Bible Discovery Church Accreditation Course

Accreditation involves the formalised approval of people as suitable, and available, for ministries within independent autonomous churches. We recognise some among us have met certain requirements, that they have the appropriate qualifications and credentials for local church ministries in which they may already be participants.


The local church or fellowship or association of churches has the right to maintain its own standards for accreditation to ministry of its members and member churches.

It is necessary for a church or group of churches to show that they have endeavoured to maintain the standards of those with whom they permit affiliation.

Has a church endeavoured to make their church a safe place?

Has an association of churches endeavoured to make their associated churches safe places?


While recognising the complete autonomy and independence of the local church, and recognising that  local churches may not have the capacity to provide  specialised content for the training of their church members for local church ministry, I have put together an accreditation program that allows local churches to participate in the training of their local church members whilst providing specialised content and at-a-distance assessment of the learning programs of the individual members participating in this accreditation program.


I have provided suitable online content modules for training of church members for

1.    Safe Ministry training

2.    Scripture in Schools training

3.    Elementary youth leadership training

4.    Elementary eldership training.

I have also made available online modules for ongoing pastoral and chaplaincy education.


It is necessary that local church online accreditation education be supervised by the local church pastor of each member participating in this education program.

Practical skills training supervised and coordinated by the local church leadership is much more important for accreditation than online education.

Online education, however, can help to meet some content areas necessary for progressive growth for the student.  Grading of work at a distance from the local church allows an impartiality that a local church may not be able to provide.



Steve has taught Bible College courses at Certificate IV level and Diploma levels for those wanting to be equipped for working in churches.   Develop a Basic theological education in Bible, evangelism, theology, pastoral care, preaching and apologetics.

Students learn how to present lessons, how to preach and teach, and how to share with others about their faith.

Students read the whole Bible through in a year, and will become familiar with the background and history that surrounds the Bible.



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  1. There are 12 units in this online Accreditation Program


  1. This Accreditation Program requires that you develop some practical ministry skills within the context of your local church and under the supervision of your pastor or other qualified elder.


  1. This Accreditation Program requires that you have a language, literacy and numeracy ability level that will enable you to both complete the training, and carry out your role in ministry.


  1. This Accreditation Program takes about 500 hours to complete. During this training students will have access to our online resources. All assignments will be able to be completed from our online resources. If you wish, you may buy physical copies of the online resources for easier reading.


  1. There are three parts to the Accreditation Program:
  2. You will need to register for this Accreditation Program by filling out with your pastor or supervisor a contract that will permit you to be engaged in the pastoral work of your local congregation. It will be necessary for you to have completed the Working With Children Check, and have a WWCC number. You will also need to have completed your denomination’s Safe Ministry Training course.
  3. During this Accreditation Program you will read the training support material and submit assessments weekly.
  4. You will meet regularly with your pastor for discussion and assessment.


  1. This Accreditation Training Program requires that you carry out some assigned assessment work with real people or students. You will do this under the guidance of your senior pastor who has responsibility to your local church as his employer. You are undertaking supervised ministry work. These small projects involve skills that are part of the normal everyday role of the church worker. You will need to get permission from your Ministry Supervisor (senior pastor) about the most suitable way he may supervise your practical ministry Accreditation Program. Work closely with your pastor in each of the practical ministry tasks such as leading a small group, mentoring and discipling a person or group, teaching roles with children and youth, public Bible readings, public speaking engagements such as coffee mornings or men’s breakfasts, and preaching tasks.


  1. The skills checklist assesses a range of skills in this Accreditation Program.  You will need to get your Ministry Supervisor to sign you off on those skills once he is satisfied that you are competent. You are provided with instructions regarding the completion of a skills checklist.


  1. By the time you complete this Accreditation Program you should have a very clear understanding of the role of a church worker, an effective working knowledge of various aspects of the Bible and other associated knowledge areas. You will be able to meet the diverse needs of people you will supervise in a range of different church contexts. You will also have good processes for evaluating your practice, recording and reporting, and taking care of yourself.


  1. Skills Checklist Accreditation Program


Unit Content Assessment Practical






New Testament 1 Gospels and Acts
New Testament 2 Epistles and Revelation
Old Testament 1 Genesis – Job
Old Testament 2 Psalms – Malachi
Theology Biblical and Systematic Theology
Spiritual Formation Develop Work Priorities
Church History Early Church and Reformation eras
Discipleship / Small group Mentoring and small group ministry
Preaching / teaching Make a Presentation
Worldview Apologetics
Spiritual Formation Personal Discipleship
Pastoral Leadership Big Issues
Eldership Eldership Training
Evangelism Share the Gospel in a variety of Situations


  1. Cohorts: As this accreditation course is designed to be conducted in conjunction with your local church pastor or supervisor, some churches may be able to hold group sessions regularly to review materials together. Sometimes churches will choose to emphasise their own denominational distinctives within the course material. Sometimes pastors may feel obliged to correct content material according to their denominational or personal convictions. Regular group or mentoring meetings may be suitable. Each pastor has access to the online resources provided for each enrolled student in this accreditation program.


  1. Course Fees: $40 per unit


  1. Why are there course fees? The external supervisor has provided the learning packets for each unit and assesses each assignment. As an external auditor of the accreditation course, the Supervisor at Steve Grose Discovery Fellowship is in a position to make impartial assessments. Payment for this supervision encourages students to complete assignments regularly. Course fees for each unit must be paid in advance so that the supervisor at Steve Grose Discovery Fellowship can release to the student the assessment package for each unit. Course fees should only be paid at the commencement of each new unit.  Course fees do not in any way provide any form of insurance coverage for your Accreditation Program.  


  1. Students may progress through each unit at their own pace. Students may choose units to complete.


  1. Full Accreditation for this course may only be given upon completion of the entire course.


  1. Course fees can be paid online. Please email for details.


  1. Email

Email when enrolling for a new unit.

Email after payment of unit fee.

Email all assignments to this email address.





  1. Course includes:
  • File of support material for all units
  • Additional readings
  • Assessment documents
  • Conferencing support


  1. Assessments – keep a record for yourself of each Assessment submitted.
    Assessment packets for each new unit are sent by email to each student upon receipt of the $40 unit course fee.





This is your Training Plan with Steve Grose Discovery Fellowship.


We, the undersigned, acknowledge we have discussed, negotiated and agreed to this Training Plan.


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Unit Content and Reading Guide
New Testament 1 Read Gospels and Acts

Read Carson and Morris An Introduction to the New Testament

Read Bruce,F.F.  The New Testament Documents

View each Powerpoint provided (your pastor may choose to go through selected powerpoints with you or your cohort)

Students should read through the entire Bible in a year, reading 5 chapters each day from the Gospels and Acts

New Testament 2 Read Epistles and Revelation

Read CK Barret Paul

View each Powerpoint provided (your pastor may choose to go through selected powerpoints with you or your cohort)

Students should read through the entire Bible in a year, reading 5 chapters each day from the Epistles and Revelation

Old Testament 1 Read Genesis – Job

Read Dever, M. The Message of the Old Testament, Chan, F.  Multiply

View each Powerpoint provided (your pastor may choose to go through selected powerpoints with you or your cohort)

Students should read through the entire Bible in a year, reading 5 chapters each day from Genesis – Job  Read Dr. Constable’s Notes

Old Testament 2 Read Psalms – Malachi

Read The Message of the Old Testament

View each Powerpoint provided (your pastor may choose to go through selected powerpoints with you or your cohort)

Students should read through the entire Bible in a year, reading 5 chapters each day from Psalms – Malachi. It may be helpful to read one or two psalms each day for the year. Read Dr. Constable’s Notes

Theology Biblical theology

Read Ladd,G.E.  A Theology of the New Testament

Systematic Theology

Ryrie, C. Basic Theology

Read Towns, E. What The Faith Is All About

Packer, J.I. A Concise Theology

Spiritual Formation Read Warren, R. Purpose Driven Life
Church History Chadwick, H. The Church in Ancient Society

D’Aubigne, The Reformation

View each Powerpoint provided (your pastor may choose to go through selected powerpoints with you or your cohort)

Discipleship / Small group Read Chan, F. Multiply

Read Osborne, L. Sticky Church

Eims, L. The Lost Art of Disciplemaking

Memorise the Topical Memory System (TMS)

Preaching / teaching Read Make A Presentation Preaching Course

SRE Teaching modules

View each Powerpoint provided (your pastor may choose to go through selected powerpoints with you or your cohort)

Worldview Read Mohler, A. Armed for Battle

Geisler An Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics

View each Powerpoint provided (your pastor may choose to go through selected powerpoints with you or your cohort)

Pastoral Leadership Read Dever, M. 9 Marks

Personal Ministry

Hawkins, O. The Pastors Primer

Assignment  Multiply Leadership

Evangelism Evangelizology
Accreditation  Accreditation is given for each unit after successful completion of each unit’s set of short answer assignments or a positive assessment of each  practical ministry requirement. The short answer assignments are emailed to the student after enrollment in each unit. The student emails back to SGDF their completed short answer assignment sheets for marking and assessment towards accreditation.