Intensives, Summer & Winter School

At Morling, our mission is to equip men and women with the knowledge that they need to serve God in many different roles: pastoral ministry, in the work place, Christian education, missions work, counselling, and chaplaincy. We also recognise that it is often difficult to stop working in order to pursue further study.  In order to accommodate students who cannot attend weekly lectures, Morling has established a program across the summer and winter breaks, and Intensive Study Units.


These fully online units are designed to be studied over 10 weeks of coursework, and through the completion of assessment tasks, over the Summer break (27 November 2017 to 8 February 2018). This accelerated delivery mode is the perfect way to fit in an extra unit, or get a head start on your studies for the following year.


These blended intensive units give students the opportunity to complete some components of the unit online, as well as attending a three-day on-campus intensive. Our blended delivery mode is well-suited to online students who would love the chance to share in the on-campus experience, and it’s an excellent way for any student to flexibly fit another unit into their busy schedules.


Our intensive units run on campus for a one-week block during Summer (in the weeks before Semester 1) and Winter (in the weeks between Semester 1 and Semester 2), and are taught by Morling lecturers and guest lecturers who are internationally recognised and acclaimed specialists in their field. Intensive units are a great way to complete all of your in-class requirements in a short period of time.  (Please check with your Course Adviser whether your award has any limits on the number of intensives you are allowed to complete). Intensives are also a great opportunity for online students who would like to experience on-campus classes.


Semi-intensive units are run on campus, with specific class dates. This delivery mode offers students the opportunity to study regularly on campus, without needing to commit to the usual weekly class format. Dates are available in the unit summaries below. Please ensure that you are able to attend all dates for your class.


Morling College offers Study Tours to Greece and Turkey (even years) and Israel and Jordan (odd years) in January. A Study Tour is an unparalleled learning experience as you are immersed in the place and space in which key biblical events occurred. The tours are, administratively, Semester 2 units in the year prior to the trip, with pre-reading done before the tour commences, and assessment to be completed after the tour (by early Semester 1). Fee-Help is available for a significant portion of the cost of the unit for eligible students.

Winter Intensives

Keith Mitchell and Graham Hill 

Unit Code: PC403/603i
Delivery: Intensive
Dates: 3-7 July
When: Winter School

This unit involves a study of the skills and methods used in pastoral care. It give students the skills with which to deliver a style of pastoral care that is enriched with their own empathetic involvement. Students also look at pastoral care in particular situations.

Ian O’Harae and David Starling

Unit Code: NT302/502i
Delivery: Intensive
Dates: 10-12 July
When: Winter School

This unit examines the book of Acts as a presentation of history, theology, and narrative. It also gives students a better understanding of the content, themes, and theology of a selection of New Testament epistles, plus the book of Revelation. Students will develop an understanding of the key developments in the growth of the early church, and gain a greater awareness of emerging patterns and common themes alongside exceptional and notable events.

This unit is delivered in mixed mode: three days on campus (Mon Jul 10 – Wed Jul 12) plus online materials. There is no pre-reading and the online material is to be completed after the intensive. An essay forms part of the online assessment and will need to be completed throughout Semester 2, with the exam in the usual Semester 2 exam period.

Unit Codes: MC101
Delivery: Intensive (includes Online training component to be completed before Intensive)
Dates: Semester 2, 14 July
When: Summer School & Winter School

This two-day (Sem 1) or one-day (Sem 2) intensive aims to introduce new students (both Theology and Counselling) to academic conventions at Morling and the skills needed to research and complete assignments. It is expected that new full-time on-campus students will attend this intensive. Part-time, Online or other continuing students are also welcome.

To register and start exploring Academic writing and Study at Morling:

1. Register Online
2. Complete the Online training component before the 14th July. This involves completing 7 Study Skills Lessons which will take approximately 5 hours.
3. Attend the On Campus Intensive Day on the 14th July, 9.30-4.45pm

Semester 2 Semi-Intensives

Edwina Murphy

Unit Code: PC216/416/616i
Delivery: Semi-Intensive
Dates: Fridays – 11 August, 25 August, 8 September, 13 October, 27 October
When: Semester 2

David Starling

Unit Code: NT781i
Delivery: Semi-Intensive
Dates: Mondays – 24 July, 14 August, 4 September, 9 October, 23 October
When: Semester 2

The events that sparked the writing of 2 Corinthians were clearly a crisis in Paul’s ministry and in his relationship with the Corinthian church. The letter that he wrote in response to that crisis contains some of his deepest reflections on the nature of Christian ministry and the shape of Christian relationships. In this unit you will study the rhetoric and theology of 2 Corinthians against the background of the crisis that occasioned the letter and its broader historical-cultural context. You will also explore the implications of 2 Corinthians for the practice of contemporary Christian ministry. As an outcome of the unit you can expect both to be better equipped to teach the message of 2 Corinthians to others and to be stimulated to reflect on its implications for your own life and ministry.

Steve Dixon

Unit Code: DM4–/6–i
Delivery: Semi-Intensive
Dates: 7 August, 28 August, 11 September, 16 October, 30 October
When: Semester 2

The overall aim of this unit is to integrate understanding of adolescent development with on the job experience, reflective practice and practical skills based training. This unit required students to engage on a weekly basis with their local church ministry as well as meet with a pastor (or equivalent) involved in that same local church. In addition, significant time is given to the development of strategic and effective youth ministry practice in the current Australian landscape.

Unit Code: TH722i
Delivery: Intensive
Dates: Mon 24 & Tues 25 July, Mon 4 Sept, Tues 5 Sept, Wed 6 Sept
When: Semester 2

How do we better relate to our workplace, neighbourhood and society? The first step is to be able to exegete our culture. In the same way that we place importance on exegeting scripture, we must also be able to analyse our culture in order to see how the stories which are embedded in our contexts connect with the greater Story of the reign of God. As leaders we need to be conversant with our culture(s) in order to better lead our organisations and churches to understand and participate with the mission of God. In this unit students will learn the principles behind cultural analysis and how theology and culture intersect. They will also learn to devise appropriate strategies for cultural engagement so that effective communication to cultures and sub-cultures occurs. The course is aimed at leaders and practitioners who want to better be able to communicate and embody the gospel in a rapidly changing world but who understand that intelligent, creative reflection and analysis is needed as a first step.

Miyon Chung

Unit Code: TH7– (TBA)
Delivery: Intensive
Dates: Thursday 27, Friday 28 July, Thursday 31 August, Friday 1 September, Friday 20 October
When: Semester 2

And we believe in the Holy Spirit,  the Lord, the giver of life, Who proceeds from the Father and the Son, and with the Father and the Son is worshiped
and glorified; Who spoke through the prophets. (Excerpt from the Nicene Creed)

Characterised variously in Scripture as the “breath” of God (Gen. 2:7; Job 33:4), God’s empowering presence (Judg. 6:34; 14:6), the “the wind [that] blows where it wishes” (John 3:8), and the Paraklētos (John 14:16), the Holy Spirit in the life of the church has been the source not only of
renewal across geocultural boundaries but also of controversy and scandal. Particularly, the last hundred years of Christianity can hardly be talked
about without the church’s fascination with and scrutiny of the Third Person of the Trinity. Among the church’s diverse spiritual experiences and
pneumatological issues, the authority and nature of the gift of prophecy and the role of today’s prophets have stirred up the evangelical church
around the world. What does it mean that the Holy Spirit “spoke through the prophets”? Does the Holy Spirit still speak today? Is the church to
recognise some as prophets today? And if so, what does that mean?

The primary objective of this unit, therefore, is to study the person and the work of the Holy Spirit from biblical and historical perspectives, with a
special focus on the calling, life, and ministry of the biblical prophets. Particular attention will be paid to the prophetic office or ministry of Jesus
Christ. In the last segment of the unit, the class will explore the contemporary implications of the foundational pneumatological content for our
understanding of prophecy and prophets. The unit will provide the class with an opportunity to grapple with the Holy Spirit’s inherently and
radically free personhood as that which bestows integrity and dignity to the church’s prophetic function in the world.

Karina Kreminski

Unit Codes: PC710i
Delivery: Semi-Intensive
Dates: Mondays – 20 February, 1 May, 19 June, 16 October, 3-5 August (Inspire)
When: Year-Long

Is God calling you to plant a church? SENT is our exciting new church planting certificate at Morling, It is completed over one year part-time and is practically focused, with an emphasis on action-learning. Students will engage with topics such as cultural exegesis, spirituality for missionaries, missional theology, contextualisation, pioneering leadership and various church planting models. Participants will explore the challenges unique to church planters. Students will also have the opportunity to be coached as a potential planter and gain experience in a current church plant. The certificate is taught by experienced practitioners who will teach theory and application relevant to the growing field of church planting. SENT is open to all who feel that God is calling them to lead or be part of a church plant team.

Karina Kreminski

Unit Code: EM723i
Delivery: Semi-Intensive
Dates: Year-long
When: Semester 1 & 2

We hear a lot of talk in church and elsewhere about what it means to be missional. However, without a coherent missional formation, the church will never become truly missional. Christian spirituality is invariably perceived as inward, disembodied, isolationist, and even self-absorbed. However, a missional spirituality focuses on the
formation of God’s people for the sake of the world. In this unit, we explore various Christian traditions that can inform our formation, such as Celtic Spirituality, as well as contemporary writings in this relatively new field. We will also look at the missional spirituality of Jesus and examine how Scripture informs our missional spirituality.
Students are encouraged to engage in missional disciplines throughout the unit, giving them the chance to apply theory to their own lives. The Unit also looks at the role that leadership plays in the formation of a missional church. The year-long focus of the Unit is intentionally designed for a cohort experience that maximises learning and missional formation.

* Core Unit for the MML.

Study Tour

Unit Codes: NT445/645/745
Delivery: Intensive
Dates: 12-27 January 2018
When: Semester 2

Morling is pleased to offer both current and prospective students the opportunity to attend the third Study Tour to Greece and Turkey in January 2018. Some highlight destinations of the tour include:

  • Athens
  • Corinth
  • Cappadocia
  • Pisidian Antioch
  • Hierapolis
  • Laodicea
  • Ephesus
  • Patmos
  • Troas

The Study Tour will be classed as a Semester 2, 2017 unit and part of the cost of this tour can be deferred to FEE-HELP for eligible students. As places are limited, please let us know if you intend to take this tour as soon as you can. After we receive your expression of interest, we will send out further details.

Summer School: Online 2018

Unit Codes: OT201/301/501D
Delivery: Summer School Online
Dates: 27 November 2017 – 8 February 2018 (10 weeks)

This unit gives students an overview of the Pentateuch and historical books. This includes creation, the patriarchs in Israel’s faith, Abrahamic
and mosaic, conquest and settlement, the rise of the monarchy and the covenant with David, and concludes with Solomon and the division of
the Kingdom. Particular emphasis is placed on familiarity with the contents of the Old Testament itself, which in many cases is read against its
Ancient Near Eastern background.

Census Date: 18 December 2017
This unit is counted towards your 2017 study load for the purpose of full-time study load calculations.

Unit Codes: TH305/505D
Delivery: Summer School Online
Dates: 27 November 2017 – 8 February 2018 (10 weeks)

This unit gives an overview of the central doctrines of Christian faith, following the outline given in the Creeds. It outlines the importance and functions of beliefs in Christian understandings of the world.
Students spend time evaluating personal beliefs and analysing the creeds as statements of Christian faith.

EXCLUSIONS: This unit may not be undertaken by a student who has completed any one of TH401-404 or TH601-604. Students can only study one of TH304, TH305, TH504, TH505.

Census Date: 18 December 2017
This unit is counted towards your 2017 study load for the purpose of full-time study load calculations.

Semester 1, 2018 - Summer Intensives

Linda White

Unit Code: DM414i/614i
Delivery: Semi-Intensive
Dates: 29 January-2 February
When: Semester 1, 2018

Rev Dr Ian O’Harae

Unit Code: RM095i/RM091i
Delivery: Blended Intensive
Dates: 29-31 January 2018
When: Semester 1, 2018

Rev Dr Tim MacBride

Unit Code: NT424i/434i/624i/634i
Delivery: Blended Intensive
Dates: 7-9 February
When: Semester 1, 2018

Important Information

Undergraduate Intensives

Currently, Morling offers Intensive Study Units for those striving to obtain the following undergraduate degrees: Bachelor of Ministry, Bachelor of Theology, Bachelor of Christian Studies, and Associative Degree in Theology.

Graduate and Postgraduate Intensives

Currently, Morling offers Intensive Study Units for those striving to obtain the following graduate degrees: Graduate Diploma of Divinity, Graduate Diploma of Christian Studies, and Master of Divinity.

How do Intensives work?

Intensives are lectures given as a series over several consecutive days (generally a one-week period). Semi-intensives run over several non-consecutive days, spread over several weeks (for example, a series of Mondays). Each intensive unit is run differently, so it is important that you contact Morling College for information on when the intensives are scheduled, the prior reading requirements, and how frequently the unit is offered.

Because of the fast-paced nature of intensive units, we strongly recommend that you enquire with a faculty member of Morling if you are interested in attending these classes.


Intensives run on-campus in blocks of 1 week during Summer School (the weeks prior to Semester 1 commencement) or Winter School (the weeks prior to Semester 2 commencement). These are a great way to complete all of your in-class requirements in a short period of time. Please speak with your course advisor to find out if your course has any limits on the number of Intensives you may complete. Intensive units are denoted with an “i”. Please ensure that you place the “i” after your unit code in all correspondence, as the lecturers and assignments may differ to on-campus study.


Much like Intensives, Semi-intensives are a great way of completing your in-class requirements in a short space of time. These are four to five full day blocks of study spread out throughout a semester. Please speak with your course advisor to find out if your course has any limits on the number of Semi-intensives you may complete. Semi-intensive units are denoted with an “i”. Please ensure that you place the “i” after your unit code in all correspondence, as the lecturers and assignments may differ to on-campus study.

The benefits of Intensive Units

Many students at Morling are working professionals with families, commitments and a busy schedule. We understand that making time each week to attend lectures can be difficult. Intensive Units provide a way for students to gain the same quality of education at a pace that works around your busy schedule.


Before you apply, we strongly encourage you to contact Morling to discuss your study options and eligibility. The ACT limits the number of units which may be studied in intensive mode for undergraduate and graduate awards. All students should check the regulations for the award in which they are enroled. Used this form to apply now.

Intensive Units are available for both Semester 1 and Semester 2 of each academic year. Please contact us to enrol in an Intensive Unit.

Casual Enrolments

Casual enrolments are available for anyone who wishes to attend an intensive unit and does not want credit towards an award, download the casual enrolment form here.

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