Mamarapha College
Mamarapha College
for Aboriginals & Torres Strait Islanders
for Aboriginals & Torres Strait Islanders

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Mamarapha Courses

The College offers courses at Certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma levels.

The courses cover four main study areas:-

  • Biblical units cover basic Bible teachings, devotional studies, the writings of both the Old and New Testament, the Christian way of life, the life and teachings of Christ, the Bible stories, salvation, prophecies and methods of studying and interpreting the Bible. 
  • Ministry unitslook at public speaking, preaching, Bible studies, visiting, evangelism, practical ministry, community issues, youth and children's ministries, leadership, counselling, church & denominational organization, committees and church services.
  • Life skills cover family and health issues, life skills, human relationships, cultural issues, literacy skills, typing and computing, music and communication issues
  • Health

Diploma of Indigenous Studies (Ministry)
This is a six semester course, designed to enhance personal spiritual growth, Biblical knowledge and ministry in a lay capacity. It aims to develop skills in reading and understanding the Bible, leading out in public worship, better relationships with people, and some basic training in managing money and time, music, and computers.

Year 1 - (2 semesters)
Year 1 covers basic Bible teachings, Christian living, the church, public speaking and introduces Christianity and culture, family and health issues, human relationships, life skills, music and sharing skills. This year is on an block study basis. 7 Biblical and 9 other units are required to gain a Certificate III in this course. Year 1 Units

Year 2 - (2 semesters)
Year 2 goes into greater depth with Biblical studies, the Old Testament patriarchs, the life of Christ, Ministry areas such as preaching, Bible studies, evangelism, practical ministry, the church and community issues.

Year 3 - (6 semesters)
The studies include the Old Testament kings and prophets, Daniel and Revelation, the New Testament church, in-depth study of New Testament books and distinctive SDA beliefs. Skills in fostering Christian growth are taught, which may include emphasis on particular groups such as children and youth. The first semester of the Diploma is normally covered in year 2.

Year 4 Advanced Diploma. (3 semesters beyond the Diploma)
The Advanced Diploma in Ministry Studies caters for students who want to further their skills in lay ministry. Theory units are similar to those for Pastoral Ministry with the option of majoring in Bible knowledge or practical lay ministry. This year is on a study block basis.


Advanced Diploma of Indigenous Pastoral Ministry
The Diploma of Pastoral Ministry is geared toward developing the skills needed for full time pastoral ministry.
Year 1 studies are via block studies as above.
Years 2 and 3 are on a residential basis in Perth, with daily classes throughout the academic year. In addition to the Ministry Studies study block units, Pastoral students study the Biblical and Ministry areas in much greater depth, and study other areas that will equip them with skills for Pastoral Ministry leadership.
Year 4 Advanced Diploma. (3 semesters beyond the Diploma)
For Pastoral Ministry students, the Advanced Diploma is a hands-on year of study. Students are located in the field learning practical ministry skills under a supervising minister. Theory is learnt via regular sessions with the minister, home study, and study blocks at the College which focus on deeper Bible study techniques and practical ministry in the field.


Diploma of Indigenous Studies (Lifestyle Health Promotion)

The Diploma of Indigenous Studies (Lifestyle Health Promotion) is designed to give skills in:–

     identifying community health needs, conducting programs to address community health needs,
     promoting lifestyle health change through personal example, promoting wholistic health – physical, mental, social, emotional, and spiritual
     addressing emotional and spiritual issues underlying lifestyle health issues, encouraging motivation to make needed lifestyle changes
     planning, implementation, resource management, human relations. and working with church agencies to address community health issues.

The Health promotion courses covers four main study areas:--

  • Health units cover general health principles, exercise, anatomy and physiology, food safety, nutrition, health education, disease prevention, environmental health, lifestyle health issues, first aid, and managing stress and addictions.
  • Life Skills are designed to develop skills in the areas of human relationships, family issues, living skills, literacy, numeracy, and computing.
  • Ministry units aim to develop skills in voice development, public speaking, team work, leadership, cultural issues and working with people.
  • Biblical areas aim to develop skills in Christian living, spiritual development, understanding the Bible and some Bible knowledge. Year 1 Units

The Diploma is a three year study course, delivered via six  ten-day study blocks at the Mamarapha College campus each year, with assignments and take-home units in between. For those who wish to study further, an Advanced Diploma of Indigenous Studies (Lifestyle Health Promotion).

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