September 10th -13th 2018
AC Melbourne

Are you serving God in a Christian ministry or leadership role? Would you like to expose yourself to some great thinking in these areas?
This four day intensive course may be just the thing!


Dr Robert Banks

Dr Robert Banks is the main lecturer for the intensive. He will speak to the full group in the mornings and to the Leadership specialization in the afternoons. Dr Nigel Pegram and Dr Jon Newton will speak to the Ministry specialization in the afternooons.

Professor Robert Banks is an internationally renowned thinker on faith and work, and the theology of everyday life. He has been Professor of Lay Ministry at Fuller Theological Seminary and Director of the De Pree Leadership Centre in Los Angeles and is an Alphacrucis Honorary Professor.

Rev. Dr Nigel Pegram

Nigel Pegram is a Senior Lecturer at Alphacrucis Perth campus. He has been a minister with Churches of Christ in Australia for nearly 30 years. He has had roles in local churches and at state and national levels. His research focusses on sustainability in ministry. He continues to coach in the area of personal development, with a particular focus on emotional intelligence.

Dr Jon Newton

Jon Newton is the Program Director for the Doctor of Ministry at Alphacrucis. He is also an experienced minister, having served as a church planter, missionary, associate pastor and currently senior minister of Oasis Church, Hampton, Victoria.


Christians who have a passion to serve God in local churches or other arenas of life are always looking to become stronger leaders or more effective ministers, or both! This unit combines two strands, Advanced Studies in Leadership and Advanced Studies in Ministry. The morning classes combine elements of both strands. In the afternoon sessions, the group will split into two and you can pursue the strand that appeals to you most.


  • Depending on which strand you follow, you should be able to:
    • Demonstrate a systemic and critical understanding of complex and advanced organisational leadership issues and models or ministry issues.
    • Demonstrate an expert ability to autonomously and analytically engage in critical reflection, synthesis and evaluation of specific leadership and organisational or ministry contexts.

  • • Critically assess and apply effective leadership practices, systems theory, organisational culture, communication, and change processes as they relate to individuals and organisations OR Critically assess and apply effective pastoral theology and ministry models as they relate to individuals, groups and/or situations.
    • Propose a topic of research on a contemporary leadership or ministry issue and develop an articulate research approach.
    • Display an advanced level of integrative reflection which will inform and enhance Christian leadership or ministry practice.