Year 1 - Certificate IV in Ministry
Certificate IV in Ministry
(10021NAT CRICOS 077594K)
The one year Certificate IV in Ministry builds a basic foundation of biblical teachings and principles for ministry coupled with practical application and market-place skills across streams. It trains students with the skills needed to work within a small group ministry setting and prepares students for the role of assistant leader of a ministry team in a local church or Christian organisation (eg. Assistant team leader in a Worship & Creative Arts team or Children’s Ministry team). It also generally trains students with skills needed in marketplace careers in the same field as their stream’s ministry specialisation.
Students successfully completing their first year of study who are not continuing on to the Diploma of Ministry can graduate with a Certificate IV in Ministry. Continuing students will not graduate until the end of their second or third year.
General leadership and ministry skills are developed through our Core Subjects, which all students complete. In addition, students also choose one of our five streams, and complete all of their stream's subjects, to develop their specialised ministry skills. The Core and Stream subjects deliver units of competency drawn from a range of government and industry-recognised Training Packages and Courses.
(720 nominal hours)
1st Year Core Subjects
New Testament Introduction
The books, themes and events of the New Testament in their cultural and historical context are introduced along with their application and relevance for today. Practical skills for reading and studying the Bible in your personal devotional life are also developed. (MINBIB401B Complete and apply a study based on the Biblical material to own life)
Old Testament Introduction
The books, themes and events of the Old Testament in their cultural and historical context are introduced along with their application and relevance for today. Skills in using bible research tools as you prepare to minister from the Word will also be developed. (MINBIB401B Complete and apply a study based on the Biblical material to own life)
This subject identifies and explores a number of the major doctrines of the Bible, with the goal of building a solid foundation of truth for Christian life and ministry. (MINTHY401B Identify and apply foundational theological concepts of Christianity)
The person and work of the Holy Spirit is introduced, including an investigation of the baptism in the Spirit, spiritual gifts and ministering in the power of the Holy Spirit. (MINLED401B Demonstrate Christian disciplines and spirituality)
This subject introduces principles of personal and spiritual leadership, helping you build godly character in your life as a Christian leader, both spiritually and practically. It covers critical issues including, integrity, core values, healthy living, relationships and finance. (MINLED401B Demonstrate Christian disciplines and spirituality & MINLED402B Manage personal and ministry priorities holistically)
This subject helps you develop the skills and understanding you need to effectively share the Gospel in a range of different settings, from personal relationships to public ministry. (MINLED401B Demonstrate Christian disciplines and spirituality)
This subject helps you develop the attitudes and skills you need to work successfully in a ministry team. You’ll be trained in teamwork, people skills and servanthood. You’ll also learn the art of leadership and influence within the team. (MINLED402B Manage personal and ministry priorities holistically & CHCORG303B Participate effectively in the work environment 1)
Communication in Ministry
Communication skills are essential for successful ministry. This subject will help you cultivate the emotional intelligence, relationships skills and communication techniques you’ll need to make the people side of ministry really work. (CHCORG303B Participate effectively in the work environment 1)
Church and Ministry
A wide range of aspects of church ministry and culture are introduced from a biblical basis, including how we make church relevant today. You’ll then develop and outwork this understanding in practical ministry. (MINLED405B Describe and contribute to effective Christian ministry)
1st Year Pastoral Stream
Public Speaking & Presentations
In ministry you will often be called up on to speak publicly to lead and mobilise. This subject focuses on developing the public communication skills to deliver business, leadership and preaching presentations. (BSBCMM401A Make a presentation2)
A refreshing overview of our Christian heritage from the early church to modern day. Attention is given to lessons relevant to contemporary ministry. (MINPST402B Investigate Church history and apply findings to a ministry setting)
Surveys the world's major religions and cults, outlining their history, major teachings, world-view and providing modern demographics. You are equipped to reach out to the followers of other faiths with an informed Christian response. (MINPST403B Investigate and compare major non-Christian beliefs and practices)
Mission and Culture
The theories and practices of modern missions are introduced. Topics include: the biblical basis for missions, modern trends in missions, cross cultural communication and strategies for effective missions. (MINPST405B Develop an approach to global mission)
Introduction to Pastoral Leadership
This subject introduces the student to their chosen pathway. These different pathways include: Church Ministry / Youth / Young Adults / Kids / Social Justice / Pastoral Care / Events. In this subject you will identify the essential features of that form of ministry, develop an understanding of its key social, ministry and leadership issues, and cultivate the specialised skills you need for ministry effectiveness. (MINLED405B Describe and contribute to effective Christian ministry)
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1st Year Worship Music
The Worship Team 1 & 2
These two subjects bring you, as a new Worship Music student, into the heart & ethos that has built the Hillsong Creative team and its creative expression. We do this by teaching & training you in the theology of Worship, musical, artistic & leadership communication, and music excellence in a contemporary band-based worship environment. (MINLED405B Describe and contribute to effective Christian ministry & CUSMPF302A Prepare for performance 3)
Musical Theory and Application 1 & 2
For the Musicians and Vocalists focus, this subject will equip you with an understanding of how music works. We will examine the language & notation of music, and its application in various worship music settings. Delivery is catered toward students with a beginner or intermediate level of theory knowledge. (CUSMLT302A Develop and apply aural perception skills 3)
Songwriting Fundamentals 1 & 2
This subject, which is for the Songwriters focus only, takes the concepts from Musical Application and tailors it specifically to songwriters, focusing on the foundations of songwriting and dealing with key concepts and how they relate to those who write song. (CUSMLT302A Develop and apply aural perception skills 3)
Music Development Workshops
In the Worship Music stream you have the opportunity to choose to focus your training as a musician in a band, a vocalist or a songwriter, through weekly practical workshops.
- Musicians Workshop 1 & 2 (CUSMPF404A Perform music as part of a group3 & CUSMPF405A Develop instrumental techniques3)
- Vocalists Workshop 1 & 2 (CUSMPF404A Perform music as part of a group3 & CUSMPF407A Develop vocal techniques3)
- Songwriters Workshop 1 & 2 (CUSMCP301A Compose simple songs or musical pieces3 & CUSMCP302A Write song lyrics3)
(If you are already advanced in music theory you are able to apply for recognition of your prior learning. You then have the opportunity move onto other creative opportunities in the church or College life).
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1st Year Dance
Introduction to Dance Ministry
This subject introduces you to dance as a ministry within the local church. It explores the biblical and theological foundations for dance as a ministry and form of creative worship and expression. It also investigates the practical dimensions of a dance ministry within the worship and creative life of the church. (MINLED405B Describe and contribute to effective Christian ministry)
Dance Technique Foundations, Development and Repertoire
These subjects cover a variety of dance styles, focusing on basic technique, expression and performance particular to each style. These styles may include ballet, jazz, contemporary and hip hop amongst others. You will learn to identify the relationship between dance techniques and musical accompaniments, as well as the various historical and cultural aspects that influence each particular movement style. You will develop and apply knowledge and skills in practical dance, whilst ensuring safe dance practise. (CUADAN201A Develop basic dance techniques4)
Choreography 1 & 2
This subject teaches the you the tools and skills of industry professional choreography. You will research well-known choreographers and apply structural components of movement in order to communicate the creative message. You will also create short choreographic works of your own and incorporate your broad range of dance knowledge into your compositions. This subject teaches you to "think outside the box" and manage creatively challenging moments. (CUACHR401A Develop skills in the craft of choreography4)
Dance Performance 1 & 2
This essential class teaches both performance skills and performance psychology techniques in order to equip the you with the skills to communicate on many levels. You will learn a variety of dance styles used in different contexts in order to increase performance skills. You will also perform in an array of settings to gain practical and live experience. (CUADAN407A Develop expertise in dance performance skills4)
Dance Anatomy & Nutrition
This subject teaches you to have a holistic approach to your dance studies, assisting you both internally and externally. You will learn to apply the basic principles of health and nutrition, along with knowledge of alignment and an understanding musculo-skeletal structures to improve posture and to help prevent injury. (CUAOHS403A Incorporate anatomy and nutrition principles into skill development4)
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1st Year TV & Media
Introduction to Film & TV in Ministry
This subject introduces you to the role of film and TV in ministry within the local church. It explores the power and possibilities of these media for the communication of the vision, facilitating worship and building community in the life of the local church. It also investigates the use of film to communicate the gospel in visually captivating and compelling ways to our society. (MINLED405B Describe and contribute to effective Christian ministry)
Studio Camera Operations
This subject involves operating broadcast camera equipment in a multi-camera studio environment to record broadcast quality TV content. This includes operating Broadcast Pedestals, Tripods and handhelds plus working and responding to a director as well as working in a state of the art TV control room & master control facility. (CUFCAM402A Shoot television content in a multi-camera environment5)
Location Camera Operation
This subject includes operating location cameras in a film & TV environment. You will have the opportunity to:
- Learn on up-to-date Canon DSLR Equipment
- Learn lighting skills for film & video production on industry-standard equipment
- Learn location audio recording sound skills using Sennheiser and Rode condenser microphones, Sennheiser radio microphones and a variety of dynamic & lapel microphones recording on a Zoom H4n Digital Location recorder
This workshop subject will also involve shooting a short film. (CUFCAM301A Shoot material for screen productions5)
Digital Video Editing Fundamentals
Using Apple iMacs, you will learn to edit a variety of video content using industry standard software such as the Final Cut Studio production suite and Adobe After Effects. This subject has a strong practical focus and hands-on approach to learning. Some of the projects covered in the unit include cutting a short multi camera sermon using footage from Hillsong Television, green screen techniques and editing a short film. (CUFPOS201A Perform basic vision and sound editing5)
Visual Design for Video
Here the essential principles of design are observed and explored through the mediums of print, web and video using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator with consideration given to the outcome of effective communication via the key elements of image and typography. (CUFDIG304A Create visual design components5)
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1st Year Production
One of the fundamental areas of production is understanding the systems you are working on & being able to move comfortably between digital & analogue systems and various venues. Our Hills campus houses both digital & analogue systems so that you will gain experience across varied platforms & acoustic spaces.
During this subject you will be trained to industry standards in operating a variety of equipment & translating this into the live environment. Digital consoles include the PM1D, M7CL, VENUE Profile, LS-9, & the analogue Soundcraft MH4. You will also become familiar with bump in/out procedures, participation in technical rehearsals, workplace safety standards & procedures, 2-way communication systems and various production roles within church services. Learning to interpret the skills & knowledge in this subject to the level of the course requirements will ultimately lead to capability in operating audio equipment during a live event. (CUESOU03C Operate professional audio equipment6)
This subject delivers the skills and knowledge required to select & manage appropriate microphones & input sources for each given situation as well as the understanding of the signals these devices will create. We will go beyond the general knowledge and use of microphones and delve into what it takes to create and implement complex microphone plots. In addition to these we will look at alternate input sources available, such as DI’s and replay equipment, how to create a concise & clear input patch list and follow this through to successful connection. Students will attend weekly training sessions that feature both practical skill training and under pinning knowledge development. (CUESOU08B Select & manage microphone & other audio input sources6)
Live Audio Mixing
This subject delivers the skills and knowledge required to move from operating a console to mixing audio for a live performance. Skills in mixing audio are developed over an extended period of time & the opportunity to gain this experience of putting what you learn in class time into practise is required & made mandatory by logging practise hours in a real environment. These opportunities will be made available through college life with opportunities through our youth services, college chapels, extension church services and even additional creative college workshops. (CUESOU04C Mix live audio6)
This subject equips you with the skills and knowledge required to establish stage requirements for a range of venues and events whilst fulfilling technical requirements and satisfying the final delivery platforms. You will learn how to setup and operate a stage fold back system as a dedicated console or via a FOH send. Stage equipment and specific issues are explored to lay a foundation for the management of engineering a monitors mix and the problems that can arise within the stage fold back environment. As a partner to the subject Mix Live Audio, Stage Monitoring equips the student with mixing skills to adapt their mix for a dynamic or static environment as well as the personal preferences of the platform team that is receiving the final audio mix. (CUESOU011B Setup & operate stage monitor systems6)
Introduction to Production in Ministry
This subject introduces you production as a ministry in the local church. It explores the role of the production team within the creative ministry and expression of the church. It seeks to cultivate a ministry philosophy that harnesses the power and possibilities of all dimensions of production, bringing them into the service of the gospel and the life-changing mission of the church. (MINLED405B Describe and contribute to effective Christian ministry)
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Fees & Costs
The minimum course runs for one year - two consecutive semesters. Fees are listed per year for your study period. Course fees are paid prior to commencing each year of study.
1Unit drawn from CHC08 Community Services Training Package
2Unit drawn from BSB07 Business Services Training Package
3Units drawn from CUS09 Music Training Package
4Units drawn from CUA11 Live Performance Training Package
5Units drawn from CUF07 Screen and Media Training Package
6Units drawn from CUE03 Entertainment Training Package