Australian College of Ministries
Australian College of Ministries (ACOM), is an Australian Churches of Christ seminary supported by the state conferences of Queensland and New South Wales. It was formed as the result of the merger of Kenmore College (Queensland) and the Churches of Christ (NSW)Theological College (New South Wales) in 1999. It is a member college of the Sydney College of Divinity.
It is one of Australia’s largest Christian leadership and discipleship colleges, offering an extensive range of accredited vocational, undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications through flexible delivery (distance education with optional face-to-face contact) modes.
It integrates academic studies, skill-enhancement competencies and character-formation ACOM's model of training has been commended by internationally recognised scholars for its commitment to: (a) the integration of theory and practice, (b) situated learning and the importance of context, and (c) the role of the mentor in student learning.
In its four main schools (Bible, Theology, Leadership and Spirituality), ACOM houses an internationally recognised faculty with a substantial track-record in leadership, teaching and research. This faculty serves over 700 students across Australia (comprising 450 vocational, 180 undergraduate, and 100 postgraduate students), and employs staff in five Australian States and the Australian Capital Territory. ACOM also maintains a global research and teaching profile, including ongoing relationships with academics, universities and seminaries across the United States, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific.
ACOM has been criticised for not following a traditional, campus-based model of theological education, and for being too focused on practical ministry skills and spiritual formation at the expense of research and scholarship. Recent doctoral and professorial staff appointments have begun to ameliorate the latter of these two criticisms.
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