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…

Formation Experience

The Personal Formation Experience is a twelve-month journey for disciples, leaders and pastors that features proven faculty drawn from the world’s best formation and leadership programs.

The integrated elements of the Personal Formation Experience are:

  • Journeying with a Formation Group facilitated by a trained Formation Director
  • An extended retreat where your Formation Group joins a national cohort of participants led by global thinkers and practitioners
  • A national Formation Gathering that connects your Formation Group with ongoing Kingdom conversations and communities of practice
  • Integrated head, heart and hand learning through guided reading, reflection and action.

The 2020 Formation Experience Application Form allows you to officially register your interest and provides us with enough information to confirm your place in our 2020 cohort. This form also allows you to nominate whether you would like to engage in accredited study. If you do nominate the Degree or Masters streams, we will then be in touch with all the enrolment information you require.

The participant handbook confirms that the three attendance commitments for next year are:

  • 26-28 February 2020 Formation Group Residential Retreat in Melbourne (or regionally)
  • 22-26 June 2020, Residential Retreat in Brisbane, featuring Trevor Hudson
  • October 2020, Formation Gathering in Sydney

Each particular Formation Group may consider additional dates and locations for your year-long journey together.

The Formation Experience application process closes on January 13, 2020.  Please don’t hesitate to contact Sarah ([email protected]) or John ([email protected]) if you have any further questions or would like to discuss your individual situation.

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.

2020 Cohort Facilitation Dates

Leading the Larger Church
17 – 19 March 2020
Facilitators are Ted Keating and David Ratten
One Community Church, Victoria

Working in a Team Ministry Setting / Team Ministry Skills
16 – 18 June 2020
Facilitators are Ted Keating and Graham Agnew
Venue TBC

Administrative Leadership and Management for Ministry
15 – 17 September 2020
Facilitators are Troy Blair and Rick Wright
Venue TBC

View the 2020 Multi-Staffed Church Brochure 1

View the 2020 Multi-Staffed Church Brochure 2

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