Student Information

'Excelerate Discipleship Training (EDT) is a place where men and women come to die. They die to self, this world, the natural, ambition, and religion. EDT unapologetically confronts the flesh-man.  Day in and day out EDT is a tool of God to destroy the believer’s greatest limitation, self.  EDT is concerned with the spirit-man; it expertly trains the spirit ensuring a student is alive in Christ, full of the Spirit and a mature disciple empowered to complete the call of God.’
- Ps CalebNicholes -

Is EDT For Me?

Do you desire to form a more intimate relationship with God?

Do you want to better understand your identity in God and who He has called you to be?

Do you want to build a strong foundation in your life so you can lead others and serve God whole-heartedly?

Do you have a passion to influence your community and the nations for God?

EDT Aims and Learning Outcomes

EDT offers both one-year of part time training and two-years of full time training, with the option of finishing or deferring after one year being available.  Ideally the two years of full time training are completed consecutively, however, due to family circumstances and employment or university requirements some students elect to complete their second year of training at a later date or finish up after completing just one year.Students opting for the part‐time course may enrol in the full‐time course (either first year or second year depending on prior training and experience) the following year or at a later date for which they can be awarded recognition of prior learning.

Each year of training possesses specific aims and outcomes to ensure that the objective of EDT, to see men and women transformed into accurate and influential ambassadors of Jesus Christ, is accomplished.  The aims for first year full time and part time training are the same, although the degree to which the aims are met can differ due to the lower level intensity and time allocated to training in the part time program.

 

 

First Year Aims & Learning Outcomes

Students to have acquired knowledge and a sound understanding of the foundational principles pertaining to Christ and His Kingdom.

At the completion of the course students will be able to demonstrate that they have developed accurate Christian doctrine and possess a solid biblical foundation. Students will have obtained revelation regarding who Jesus Christ is and the importance and power of His life, death, resurrection and ascension. Students will also have a clear understanding of discipleship and its importance and necessity as a follower of Jesus.

Students to know and be able to be led by the Holy Spirit in all situations and environments.

Throughout the year students will be continually exposed to opportunities to grow and deepen their personal relationship with God. They will have learnt how to, as well as know the value of worship, prayer, fasting and living out of the spirit. They will also have received specific training and have developed competency in hearing the voice of God, building in the Spirit, moving in the prophetic, and gifts of the Spirit.

Students to be able to consistently apply skills training and revelation to their personal lives that in turn demonstrates heart transformation.

Students will have ample opportunity through training and times of sharing openly and honestly to develop their character, personal purity and an accurate sense of their identity in God. Additionally, they will be able to demonstrate awareness of, and accuracy in their personal values, core beliefs, thought processes and emotions. At the completion of the course students will also be able to apply practical skills training and acquired knowledge to their personal lives that proves them competent and responsible in managing their time, finances and health along with many other areas of good self‐management.

Students to have an accurate understanding of the role of the church in the Kingdom of God and their role as priests within the local church.

Students will have acquired knowledge and understanding regarding the God ordained purpose of the universal church as the headquarters of Heaven. Additionally, they will understand the purpose of the local church and receive specific training in how to partner accurately with Southern Lights church in the accomplishing our purpose in God. Students will receive experiential training in various church ministries and have opportunity to minister to others during times of placements and mission trips in a variety of ways.

Students to be able to function effectively and in a Christ like manner within a team setting and in all environments external to the church.

Students will reveal through interaction with classmates and others an understanding of honour, love, compassion, and unity in the Spirit. They will be able to demonstrate their competency and understanding in key areas they are trained in that are important to healthy teamwork such as communication skills, assertiveness training, interpersonal effectiveness, conflict resolution, and speaking the truth in love. Upon full completion of the course students will have received training in evangelism and how to reveal Jesus Christ to others, as well as participated in a variety of activities that benefit the community.

Students to have clarity and understanding regarding their assignment in God and be able to make choices that move them deliberately towards finishing this assignment.

Students will have the opportunity to contemplate and prepare for their future according to God’s will for their lives. They will be able to strategically plan for their future based on God’s word for their life and be trained in skills such as goal setting and decision making that will assist them in continuing to make destiny based choices.

Students to be able to competently lead others with integrity and maturity.

Students will have learnt leadership skills that reflect God’s heart. They will have understanding and practical experience regarding the differing roles of leading, managing and mentoring and receive skills training in public speaking, platform ministry, and communicating to a team. Students will receive teaching on ethical conduct and issues and will be able to demonstrate initiative, innovation and creativity in the manner that they lead others.

Second Year Aims

Students to be able to independently draw revelation from the Word of God and accurately manifest it in their everyday lives. Furthermore, students to be able to live according to the Spirit and operate full of the Holy Ghost at all times.
Students to be able to demonstrate the ability to responsibly manage a balanced life, regulate their emotions, thoughts, and behaviour according to God’s Word and faithfully pursue and grow their personal relationship with God.
Students to be able to minister and communicate with clarity and conviction whenever necessary in a way that engages the audience and enables them to achieve greater knowledge, understanding and personal breakthrough.
Students to be a passionate and honourable representative of Jesus in all that they do including being of sound character, serving with a pure heart, possessing the attitude of a son/daughter in the local church, remaining under authority, and upholding unity in the Spirit for the purpose of advancing The Kingdom.
Students to be able to competently lead in a Christ like manner, demonstrating the ability to motivate and inspire followers to complete a vision and journey further in their destiny with God.
Students to be proficient in the skills required to manage events, teams and ministries in such a way that desired outcomes are achieved with professionalism and excellence.
Students to have a clear understanding of the Kingdom mandate and are therefore confident in executing the will of God in all spheres of society beyond the church.

Prerequisites

The below criteria must be satisfied in order to be considered for Excelerate Discipleship Training:

  1. Be over 18 years of age (or turning 18 within the first few months of commencing EDT)
  2. Agree to the EDT statement of faith
  3. Complete the application form, including all referee reports and pay the application processing fee by the due date
  4. Agree to the EDT policies of no drinking and no dating. These policies will be discussed further during the interview process.

Accreditation

Diploma of Ministry

This training is provided in partnership with the Australian College of Ministries (ACOM). ACOM is a Member Institute of the Sydney College of Divinity who offer internationally recognised higher education awards.

Study with ACOM is Austudy & Fee-Help approved through the Sydney College of Divinity, for students who meet the Australian Government criteria.

Visit www.studyassist.gov.au  for details

Students who commence studies in 2017 with the Higher Education Diploma will complete 6 units in 1st year and 6 units in 2nd year. Ongoing students from 2016 and students returning to study with us, having previously completed the Certificate IV qualification, will have to complete 7 units during their 2nd year.

Course Fees and Financial Information

EDT Full Time - Full time training is offered through two separate financial streams; sponsored and unsponsored.

 
 

Full Time Sponsored

Sponsored students are required to pay their EDT course fees the levies specified in the below table. EDT course fees cover (but are not exclusive to):

  1. Tuition fees
  2. Beginning of year retreat
  3. End of year retreat
  4. Camps and events
  5. Domestic mission trips
  6. Resources, manuals and stationary
  7. IT
  8. Expert guest speakers and teachers
  9. Australian School of the Prophets conference
  10. Apostolic Network Gathering conference
  11. Photos
  12. Ceremonies and certificates
  13. Liability insurance
2018 Fees
First Year
Second Year
Continuing Students
Second Year
Non-Continuing Students
Payment Frequency
Tuition $4,600 $4,600  $4600 Quarterly
Books & Resources Levy $125 $125  $125 At orientation
Uniform Levy $170 $170  $170 At orientation
Gym Levy $50 N/A  N/A At orientation
Sponsored Student Levy $3,300 $3,300 $3,300 Quarterly
TOTAL EDT FEES PAYABLE $8,245 $8,195  $8,195  
Diploma $13,450 $13,450 $14,840  Higher Ed FeeHelp
TOTAL COST OF COURSE $21,695.00 $21,645.00  $23,035  
Sponsored students are required to cover the course fees for the Diploma of Ministry offered through the Sydney School of Divinity and Australian College of Ministries. These fees can either be paid up front or students can utilise the FeeHelp Loan Scheme that defers higher education course fees in full.

For more information on the FeeHelp loan scheme see www.studyassist.gov.au

The total cost of the Diploma of Ministry is $28,290.00 ($13,450.00 in first year and $14,840.00 in second year).

A sponsored student lives with an experienced family from the local church who does not receive financial compensation. This host family opens their home and their hearts to the student for the entire year, free of charge. Sponsored students pay a Sponsored Student Levy to EDT which covers increased administration costs, training, and one-on-one coaching for the houseparents, to ensure students are provided with a secure and rewarding home life for the duration of their stay.
Sponsored students need to cover their own personal costs such as transport, clothing, meals outside of the host home, entertainment, and other personal items. Receiving Centrelink should assist students to cover these personal costs as well as the ‘living expense levy’ throughout the year.
Sponsored students are not required to engage in paid employment for the duration of their time at EDT due to living in a sponsored home. Sponsored students are encouraged to not engage in additional employment unless absolutely necessary in order to spend their time and energy focusing on their training in EDT.
Optional costs:
Missions trips - Second Year students will also have the opportunity to be involved in an international placement to locations such as the Philippines, Uganda, Europe, Malaysia, Solomon Islands and Indonesia. This is an opportunity of a lifetime to ‘go into all the world’, minister to many people and influence other nations for Christ. If the student would like to take up this opportunity, the cost will be between $1,000 ‐ $3,000 depending on the location in addition to the course fees.

Not all students are required to undertake an international placement and a number of domestic trips will be available. In order to book and plan diligently, should a second year student desire to participate in an international placement a deposit of $1000 will be required by 31st of May each year.

 
*this levy does not cover the books required for the Diploma of Ministry

Full Time Unsponsored

Unsponsored students are required to pay their EDT course fees the levies specified in the below table. EDT course fees cover (but are not exclusive to):

  1. Tuition fees
  2. Beginning of year retreat
  3. End of year retreat
  4. Camps and events
  5. Domestic mission trips
  6. Resources, manuals and stationary
  7. IT
  8. Expert guest speakers and teachers
  9. Australian School of the Prophets conference
  10. Apostolic Network Gathering conference
  11. Photos
  12. Ceremonies and certificates
  13. Liability insurance
2018 Fees
First Year
Second Year
Continuing Students
Second Year
Non-Continuing Students
Payment Frequency
Tuition $4,600 $4,600  $4,600 Quarterly
Books & Resources Levy* $125 $125  $125 At Orientation
Uniform Levy $170 $170 $170 At Orientation
Gym Levy $50 NA NA At Orientation
TOTAL FEES PAYABLE $4,945 $4,945  $4,945
Diploma $13,450 $13,450  $14,840 Higher Ed FeeHelp
TOTAL COST OF COURSE $18,395.00 $18,395.00 $19,785 

 

Higher education course fee:
Unsponsored students are required to cover the course fees for the Diploma of Ministry offered through the Sydney School of Divinity and Australian College of Ministries. These fees can either be paid up front or students can utilise the FeeHelp Loan Scheme that defers higher education course fees in full.

For more information on the FeeHelp loan scheme see www.studyassist.gov.au

The total cost of the Diploma of Ministry is $28,290.00 ($13,450.00 in first year and $14,840.00 in second year).

Living expenses:
An unsponsored student is responsible for financially covering all their living expenses.
Personal costs:
Unsponsored students need to cover their own personal costs such as transport, clothing, meals outside of the host home, entertainment, and other personal items.
Employment:
Unsponsored students may choose to engage in causal employment during their discipleship training should they require the finances. It is recommended, however, that the hours of paid work are not excessive as that may interfere with a student’s ability to participate in the course and complete the course requirements.
Optional costs:
Missions trips - Second Year students will also have the opportunity to be involved in an international placement to locations such as the Philippines, Uganda, Europe, Malaysia, Solomon Islands and Indonesia. This is an opportunity of a lifetime to ‘go into all the world’, minister to many people and influence other nations for Christ. If the student would like to take up this opportunity, the cost will be between $1,000 ‐ $3,000 depending on the location in addition to the course fees.

Not all students are required to undertake an international placement and a number of domestic trips will be available. In order to book and plan diligently, should a second year student desire to participate in an international placement a deposit of $1000 will be required by 31st of May each year.

 
*this levy does not cover the books required for the Diploma of Ministry

Part Time

Students participating in the part time program are required to pay the following:
EDT Fees: The part time program costs $1850.00 for the year plus additional levies. The total course cost can be paid upfront or quarterly, prior to commencement of each term via direct debit and a discount applies for married couples undertaking the training together. The part time EDT course fees cover (but are not exclusive to):

  1. Tuition fees
  2. Beginning of year retreat
  3. Resources, manuals and stationary
  4. IT
  5. Expert guest speakers and teachers
  6. Photos
  7. Ceremonies and certificates
  8. Liability insurance
Fee
EDT PT
Single
EDT PT
Married Couple
Payment Frequency
Tuition  $1,900  $3,000  Quarterly
Books & Resources Levy  $125  $250  At Orientation
Uniform Levy  $170  $340  At Orientation
Gym Levy  $50  $100  At Orientation
TOTAL  $2185.00  $3570.00

Financial Support

Centrelink

As students are undertaking an accredited course during their training at EDT they may be eligible to receive Youth Allowance (16 to 24 years of age), Austudy (25 years or older) or ABSTUDY from Centrelink depending on their personal financial situation. Go to www.humanservices.gov.au/ to check for eligibility and to apply online.
 
 

FeeHelp

The FeeHelp loan scheme is available for Australian students in EDT as they are undertaking an accredited higher education course. Students can nominate on the EDT application form to access the FeeHelp loan scheme to cover the cost of the online Diploma of Ministry. For more information on the FeeHelp loan scheme go to www.studyassist.gov.au