Catalyst is designed around 8 units, delivered through cross cultural immersion trips, intensives and hubs.
Hubs: During semesters, a typical week includes one 'hub' day (in-class). Hubs are the central learning space for Catalyst. They involve talks from industry leaders, lectures, unit content and opportunities to engage with lecturers and other students.
Intensives: In-class lectures delivered within 4 consecutive days.
Immersions: Two approx. 12 day cross cultural 'immersion' trips (overseas and local).
This unit gives you the opportunity to reflect missiologically on a supervised group field trip overseas. It explores the issues of cross cultural engagement, while gaining an understanding of the relationship between gospel, culture and socio-political realities. It further allows you to personally reflect on your own cultural bias and assumptions, along with the important theological concept of reconciliation and bridge building.
This unit is an introduction to the Hebrew Bible, with a particular focus on reading through a broad theme of justice. The unit will explore the relationship between justice and other theological themes such as righteousness, peace, liberation, law and inclusion.
This unit seeks to explore the core doctrines of the Christian faith. The focus is on exploring theological themes in relation to contemporary culture and with an emphasis on “doing theology” in relation to practice.
Grounded in a practical, theological framework, this unit will enable students to identify and articulate a personal sense of leadership formation. Students will explore key leadership competencies; reflect on the integration of their belief and their behaviour; and communicate their understanding of Christian leadership as they engage with real-world contexts with a focus on promoting positive change in the world. A feature of this unit will be receiving input from a variety of Christian leaders and entrepreneurs. Specific formational issues will be explored such as: understanding influence, transformational spiritual practices, an integrated approach to theology and work, resilience and character.
This unit explores the art and challenges of Christian ministry and mission in the Australian context through a local supervised field trip. This will include examining critical issues such as contextualisation and incarnation, cross-cultural communication, wholistic mission and justice.
This unit explores the person of Jesus in his historical context and how the early church responded to his mission. It moves beyond historical and biblical discussions to his impact throughout history and his relevance for our lives today.
*This unit is subject to change in 2019
This unit will investigate the connection between Biblical interpretation and social transformation. Contextual approaches to Scripture will be explored, with attention given to issues related to political, cultural and environmental spheres of life.
*This unit is subject to change in 2019:
This unit will enable students to articulate a theology of vocation as they engage with a range of biblical, theological and contextual resources. Students will also reflect upon experiential contexts in a posture of exploration, experiment and discernment regarding future purposeful vocation. Experiential contexts may include: work experience in fields of interest, areas of perceived passion / giftedness, volunteering to meet a community need. Key theological and formational issues will be explored e.g. discerning vocation, identity and character, ethics and work, spiritual health and resilience; deep listening in a noisy world; purpose and sustainability.