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A training and equipping course offered by Morling College and hosted by Orange Baptist Church.

The programme has been designed in conjunction with the Western Districts Baptist Association, to give Christians in the Central West an opportunity to deepen their biblical understanding, as well as providing the tools necessary to strengthen their current and future ministries.

The course is made up of eight subjects, delivered in Orange as blended intensive units, one subject per semester, across a four-year period.

Subjects include:

  • Old Testament Foundations (OT001)
  • Old Testament Prophets and Writings (OT002)
  • Jesus and the Gospels (NT001)
  • Early New Testament Church (NT002)
  • Foundational Christian Beliefs (TH005)
  • Preaching (PC047)
  • Pastoral Skills and Methods (PC003)
  • One biblical exegesis unit

Classes will be taught face to face in Orange by a visiting Morling College lecturer, as 3 or 4 day intensives. Some additional material and assignment work will be completed online before or after the intensive days.


Subjects can be taken for academic credit or audited*. Participants who complete all eight subject units for academic credit will be eligible to graduate with a Diploma of Theology or a Graduate Diploma of Divinity from the Australian College of Theology, and can continue if they wish, via on-campus or
online study to complete a full undergraduate or graduate degree.

*Students who have elected to complete a unit in Audit mode will not be able to gain academic credit for this unit later on, and would be required to complete the unit again (as an Academic Credit student) to gain academic credit.


Participants from out of town may, if they wish, request to be billeted in Christian homes in and around Orange.


Morling College tuitiion fees for 2021 are:

$2211 per subject (if taken for academic credit) or
$360 per subject (if taken as audit units).

Government FEE-HELP is available for units taken for academic credit. Morling also offers generous scholarships based on prospective students’ sense of vocation and future plans, as well as the financial impact a scholarship will make on their ability to study. For more information see the scholarships page.

HOW TO ENROL (studying for Credit)

Existing ACT/Morling Students:

Enrol ONLINE here

New Students

Before enrolling in any of our units for credit, new students will need to complete the Student Application process. We strongly encourage you to contact us early, to discuss your study options and eligibility. Use one of the forms on this page to apply now as either a full-time or part-time student. 

HOW TO ENROL (Casual /Audit)

Casual enrolments are available for anyone who wishes to attend an intensive unit, but does not want to complete assessment tasks or gain credit towards an award. You can download the Casual Enrolment Form here.

For more information

Have questions about this program or how to enrol? Contact us and we'll be happy to help you get started. 



NT001-512 [undergraduate] / NT001-712 [graduate]: Jesus and the Gospels
Dates of face-to-face intensive component:
14-17 April 2021
Online component (20%) starts: 22 February 2021
Lecturer: Tim MacBride

This is the first of two foundational New Testament units. It provides an overview of the four gospels and the portraits that they paint of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. It also offers an introduction to the context in which the gospels were written and in which the events they describe took place, and the core message of the gospels for Christian readers today.

Enrolment Due Date: 29 January 2021
Unit Start Date: 22 February 2021
Admin Date: 22 February 2021
Census Date: 19 March 2021
Unit End Date: 4 June 2021


NT002-512 [undergraduate] / NT002-812 [graduate]: Early NT Church
Dates of face-to-face intensive component: 29 September - 1 October 2021
Online component (20%) starts: 19 July 2021
Lecturer: David Starling

This is the second foundational New Testament unit, following on from NT001, Jesus and the Gospels. It provides an overview of the book of Acts, as well as seven epistles. It focuses on the way in which the New Testament texts spoke into the lives of their original audience, guiding us in our understanding of how they still speak to us today.

Enrolment Due Date: 1st July 2021
Unit Start Date:  19th July 2021
Admin Date: 19th July 2021
Census Date: 13th August 2021
Unit End Date: 12th November 2021

COVID contingency
If you can’t attend the intensive, for COVID-19 related reasons we will endeavour to live stream as much as possible or provide video for main sessions. Please note: this is a contingency plan only, and will not be high quality streaming or recording, so only students who genuinely intend to attend in-person should enrol in this intensive.