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Study for Interest Only

There is the opportunity to attend classes and participate in discussion. ‘Interest only’ enrolment direct with St Barnabas College is a great way to gain confidence and to ‘test the water’ to find out whether enrolling in the Bachelor of Theology is an option for you.

Interest-only study provides an ideal opportunity for people living in Adelaide to see what tertiary study of theology involves, without having to do the assignments!

Normally, there is no formal assessment and it is not possible to submit any work for assessment.  There are no formal requirements to write essays.

Attendance cannot be accepted as credit towards a degree at a later stage. Nothing will be recorded officially and no certificate will be issued.

A range of subjects are on offer each semester, but numbers are strictly limited.

Subjects on Offer

Semester 1 Timetable

9:30 – 12:15Greek 1
Dr Doug Rouston
Hebrew 1
Dr Matthew Anstey

Christian Spirituality
Jenny Wilson

Prophetic Literature
Dr Joseph Chung
Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)
Peter Williams (Full year Subject) *
1:45 – 4:30The Triune God
Warren Huffa

Reasoning, Values and Communication
Dr Cathy Thomson

Paul and his Letters
Damian Szepessy
5:30 – 8:00Intro to OT Studies
Dr Gethzi Devasagayam

The Synoptic Gospels
Dr Doug Rouston & Dave Brown

The Rise of Christianity to 600 CE
Dr Jenny Hein

Dr Rodney Fopp

Ethical and Theological Issues in Ageing Dr Lynn Arnold, 8 March, 29 March, 10 May (all day)

Applied Principles of Church Leadership Dr Don Owers, 2 March, 16 March, 30 March, 11 May, 25 May (mornings) [Note: this course is $60 per morning, or $200 for all five]

Semester 2 Timetable

9:30 – 12:15Practical Theology
Dr Sidney Green
Greek 2
Dr Doug Rouston

Hebrew 2
Dr Matthew Anstey

Jenny Wilson

OT History and Narrative
Dr Joseph Chung
Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)
Peter Williams (full year subject)*
1:45 – 4:30The European Reformations
Dr Jenny Hein
The Johannine Literature
Damian Szepessy
Contemporary Approaches to Biblical Studies Seminar
Dr Matthew Anstey & Dr Doug Rowston
5:30 – 8:00Being the Church
Dr Warren Huffa
Intro to NT Studies
Dave Brown

Anglican Foundations Dr Jeffrey Driver, intensive mode, 5 to 7 July (9am to 1pm) and 9 September, 9:30am to 4pm

The Ageing Person Dr Margaret Annells, Intensive mode, dates to be determined

Advanced Seminar in Mission and Evangelism Dr Tim Harris, dates to be determined

*CPE can only be taken for credit. Contact Peter Williams for more information.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements – you don’t need to have matriculated and you don’t need any formal qualifications to attend subjects for interest-only. However, these are University level subjects and there is an expectation that you enjoy reading, analysing material and discussing your views.


It is expected that, in order to maximise the benefit of the subject, those enrolling this way will attend each class at the required time, complete the required reading and participate in discussion.

Please contact the College for the costs of interest-only study.

Reading materials

No reading materials are provided, and it will be necessary to purchase the set text books or borrow from one of the Theological Libraries (Adelaide Theological Library, Brooklyn Park or the Australian Lutheran College, North Adelaide).

You will need to join as a Community Borrower. An additional fee is payable and can be arranged with the Library.

Enquiries:  Or ring 8305 9380.