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leadership & ministry course


Some of us are called to step into planting churches, preaching to the multitudes, winning souls for Christ, releasing the healing power of God or pastoring His people. If this is God's call for you, C3 College’s leadership and ministry course is the premium training experience to prepare you.

But what if you feel called to science, business, education or entrepreneurship? Irrespective of the call, we believe it is essential to know God’s purpose for your profession and to be theologically prepared as God commissions you to be a minister in a society full of worldviews that are in opposition to the gospel.

C3 College's leadership & ministry stream offers premium and government-accredited teaching in Christian theology, leadership and ministry (10742NAT, more details on accreditation below). If you’re looking to grow in your knowledge of the bible, ministry experience or in the skills and character needed to best live the Christian life, this is definitely for you.

Kirsty McNee - Leadership & Ministry

"C3 College has taught me that it is about relationship with Him, not just learning about Him. If we just read books, or try to remember facts about Christ, we have missed the beautiful nature of a relationship with Him."

- Kirsty McNee
Leadership & Ministry Graduate, 2017.


study one, two or three years.

First year.

10742NAT / Certificate IV in Christian Ministry and Theology

A foundational year that equips you to serve in your local church or as a minister in the professional world.

The course is designed so that you can immediately apply what you've learnt to your life and ministry. It is practical, inspiring, challenging and will leave you with a greater understanding of God and your purpose as you follow Him. It will also give you tools to live a life that is successful and God glorifying.

Who is this course for?

Anyone. We mean it. This course is the most popular course at C3 College and that's because it's the most suitable course for most people. It's helpful and beneficial for everyone. Whether you feel called to vocational ministry or just want to grow in your knowledge of God and develop your character, this course will help you. 

Give me the facts.

Here's a quick break down of the first year:

  • 2 x 15 week semesters

  • Approximately 20 hours per week of classes

  • Classes from Tuesday - Thursday (Youth Elective runs on Friday)

  • Chapel starts at 8am every morning

  • 2 x 2 hour + 1 x 90 minute classes each day

  • Classes run from 9.00-3.30

  • You're also required to serve 3 hours of internship per week (on a Sunday service)

Second year.

10743NAT / Diploma of Christian Ministry and Theology

A course that focuses on empowering you for effective service in your local church and studies key leadership and theology subjects in further depth.

Who is this course for?

For any leader who is passionate about becoming a secure, spirit-filled and faithful leaders in ministry. We provide second year students with numerous and various leadership opportunities within the College and the Church, particularly during C3 College Ministry Week. In second year, we are place you in leadership roles so you can implement the skills learnt in courses like communication, conflict resolution and leadership.

Give me the facts.

A quick break down of the second year leadership & ministry course:

  • 2 x 15 week semesters

  • Approximately 12 hours per week of classes

  • Tuesday - Thursday

  • Chapel starts at 8am every morning

  • 2 x 2 hour classes each day

  • Classes run from 9.00-1.30

  • You're also required to serve 5 hours of internship per week

Third year.

10744NAT / Advanced Diploma of Christian Ministry and Theology

Third year is all about preparing you for full time vocational ministry. It leaves no theological or ministry stone unturned as we continue to develop you as a respectable and influential leader.

Your third year at C3 College will certainly be your most challenging as we throw you into the reality of Christian ministry. We will test the skills you have learnt in the previous two years by allocating you to a department, within C3 Church Oxford Falls, C3 Silverwater, or your own church, of your choosing as an intern. You will have numerous opportunities to lead, disciple, speak and execute key ministry duties.

Who is this course for?

We don't let just anyone into this course and that's because we want people who are serious about fulfilling the call God has on their life to be leaders and ministers. The result of this standard is that there are smaller classes and intensive internships allowing our lecturers/trainers to be more involved in your development as a leader or minister. If you're serious and committed, this is your course.

Give me the facts.

Quick break down of the third year leadership & ministry course:

  • 2 x 15 week semesters

  • Approximately 8 hours per week of classes (to allow for more time for you to apply what you learn)

  • Classes on Tuesday & Wednesday / Internship throughout the week

  • Chapel starts at 8am (only required to attend on Tuesday & Wednesday)

  • 2 x 2 hour classes each day

  • Classes run from 9.00-1.30

  • You're also required to serve 12 hours of internship per week

So how much does it cost?

To find out more information about our fees which change from year to year, click the link below.

So how many years should I study?

It's a good question. One that we don't recommend making without chatting to us. Luckily we love having a chat. Whether it's extravagant conversations, like how we can be involved in helping you step into C3 College or discussions with more detailed, administrative queries, like figuring out the best schedule for you. Whatever questions you have, we want to talk them through with you.

subjects & timetables

Subjects you'll study over three years will include:

New Testament / Christian Doctrine / Old Testament / Bible Interpretation

Leadership / Successful Christian Living / Faith / Moving In The Spirit

Christianity In Culture / Church History / Church Ministry

Personal Management / Genesis And Creation / Small Group Discipleship

Evangelism / Healing Signs And Wonders / Church Events

Ministry And Spiritual Gifts / Preaching & Public Speaking

World Missions / Church Planting


Please note that timetables are subject to change semester by semester (and often do), but these are a great guide to help you with what to expect.

accreditation & applications

C3 College operates as a division of C3 Church Sydney Ltd, an ASQA Federally registered training provider (RTO #6292; CRICOS Provider Number 01880K) and students accepted into the programs may be eligible for Austudy/Youth Allowance and International Student Visas. Essentially this means we are legit, fully accredited and if you are an Australian studying with us, you may qualify for student benefits from the Australian government.


1 year full-time equivalent
Certificate IV in Christian Ministry and Theology (10742NAT)

2 years full-time (year 1 above or equivalent, plus 1 additional year)
Diploma of Christian Ministry and Theology (10743NAT)

3 years full-time (years 1 and 2 above or equivalent, plus 1 additional year)
Advanced Diploma of Christian Ministry and Theology (10744NAT)

To know more details about our accreditation click here

Application requirements.

The beauty of our first year leadership course is that you can enroll at the beginning of either semester (2 semesters per year).

For leadership & ministry students, we need you to

→ Apply online
→ Send this online pastoral reference to your pastor

Once we have received these important documents, your application is then reviewed by C3 College’s executive board for approval.
If approved, you will receive a letter of offer from us congratulating you on your successful application and what your next steps will be in your journey towards becoming a c3 college student.

youth LEADERSHIP ACADEMY elective.

Youth ministry.

When you believe God too much to let your age stop you from making a difference.

If you feel called to reach the next generation as a youth leader, this course won’t merely inform you of the landscape that youth ministry sits in today, it will also equip you with the skills and knowledge to powerfully minister to youth through practical experience. Every Friday, you'll be training under some of the most amazing leaders in C3 Church, in particular, our C3 Youth team.

As sought after youth communicators, our youth pastors will provide you with an intensive year to learn from their youth ministry experience and witness the C3 Youth team in action!

This isn't just a theoretical class.

The course is seriously practical and so you'll find yourself in high schools, reaching and serving students across the Northern Beaches & Western Sydney. You'll also be involved in our senior or junior high ministries on a Friday night, speaking, leading and serving every week (if you don't already have a youth/church that you're serving in).

pastoral care & CHAPLAINCY ESSENTIALS elective.

Pastoral Care & Chaplaincy Essentials.

Because you know people are hurting and all you want to do is help.

We know that the world is hurting. But it’s not only people in the world, there are so many Christians in need of pastoral support as they experience relationship breakdowns, mental health struggles and other trials. If part of your dream is to help hurting people, then we want to provide you with the knowledge, skills and understanding to be an effective pastor.

If a specific focus on helping the hurting resonates within you, you'll learn so much whilst studying our pastoral care elective.

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