For 20 years ACOM has been a leader in innovative and flexible online learning.
Our approach is holistic: developing head, heart and hands to engage students in a truly life-changing experience.
We strive to produce graduates who are well prepared- not only smart enough to understand their world, but also skilled enough to shape their world.


ACOM offers the following distinctive strengths:

For ACOM, the learning process is not simply intellectual – it is about spiritual transformation. We care about the individual you are becoming and here’s why: we know that healthy, sustainable and effective graduates will be well grounded spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, physically and socially.

We want you to be successful for the long haul and we know that students who have performed the challenging inner work in spiritual formation are more likely to adapt, survive and thrive when things in life go wrong.

Personal disasters can be faith-forming or faith-destroying – in our experience, what makes the difference is your connection to God, found through deep spiritual formation. To lead spiritual transformation, leaders must first be transformed themselves. We don’t just run classes on formation; we help each student explore their own personal journey of self-awareness, social development, spiritual understanding and faith surrender. This process is a transformational journey – going deep to be released for personal mission. To engage in spiritual formation is to commit to the journey of becoming deeply faithful, spiritually minded, self-aware and resilient.

Spiritual formation is threaded through our entire curriculum to ensure that graduates bring strength, courage, wisdom and integrity to their future endeavours.

Our students make choices to tailor their own learning experience. Students can select their own pace, location and digital device to support their optimum learning style. Our e-learning is supported by optional face-to-face facilitations: learning experiences led by ministry practitioners and academics.

Our face-to-face facilitations provide an opportunity for students to make sense of biblical and theological content in the context of their personal spiritual life and ministry. These engaging learning experiences, facilitated by a leader in the field, are designed to help students become theologically sharper, spiritually deeper and professionally stronger as they grapple with the subject matter along with other students.

Our approach is intentionally mission-focused rather than classroom-focused. Not only are ACOM graduates ready to start ministry when they complete their learning, but they have already been actively involved in ministry throughout their studies.

This approach enables students to be relevant and effective as they represent God’s Kingdom in whichever situation God places them. At ACOM, we recognise that your place of ministry or work is a living laboratory offering an opportunity for in-depth, on-the-job learning. We blend theory and practice in a missional learning adventure tailored to develop your intellectual knowledge, practical skills and spiritual awareness.

Our digital technology supports an integrated learning lifestyle. ACOM’s learning platform is world-class, allowing students to access what they need on demand and across multiple devices. This allows the student to integrate study to suit their daily interactions with work, family and friends.
Our method of delivery is designed to maximise learning-in-action.We view each of our students as practising professionals. We are specialists in workplace learning and our approach to curriculum design reflects our instruction-action-reflection approach.
We help students discover how to study the Bible for themselves. We equip students to learn how to learn and apply biblical teachings to the complex and changing world in which we live. Students are not told what to believe; instead, they are given the tools to see the world from a biblical worldview.
We personalise the support we provide students. Although students interact online, they are not forgotten about. Each student has his or her own Student Engagement Manager (SEM) to contact for the help they need. SEMs connect with their students proactively with supportive advice, encouragement and reminders. In addition, students receive online support from our academic faculty and markers.
At ACOM, you may be online, but you are not alone.
Our academic standards are excellent. We know that surviving and thriving in any ministry requires the mind of a scholar and the heart of a missionary. While our method of learning is flexible, our coursework materials are deeply biblical and academically rigorous. Our learning assessments are formative and require students to be stretched and challenged in heart, mind and soul.
We build a collegiate community of learners. ACOM students and faculty connect in multiple ways (regardless of location) to support and stimulate a supportive learning experience. Students can attend a facilitation or formation retreat for face-to-face meetings, or discuss topics in an online lounge. Students can also join a cohort for a more intense relational learning experience or connect to an online ‘Collaborate’ session for real-time discussions.
Our graduates are job ready. Graduates complete their learning experience feeling ready to begin ministry because they have been ‘learning on the job’. Their place of ministry and mission has been their campus. ACOM employs an instruction-action-reflection approach.

What our students learn today, they use the next day as theory meets practice in real-life ministry settings. The mixture of practical experience, academic excellence and deep formation combine to build graduates who are ministry ready, skilled to take on new challenges and not afraid to get their hands dirty in mission.

FORMATION

Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.- ROMANS 12 : 2 (NLT)
For ACOM, the learning process is not simply intellectual – it is about spiritual transformation. We care about who you are becoming and here’s why: we know that healthy, sustainable and effective graduates will be well grounded spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, physically and socially.
We want you to be successful for the long haul, and we know that students who have performed the challenging inner work in spiritual formation are more likely to adapt, survive and thrive when things in life go wrong.

Personal disasters can be faith forming or faith destroying – in our experience, what makes the difference is your connection to God found through deep spiritual formation. To lead spiritual transformation, leaders must first be transformed themselves.
We don’t just run classes on formation, we help each student explore their own personal journey of self-awareness, social development, spiritual understanding and faith surrender. This process is a transformational journey – going deep to be released for personal mission. To engage in spiritual formation is to commit to the journey of becoming deeply faithful, spiritually minded, self-aware and resilient.

For over 20 years, ACOM has embedded action and reflection into all its learning programmes.
We recognise your place of work or ministry is a living laboratory and our courses help you integrate theory and practice, in your place of choice – making your learning experience relevant, exciting and meaningful.

ACOM courses create a learning context in which students take action in the field, which they then follow with personal reflection, enabling them to:

/ be stretched through the surprise of new experiences

/ identify and challenge assumptions, values and beliefs that are the basis for your feeling, thoughts and actions

/ learn to suspend judgment, listen, empathise and navigate complex relational situations

/ make sense of their practical situation through the lenses of theological, spiritual and biblical insight

/ understand their own strengths and weaknesses

/ integrate theory and practice to build the real-world skills necessary to thrive in ministry and mission

/ learn the skills of experimentation, inquiry and critical thinking to apply knowledge to improve self, work, ministry and / or mission

As a student, you will encounter Instruction-Action-Reflection throughout your entire course. In assignments, students integrate theory into their own place of ministry or work. In projects, students choose from topics that directly relate to their work or ministry priorities.
In research, students choose to make a contribution to theory and practice, producing useful outcomes that apply to their own development needs, areas of interest, or the needs of their ministry or workplace.

At ACOM we invest in the development of the whole person.
You are more than what you know or can do.


work integrated learning

Work Integrated Learning ensures the theoretical knowledge you are acquiring is being grounded in real-world practice. Students acquire the practical skills that make them employable, while earning credit for their degree through work placement, internships or volunteer projects.


Our World Class Learning Systems

We ensure our students are provided with high quality and digitally rich learning resources.

ACOM students and staff live in a rapidly changing digital world and are accustomed to searching, connecting and discovering online.
However, learning is an inherently human, rather than technical process. Learning requires humans to be curious, to communicate, to interact, to test, to argue, to define, to hope and to improve.
With 20 years of experience in distance learning, we are now an industry leader in engaging digital technologies to deliver highly engaging, personalised, and powerful learning experiences for students through digital technology, while still ensuring we foster the human experience of learning.

ACOM’s digital technology supports an integrated-learning lifestyle through which students are able to access what they need on demand and across multiple devices, while enabling and supporting their interaction with work and family.
We ensure our students are provided with high-quality and digitally rich learning resources. Students can self-regulate their learning with greater opportunities to tailor their pace of progress, with access from anywhere and from any device to the learning environment.

To ensure we offer highly engaging course materials, ACOM also has a digital library of over 20,000 books and more than 800 journals. ACOM caters to the research needs of students wherever they are located.
Our digital resources ensure that students are able to experience deeper engagement through research projects emphasising their ministry situation, and blending theory, action and reflection to produce deep learning that is academically rigorous as well as practice oriented.
At ACOM, we recognise that our students’ place of ministry or work is a living laboratory offering an opportunity for in-depth on-the-job learning. We combine theory and practice in a learning adventure tailored to develop students’ intellectual knowledge, practical skills and spiritual awareness.


You’re Never Alone in Your Studies

ACOM has an amazing team of Student Engagement Managers around the country whose primary role is to connect with and support our students in their studies. One of the great aspects of studying with ACOM is that our students are able to stay in their place of ministry and mission, while engaging with their studies online. A student can choose from the range of optional face-to-face facilitations held around the country where groups of students are located. This flexibility means that students can fit their study around all the other aspects of their complex lives.

Our team of dedicated Student Engagement Managers are all ministry practitioners themselves, so they understand the pressures that combining ministry and study in the midst of life brings. Their focus is on students – getting to know each one personally.

Through supportive, proactive advice, encouragement and timely reminders, they are there to help keep their students on track with their studies and aware of where and how they can receive the academic and personal support they need.

This awesome team of Student Engagement Managers bring leadership to ACOM’s offerings in each state, organising and hosting the many face-to-face facilitations, ensuring that students get the best possible, skilled facilitators on offer. They bring a personal face and ear to ACOM for students who are spread the length and breadth of the country. They are the X factor that counters the anonymity of online learning, making sure that each student is known and supported with all they need to be successful in their studies so they can achieve their God-given dream.

… AND YOU’RE ALWAYS IN GOOD HANDS

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