The Alliance Institute for Mission.
FROM 2017, A NEW CHAPTER OF ACOM WILL BEGIN. THE ALLIANCE INSTITUTE FOR MISSION WILL OFFER SPECIFIC MISSION TRAINING COURSES FOR INTERCULTURAL ENGAGEMENTS.
ACOM is pleased to announce the creation of the Alliance Institute for Mission. Established with the ongoing investment and partnership of the Christian and Missionary Alliance of Australia (the C&MA), the Alliance Institute for Mission will be a catalyst for the development and training of men and women for cross-cultural ministry.
The Institute is commissioned to manage and facilitate both undergraduate and postgraduate award programs in the field of Christian mission. Graduates will be prepared for all types of cross-cultural ministry from the short term through to a lifetime of intercultural service. As a practical institutions, our goal is to prepare students academically but to do so in transformational contexts through which students learn what it is to grow with God in mission. With both cross-cultural spiritual formation and international placements as key elements of the Institute’s offerings, graduates will be effectively equipped to take the message of the Gospel to wherever God might call.
Who is the Alliance?
The C&MA of Australia is a movement centred on Jesus Christ as saviour, sanctifier, healer and coming King. It exists to fulfil God’s mission on earth, taking the Good News of Jesus Christ to Australia and beyond.
In Australia, the Alliance is a multi-ethnic movement with some 52 churches in most states and territories. Internationally there are around 20,000 fellowships in 81 countries around the world with almost 5 million Christians as part of the Worldwide Alliance Fellowship. With a rich heritage and experience in being on mission both locally and overseas, the C&MA brings value and expertise to the creation and implementation of the Institute that bears its name.
The Alliance Institute for Mission offers a range of undergraduate units that can be taken as part of the Bachelor of Theology and Bachelor of Ministry awards. It is possible to undertake a major in the Christian Life and Ministry discipline with a specialisation in mission.
In 2017, the Alliance Institute for Mission will launch a new postgraduate award in Intercultural Ministry. Designed with input from both past and current missionaries, this 12-unit program will place the graduate on the cutting edge of world missions today. With a specific emphasis on the practical skills required to minister cross-culturally and incorporating and international ministry placement of up to 3 months, this biblically grounded and theologically astute award will prepare students for effective intercultural service.
Students may exit the program early with either Graduate Certificate (4 units) or Graduate Diploma (8 units) awards.
Master of Divinity students can also choose to take a number of these units as electives building towards a major in the Christian Life and Ministry discipline.
Post Graduate Award in Intercultural Ministry
The 12-unit postgraduate award in Intercultural Ministry builds a strong foundation in biblical and theological studies for serving God cross-culturally. The purpose of this program is to prepare students in practical ways for effective ministry whether overseas or in our own multicultural contexts. The masters-level program, which consists of both core and elective units, will enable the student to shape their program towards their own learning interests. Two key elements of this program are:
A focus on transformational development that will effectively prepare the student to not only survive but to minister effectively in intercultural contexts.
An international ministry placement that allows the student to put into practice what they have been learning in a real-world ministry situation. Placements generally run for a full trimester (3 months); however, students with specific needs can apply for a shorter (or longer) duration.
This 12-unit award can be studied either full time or part time. Units offered in 2017 include:
Intercultural Competence and Spiritual Wellbeing
Engaging in Intercultural Ministry (International Field Placement)
Introduction to Discipleship
Mission in Global Perspective
International and Local Community Development
Biblical Theology of Mission
Ministering in Intercultural Teams
Students who wish to enter the Intercultural Ministry program will initially be enrolled in the Master of Arts program. Students will be transferred into the Intercultural Ministry award as soon as it becomes available (expected mid-2017).
Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma Awards
In 2017, interested students may obtain a Graduate Certificate of Arts after successful completion of 4 units, or a Graduate Diploma of Arts after successful completion of 8 units.