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Want to better understand faith and religion, sharpen your Bible studies skills and bring scripture to life? Take the next step in your professional or personal development with our online Biblical studies courses.

These learning programmes can be a stepping stone towards pastoral work or teaching, and they are also designed for those who wish to enhance their understanding of faith and religion at a personal level.

Explore our course breakdown below or enrol now to get started.

  • Course Outline

    When you enrol on our online theology courses, you will complete the following units of study:

    1Introduction to the Bible
    • The meaning and books of the Bible
    • History of authorship
    • History of the Old Testament
    • Inspiration of the New Testament
    • Development of the Canon of the New Testament
    2Major Religions in the World
    • Concepts of comparative religion
    • Christianity
    • Judaism
    • Islam
    • Baha’ism
    3Christian Ethics
    • Definition of Christian ethics
    • The Sources of Christian ethics
    • The ethics of Jesus
    • Christian character
    • The nature of sin
    • The Christian and the family
    • The ethics of interpersonal relations
    • The Christian duties to self
    • Duties to the society
    • The Christian family
    • The Christian and the problem of divorce
    4Christian Counselling
    • The meaning of counselling
    • The importance of counselling
    • The ethics of Christian counselling
    • The counselling process
    • Character of a counsellor
    • The need for your best attention
    • The value of discussion
    • Accepting the counsellee
    • Patience in counselling
    • The therapeutic process
    • Addressing the basic problems in counselling
    • Problems and their settings
    • Tracing the origin of problems
    • Physical causes of problems
    • Motives and perspectives for discussion
    • Focusing on the problem of self-reliance
    5Christian Doctrines
    • Names and attributes of God
    • Transcendence and immanence of God
    • Theodicy: The problem of Evil
    • God-head (Trinity)
    • The doctrine of humanity
    • The doctrine of sin
    • Various conceptions of salvation
    • Introduction to ecclesiology
    • The initiatory rite of the church
    • Government of the church
    • Three views on the Millennium
    6Old Testament Theology
    • Meaning, history and methodology of Old Testament
    • God I – existence and nature
    • God II – names and manifestations
    • God III – attributes
    • Divine revelation
    • Creation, providence and theodicy
    • Humankind – designation, origin and nature
    • Election and covenant
    • Theocracy and the law
    • Sacrifice and worship
    • The problem of sin
    • Redemption and mission
    • Human destiny and hope
    7The New Testament
    • Name
    • Description
    • Origin
    • Transmission of the text
    • Contents, history, and doctrine
  • How Will You Benefit?

    There are many benefits associated with studying our online pastoral courses. For example, you will:

    • Further your personal knowledge of faith and religion
    • Expedite your career in pastoral work
    • Save time and money by learning remotely
    • Work through the course material at your own pace
    • Have a personal tutor to assist you in your studies
    • Receive a 10% discount on your course fees by paying upfront, or opt for our interest-free weekly payment plan

    Start reaping the benefits by enrolling on our Biblical studies course today!

  • Career Prospects

    People study the ICI Biblical Studies & Christian Ministry course for a variety of reasons. Some do so to achieve a greater understanding of faith and religion at a personal level. Many, however, enrol on the learning programme to help their realise their career goals in roles such as:

    • Pastor / Priest
    • Theologian
    • Preacher
    • Chaplain
    • Teacher
    • Writer / Editor
    • Missionary
    • Evangelist
    • Counsellor
    • Non-profit / charity worker

    For many people, getting in touch with their inner spirituality, faith and beliefs is hugely important. And for some, spreading Christian beliefs and philosophy is much more than a pastime or hobby; it’s a calling.

    Many of the students who enrol on this course feel passionate about helping others to lead more rewarding and spiritual lives. Our learning programme can help to fast track you into a career focused on these goals. This professional development will help you to reach out to others as a spiritual leader and educator.

  • Course Levels Explained


    Our online Biblical studies course leads to the awarding of a Diploma. This qualification recognises the graduate’s capacity for initiative and judgement across a broad range of technical and management functions. Graduates typically have personal responsibility and autonomy (semi-independence) in performing technical operations or organizing others in the workplace.

  • Prerequisites

    There are NO previous work or education requirements for entry into our Biblical studies course.

    So if you want to enhance your understanding of faith and religion, simply enrol on this learning programme today.

  • Course Length

    Students typically complete this course within 24 weeks.

    Enrolling on an ICI Biblical studies course puts you in control of your timetable. With no assignment deadlines to worry about, you dictate how quickly you graduate. You can complete the course in a matter of months if you want to work through the material quickly. Alternatively, you can take your time. At ICI, we allow students up to three years to finish our learning programmes.

  • Study Mode: Online Learning

    Our entire Biblical studies course is conducted online via distance learning. Also called correspondence learning, this approach to studying puts you in the driving seat. You can work whenever and wherever you wish, allowing you to comfortably fit your studies around professional and personal commitments.

    Because our course is carried out online, you can work through the learning material anywhere in the world, and you won’t have to travel to attend classes. To ensure you are supported for the duration of the course, you will have your own personal tutor to provide guidance and answer questions.

    Like all ICI learning programmes, it has been crafted to be highly engaging, motivational and rewarding.

  • Recognition & Accreditation

    Our Biblical studies course is recognised and accredited by the International Association of Private Career Colleges (IAPCC) and the International Approval and Registration Centre (IARC). ICI courses are not NZQA qualifications. ICI is an independent global awarding body that develops and administers career-related curriculum and training programs. When you graduate from an ICI training program you join ICI graduates in over 150 countries around the world.

    It takes a highly practical approach to the subject matter, providing you with knowledge and skills you can use in both your personal and professional lives.

  • Already in the Profession or Industry?

    Already involved in pastoral work, religious education or a related discipline? This course is for you. It will help you to advance your knowledge and skills and is one of the most practical steps you can take to develop your understanding of this broad and fascinating subject.

    Note that course fees can be claimed as a tax deduction as long as the learning programme is sufficiently connected to your work activities.

  • What Do I Get?

    All the materials you need to complete our Biblical studies course are included in the course fee. Once you enrol, you will receive:

    • All required study materials and course notes
    • Assignment projects with constructive tutor feedback
    • A tutor who will answer all your course and career questions and provide guidance.

    Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive:


    • A graduation certificate officially recognising your completion of studies and qualifications
    • Transcripts indicating the units completed
    • A letter of recommendation and validation for current and future employers
    • Post-nominal letters placed after your name which indicate that you hold the relevant qualification (for example: John Smith, BStMin)
    • Job search assistance: discover more about our Graduate Career Service Programme
  • Cut Off Date

    Friday, 22nd September 2023 is the next enrolment cut off date. Places are limited, in demand and entry into the course is on a first come first served basis.

    Your enrolment is processed and acknowledged within 24 hours of the Institute receiving your application. You can expect to receive your course within days of enrolling. When you start your ICI course it’s at your own pace and you determine when you finish.

    Don’t miss out. Enrol today!

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Click on one of the Enrol Now buttons above and you could be working on your first lesson – and towards a ministry career – in a matter of days!

How Does Online Studying Work?

As an ICI student, you’ll be able to train at home in your spare time, learning in the easiest possible way. There are no classes or lectures to attend, and no need to leave your job or change your schedule.

How does it work?
Enrol, Study at Home, and Graduate

ICI is committed to the successful completion of your course. The typical ICI student experience goes like this:

  1. The Enrolment Process
  2. Begin Your Studies
  3. Getting Help When You Need It
  4. Getting Assessed
  5. Graduation
1The Enrolment Process

Select the course that interests you. The International Career Institute website offers course overviews, course outlines, course fees, student testimonials, and information on career services for graduates.

When you are ready to enrol in a program, simply complete the online enrolment form, or call our toll-free number to speak with an enrolment adviser.

2Begin Your Studies

On enrolment students receive a welcome email and letter with instructions on how to login into your course and access your course and tutorial support. You will not be required to purchase any further materials. Courses are divided into modules with assessments located at the end of these modules. Assessments (written assignments) are based on what you have been learning about. No exams are involved.

Study at your own pace

One of the many great benefits of our courses is their modular format creates an easier and more effective way for you to learn. And with no need to follow a fixed timetable, you get to study and submit assignment for each module at your own pace.

3Getting Help When You Need It

Your courses are designed so that you can study independently. However, if you have a question about anything in your course, just contact one of our industry based tutors. Contact details are provided in your welcome email and letter. Your tutors are industry professionals who are ready to answer any questions about the course, assessments and industry for which you are training for.

4Get Assessed

At the end of modules you are asked to complete assignments. With no fixed assessment dates ICI students can submit their assessments at any time. This allows students to progress through the course at a pace that suits their needs. Assignments can be submitted via the student portal or email directly to the tutor.

Your assignments and projects will be graded on the following scale:

Grading scale
Lesson Grade (%)Letter EquivalentRating
100 - 80AOutstanding level of achievement
79 - 60BHigh level of achievement
59 - 50CSatisfactory level of achievement
49 - 40DMarginal level of achievement
0 - 39FFailed to complete course requirements

You must pass all modules and achieve a minimum of a C or higher in all studies to graduate. Should you not pass an assignment you are able to retake assessments as many times as you need (free of charge) in order to improve your results. Full tutorial support is available to guide you towards successfully completing your course.


Graduates of the Institute are eligible for assistance under the Graduate Career Services Program which includes assistance in job searches (by career and region), preparing cover letters, tips on interviewing, and much more. As part of your graduation package, we offer a Certified Professional Resume Writer free of charge to help you compose your resume. All graduates receive a certificate of completion at the relevant level (Certificate, Diploma or Advanced Diploma / Executive Diploma), transcripts and a letter of recommendation.