Australian College of Ministries
Australian College of Ministries (ACOM), is an Australian Churches of Christ college owned by the state conference of 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. In 2012 the Queensland Churches of Christ Conference reluctantly left the ownership of the college and ceased its financial support. It is a member college of the Sydney College of Divinity.
ACOM is an Australian Christian college, offering an extensive range of accredited vocational, undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications through flexible delivery (distance education with occasional face-to-face contact) modes.
It integrates academic studies, skill-enhancement competencies and character-formation ACOM's model of training has been noted by a scholar for its commitment to: (a) the integration of theory and practice, (b) situated learning, and (c) the role of the mentor in student learning.
In its four schools (Bible, Theology, Leadership and Spirituality), ACOM houses a faculty with a focus on leadership and teaching. 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 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, scholarship and theological insight.
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