Australian College of Ministries

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Australian College of Ministries
University Sydney College of Divinity
Location Rhodes, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Coordinates 27°36′34.74″S 153°08′07.73″E / 27.6096500°S 153.1354806°E / -27.6096500; 153.1354806Coordinates: 27°36′34.74″S 153°08′07.73″E / 27.6096500°S 153.1354806°E / -27.6096500; 153.1354806
Abbreviation ACOM
Established 1999 (1999) (Forebears: 1941 (1941))
Previous names
  • Kenmore Christian College (Queensland)
  • Churches of Christ Theological College (New South Wales)
Status Open

The Australian College of Ministries (ACOM), a tertiary Christian educational institution that is a member institution of the Sydney College of Divinity, delivers accredited theological studies at vocational, undergraduate and postgraduate award levels. Owned by the Churches of Christ in Australia, the college delivers a mix of distance learning and face-to-face delivery.

The college was formed as the result of the 1999 merger of Kenmore College (Queensland) and the Churches of Christ Theological College (New South Wales). In 2012 the Queensland Churches of Christ Conference reluctantly[according to whom?] left the ownership of the college and ceased its financial support.[citation needed]


The college integrates academic studies, skill-enhancement competencies and character-formation[1] ACOM's model of training has been noted by a scholar[2] for its commitment to the integration of theory and practice, situated learning and 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.[3][4] 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.[citation needed]

ACOM has been criticised[who?] 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.


  1. ^ Farmer, K., & Dowson, M. (2000), Networking against the "tyranny of distance" in ministry preparation, Reo: A Journal of Theology and Ministry, 18, pp. 25-42.
  2. ^ e.g., Banks, 1999
  3. ^ McInerney, D.M., Dowson, M., & Yeung, A.S. (2005), Facilitating conditions for School Motivation: Construct validity and applicability, Educational and Psychological Measurement, 65, pp. 1046-1066
  4. ^ Miner, M., Sterland, S., & Dowson, M. (2006). Coping with Ministry: Development of a multidimensional measure of orientations to the demands of ministry, Review of Religious Research, pp. 212-230

Further reading[edit]

  • Dowson, (eds.), Research on sociocultural influences on motivation and learning, Vol. 7: Standards in education, Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing.

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