At ACOM, we understand that the flexibility of online distance education is valuable, as is the need to provide dynamic and integrative learning environments that facilitate connection and community through a shared learning experience.
Cohorts are a great way to achieve this.

If you love learning alongside others, a cohort will provide an experience of learning that immerses you in particular areas of study. These cohorts focus on the importance of learning in community, giving participants the opportunity to develop relational networks with like-minded ministry practitioners,while focusing on a specialised area (usually a set of 4 – 8 units over a year or two).

Our cohorts give leaders the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and practise for greater effectiveness, while also enhancing relationships with other church leaders from across Australia. Pastors, chaplains and leaders have learned from one another during face-to-face gatherings and retreats as they share their journeys in structured learning activities.

Although you can study all ACOM units individually, a cohort differs from our usual facilitations because you commit to completing a course of study with the same group of students over a set period. In this way, the relationships are similar to those of a more conventional on-campus experience.

In partnership with Fresh Hope, the Navigate Cohorts are designed for emerging young leaders. Through intensive discipleship and spiritual and ministry formation, young people are being equipped for greater impact as they seek to discover God’s unique plan for their lives. The Recharge Cohort is designed to engage the more mature Christ follower, to help them discover God’s unique plan for their lives as they enter the second half of life.

Cohorts now on Offer…

Pilot Year

Pilot Year

Pilot Year is an internship year aimed at young people aged 17 – 30 who want to take the first steps exploring a lifetime of Christian ministry in Queensland. This is a year that will equip you, challenge you and inspire you to take off into a world of transformation with Jesus.

Internship with your Youth Pastor

In Pilot Year you’ll volunteer as an intern in your church for 2 days per week, serving the local community through church based programs, connections and church services. You’ll walk alongside your youth, children’s or senior pastor for the whole of Pilot Year, gaining insight and skills into ministry.

Study a Diploma of Christian Studies

You’ll also go deep with intensive full time study through ACOM, completing 8 subjects in one year (1/3 of your Bachelor in Ministry if you continue studying after Pilot Year). You will also attend 7 Facilitations across the year to gather with other students for peer learning (26 contact days).


Spiritual Formation  /  New Testament  /  Intro to Theology  /  Pastoral Care  /  Foundations for Youth Ministry  /  Children’s Ministry  /  Art and Science of Chaplaincy  /  Supervised Ministry

Peak Experiences

Pilot Year gives you access to lean into leadership on FUSE Youth Camp in January, pause and refresh on L10 Young Adults Retreat and connect with your community on a local camp (such as SUQld Camp or local outreach opportunity) to practice what you’re learning.

Take Off

Are you ready to explore ministry and take off into a year of transformation? Contact Brad on [email protected] about Pilot Year today!


Formation Experience

Introducing the Formation Experience
This twelve-month journey for disciples, leaders and pastors features proven faculty drawn from the world’s best formation and leadership programs. The integrated elements of the Formation Experience are:
• journeying with a national cohort of participants
• extended retreats with leading global thinkers and practitioners to engage in meaningful head, hand and heart learning
• an annual Formation Gathering that connects your cohort with ongoing Kingdom conversations and communities of practice
• integrated learning through guided reading, reflection and action.

Formation Experience Rhythm
Retreat 1:
Personal Transformation

(19 – 23 March 2019, Melbourne)
Nothing gives God more glory than a person who is fully alive. Being and becoming a beloved child of God is an essential first step to experiencing the abundant life that Jesus offers. This retreat is held in an idyllic bush setting and features Trevor Hudson who guides us into the grand adventure of dwelling and delighting in the Kingdom as God dwells and delights in us.

Formation Gathering:
The Magnificent Journey

(24 – 26 October 2019, Sydney)
We are most likely to grow when we accompany others who are actively participating in the process of transformation. Our annual conference acts as a strategic relational hub for the broader formation community in our part of the world. The Formation Gathering is held in an excellent conference venue and in 2019 features James Bryan Smith who invites us to journey deeper into God’s Kingdom.

Retreat 2:
Community Transformation

(18 – 22 February 2020, Goulburn)
Community is more than a core ingredient in the process of personal transformation. God’s Kingdom dream is for a community of people to be fully alive and freely aligned. This retreat is held within the “Liminis” community transformation project and features Mark Scandrette. Mark offers us a very grounded and practical approach to formation in community.

Formation Experience Units:
Personal Transformation
(Trimester 1, 2019)
This unit engages with authentic models of personal transformation that are based on the life and ministry of Jesus. Particular focus on the themes of Grace, Story and Spirit enable us to explore how we can follow Jesus in an empowered life.

The Art and Science of Formation
(Trimester 2, 2019)
This practical unit examines how the spiritual disciplines function as a means of grace in Christian spiritual formation. We explore the process of how God can renovate us through an integration of these practices into a sustainable rhythm of life.

Transformational Discipleship
(Trimester 3, 2019)
This unit unpacks the theological significance of Jesus’ revolutionary Kingdom vision for understanding discipleship and spiritual formation. Following Jesus opens us up to a life of ongoing interaction with God as we abide and abound in the Kingdom.

Community Transformation
(Trimester 1, 2020)
This unit explores how spiritual formation takes place over time, with others, in the context of practices that connect us with each other and with God’s Kingdom vision. A community transformation lens helps us discover that God’s Spirit is drawing us into a wonderfully creative team effort with increasing cycles of productivity and joy.

Formation Experience Price and Pathways:
The Formation Experience is offered in both an accredited and non-accredited option.
The twelve month program cost is $4,950. For how the Formation Experience fits within a range of qualifications, and additional accreditation costs, see

View the 2019 Formation Experience Brochure here

View the 2019 Formation Experience Handbook here

View the 2019 Formation Experience Enrolment Form here

Multi-Staff Churches

This Graduate Certificate is designed as an 18 month leadership development experience both for people who are new to leading a multi-staff church and for experienced Senior Ministers who wish to sharpen their skills.

75% of the program is comprised of three core coursework units:
/ Leading the Larger Church
/ Working in a Team Ministry Setting
/ Administrative Leadership and Management for Ministry

The ACOM Graduate Certificate in Arts with a focus on Leading the Multi-Staff Church not only delivers high quality content, it also helps you process that content in the company of a cohort of leaders in similar contexts to your own, with mentoring from experienced Senior Ministers along the way.


View the Multi-Staffed Church Brochure

Field Experiences

The ACOM Field Experiences have been an important part of our programme since 2014, when we launched our first Holy Land tour.
By 2018, we will have provided over 90 people with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to immerse themselves in an experience that combines academic excellence with a personal pilgrimage to biblical sites that anchor our faith.

Every two years, students, friends and family have spent two weeks exploring biblical and extra-biblical sites within Israel and Jordan in a programme that not only takes them to ancient ruins but also provides an opportunity to experience the culture of this ancient land and meet the people who live there today. The programme includes visits to historical and archaeological sites such as the Old City of Jerusalem and Bethlehem, as well as time in the natural beauty of the Mount of Beatitudes and the Sea of Galilee.

We have been blessed by interactions with Christians who live in the midst of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and homestays and family meals with local Christians and Jews. ACOM is committed to expanding its study tour and pilgrim experiences in the future, providing immersive educational and formative opportunities for our students.

Future possibilities include Restoration and Reformation Tours, Spirituality Pilgrimages and Missional Placements.
For more information about future Field Experiences, contact us today.

Holy Land 2018 Tour Promo Video

Applications close soon for our next Holy Land Tour in Jan 2018 and spaces are filling quickly. Over 60 people have been a part of this "once in a lifetime" experience and you can join us as a student (Fee-Help available) or as a friend of ACOM. Email for Info Pack and Application Form.

Posted by ACOM – the Australian College of Ministries on Sunday, 23 April 2017

RECHARGE – Fresh Hope Leadership Pathway

RECHARGE is targeted at people aged over 50 who are ready to embrace the second half of life intentionally with wisdom and courage. During this one-year programme, you will explore some of the deeper questions as you take time to encounter God’s Word and connect with His Spirit in the context of spiritual friendships. This is a year of equipping you to live loved, and to live to love in a world that needs transformation.

/ Deep formation through spiritual formation and mentoring in an intentional community
/ Participate in four live-in retreats throughout the year
Complete the following three units of study at a Bachelor’s or Master’s level:
/ Spiritual Formation
/ Biblical Studies
/ Optional: Art & Science of Chaplaincy

Commit Your Time
In addition to your online studies, you will be required to allow for 10 weekdays (annual leave if applicable) and some weekends throughout the year to attend the retreats (a total of approx. 20 days).


View the Recharge Brochure here

NAVIGATE – Fresh Hope Leadership Pathway

Transformational encounters in spiritual leadership
“Fresh Hope Spiritual Leadership Pathways are a vital step in providing spiritual leadership and training experiences to equip you to be a transformational person, wherever God leads you in life. We believe that leadership is both caught and taught – that’s why we have combined real-life experiences, personal formation and formal tertiary studies to enable you to be in the best position to shape a life of spiritual influence. If you have an open heart and hands and a desire to serve, then this experience is for you.”

John Crowther
Director | Fresh Hope Mission & Ministry


View the Navigate Brochure here

TOPS Internship

Do you want to discover a new world of ministry opportunity in Christian camping?
Based at Stanwell Tops, The Tops Internship provides a unique opportunity to grow and develop while experiencing the inner workings of one of Australia’s premier Christian facilities.

Tops’ Internships combine formation and part-time work in a two-year, live-in experience on a Christian campsite, while completing a Diploma of Christian Studies with ACOM. During the two years, interns are exposed to many unique camping environments, ranging from week-long school holiday Christian camps to mid-week school programmes, through to working with at-risk children.

Students also attend the national Christian Venues Association conference and engage with both a developing world trek and an Australian campsite trek.

I have found ACOM to be a great vehicle through which I have been able to explore deeply my faith, the Gospel, and how faith community can help fulfil the call of God to love, reveal Himself and see transformation take place in all aspects of life.BRENTON'S STORY

Pathways for future learning include