Year 2 - Diploma in Ministry

Hillsong International Leadership College Year 2 - Diploma in Ministry

Diploma in Ministry

(10022NAT CRICOS 077595J)

Course Overview

Ministry Training

Upon successful completion of the Certificate IV in Ministry, students can continue on in second year towards the Diploma of Ministry. The Diploma course trains students with the skills needed to lead a ministry team. It allows for a deeper study into God’s word and its practical application, building on the material covered in the Certificate IV. Graduates will be equipped to lead a team or small ministry area in a local church or Christian organisation (eg. Youth Ministry team leader, TV & Media team leader).


Students successfully completing their second year of study who are not continuing on to their Advanced Diploma of Ministry can graduate with a Diploma in Ministry. Student are entitled to receive each award at the conclusion of each qualification. However most of our students elect to receive all of their awards together at our public graduation ceremony at the completion of all their studies.

Course Structure

As with the Certificate IV in Ministry, general leadership and specific skills are developed through our core subjects which all students complete. However, in the Diploma in Ministry, these skills are developed to a higher level of competency. In addition, students continue in their Certificate IV stream completing all their Diploma stream subjects to further develop their specialised ministry skills. The Core and Stream subjects develop units of competency drawn from a range of government and industry recongnised Training Packages and Courses. 

Innovative Learning Environment

The study program takes place in a variety of contexts including lecture style classes, group-work, presentation, self-directed learning activities, workshop, tutorials and work based training. Assessment methods include written assignments such as reports and journals, oral and written presentations, observation, tests, and work place training


Completed entry requirements

(Certificate IV in Ministry or equivalent)



Core Subjects (480 nominal hours)



Stream Subjects (240 nominal hours)

  • Pastoral Leadership
  • Worship Music
  • TV & Media



Diploma in Ministry

(720 nominal hours)

2nd Year Core Subjects

Old Testament Studies

40 Hours

An in-depth look at key texts in the Old Testament, focusing on Exodus and Psalms, analysing and interpreting major themes and applying them to a contemporary ministry. This subject builds upon the bible study skills you developed in first year by developing some basic exegetical skills appropriate for reading Old Testament texts accurately. (MINBIB501B Interpret and apply the Bible)

New Testament Studies

40 Hours

An in-depth look at key books and genres in the New Testament, focusing on Paul’s letter to the Romans and The Gospel of Luke. It will delve more deeply in to the cultural and historical settings of both books as it helps you cultivate some early exegetical skills that you can apply to the close study of other books of the New Testament. It will also help you analyse how you might apply these texts to contemporary Christian life and ministry. (MINBIB501B Interpret and apply the Bible)

Pastoral Care

32 Hours

This subject equips the student with the skills necessary to identify and effectively deal with pastoral care issues that arise in a ministry setting. These topics include: identifying issues, effective consultation and referral, overview of key pastoral issues, such as grief and loss, relational issues and crisis care. It will also help you think through the biblical and theological dimensions of caring for people so that you can grapple with many of the difficult issues that come up in pastoral ministry. (MINPAST501B Interpret and apply pastoral theology in a ministry setting)


40 Hours

This subject builds on the concepts and skills you developed in Christian Doctrine and Church History in your first year. It discusses and develops major theological concepts, seeing how they developed through church history, and explores the diversity of theological viewpoints across a range of Christian traditions. The strengths and weaknesses of different positions will be assessed, along with their implications for life and ministry in a modern-day church setting. (MINTHY501B Interpret and apply theological concepts)

Team Leadership

40 Hours

One of the steps up into your second year is level of leadership responsibility you will be trained to carry. In this subject you will be equipped with the understanding and diverse skills you need to lead and build teams in a ministry environment. It will help you build your capacity to recruit people to your team, build a great team atmosphere, manage your team to meet challenging ministry goals, and develop the people in your team to fulfil their God-given potential. (BSBWOR402A Promote team effectiveness1)


Leadership Theory and Development

40 Hours

This subject combines with Team Leadership to give you a well-rounded understanding of leadership, and your pathways forward as you develop as a leader. In particular, this subject focusses on a range of leadership theories, from the academic and business worlds, and explores their implications and application to Christian ministry and leadership. In the process you will be enabled to think about your own leadership style, practice and potential, so that you can map out your leadership development trajectory. (BSBWOR501A Manage personal work priorities and professional development1)

Practicum 1 & 2

240 Hours

A key feature of all of your training at Hillsong College is the application and practicing of the knowledge and skills you develop in a classroom setting in the realities of daily ministry. These two practical subjects give you further opportunity to integrate all you’re learning into a live ministry setting, but this time with the added opportunity of doing so at a leadership level. Through the selection of your ministry placement you will find yourself in the position to develop your leadership of a ministry team or being able to cultivate your leadership influence through ministry expertise. (BSBWOR501A Manage personal work priorities and professional development1, BSBMGT401A Show leadership in the workplace1, MINLED504A Integrate and apply biblical, theological and ministry concepts in a ministry setting)

Ministry Safety

8 Hours

Focussing on one of the key responsibilities of modern ministry leaders, this subject equips you with the skills and information you need to assess and maintain safety in a ministry environment. Topics include: managing risk, dealing with emergencies and Health and Safety policies and procedures. (BSBOHS304B Contribute to OHS hazard control1)

2nd Year Pastoral Leadership Stream


48 Hours

Preaching is one of the most effective tools for communicating the gospel, teaching biblical truth and impacting lives. In this subject you’ll be introduced to the theology, communication theory and skills you’ll need to construct and deliver powerful, life-changing sermons. You’ll also have opportunity to practice and be coached in your new preaching skills. (MINPST503B Deliver a sermon)

Ministry Development

40 Hours

Many of our graduates find themselves being asked to take on or start ministries in their churches. This subject equips you to develop and run a ministry program, exploring strategies for researching, planning and building new and successful ministry opportunities within the church or reaching out to the community. It covers topics like understanding your target audience and their context, developing effective communication strategies, building and managing a ministry start-up team, and measuring and evaluating ministry success. (MINPST504B Develop a Christian ministry program)

Christian Ethics

48 Hours

This subject develops the skills you need to identify and address key ethical issues within contemporary society and to evaluate those issues within a Christian context. Topics include Christian and non-Christian world-views and ethical systems, and an overview of key ethical issues you’re likely to strike in Christian ministry today including: abortion, IVF, Wealth and Poverty and Workplace ethics. (MINTHY502B Analyse ethical issues in a Christian context)

Marriage and Family

40 Hours

This subject helps you develops a biblical basis for marriage and family, identifying relevant current issues that both marriages and the families encounter. This subject equips you with the theology and ministry skills you’ll need to help people in a Christian community build their marriages and families. It will also equip you to build your own life-giving and exemplary marriage and family, whilst navigating the challenges that life and ministry can throw at you. (MINPST502B Apply the theology of marriage and family)

World Perspectives

32 hours

As a Christian leader you will often be required to speak and respond to the key issues facing global society today. This subject will equip you to research and think through current issues from a biblical perspective, especially those that have implications for justice and the kingdom of God. Topics include: climate change, gender issues, current world conflicts, poverty and globalization. (MINPST505B Evaluate contemporary world issues from a Christian perspective)

Coaching Skills

32 hours

Helping people reach their God-given potential and to perform in ministry at a high level is one of a Christian leader’s most important tasks. In this subject you will be introduced to the ideas and skills involved in life and executive coaching, learning and practicing how to apply them to help others flourish in life and grow in ministry. (PSPGOV415A Provide workplace coaching2)


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2nd Year Worship Music Stream

The second year Worship Music stream is designed to further equip those students who desire to lead others in varying capacities within worship music teams. It also allows you to focus your worship training around further developing as a vocalist, a musician or a song writer.

Worship and the Arts 1 & 2

80 Hours

Building on your first year Worship Leadership subjects, this subject will continue to build your understanding of worship as it intersects with a number of key themes:

  • Worship: Its Theology & Practice – A deeper look into the understanding of Biblical worship outworked through a life of worship, including worship music expression in the 21st century
  • Worship & The Arts – An historical look into the history of worship and the arts, where you will learn the lessons from the past & how they can apply those into their leadership & artistic journey today
  • Worship & Culture – Learn how to outwork worship, both artistically and culturally, in the 21st century across a variety of church and cultural expressions
  • Worship & Creativity – Discover how to use and apply your God-given, unique creativity to reach today’s generations using timeless & relevant mediums

You will also develop a growing ability to analyse music, and as a result be able to communicate to others the workings and purpose of different musical and artistic creative presentations.

(MINWMU501B Develop an informed Christian worship practice, CUSMLT601A Analyse music3)

Musical Leadership 1 & 2

80 Hours

For those whose focus is developing as a musician or a vocalist, this subject takes you through the practicalities of what it takes musically & artistically to function as a team leader in a Worship Music setting. We will practically look at how to lead worship, function as a music director, lead rehearsals, teach new songs and a range of other responsibilities that come with leading a worship team. (MINWMU502A Lead worship in a Christian ministry setting)

You will also grow in your understanding of music arrangement, engage in researching ideas for arrangement, workshop and arrange original works and learn how to constructively measure the success of your own arrangements. (CUSMCP401A Develop techniques for arranging music3)


Performance 1 & 2

80 Hours

Also for those whose focus is developing as a musician or a vocalist, this subject gives you the opportunity to interactively use and develop your skills so that you can maintain control and deliver a confident ‘performance’ standard. The training you’ll receive includes:

  • How to develop controlled, technical performance skills
  • Methods to care for your voice or instrument
  • Choosing appropriate warm-up exercises
  • Developing of practice techniques
  • Ways to expand repertoire

In this subject, you’ll also develop the skills required for performance and facilitating worship. As part of this subject, you and your peers will put those skills to work in a regular performance showcase. Here you’ll both participate in and analyse others, so that you all can continue to develop your stagecraft skills.

(CUSCMP506A Develop technical skills and expand repertoire3, CUSMPF402A Develop and maintain stagecraft skills3)

Composition 1 & 2

80 Hours

For those whose focus is on developing as a songwriter, in this subject you will learn about ways of expressing your ideas musically. Generating a range of musical ideas, experimenting with those ideas through discussions, workshops and creating final musical pieces will allow you to walk away with a sense of growth and development in your song-writing skills, as well as a portfolio of completed and workshopped songs.  (CUSMCP402A Develop techniques for composing music3)

You will also grow in your understanding of music arrangement, engage in researching ideas for arrangement, workshop and arrange your original works and learn how to constructively measure the success of your own arrangements. (CUSMCP401A Develop techniques for arranging music3)

Aural Skills and Performance Skills for Songwriters

80 Hours

Also for those whose focus is on developing as a songwriter, in this subject you’ll develop the skills you’ll need to perform your original compositions, in either a performance or worship setting. As part of this subject, you and your peers will put those skills to work in a regular performance showcase. Here you’ll both participate in and analyse others, so that you all can continue to develop your stagecraft skills. (CUSMPF402A Develop and maintain stagecraft skills3)

You will also work on your aural skills, an essential tool in the songwriter’s toolkit. You’ll first identify your strengths and weaknesses when it comes to aural-perception. You will then develop your ability to communicate your musical ideas to singers and musicians using musical terminology, and be equipped with skills that allow you to expand ways of hearing, creating and reproducing elements of music. (CUSMLT501A Refine aural perception skills3)


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2nd Year TV & Media

Location Camera Operation 2

48 Hours

Deepen your understanding of location camera operation and set lighting, including the preparation and technical aspects of a shoot. You will learn to work in a fast paced environment, shooting in a variety of different situations and conditions, and for a variety of formats. You will also learn how to contribute creatively as a camera operator to outcomes and how to work collaboratively with producers and directors. (CUFCAM401A Shoot a wide range of television content4)

Advanced Digital Video Editing Techniques

48 Hours

Here you’ll build on first year editing, by deepening your understanding of digital video editing fundamentals, using Adobe After Effects and learning the process of colour grading. Classes will focus especially on working in a fast paced, highly productive environment and on various elements including an advertisement and a short documentary/testimony video.(CUFPOS401A Edit screen content for fast turnaround4)

Storytelling for the Screen

40 Hours

Here you will learn how to write stories in a range of contexts using appropriate structures and creative narrative development techniques. Story is one of the most important elements of any film project. You will work on new ideas and also analyse popular scripts to gain a broad understanding of modern day storytelling. (CUFWRT402A Write extended stories4)

Production Management

40 Hours

In this subject you will develop the skills and knowledge needed to coordinate resources across a range of screen and media activities, allowing you and your team to create great outcomes that are both on time and to budget. This will involve planning but also the obtaining of proper permissions and licenses, such as buying stock footage, how to properly respect copyrights and gaining approval for large-scale public shoots. Casting and finding the right team for your projects is also covered. (CUFPPM403A Coordinate film and media production services and resources4)

Broadcast Vision Switching

32 Hours

Learn vision switching and TV directing from a studio control room for live events in a multi-camera environment. You will learn how to create composite images, transitions and effects. You will also learn about proper terminology, communication and the different formats and standards that you will need to be aware of for international productions such as Hillsong TV. (CUFBRD402A Vision mix television productions4)

Location Audio Recording

32 Hours

Here you will learn how to record sound on location for screen productions. Upon completion you will have developed understanding of how sound is used within screen productions, along with the ability to work with performers and other crew members. You will work with a variety of microphones, learn their function and their proper use to gain optimal results. (CUSSOU406A Record sound on location3)


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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.

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1Units drawn from BSB07 Business Services Training Package
2Unit drawn from PSP04 Public Sector Training Package
3Units drawn from CUS09 Music Training Package
4Units drawn from CUF07 Screen and Media Training Package