Ministry Formation | Trinity College Theological School, Melbourne Melbourne

Ministry Education Centre

The Ministry Education Centre is committed to ministry formation - to equipping women and men for lay or ordained ministry in the Anglican Church, and to explore their Christian vocation.

Ministry Education

Ministry Education is centred within our practices as a learning community of faith. There are three strands:
  • Theological education –  learn to reflect theologically through the study of the scriptures, theology and ethics, the Church’s history, its ministry and mission and pastoral care. 
  • Christian spirituality ­– learn about personal growth and ministry, nurture your relationship with God through prayer and worship, enjoy an annual retreat, and join with other members of the College community life and parish and in supervised field placements. 
  • Ministry praxis – develop and nurture ability to work at all levels within our faith communities to enable the development of effective leadership and mission. 

In these ways students participate in a learning community in which they learn more about giving voice and body to the gospel of Christ Jesus, to represent the Christian people and Christian traditions, that is, to serve God's mission in the world.  

Ministry Education

Ministry Education comprises:

The Academic Program

Students undertaking Ministry Education normally complete either a BTheol or and MDiv (especially but not only those in the ordained stream). The following units in Practical Theology ar ethe core units for the Minsitry Education Program offered over the course of two years at Trinity:

  •  Spiritual Formation in the Christian Tradition  (DS3100T/D8300T): a wide-ranging introduction to the riches of Christian spirituality through time and across cultures. It covers some of the main movements and contemporary interests, and provides firm foundations for developing a rule of life deeply engaged with Christian wisdom. (Offered in 2017)
  • Ministerial Formation in the Anglican Tradition (DA1100T/DA8100T): an exploration of Christian understandings of discipleship and formation for ministry. Formation is an umbrella terms referring to aspects of personal vocation, professional learning and growth in ministry. Its focus is on baptism and ordination, and public representative witness, giving special attention to the Anglican ordinal.  (Offered in 2017)
  • Mission and Leadership for Contemporary Australia  (DP1300T/DP8300T): an exploration of Anglican understandings of mission and evangelism, and how they engage and are challenged by contemporary Australian cultures, with special reference to the Five Marks of Mission and the global migration of “mission-shaped church” initiatives to create church for the unchurched. (Offered in 2018)
  • Practices of Ministry  (DA1600T/DA8600T):  a guide to major day-to-day concerns of Christian leadership: contextual study, mission auditing, listening and pastoral conversation. (Offered in 2018)

As well as other academic units in biblical studies, theology and church history, the following additional units of practical theology are required to those seeking ordination:

  • Introduction to Liturgical Thought and Practice (DL1200T/DL8200T)
  • Preaching in the Liturgy (DP2100T/DP9100T)
  • Prayer Book Studies (DL3200T/DL9200T)
  • Theology and Practice of Pastoral Care (DP2500T/DP9500T)
  • Developing a Theology of Mission Today (DM1000P/DM8000P)

The Trinity Certificate Course

The Ministry Education Centre also offers the Trinity Certificate, which is designed to equip people to reflect on their faith, ministry and discipleship in the context of their everyday lives.

Apply to join the Ministry Education Program

Arrange a time to talk to the Director of the Ministry Education Centre and fill in the Ministry Education Application Form and forward it to the Theological School office.

Contact

Director of the Ministry Education Centre: The Revd Dr Don Saines (dsaines@trinity.edu.au)

Coordinator of Supervised Field Education: the Revd Dr Cecilia Francis (cfrancis@trinity.edu.au)

Or Telephone  03 9348 7127  to speak to the Theological School office.