of Acts, including early Christian preaching; Stephen and the Hellenists; The Pauline mission and churches; The Council of Jerusalem; Schism, heresy and external threat in the early church. In addition the background and main issues of seven epistles will be studied.
Students will gain an understanding of the history, theology and narrative of the Book of Acts, and investigate the contents, themes and theology of selected books of the New Testament.

Textbook: Carson, Donald A. and Moo, Douglas J., An Introduction to the New Testament (2nd ed.; Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2005).

ACT unit information:
NT302 - The Early New Testament Church
NT502 - The Early New Testament Church

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+ NT422/622ENG/NT432/632GRK Epistle to the Hebrews

3 hours per week in semester 2

Lecturer: Douglas Milne

Overview: The theology of Hebrews is studied including the themes of covenant; high priesthood; perfection; use of the Old Testament; and the church. Selected passages from the book are exegeted and presented in class by students.
Students will develop exegetical methodology, reflect on significant themes in Hebrews, explore imagery and scriptural allusions, and consider the contemporary application of the text.

Textbooks:

  • Kistemaker, S., Exposition of the Epistle to the Hebrews (Welwyn, UK: Evangelical Press, 1984).
  • Ellingworth, Paul, The Epistle to the Hebrews: A Commentary on the Greek Text (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1993).
  • Trotter, Andrew H., Interpreting the Epistle to the Hebrews (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 1997).
  • Fee, Gordon D., New Testament Exegesis (3rd ed.; Louisville, KY: WJK, 1983).

ACT unit information:
NT422 - The Epistle to the Hebrews (English Text)
NT622 - The Epistle to the Hebrews (English Text)
NT432 - The Epistle to the Hebrews (Greek Text)
NT632 - The Epistle to the Hebrews (Greek Text)

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+ NT424/624ENG/NT434/634GRK Fourth Gospel

3 hours per week in semester 1, even numbered years

Lecturers: Douglas Milne & John Ellis

Overview: This subject studies the Gospel of John, covering introductory issues, and theology including topics such as Christology, pneumatology, eschatology, signs, and faith. Selected passages from the Gospel of John are exegeted and presented in class by students.
Students will develop exegetical methodology, explore imagery and scriptural allusions, and consider the contemporary application of the text.

Textbooks:

  • Burge, Garm M., Interpreting the Gospel of John (Grand Rapids, MIL Baker, 1992).
  • Fee, Gordon D., New Testament Exegesis (3rd ed.; Louisville, KY: WJK, 1983).
  • Kostenberger, Andreas, John (Baker Academic, 2004).

ACT unit information:
NT424 - The Fourth Gospel (English Text)
NT624 - The Fourth Gospel (English Text)
NT434 - The Fourth Gospel (Greek Text)
NT634 - The Fourth Gospel (Greek Text)

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+ NT425/625ENG/NT435/635GRK Pauline Theology and Romans

3 hours per week in semester 2, odd numbered years

Lecturer: Douglas Milne

Overview: This subjects explores the inner structure and leading themes of Paul’s theology, with special reference to the Epistle to the Romans. Selected passages are exegeted and presented in class by students.
Students will study Pauline theology as reflected in his epistles, gaining an understanding of the purpose, literary shape, rhetorical form, and arguments of Paul's letter to the Romans.

Textbooks:

  • Ridderbos, Herman, Paul: An Outline of his Theology (trans. John Richard De Witt; Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1997).
  • Fee, Gordon D., New Testament Exegesis (3rd ed.; Louisville, KY: WJK, 1983).
  • Schreiner, Thomas, Romans (Baker Academic, 1998).

ACT unit information:
NT425 - Pauline Theology and Romans (English Text)
NT625 - Pauline Theology and Romans (English Text)
NT435 - Pauline Theology and Romans (Greek Text)
NT635 - Pauline Theology and Romans (Greek Text)

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+ NT427/627ENG/NT437/637GRK New Testament Apocalyptic

3 hours per week in semester 2, even numbered years

Lecturer: TBA

Overview: This subjct looks at the historical, social and theological roots of New Testament Apocalyptic writings, especially the Book of Revelation. Students will explore the theology of the Book of Revelation, including such themes as Christology, doctrine of God, judgement, and hope.

Textbooks:

  • Beale, G. K., The Book of Revelation (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1999).
  • Kistemaker, Simon J., Exposition of the Book of Revelation (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2001).

ACT unit information:
NT427 - New Testament Apocalyptic (English Text)
NT627 - New Testament Apocalyptic (English Text)
NT437 - New Testament Apocalyptic (Greek Text)
NT637 - New Testament Apocalyptic (Greek Text)

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+ NT445/645 Life and Times of Jesus - Study Tour in Israel

Intensive mode, no tour currently scheduled

Lecturer: Jared Hood

Overview: This subject aims to familiarise students with the geography, topography, climate and historical background of the land of Israel.
Students will visit key archaeological sites relating to the life and times of Jesus, and learn to critically evaluate their importance for Gospel study.

Textbooks:

  • Barnett, Paul W., Jesus and the Rise of Early Christianity (Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 1999).
  • McRay, John, Archaeology and the New Testament (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2008).

ACT unit information:
NT445 - Study Tour
NT645 - Study Tour

Theology (TH)

+ TH401/601 The Knowledge of God

3 hours per week in semester 1, odd numbered years

Lecturer: Peter Hastie

Overview: The first part of this subject focuses on the doctrines of general and special revelation together with reason, tradition and experience.
The second part of the subject examines the truths of creation, providence, humanity, and sin.
Students will learn to understand the methodology of the foundational doctrines of the Christian faith as taught in Scripture.

Method: Classroom instruction and discussion, along with written assignments.

Textbooks:

  • Grudem, Wayne, Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Bilbical Doctrine (Leicester, UK: IVP, 1994)
  • Jenson, Peter, The Revelation of God (Leicester, UK: IVP, 2002).
  • Smith, David L., With Wilful Intent (Wheaton, IL: Bridgepoint, 1994).
  • Hoekema, Anthony A., Created in God’s Image (Grand Rapids, MI:Eerdmans, 1994).
  • Helm, Paul and Trueman, Carl (eds.), The Trustworthiness of God: Perspectives on the Nature of Scripture (Leicester, UK: IVP, 2002).

ACT unit information:
TH401 - The Knowledge of God
TH601 - The Knowledge of God

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+ TH402/602 The Doctrine of God and the Work of Christ

3 hours per week in semester 2, odd numbered years

Lecturer: Peter Hastie

Overview: This subject is a systematic study of the various elements of the doctrine of God, through a study of the divine Persons and attributes, and of the doctrine of Christ’s person and work through an examination of his conception and birth, incarnate personality, life, death, resurrection, ascension and session.
Students will learn to identify the major elements in a sound Trinitarian and Christological faith, with an informed awareness of historical developments and alternative theologies.

Method: Classroom instruction and discussion, along with written assignments.

Textbooks:

  • Frame, John M. The Doctrine of God (Phillipsburg, NJ: P & R. 2002).
  • Karkkainen, V., Christology: A Global Introduction (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2003).
  • Letham, Robert, The Work of Christ (Leicester, UK: IVP, 1993).
  • Macleod, Donald, Shared Life: The Trinity and the Fellowshop of God's People (Fearn, UK: Christian Focus, 2011).

ACT unit information:
TH402 - The Doctrine of God and the Work of Christ
TH602 - The Doctrine of God and the Work of Christ

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+ TH403/603 The Doctrines of Grace and Eschatology

3 hours per week in semester 1, even numbered years

Lecturer: Peter Hastie

Overview: This subject is a systematic study of the inter-connected truths that make up the central topic of salvation, followed by a study of the stages of eschatology as they affect the individual and the human community.
Students will gain an understanding of the grace of God in the Gospel of his Son through an appreciation of the Holy Spirit’s ministry, and to grasp the meaning of the reality of the kingdom of God and the future hope surrounding Jesus Christ’s return.

Method: Classroom instruction and discussion, along with written assignments.

Textbooks:

  • Hoekema, Anthony A., Saved By Grace (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1989).
  • Ferguson, Sinclair, B., The Holy Spirit (Leicester, UK: IVP, 1996).
  • Hoekema, Anthony A., The Bible and the Future (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1979).

ACT unit information:
TH403 - The Doctrines of Grace and Eschatology
TH603 - The Doctrines of Grace and Eschatology

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+ TH404/604 Church, Sacraments and Ministry

3 hours per week in semester 2, even numbered years

Lecturer: Peter Hastie

Overview: This subject is a systematic study of the Christian church in relation to the Kingdom of God through a critical reflection of her nature, marks, gifts, administration and mission, together with the sacraments in their number, nature and function, finishing with an examination of Christian worship.
Students will learn to connect meaningfully the realities of the Church and Kingdom through an intelligent appraisal of the nature of the Church, her gifts and ministries, Sacraments and mission to the world.

Method: Classroom instruction and discussion, along with written assignments.

Textbooks:

  • Clowney, Edmun P., The Church (Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 1995).
  • Letham, Robert, A Christian's Pocket Guide to Baptism, (Fearn, UK: Christian Focus, 2012).
  • Karkkainen, V., An Introduction to Ecclesiology (Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2002).
  • De Young, Kevin and Luck, Ted, Why We’re not Emergent (Chicago, IL: Moody, 2008).

ACT unit information:
TH404 - Church, Sacraments and Ministry
TH604 - Church, Sacraments and Ministry

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+ TH410/610 The Westminster Confession

3 hours per week in semester 2

Lecturer: Jared Hood

Overview: This subject is a detailed study of the Westerminster Confession, including its historical and theological context, structure, theological methodology and topics, covenantal and decreetal schema, view of church and state, and place in the Presbyterian Church of Australia.
Students will examine in detail the Westminster Confession of Faith in its 17th century context, and consider the continuing significance of the Confession in the life of Presbyterian Church of Australia. Students are encouraged to develop their own theological thinking in interaction with the Confession.

Method: Classroom instruction and discussion, student presentations, assignments and an exam.

Textbooks:

  • Letham, Robert, The Westminster Assembly (Phillipsburg, NJ: P & R, 2009).
  • Duncan, Ligon (ed.), The Westminster Confession into the 21st Century, Volume 1 (Fearn, UK: Mentor, 2003).

ACT unit information:
TH410 - The Westminster Confession
TH610 - The Westminster Confession

Christianity in History (CH)

+ CH301/501 The Church to 1550

3 hours per week in semester 1, annually

Lecturer: Rowland Ward

Overview: This subject gives a survey of major developments in the history of Christian Churches, and promotes training in the use of primary documents.
Students will study the church in imperial Rome, including the Apostolic Fathers and the challenge of Judaism; the Apologists and the challenge of Gnosticism, the Christian Empire; and the ecumenical councils and the challenge of Arianism and Augustine. The Church as Christendom is explored, including the Holy Roman Empire; medieval theology; conciliarism; and mysticism, as well as the precursors to the Reformation including Hus; Wycliffe; Luther and Calvin.

Textbooks:

  • Cairns, Earle E., Christianity Through the Centuries (3rd ed.; Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1996).
  • Noll, Mark A., Turning Points: Decisive Moments in the History of Christianity (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 1997).
  • Trueman, Carl R., Histories and Fallacies (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2010).
  • Weaver, C. Douglas et al (eds.), Exploring Christian Heritage: A Reader in History and Theology (Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2012).

ACT unit information:
CH301 - The Church to 1550
CH501 - The Church to 1550

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+ CH302/502 The Church from 1550 to Modern Times

3 hours per week semester 2, annually

Lecturer: Rowland Ward

Overview: This subject surveys the major developments in the history of Christian Churches from 1550 to modern times; and promotes training in the use of primary documents.
The major themes of reform and revolution are explored in the English Reformation; English Puritanism; Revolutionary learning; Change and Renewal: the Evangelical Awakening; Evangelicalism and social change; Liberalism and Fundamentalism; The Church Universal: Missions, Ecumenism; the Church under Communism; and the Church in Australia.

Textbooks:

  • Cairns, Earle E., Christianity Through the Centuries (3rd ed.; Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1996).
  • Noll, Mark A., Turning Points: Decisive Moments in the History of Christianity (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 1997).
  • Treloar, Geoffrey R., The Disruption of Evangelicalism (Grand Rapids, MI: IVP, 2017).
  • Weaver, C. Douglas et al (eds.), Exploring Christian Heritage: A Reader in History and Theology (Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2012).

ACT unit information:
CH302 - The Church from 1550 to Modern Times
CH502 - The Church from 1550 to Modern Times

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+ CH421/621 The Continental Reformation

3 hours per week in semester 1, not offered every year

Lecturer: Jared Hood

Overview: This subject explains the causes and nature of the Continental Reformation, teaching students to analyse the theological and ecclesiastical outcomes of the Reformation, and to interpret primary historical and theological documents of the Reformation.
Students will study the Avignon Captivity; the Conciliar Movement; the theological setting of the Reformation; Martin Luther and the Reformation in Germany; Huldrych Zwingli and the Swiss Reformation; the Radical Reformation and the Anabaptists; John Calvin and the Reformation in Geneva; and John Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion, Bk IV.

Textbooks:

  • Estep, William R., Renaissance and Reformation (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1986).
  • McGrath, Alister E., Reformation Thought: An Introduction (Hoboken, NJ: Blackwell, 1988).

ACT unit information:
CH421 - The Continental Reformation
CH621 - The Continental Reformation

Evangelism & Missiology (EM & PVM)

+ EM302 History of Christian Mission

3 hours per week/directed study

Lecturer: Felix Chung

Overview: This subject gives an understanding of the expansion of the church from the apostolic age to the present day; the motives and methodologies involved in the churches’ missionary outreach are examined and evaluated; the continuing influence of previous missionary policy on the subsequent development of the churches’ missionary task is examined. There is also an opportunity for candidates to focus on the history of mission in particular areas.

Textbook: Neill, Stephen, A History of Christian Missions (2nd ed.; New York: Penguin, 1991).

ACT unit information:
EM302 - History of Christian Mission

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+ EM306/506 Issues in Missiology

3 hours per week/directed study

Lecturer: Felix Chung

Overview: This subject introduces students to the nature, perspective, history, methodologies, theories and issues of missiology as a discipline.

Textbooks:

  • Bavinck, J. H., An Introduction to the Science of Missions (Phillipsburg, NJ: P & R, 1960).
  • Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization, The Willowbank Report: Consultation on Gospel and Culture (Lausanne Occasional Paper 2, 1978).
  • Van Engen, Charles, Mission on the Way: Issues in Mission Theology (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 1966).
  • Winter, Ralph D. and Hawthorn, Steven C. (eds.),Perspectives on the World Christian Movement (4th ed.; William Carey, 1992).

ACT unit information:
EM306 - Issues in Missiology
EM506 - Issues in Missiology

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+ EM324/524 Principles of Evangelism

3 hours per week/directed study in semester 1 + 20 hours field work

Lecturer: Felix Chung

Overview: This subject explores biblical and theological perspectives on evangelism, and the principles and practices of evangelism.
In addition to classroom learning, students will learn evangelistic methods and the associated interpersonal skills, and participate in 20 hours of supervised field work in specifically evangelistic programmes.

Textbooks:

  • Allison, L. and M. Anderson, Going Public With the Gospel: Reviving Evangelistic Proclamation (Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2004).
  • Chapman, J., Know and Tell the Gospel (Sydney: Matthias Media, 1998).
  • Cowan, S. B. and Craig, W. L., Five Views on Apologetics (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2000).
  • Drummond, L., Reaching GenerationNext: Effective Evangelism in Today’s Culture (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker 2002).
  • Finney, J., Emerging Evangelism (London, UK: Darton, Longman & Todd, 2004).
  • Hughes, B. and Bellamy, J., A Passion for Evangelism: Turning Vision into Action (Adelaide: OpenBook, 2004).
  • Little, P. and Little, M., Know Why You Believe (5th ed.; Wheaton, IL: Victor, 2003).
  • Long, J., Emerging Hope: A Strategy for Reaching Postmodern Generations (2nd ed.; Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2004).
  • McQuoid, S., Sharing the Good News in C21: Evangelism in a local church context (Carlisle: Paternoster, 2002).
  • Mittelberg, M., Building a Contagious Church: Revolutionizing the Way We View and Do Evangelism (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2000).
  • Pippert, R. M., Saltshaker Resources: An Evangelism Toolkit (Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2003).
  • Richardson, R., Evangelism Outside the Box: New Ways to Help People Experience the Good News (Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2000).

Additional EM524 required reading:

  • Claydon, D., Connecting Across Cultures (Melbourne: Acorn Press, 2000.)
  • Claydon, D. (ed.), A New Vision, A New Heart, A Renewed Call (Pasadena, CA: William Carey, 2005).
  • Kallenberg, B. J., Live to Tell: Evangelism for a Postmodern Age (Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos, 2002).
  • Sire, J. W., The Universe Next Door (4th ed.; Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2004).

ACT unit information:
EM324 - Principles of Evangelism
EM524 - Principles of Evangelism

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+ BB407/607 Biblical Theology of Mission

Summer Intensive/directed study

Lecturer: Felix Chung

Overview: This subject enables students to understand the nature and purpose of God as a missionary God, and the role of humanity in His purposes. Both Old Testament and New Testament perspectives on mission will be explored, to gain a full understanding of the biblical foundations of Christian mission.

Textbooks:

  • Piper, John, Let the Nations Be Glad! The Supremacy of God in Missions (2nd ed.; Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2003).

ACT unit information:
BB407 - Biblical Theology of Mission
BB607 - Biblical Theology of Mission

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+ EM608 Cross-Cultural Communication

3 hours per week/ directed study in semester 2

Lecturer: Felix Chung

Overview: This subject explores the relationship between culture, the Bible and communicating the gospel, and teaches selected approaches to cross-cultural communication.
Students will learn the history, prinicples and patterns of cross-cultural Christian ministry, gain an understanding of varying cultural values, and formulate a contextualised approach to communicating the gospel for a particular cultural setting.

Textbooks:

  • Burnett, D., Clash of Worlds (London, UK: Monarch, 2002).
  • Carson, D. A. (ed.), Biblical Interpretation and the Church: the problem of contextualization (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2002).
  • Elmer, D., Cross-cultural Connections: Stepping out and Fitting in Around the World (Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2002).
  • Fleming, D. E., Contextualisation in the New Testament: Patterns for Theology and Mission (Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2005).
  • Gilliland, D. S. (ed.), The Word Among Us: Contextualizing Theology for Mission Today (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2002).
  • Hofstede, G. H. and Hofstede, G. J., Cultures and Organizations: Software of the Mind (2nd ed.; New York: McGraw-Hill, 2005).
  • Kraft, C. H., Culture, Communication, and Christianity: A Selection of Writings (Pasadena, CA: William Carey, 2001).
  • Lingenfelter, J. E. and Lingenfelter, S. G., Teaching Cross-Culturally: An Incarnation Model for Learning and Teaching (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2003).
  • Lingenfelter, S. G. and Mayers, M. K., Ministering Cross-culturally: An Incarnational Model for Personal Relationships (2nd ed.; Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2003).
  • Sire, J. W., Naming the Elephant: Worldview As a Concept (Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2004).
  • Van Engen, et al (eds), Paradigm Shifts in Christian Witness: Insights from Anthropology, Communications and Spiritual Power; Essays in Honour of Charles Kraft (Maryknoll: Orbis, 2008).

Additional EM608 reading:

  • Claydon, D., Connecting Across Cultures (Melbourne: Acorn Press, 2000).
  • Claydon, D (ed.), A New Vision, A New Heart, A Renewed Call ( Pasadena, CA: William Carey, 2005).
  • Bevans, S. B., Models of Contextual Theology (Revised ed; Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2004).
  • Hesselgrave, D. J., Communicating Christ Cross-Culturally (2nd ed.; Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1991).
  • Hesselgrave, D. J. and Rommen, E., Contextualization: Meanings, Methods, Models (Pasadena, CA: William Carey, 2000).
  • Sweet, L. (ed.), The Church in Emerging Culture: Five Perspectives (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2003).
  • Weaver, G., Culture, Communication and Conflict: Readings in Intercultural Relations (Boston, MA: Pearson, 2000).

ACT unit information:
EM608 - Cross-cultural Communication

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+ EM409/609 Cultural Anthropology

3 hours per week/directed study

Lecturer: Felix Chung

Overview: This subject introduces students to cultural anthropology, and specific applications of anthropology for cross-cultural ministry. Students will develop a working of the patterns and processes of culture and cultural change, enabling them to understand their own cultural context and to accept the validity of different culture. The subject also emphasises culture as a context within which God interacts with people, and the significance of this to churches in the world today.

Textbooks:

  • Hiebert, Paul, Cultural Anthropology (2nd ed.; Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 1992).
  • Womack, Mari, Being Human: An Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (2nd ed.; Upper Saddel Valley, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2001).
  • Park, Michael A., Introducing Anthropology: An Integrated Approach (2nd ed.; New York: McGranHill Comp, 2003).
  • Grunlan R. and Mayers, M. Cultural Anthropology (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1979).

ACT unit information:
EM409 - Cultural Anthropology
EM609 - Cultural Anthropology

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+ EM417/617 Spiritual Formation for Cross-Cultural Ministries

3 hours per week/directed study

Lecturer: Felix Chung

Overview: This subject introduces students to practical and theoretical issues related to personal growth and ministry in a cross-cultural setting.
Students will study personal spiritural development, relationships in cross-cultural ministry, and distinctive factors in cross-cultural ministries.

Textbooks:

  • Casse, P., Training for the Cross-Cultural Mind (Washington, DC: Society for Inter-Cultural Education, 1980).
  • Foyle, M ., Honourably Wounded: Stress Among Christian Workers (Oxford, UK: Monarch, 1987).
  • Peterson, E., The Contemplative Pastor (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1989).
  • Watson, D., Discipleship (London, UK: Hodder & Stoughton, 1981).

ACT unit information:
EM417 - Spiritual Formation for Cross Cultural Ministries
EM617 - Spiritual Formation for Cross-Cultural Ministries

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+ EM418/618 Ministry in a Culturally Diverse Context

3 hours per week/directed study + 20 hours field work

Lecturer: Felix Chung

Overview: This subject provides students with biblical, theological, historical, cultural and strategic perspectives on ministry in a culturally diverse context. Content covered includes challenges in communicating the gospel and establishing the church in a culturally diverse environment, and strategies for appropriate ministry approaches.
This subject includes 20 hours of fieldwork in a cultural diverse congregation, or a mono-cultural congregation other than the student's own.

Textbooks:

  • Anderson, D. A., Multicultural Ministry: Finding Your Church's Unique Rhythm (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2004)
  • Brynjolfson R. and Lewis, J. (eds.), Becoming an Intentionally Intercultural Church (Waynesboro, GA: World Evangelical Alliance Missions Commission, 2004)
  • DeYmaz, M., Building a Healthy Multi-ethnic Church: Mandate, Commitments, and Practices of a Diverse Congregation (San Franciscio, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2007)
  • Kramer, L. J., The Multicultural Experiment: Immigrants, Refugees and National Identity (Sydney: Macleay, 2003)
  • Ortiz, M., Models for Developing a Multi-ethnic Church (Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 1996)
  • Richmond, H. (ed.), Snapshots of Multicultural Ministry (UCA Assembly Multicultural and Cross-cultural Ministry, 2006)
  • Richmond, H. and Yang, Myung Duk (eds.), Crossing Borders: Shaping Faith, Minisry and Identity in Multicultural Australia (UCA Assembly and NSW Board of Mission, 2006).
  • Wilson, M., Churches Crossing Cultures: A Practical Guide and Workbook for Cross Cultural Ministry in Your Church (Sydney: Anglicare, 2002)
  • Yancey, G., One Body, One Spirit: Principles of Successful Multiracial Churches (Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2003)

Recommended reading:

  • Docker, J. and Fischer, G., Race, Colour and Identity in Australia and New Zealand (Sydney: UNSW, 2000)
  • Foster, C., Embracing Diversity: Leadership in Multicultural Congregations (Bethesda, MD: Alban, 1997)
  • Jupp, J. From White Australia to Woomera: The Story of Australian Immigration (Cambridge, UK: CUP, 2003)
  • Robinson, S. P., Smith, C. and Wilson, M. K., Mission Action Planning (Sydney: Anglicare, 2004)

ACT unit information:
EM418 - Ministry in A Culturally Diverse Context
EM618 - Ministry in A Culturally Diverse Context

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+ EM421/621 Living Faiths

3 hours per week/directed study

Lecturer: Felix Chung

Overview: This subject studies non-Christian living faiths, exploring the historical roots, beliefs, cultural influences and contemporary reforms of two of the follow: Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, and primal religions.
Students will gain an appreciation of the insights to be found in these faiths, and develop a sensitivity to their world-views.

Textbooks:

  • Hiebert, P. G., Understanding Folk Religion: A Christian Response to Popular Beliefs and Practices (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker 1999).
  • Burnett, D., World of the Spirits: A Christian Perspective on Traditional and Folk Religions (London, UK: Monarch, 2000).
  • Cragg, K. et al, Islam from Within - Anthology of Religion (Belmont, CA: Wadsworth,1980).
  • Jomier, J. How to Understand Islam (New York: Crossroad Publishing, 1989).
  • Parshall, P., New Paths in Muslim Evangelism (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker 1980).
  • Fernando, A. F. et al, Buddhism Made Plain (revised ed.; UK: Orbis, 1985).
  • Robinson. R. H. et al, The Buddhist Religion (Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, 1982).

ACT unit information:
EM421 - Living Faiths
EM621 - Living Faiths

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+ EM427/627 Church Dynamics and Growth

3 hours per week/directed study + fieldwork

Lecturer: Felix Chung

Overview: This subject covers the principles and practice of church dynamics and growth, and includes a fieldwork component.
Students will develop a critical understanding of the theology, principles and procedures of church growth and their significance for contemporary ministry theory and practice; learn the processes of evaluation, strategy development and effective methodologies in a congregational situation; and learn to identify the critical issues of contemporary church growth theories from biblical principles and evangelical perspective.

Textbooks:

  • Conn, H., Theological Perspectives on Church Growth (Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R, 1977).
  • McGavran, D. A., Understanding Church Growth (revised ed.; Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1980).
  • Shenk, W., Exploring Church Growth (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1983).
  • Schwarz, C., Natural Church Development (St Charles, IL: Church Smart Resources, 1996).

ACT unit information:
EM427 - Church Dynamics and Growth
EM627 - Church Dynamics and Growth

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+ EM440/640 Cross-Cultural Field Education

1 hour per week/directed study + 50 hours field work

Lecturer: Felix Chung

Overview: This subject provides the opportunity for students to experience at first hand some of the issues involved in cross-cultural ministry.
Students will gain both theoretical knowledge and practical skills, developing sensitivity to the inter-relationships between human life, the Christian gospel, Christian ministries and culture.

Students can choose from:
A) At least 50 hours field work in some form of Christian work with people from a culture different than the student’s own
B) A missionary trip of at least 4 week’s residence in a culture other then the student’s own
C) Another form of field work approved by the lecturer.

Textbooks:

  • Collins, M., Manual for Today’s Missionary (Pasadena, CA: William Carey, 1986).
  • Lingenfelter, S. and Mayers, M., Ministering Cross Culturally (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 1986).
  • Ward, T. Living Overseas: A Book of Preparation (New York: Free Press, 1984).
  • Hiebert, P., Anthropological Insights for Missionaries (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 1985).

ACT unit information:
EM440 - Cross-cultural Field Education
EM640 - Cross-cultural Field Education

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+ PVM41/61 Folk Religions

3 hours per week/directed study

Lecturer: Felix Chung

Overview: This subject is primarily designed for students who plan for further mission study. However, it is also designed as a general introduction to those who are interested in faith dialogue or evangelism in a cross-cultural context.
Students will learn about folk religions as both belief systems and behavioural systems, investigating beliefs about life and death, adversity and success, the supernatural, symbolism and ritual. Students will be equipped to analyise and critique folk religions, and develop specific missional responses.

Textbooks:

  • Hiebert, Paul G., Understanding Folk Religion: A Christian Response to Popular Beliefs and Practices (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 1999).
  • Enroth, Ronald, A Guide to New Religions Movements (Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2005).
  • Sanders, Catherine, Wicca’s Charm: Understanding the Spiritual Hunger Behind the Rise of Modern Witchcraft and Pagan Spirituality (Colorado Springs, CO: Waterbrook Press, 2005).

ACT unit information:
PVM43 - Folk Religions
PVM63 - Folk Religions

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+ PVM62 Ethnographic Research

3 hours per week/directed study

Lecturer: Felix Chung

Overview: This subject introduces student research methods in anthropology, skill and knowledge of conducting ethnographic research, collecting information, analysing information and writing an ethnography.

Textbooks:

  • Angrosine, Michael V., Doing Cultural Anthropology: Projects for Ethnographic Data Collection (2nd ed.; Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press, 2006).
  • Angrosine, Michael V. Project in Ethnographic Research (Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press, 2004).
  • Spradley, James, Participant Observation (Austin, TX: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1980).
  • Spradley, James, The Ethnographic Interview (Austin, TX: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Inc, 1979).

ACT unit information:
PVM62 - Ethnographic Research

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+ EM305/505 Theology of Mission

Lecturer: Felix Chung

Overview: This subject provides and overview of both biblical and contemporary theologies of mission. Students will learn to evaluate contemporary theologlies in light of biblical teaching, and apply this knowledge to their own ministry contexts.

Textbooks:

  • Bolt, P. and M. Thompson (eds.), The Gospel to the Nations: Perspectives on Paul's Mission (Leicester; Downers Grove, IL: Apollos; IVP, 2000).
  • Kaiser, W. C., Mission in the Old Testament: Israel as a Light to the Nations (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2000).
  • Kirk, J. A., What is Mission? Theological Explorations (London, UK: Darton, Longman & Todd, 1999).
  • Köstenberger, A. J. and P. O’Brien, Salvation to the Ends of the Earth: A Biblical Theology of Mission (Leicester, UK: Apollos, 2001).
  • Larkin, W. J. et al, Mission in the New Testament: An Evangelical Approach (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 1998).
  • Petrella, I., Latin American Liberation Theology: The Next Generation (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2005).
  • Peskett, H. and V. Ramachandra, The Message of Missions: The Glory of Christ in All Time and Space (Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2003).
  • Piper, J., Let the Nations Be Glad! The Supremacy of God in Missions (2nd ed.; Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2003).
  • Van Engen, C. E., et al, The Good News of the Kingdom: Mission Theology for the Third Millennium (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 1998).

Additional EM505 required reading:

  • Corrie, J., Dictionary of Mission Theology (Nottingham: IVP, 2007).
  • Engel, J. F. and Dyrness, W. A., Changing the Mind of Missions: Where Have We Gone Wrong? (Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2000).
  • Glasser, A., Announcing the Kingdom: the Story of God's Mission in the Bible (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2003).
  • Guthrie, S., Missions in the Third Millenium: 21 Key trends for the 21st Century (Carlisle, UK: Paternoster Press, 2000).
  • Packer, J. I. and Oden, T. C., One Faith: The Evangelical Consensus (Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2004).
  • Senior, D. and Stuhlmueller, C., The Biblical Foundations for Mission (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 1983).
  • Tennent, T., Theology in the Context of World Christianity: How the Global Church is Influencing the Way We Think about and Discuss Theology, (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2007).

Recommended reading:

  • Hedlund, R. E., Roots of the Great Debate in Mission (3rd ed.; Bangalore: Theological Book Trust, 1997).
  • Taylor, W. (ed.), Global Missiology for the 21st Century: the Iguassu Dialogue (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2000).
  • Bosch, D., Transforming Mission: Paradigm Shifts in Theology of Mission (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 1991).

ACT unit information:
EM305 - Theology of Mission
EM505 - Theology of Mission

Pastoral & Church-Focused Ministry (PC)

+ PC301/501 Ministry Formation

3 hours per week in semester 2, annually

Lecturer: Peter Hastie

Overview: This subject provides an overview of the many facets of practical ministry, including the office of minister/pastor (both biblically and as seen in church history); the call to the ministry; dealing with congregational expectations; and the personal spiritual development of the minister.

Textbooks:

  • Prime, D., On Being a Pastor (Chicaco, IL: Moody, 2004);
  • Fisher, D., The 21st Century Pastor (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan 1996);
  • Murray, I., The Life of Martin Lloyd Jones (Edinburgh, UK: Banner of Truth, 2013)
  • Bridges, C., The Christian Ministry (Edinburgh, UK: Banner of Truth, 1997)

ACT unit information:
PC301 - Ministry Formation
PC501 - Ministry Formation

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+ PC315/515 Christian Worship

3 hours per week in semester 2, even years

Lecturer: Peter Hastie

Overview: This subject equips students to understand biblical perspectives on the theology and practice of Christian worship, and its historical development. The unit explores major current approaches to worship in a local context, and the contemporary issues and challenges faced but the church. Students will be taught how to plan, prepare and conduct Christian worship in a personal and congregational context.

Recommended reading:

  • Block D. I., For the Glory of God (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2014).
  • Carson, D. A. (ed.), Worship by the Book (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2002).
  • Chapell, Bryan, Christ-Centred Worship (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2009).
  • Johnson, Terry L., Serving With Calvin (Welwyn: EP, 2015).
  • Johnson, Terry L., Worshipping With Calvin (Welwyn: EP, 2014).
  • Ross, Allen P., Recalling the Hope of Glory (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2006).
  • Ryken, P. G., Thomas, D. W. H., Duncan, J. Ligon III., Give Praise to God (Phillipsburg: P & R Publishing, 2003).
  • White, James F., A Brief History of Christian Worship (Nashville: Abingdon, 1993).

ACT unit information:
PC315 - Christian Worship
PC515 - Christian Worship

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+ PC402/602 Foundations of Pastoral Care

3 hours per week in semester 1, annually

Lecturer: Karl Hood

Overview: This subject includes a brief history of pastoral care; special revelation and common grace; a biblical-theological model of the person, life, change, and helping relationships; care and change in Christian community; an integrated approach to physiological issues; an introduction to a Christocentric approach to a range of basic difficulties that are common to many life stages - suffering, grief and loss, anger, anxiety and fear, addiction, conflict and reconciliation, and, marriage and family issues.

Textbooks:

  • Johnson, E. L. Foundations of Soul Care (Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2007).
  • Lane. T. S. and Tripp, P. D., How People Change (2nd ed.; Greensboro, NC: New Growth, 2008).
  • Emlet, M. R. CrossTalk: Where Life and Scripture Meet (Greensboro, NC: New Growth, 2009).
  • Powlison, D. A., Seeing With New Eyes: Counseling and the Human Condition through the Lens of Scripture (Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R, 2003).
  • Powlison, D. A., Speaking Truth in Love: Counsel in Community (Greensboro, NC: New Growth, 2005).
  • Welch, Ed T., Running Scared (Greensboro, NC: New Growth, 2007).
    OR
  • Welch, Ed T., When People Are Big (Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R, 1997).

ACT unit information:
PC402 - Foundations of Pastoral Care
PC602 - Foundations of Pastoral Care

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+ PC403/603 Pastoral Skills and Methods

3 hours per week in semester 1, annually

Lecturer: Karl Hood

Overview: This subject includes a Christocentric and biblical-theological approach to relational skills, equipping skills, and pastoral care of people with a range of problems including depression, bereavement, addictions, unemployment, marital conflict and divorce, and psychiatric disorders.

Textbooks:

  • Tripp, P. D., Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands (Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R, 2002)
  • Tripp, P. D., Journal of Biblical Counseling (Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R, 2002)
  • Welch, Ed T., Addictions (Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R, 2001)
    OR
  • Welch, Ed T., Depression (Greensboro, NC: New Growth, 2004)
  • Smith, W., Marriage Matters (Greensboro, NC: New Growth, 2010)
    OR
  • Tripp, P. D., What Did You Expect (Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2010)

ACT unit information:
PC403 - Pastoral Skills and Methods
PC603 - Pastoral Skills and Methods

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+ PC442/642 Congregational Field Education

1 hour per week + 200 hours field work, even numbered years.

(While students are enrolled in first semester, the practical component is covered over the entire academic year.)

Lecturers: Peter Hastie & training ministers (allocated individually to students)

Overview: This subject will enable students to gain the most from their supervised field experience appointment in a local church.
Content covered includes church administration, the role of the minister, and practical issues related to congregational leadership and management.

Textbooks:

  • Adams, J., Shepherding God’s Flock (3 volumes in one) (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 1980).
  • Kirkwood, N. Pastoral Care in Hospitals (Alexandria, NSW: Dwyer, 1995).
  • MacArthur. J. Jr, Rediscovering Pastoral Ministry (Dallas, TX: Word, 1995).

ACT unit information:
PC442 - Congregational Field Education
PC642 - Congregational Field Education

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+ PC443/643 Pastoral Care Field Education

1 hour per week + 200 hours field work, even numbered years.

(While students are enrolled in first semester, the practical component is covered over the entire academic year.)

Lecturer: Karl Hood

Description: This subject will enable students to gain the most from their supervised field experience appointment.
Students will be taught about practical issues related to pastoral care in congregational and other ministry settings, and learn to apply these skills to their own ministry contexts.

Textbooks:

  • Adams, J., Shepherding God’s Flock (3 volumes in one) (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 1980).
  • Kirkwood, N. Pastoral Care in Hospitals (Alexandria, NSW: Dwyer, 1995).
  • MacArthur. J. Jr, Rediscovering Pastoral Ministry (Dallas, TX: Word, 1995).

ACT unit information:
PC443 - Pastoral Care Field Education
PC643 - Pastoral Care Field Education

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+ PC447/647 Introductory Preaching

3 hours per week in semester 1 + 4 sermons under supervision, odd numbered years

Overview: This subject teaches the biblical principles and patterns of preaching, including aims and context, exegesis and exposition, components of a sermon, and methods and techniques.
Students will be given thorough theoretical training, to be applied through the writing and preaching of 4 sermons throughout the semester.

Textbooks:

  • Gibson, Scott (ed.), Preaching to a Shifting Culture (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker 2004).
  • Philip, William (ed.), The Practical Preacher (London, UK: Proclamation Trust, 2002).
  • Ash, Christopher, The Priority of Preaching (Fearn, UK: Christian Focus, 2009).
  • Johnston, Graham, Preaching to a Postmodern World (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2001).
  • Gill, Stewart (ed.), Preaching the Word: Essays in Honour of Professor Tom Wilkinson (Doncaster, VIC: RTR Supplement Series 3, 2009).

ACT unit information:
PC447 - Introductory Preaching
PC647 - Introductory Preaching

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+ PC489/689 Preaching for Lifelong Learning

3 hours per week in semester 1 + field work, even numbered years

Overview: This subject acquaints students with the principles, aims and demands of Christian preaching, and teaches how to construct, deliver and critique sermons.
The subject focuses on the delivery of effective sermons, including workshopping, tackling different biblical genres, preaching to the heart, and avoiding piety or individualism. Fieldwork is required in this subject.

Textbooks:

  • Adams, Jay E., Sermon Analysis: A Preacher's Personal Improvement Textbook and Workbook (Accent, 1986).
  • Ash, Christopher, The Priority of Preaching (Fearn, UK: Christian Focus, 2009).
  • Chapell, Brian, Christ-Centered Preaching (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2005);
  • Philip, William (ed.), The Practical Preacher (London, UK: Proclamation Trust, 2002).

ACT unit information:
PC489 - Pastoral & Church Focussed Ministry Seminar
PC689 - Pastoral & Church Focussed Ministry Seminar

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+ PC489/689 dsc Biblical Counselling and Contemporary Thought

Semi-intensive mode

Lecturer: Karl Hood

Overview: This subject investigates various models of counselling, including cognitive behavioural therapy, positive psychology, secular and Christian needs-based models, biochemical psychiatry, behaviourism, and 'pop psychology'. A self-critique of biblical counselling is also undertaken.
Students will develop skills in interacting with various conselling models and their adherents, and be be equipped to minister to people who have been unhelpfully influenced by counselling models.

Textbooks: These will be selected according to the learning needs of individual students. They include articles and books by:

  • Adams, Jay E., Sermon Analysis: A Preacher's Personal Improvement Textbook and Workbook (Accent, 1986).
  • Ash, Christopher, The Priority of Preaching (Fearn, UK: Christian Focus, 2009).
  • Chapell, Brian, Christ-Centered Preaching (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2005);
  • Philip, William (ed.), The Practical Preacher (London, UK: Proclamation Trust, 2002).

ACT unit information:
PC489 - Pastoral & Church Focussed Ministry Seminar
PC689 - Pastoral & Church Focussed Ministry Seminar

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+ PC489/689 dsc Pastoral Counselling Topics and Practices

Directed study contract mode

Lecturer: Edward Welch, recorded 2001 MA(Th) lectures.
Tutorials & grading: Karl Hood

Overview: This subject compares and contrasts current Christian counselling approaches with progressive biblical counselling, and explains the systematics and biblical theology of counselling.
Students are equipped for pastoral ministry in various circumstances, and undertake an in-depth study of a specific area of pastoral couselling.

This unit requires listening to lectures delivered by Ed Welch at PTC Melbourne in 2011; some set reading with a written reading report and tutorial presentation; a pastoral counselling analysis and ministry plan for a literature based case study; and an essay on a particular problem area. There will be 6 hours of face to face contact with the lecturer.

Textbooks: These will be selected according to the learning needs of individual students. They include articles and books by:

  • E L Johnson
  • P D Tripp
  • A Purves
  • E T Welch
  • M R McMinn
  • D A Powlinson
  • G R Evans
  • M R Emlet
  • T S Lane
  • D Tidball
  • T J Keller
  • A Poirier

ACT unit information:
PC489 - Pastoral & Church Focussed Ministry Seminar
PC689 - Pastoral & Church Focussed Ministry Seminar

Research Methods (RM)

+ RM095-4/RM095-6 Introduction to Research Methods

Online, every semester

(Honours and postgraduate research requirement)

Tutor: Felix Chung

Overview: This subject covers the philosophy, resources and administration of research, and develops project management skills.
Studenst will learn how to analyse and interpret data, formulate a research proposal, and set realistic paramaters (including following ethics protocol when using human subject participants).

Readings: Available on the ACT website.

ACT unit information:
RM095-4 - Introduction to Research Methods
RM095-6 - Introduction to Research Methods

Internal Units

+ Study Skills & English Grammar

Summer intensive, 4 days (Grammar 12 hours, Skills 11 hours), offered annually

(This subject is compulsory for all first year full time students.)

Lecturers: Wendy Bytheway & Gillian Asquith

Outcomes: This subject provides a firm foundation in the skills required for tertiary level academic study, including grammar, essay writing, and reaserch. Studdents will also find this subject assists with preparing them for Hebrew and Greek studies.

Fees: There is no charge to PTC students for this unit.

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+ Philosophy

Summer intensive, 2 days (8 hours), even numbered years

Lecturer: Douglas Milne

Overvew: This subject will familiarise students with the sweep of Western thought and culture, as influenced by its philosophers.

Method: Class lectures, and notes with discussion.

Textbooks:

  • Tarnas, Richard, The Passion of the Western Mind: Understanding the Ideas That Have Shaped Our World View (New York: Ballantine, 1993)
  • DeWeese, Garrett J. and Moreland, J.P., PhilosopHy Made Slightly Less Difficult: A beginner's Guide to Life's Big QuesTions (Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2005).

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+ Apologetics

Summer intensive, 2 days (6 hours), odd numbered years

Lecturer: Peter Hastie

Outcomes: This subject will give students a working acquaintance with apologetics in the Bible, and its application to contemporary issues in apologetics.

Method: Class instruction and discussion.

Assessment: Written exam (1 hour)

Textbooks:

  • Craig, William L., Reasonable Faith (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2008).
  • Groothuis, Douglas, Christian Apologetics (Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2011,)
  • Boa, Kenneth D., Faith Has Its Reasons (Milton Keynes, UK: Paternoster, 2005)

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+ Ethics

Summer intensive, 5 days (20 hours), even numbered years

Lecturer: Douglas Milne

Outcomes: This subject will make students aware of the whole field of ethics, and learn some tools for resolving ethical issues.

Method: Class lectures and notes with discussion

Textbooks:

  • Cameron, Andrew, Joined-Up Life: A Christian Account of How Ethics Works (Nottingham, UK: IVP, 2011)
  • Feinberg, John S. and Feinburg, Paul D., Ethics for a Brave New World (2nd ed.; Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2002).
  • Best, Megan, Fearfully and Wonderfully Made: Ethics and the Beginning of Human Life (Sydney, AU: Matthias Media, 2012)

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+ Presbyterian History

Summer intensive, 5 days (20 hours), odd numbered years

Lecturer: Jared Hood

Overview:

  • Scottish roots: the Scottish Reformation; the Covenanters; awakening and secessions; missions and the Disruption; unions and the rise of biblical criticism.
  • Australian planting: John Dunmore Lang and James Forbes; divisions and State unions; temperance; theological halls; missions; and Charles Strong.
  • Australian growth: federalism; Samuel Angus; the division of 1977; and recent challenges.

Pre-course assignment: please contact the lecturer

Textbook: Harman, Allan, and Harman, Mairi, Australian Presbyterian History with its Scottish and Irish Background (Melbourne, AU: PTC, 2003).

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+ Presbyterian Polity

Summer Intensive, 5 days (15 hours), odd numbered years

Lecturer: John Wilson

Overview: This subject provides an overview of the biblical foundations for Presbyterian polity, its historical development, and the present polity as practised in the church.
An essential component of this course is attendance at session, presbytery and the General Assembly of Victoria.

Textbooks:

  • General Assembly of the PCV, Code Book of the Presbyterian Church of Victoria (2016)
  • General Assembly of Australia, Constitution, Procedure and Practice ( 2013)
  • Bradshaw, F. Maxwell, Basic Documents on Presbyterian Polity (PCA Christian Education Committee: 1984)
  • Reed, Kevin, Biblical Church Government (Presbyterian Heritage Publications, 1983)

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+ Biblical Theology

Summer intensive, 1 day (6 hours), annually

(The subject is compulsory for all first year full time students.)

Lecturer: Peter Hastie

Overview This subject introduces first-year students to the study of biblical teaching by reviewing the major stages of the whole biblical narrative.

Method: Class instruction and discussion.

Assessment: Written exam

Textbooks:

  • Levy, S., Bible Overview (Fearn, UK: Christian Focus, 2008).
  • Kaiser, W., The Promise-Plan of God (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2011).
  • Golding, P. Covenant Theology: The Key of Theology in Reformed Thought (Ross-shire, UK: Christian Focus, 2004).
  • Brown, Michael G. and Keele, Zach, Sacred Bond: Covenant Theology Explores (Grandville, MI: Reformed Fellowship, 2012)

Fees: There is no charge to PTC students for this unit.

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+ Reformed Worship

Summer intensive, 3 days (17 hours), even numbered years

Lecturer: Peter Hastie

Outcomes: This subject focuses on particular aspects of the theology and practice of worship in Scripture and in the Reformed tradition, and teaches candidates for the ministry how to contruct and lead a Presbyterian worship service.
Content covered includes: worship in the Old and New Testament; the theology of worship; construction of a worship service and contemporary issues.

Method: Classroom instruction and discussion.

Assessment: Written exam (two hours)

Textbooks:

  • Chappell, Bryan, Christ-Centered Worship: Letting the Gospel Shape Our Practice (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker 2009)
  • Ryken, Philip G., Thomas, Derek W. H. and Duncan, J. Ligon (eds.), Give Praise to God: A Vision for Reforming Worship (Phillipsburg, NJ: P & R, 2003)
  • Due, Noel, Created for Worship (Fearn, UK: Mentor, 2005)
  • Sproul, R. C., A Taste of Heaven (Sanford, FL: Reformation Trust, 2006)

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+ 創世記導論 (Introduction to Genesis)

聯絡: Dr. Felix Chung

電話: (03) 9898 9384

電郵: felix.chung@ptc.edu.au

科目內容: 此科目為聖經研究之科目, 目的為幫助平信徒與教會領袖明白創世記之神學主題, 釋經內容, 及對信徒生活實踐之幫助。為 協助教會平信徒及領袖研讀創世記之用。

  • 普世焦點與以色列焦點
  • 創造與毀滅
  • 神人之約
  • 有關釋經方法
  • 有關歷史事實
  • 族長之歷史
  • 從創造與毀滅
  • 從族長的歷史

本科目要求:

如欲修讀學分者:

  1. 能出席課堂達80%
  2. 主動參與課堂討論及活動
  3. 完成一篇1000字之文章
  4. 閱讀課堂派發之參考資料

旁聽生:

  1. 能出席課堂達80%
  2. 參與課堂討論及活動
  3. 閱讀課堂所派發之參考資料

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+ Supervised Learning Experience Years I-IV

Presbyterian ministry candidates undertake Field Education each year over four years. This includes Guided Reading and Sermon Review in years one to four, supervised field education placement in years three and four, as per the ACT units, PC442/642 CFE and PC443/643 PCFE.

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