Edify yourself. Then edify the body.
As an academically credible and credentialed institution, the ACCS community will draw on your current understandings, grow your knowledge base and hone your skills. Through extensive Bible studies, we aim to further the Kingdom of God by building your faith and equipping you with theological knowledge and practical tools of growth.
Our courses are known for their biblical interpretation and theological depth. We encourage rigour, self-examination and the willingness to be challenged. There are no theological blinkers allowed at ACCS so you will graduate with the confidence of having tested the rationale behind your beliefs, as well as the humility to acknowledge where 'grey' topics exist.
Our staff also build into students' lives by guiding and counselling them as they prepare to share the love of Jesus with our broken world. We believe that the foundation of God's word centres on mission, and that the church is called to prepare the world for the return of Jesus Christ.
If you are challenged by the diversity of worldviews and dogma that compete for a Christian's attention; if you'd like to help yourself and others navigate that challenge competently and faithfully, then Theology sounds like a specialisation for you.
Our courses in Theology are multi-tiered, ranging from certificate courses to a Masters degree.
In the Diploma of Theology course, students will study through 8 introduction subjects, covering the basics of reading and interpreting the Bible, as well as relating what you've learned to serving more efficiently in your current situation.
In the Bachelor of Theology course, students explore the famed chronicled history of our faith, as well as contemporary Christian truth, before proceeding into more robust and challenging exegetical arenas. Empowered with your Bible studies as your compass, you'll come to know much more about the foundations of our faith, the context yet timelessness of the Word and the applications of it in our challenging times. The Truth is the Word, and the Bible is your GPS!
Your three-year course includes a 12-month study of the biblical languages, Koine Greek and/or Hebrew, enabling you to discover and savour the authentic richness of the words of faith. Bolster your faith in every way as you discover the gems of wisdom and treasures of understanding.
"You will learn exegetical skills to unpack biblical truth," affirms ACCS Principal Dr. Len Smith. "You will develop an appreciation of the historical foundations. You'll critically and constructively assess contemporary worldviews providing the Christian alternative. Along with your fellow graduates you will become innovative communicators of Christian truth".
The course provides the sturdy base of biblical and academic scholarship for a ministry vocation in various church or para-church settings. Church leadership is most definitely the goal as a foundation is laid for further studies, or postgraduate practical training for vocations in Christian ministry.
Two choices are on offer if you wish to reach to the Masters' shelf: the Master of Theology and the Master of Divinity. These awards are delivered through Australian College of Christian Studies, as a Member Institution of Sydney College of Divinity.
The Master of Theology (CRICOS No 063709G) understandably requires a prior three-year theological degree. It is an advanced graduate program where students deepen their learning, further explore theological disciplines and fine-tune higher learning skills. The 18-month course encapsulates 12 comprehensive subjects.
The Master of Divinity (CRICOS No 063710D) option is a three-year commitment, completing 24 subjects. It boasts an extremely comprehensive syllabus that prepares the student for Christian ministry or graduate research study in theology at the highest level.