RTO No 1712

Theological Studies - General Information

Theology Courses

Certificate III in Theology

Certificate IV in Theology (Brochure Only)

Diploma in Theology

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Educational policy
The most important background that church leaders have for Wontulp-Bi-Buya’s studies is the life experiences, cultural background and insights that they bring. Students are encouraged to share their experiences and to relate the studies to their own particular community and cultural contexts. Study in groups with a tutor is recommended as the best way to facilitate such sharing and reflection.

Students are not expected to have any particular level of education to study for the Certificate III in Theology. Studies can be undertaken without a commitment to the whole program.

Regional support persons and tutors have a special role in listening to the responses and expectations of indigenous Christians and advising College staff of changes needed in study programs.

Students come from different church backgrounds and this brings a richness to the sharing and experience of studying together. Denominational differences are respected, and in practice false barriers are broken down. In some courses the differences are shared positively. Credits may be given in recognition of prior learning.

Formation of church leaders
Church leaders are formed as they are built up in discipleship, and in gifts and skills of leadership and pastoral care. Many leaders develop their gifts through practical involvement and experience in their local church and community.
The study programs of Nungalinya and Wontulp-Bi-Buya Colleges add to this experience by providing a framework and discipline to develop these gifts and skills further. They also provide a goal for leaders to work towards, and a means for the wider Church to recognise their formation as leaders.

Two levels of study
The Nungalinya network provides two levels of study for this purpose:

Certificate III in Theology and
Diploma of Theology

Theology is the study of God and his dealings with people and the world. Both programs include a balance of studies in Biblical foundations, theological reflection, personal development and field ministry.

These courses are structured in modules of 10 sessions and the modules are normally studied one at a time. This allows flexibility for students to work at their own pace and to undertake a continuing program of studies both in their local situation and in residential courses at Cairns or Darwin.

Local Tutors and Support Persons are appointed to assist in organising study by individuals and local groups in ways that suit them best.

Some groups prefer to meet once or twice a week to discuss the lesson materials while other groups prefer to work in intensive bursts of a weekend or a week of daily study, followed by a spell period.