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Diploma of Leadership
At Nations College, we are passionate about seeing you develop your spiritual gifts, grow in your character, and mature in your walk with Jesus so that you can live your best life in Him.
When you put yourself under an intentional and intensive year of discipleship, there is no end to the possibilities of what God can do through you. With an intentional focus on purpose-driven learning, presence-filled encounters and practical ministry experience, Nations College will challenge, encourage, and equip you to live your life for His purpose.
There are three core elements to the Nations College experience:
First Year – Diploma of Leadership
Purpose Driven Learning
Diploma of Leadership
The Diploma of Leadership includes four units per semester over two semesters. This Diploma will equip you with both a strong theological understanding of the bible and a practical emphasis on how to apply it in your life. At the end of the course you will have the confidence to read and apply scriptures and will have grown in your spiritual and leadership gifts. Personal wholeness, prayer and learning to hear God’s voice are key elements of the program.
Delivered by Planetshakers College, in partnership with Sydney College of Divinity.
Old and New Testament Survey
Introduction to Christian Doctrines
Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
Introduction to Christian Leadership
Supervised Ministry 1
Basics of Pastoral Preaching
Presence Filled Encounters
‘We are about encountering Jesus’ is a culture of Nations Church. At Nations College we intentionally facilitate moments for you to be able to encounter God. It is important that as you pursue His purposes you are partnering with the Holy Spirit to hear from Him and become more like Jesus.
Practical Ministry Experience
Nations College offers an incredible internship opportunity across a wide range of areas. You will be equipped to outwork the planning and execution of church services, community outreaches and other ministry expressions. You will receive one-on-one mentoring and learn to grow in life and leadership.
We also offer midweek placements across various ministries which will provide you with an opportunity to learn, invest and make an impact on a greater level.
Lastly, you will get to apply all you have learnt by partaking in a missions trip to Cambodia, ministering through the Nations Church Phnom Penh campus and blessing the local community and NGO’s that Nations Church partner with.
I started this year feeling so far from God. I had grown up Christian my whole life but had always felt like a ‘Sunday Christian’. I’d give God my Sunday’s and would spend the other six days a week living for myself. I knew God in my head, and I knew how to act like a model Christian, but my personal relationship with God was dry. For the past few years, I had been trying to take control of my own life and left God on the back burner. He was always plan B but never a priority.
Since coming to Nations College, that has all changed. He has revealed so much of His love and goodness to me and I’ve felt a fire for Him that I’ve never had before. I’ve learnt to relinquish control over my life and let God lead me. Where He has taken me is some of the deepest, most loved filled places I’ve ever been. He’s broken me down, to build me anew. I’ve learnt so much about God and how I can show His love to others in all aspects of my life, not just at church on Sunday.
I encourage anyone who’s wondering if Nations College is right for you, to take that leap of faith and see how much God can use you, with what little we think we have. Don’t be afraid of where you are on your walk with God, His goodness is so great and His grace is sufficient. Just come with an open mind and a willing heart and see how God transforms you.
This year has not been easy, but the moment I surrendered it all to Jesus, He has done exceedingly, abundantly more than I could have hoped for. He has shown me that the hard thing is in actual fact a gift if I choose to see it through His eyes and not my own. He has grown me in the deepest and most beautiful of ways and has increased my hunger for His will, His presence, and His Word.
I have written assignments I never imagined I’d write, and I have exceeded what I thought was possible. I have developed new skills and honed old ones. I have gone on a mission trip and experienced being His hands, His feet, and His mouthpiece to many. Through it all, I have fallen more and more in love with Jesus, His church, and His people.
This year I have surrendered things I thought were impossible to release, pushed pause on some of my favourite activities and said ‘no’ to the less important stuff so I could say ‘yes’ to Him. In doing so God has poured out His blessing upon me and my family. My husband and kids have celebrated with me when I have completed and submitted assignments, applauded me when I have gotten better than expected results and pushed me to believe I could do it on the days when everything has felt too hard. God has done so much more in and through me than I ever thought possible, and I literally stand in awe of Him.
If you are thinking about doing College then all I can say is, “do it”. Pray about it, release it to Jesus and watch as He turns your ‘yes’ into a life-changing move you possibly never knew you needed.