The Certificate III in Christian Ministry and Theology is a Christian leadership program for Senior School Students that places Christian discipleship at the heart of their education. On successful completion of this course, students receive a nationally accredited qualification, the Certificate III in Christian Ministry and Theology (10741NAT). The Certificate III in Christian Ministry and Theology is provided through the Australian Centre for Advanced Studies (ACAS) RTO #5039. This subject can be used towards a student’s ATAR as an increment based upon 10% of the primary four study scores. (please see below for details on ATAR contribution) This program offers Year 11 and 12 students the opportunity to invest in their spiritual development whilst working toward their academic studies. The program is based on an action/reflection model of learning, giving students the opportunity to not just learn about theology but the chance to put it into practice in their day to day lives. St Athanasius College will run the program through Veta Youth, who provide the framework that allow you to complete the Certificate III in Christian Ministry and Theology.

How can the Certificate III in Christian Ministry & Theology Contribute to my ATAR?

The Certificate III in Christian Ministry and Theology (10741NAT) is provided by Veta Morphus and run at

St Athanasius College by clergy and lay people from the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Melbourne.  The course may contribute to a student’s ATAR score under the following conditions

Satisfactory completion of the course modules

Processing of results by your school

Credit towards the VCE

Under block credit recognition, a Units 3 and 4 sequence will be awarded upon satisfactory completion of the Certificate III in Christian Ministry and Theology (10741NAT).  This subject can be used towards a student’s ATAR as an increment based upon 10% of the fourth study score in the primary four. Please refer to the ‘Block Credit Section’ at this link https://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/Documents/vet/publications/overviewbrochure.pdf

Also see the section ‘ATAR contribution’ at the bottom of this link which states https://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/assessment/results/credit-recognition/Pages/BlockCreditRecognition.aspx

“The Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) may award VCE students, who receive a units 3 and 4 sequence through block credit recognition, a fifth or sixth study increment (10 per cent of the lowest study in the primary four-scaled studies) towards their ATAR. The increment is awarded by VTAC.”

Example of how the Certificate III in Christian Ministry and Theology may contribute to the ATAR:

Suppose a student successfully completes the Certificate III in Christian Theology and Ministry and  scores the following on their remaining 5 VCE subjects. The Certificate III in Christian Ministry and Theology will be scored as 10% of the lowest study in the primary four-scaled studies.

Certificate III in Christian Ministry and Theology- Successfully Completed

Chemistry 30

Further Mathematics 43

Studio Arts 38

English 35

Psychology 40

The units would then be ranked as follows

 
Subject Score
Primary 4 students 1 Further Mathematics 43
2 Psychology 40
3 Studio Arts 38
4 English 35
10% Study Increment 5 Certificate III in Christian Ministry and Theology 3.5
6 Chemistry 3.0

As can be seen in the table , since the 4th ranked subject (English) was scored as 35, 10% of this score was given as the score for the Certificate III in Christian Ministry and Theology.

Is it too late to enrol if I have already chosen my VCE subjects?

You can enrol up until January 2020. If you have already chosen your VCE subjects you can change them by notifying your school at the end of 2019 or the beginning of 2020. This course is treated as an external subject at your school (like distance education or TAFE study), meaning that it is not too late to enrol.

Can year 10 students do this course?

No, as this this course is equivalent to unit 3&4 study, in can only be completed in Year 11 or Year 12. The course takes one academic year to complete.

What is involved in the program?

For successful completion of the Certificate III in Christian Ministry and Theology, students are required to engage in six key areas of Learning.

1-Peer Group

Each students will be part of a peer group who meet together weekly 30 times throughout the year. Meeting times will be Friday evening from 5:00-6:30pm at the City Campus of St Athanasius College (Eporo Tower, 279 La Trobe St, Melbourne). The Peer Group is guided by a Peer Group Supervisor (PGS). Successful completion of the course requires students to meet with a Peer Group and their PGS to engage in discussion around ministry, faith and biblical reflection.  Students will also be required to complete prior reading and research of the Learning Exercises before attending Peer Group. These are designed to assist you in understanding the Christian life and often include additional reading material. These are found in your online workbooks and monitored by your PGS.  The Peer Group is the lynch-pin that holds the whole experience together. These meetings are your primary time for discussion, reflection and integration of the material you are learning.

2-Retreats

Successful completion of the course requires students to participate in three weekend retreats, and competently complete any associated work. These are community experiences where students gather together for worship, input, group activities, discussion and workshops. Retreat dates will be available by February 2020. Your local church camp can be counted as one of the retreats.

3- Christian Community

Successful completion of the course requires students to participate in the life of a Christian Community. This involves participating weekly in your local parish by attending the Divine Liturgy and the high school ministry provided at your parish. You will need to complete the Christian Community Hour’s Tracker and Christian Community Reflections for the equivalent of 30 hours of Christian Community Participation which you can easily meet by attending weekly at your parish.

4- Bible Engagement

Successful completion of the course requires students to read the allotted Bible readings throughout the program and journal on their experience. There are Old Testament readings, New Testament readings and Psalms included in your Bible engagement plan in order to give you a good overview of the Bible during the course of the year.

You will be required to read the Bible daily as per the Bible Reading plan and enter a minimum of three journal entries online per week. You will have five chapters or more of reading per week over the year. You may choose to  read one chapter a day, or complete all five in one sitting. However, you must complete three separate journal entries over the course of the week on those readings. Your PGS is required to check you are completing your journaling.

5- Mentoring

Successful completion of the course requires students to meet monthly with a Mentor. The student needs to find someone to be their Mentor. There will be a criteria provided outlining who is eligible to be your Mentor. It is recommended that you choose your Father of Confession. Students will be required to submit reflections that discuss the non-confidential elements of the mentor discussions.

6- Ministry Placements

Successful completion of the course requires students to undertake practical application of ministry skills and work in an environment that serves for reflection. Students will complete a Major Ministry Placement (minimum 40 hours of active service) and a Short Term Ministry Placement (Minimum 16 hours)

Your Major Ministry Placement may include the following:

Being on the planning team for a major event

Leading a regular small group

Participating in the leadership of youth/children’s etc. team at church

Running a prayer group/outreach activity at school

Running an after school club for Primary Students

Teaching Sunday school

Leading a community care ministry

Teaching an ESL class.

 

*These are examples. Major Ministry placements are not limited to the above choices.

Your Short Term Ministry Placement may include the following:

Leading on a camp

Running a holiday program

Helping on a school camp

Taking a team to an event.

* These are examples. Short Term Ministry Placements are not limited to the above choices.

What is the assessment for the course?

Assessment work will come in the form of Online Workbooks. Students will have access to their four Student Assessment Workbooks online during the year. Workbooks 1 and A will be available in Term 1 once the student’s enrolment process is complete. It is the student’s responsibility to keep these up to date and bring the electronic device on which they are completing their Workbooks to all Peer Group meetings. Each Activity in the Workbook must be submitted for assessment after completion.

This course is competency based training. That is, it is designed to give you appropriate knowledge and skills. Assessment has been developed to measure if you have reached the stated objectives of the course.

It may take the form of:

Written Work

Observation

Ministry Placements

Assignments

Role-Plays

Oral questions

Interviews

Discussion Groups.

What cost is involved?

The course cost is $1345 plus retreat costs which will total approximately $300. The $1345 fee all goes to Veta Morphus who accredit this course. $1345 will need to be payed by the end of March. Retreat costs will be payed separately each retreat. St Athanasius College does not receive any fees for providing the Certicate III in Christian Ministry and Theology.

Where can I find more detailed information on the course requirements?

Please see the handbook available at this link

https://veta.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Morphus-Student-Handbook-2019-V12.pdf

I have more questions, who can I ask?

Please email Fr Michael Salib at frmichael@sac.edu.au for any questions.

How can I enrol?

Please email Fr Michael Salib at frmichael@sac.edu.au to arrange a time for a phone conversation and to provide you with enrolment information.