Alliance Institute for Mission
The AIM is a catalyst for the development and training of men and women for cross-cultural ministry.
The Institute is commissioned by the Christian and Missionary Alliance of Australia (The Alliance) to manage and facilitate SCD undergraduate and postgraduate award programmes in the field of Christian mission. Graduates will be prepared for all types of cross-cultural ministry from the short term through to a lifetime of intercultural service.
As a practical institution, our goal is to prepare students academically but to do so in transformational contexts through which students learn what it is to grow with God in mission. With both cross-cultural spiritual formation and international placements as key elements of the Institute’s offerings, graduates will be effectively equipped to take the message of the Gospel to wherever God might call.
Associate Professor Peter Laughlin
Academic Dean and Dean of the Alliance Institute for Mission
The rapid pace of change in the world over the last decade has also impacted the task of theological education. The always on, always connected world has meant that the demands of ministry training have been increasing with specialist skills for reaching this world an essential focus.
What makes the Alliance Institute for Mission so Special?
The Experience of the Alliance /
The Christian & Missionary Alliance of Australia is a movement centred on Jesus Christ as saviour, sanctifier, healer and coming King. It exists to fulfil God’s mission on earth, taking the Good News of Jesus Christ to Australia and beyond. Students studying with the Alliance Institute are able to access the vast experience of the Alliance, its missionaries and mission locations worldwide. Forged over decades of overseas and local mission work, the Alliance is uniquely positioned to train missionaries.
In Australia, the Alliance is a multi-ethnic movement with some 52 churches in most states and territories. Internationally, there are around 20,000 fellowships in 81 countries around the world, with almost 5 million Christians as part of the Worldwide Alliance Fellowship. With a rich heritage and experience in being on mission both locally and overseas, the Alliance brings value and expertise to the creation and implementation of the Institute that bears its name.
Undergraduate Offerings /
The Alliance Institute for Mission delivers a range of undergraduate units that can be taken as part of the Bachelor of Theology and Bachelor of Ministry awards. It is possible to undertake a major in the Christian Life and Ministry discipline with a specialisation in mission.
Postgraduate Offerings /
The Alliance Institute for Mission delivers the flagship Master of Intercultural Ministry (MIM) award. Designed with input from missiologists and past and current missionaries, this 18 month full-time (up to 4.5 years part-time) award allows the student to immerse themselves in cross-cultural engagement from the very outset. At the Alliance Institute for Mission we recognise that guided practical engagement is the key to effective intercultural ministry preparation. Throughout the award you will connect with missiologists, current and past international workers and be given practical field instruction and experience. In addition, with the majority of world missions being done in partnership today, developing intercultural leadership skills are a must for the contemporary missionary. This focused award which is biblically grounded and theologically astute will prepare you for effective intercultural service where ever God may call you.
Students may exit the programme early with either a Graduate Certificate (4 units) or a Graduate Diploma (8 units) award.
The following SCD programs are available for study:
/ Graduate Certificate in Intercultural Ministry
/ Graduate Diploma of Intercultural Ministry
/ Master of Intercultural Ministry