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Accreditation & Pastoral Training

Morling College is the theological college of pastoral and related ministries for accreditation in NSW and ACT Baptist churches.

Accreditation Details

At the April Baptist Assembly, 2015 new Baptist Accreditation guidelines were accepted. These new guidelines are being reflected in new processes surrounding Baptist Accreditation and training. 

Download the following preliminary document for initial information surrounding the Study and Training expectations for Baptist Accreditation through the College.

Requirements and further details surrounding Baptist accreditation training and formation will be supplied when contact has been made with the Accreditation Adviser, Keith Mitchell – KeithM@morling.edu.au.

PRE-ACCREDITATION INFORMATION SESSIONS surrounding Baptist Accreditation take place twice in a year and are hosted at the College, with the first session held early in semester one and the second session held early in semester two. This is a meeting hosted by the College but conducted in liaison with Ministry Support and Development (MSD) whom represent the Baptist Association. You must have attended the Pre-Accreditation Information Session to be able to move ahead with accreditation and then be part of a Pre-Accreditation interview. For students who are unable to make this session, due to distance, contact Viv Grice – vgrice@nswactbaptists.org.au. Remedial arrangements may be possible, or a Skype connection established.

The next Pre-Accreditation information sessions are:

  • Thursday, 30 March, 4pm – 5.30pm at Morling College, meeting in Morling Residential College: MRC 1
  • Thursday, 24 August, 4.30pm – 6pm at Morling College

Steps to Accreditation

The first step is to speak with our Accreditation Adviser Keith Mitchell who will assist you through the Accreditation process. Please contact Keith to arrange a suitable time discuss further: keithm@morling.edu.au

Before beginning the Accreditation for Ministry process, you must be enrolled in a course at Morling.

If you are not already a student with us, you can find out more about applying to study at Morling here.

Pre-Application

This step is designed to help assess if you should continue with a formal application.

You are required a pre-accreditation information session. Morling will host a meeting each semester on campus.

During the information session you will be provided with documentation outlining the requirements for the accreditation process. You will need to complete the following documents before step 3:

  1. Preliminary registration of interest for Baptist Accreditation
  2. Confidential Questionnaire and Statutory Declaration regarding personal character and history.
  3. A referral from your pastor, indicating their support.

Once all documentation has been received by the Committee for the Ministry, representatives will meet with you to discuss the next step.

You will need to complete the following through an Online Application:

  1. An account of your call to ministry
  2. An account of your spiritual journey
  3. 500+ words regarding your convictions on Baptist doctrine and practice
  4. 500+ words regarding your understanding of Baptist practice of ministry
  5. An account of your ministry experience including preaching
  6. Three references:
    a) Your pastor
    b) Any previous pastor (< 5 years)
    c) An office bearer of your Church
  7. A list of theological general reading, identifying books read during the last two years
  8. An up-to-date medical report
  9. A manuscript of a recent sermon with a digital recording or online reference
  10. Your stance on the Statement of Beliefs in the Constitution.

The Committee for the Ministry will then seek reports from your current Church, an approved Clinical Psychologist who will meet with you, and Morling College (if applicable). Participation in brief training and evaluation workshops will also be required.

  1. Interview
    Over the course of one day, you and (if applicable) your spouse/fiancee will be interviewed. You will be required to:
    1. Share your story of why you believe you are called and why you are applying for accreditation.
    2. Meet with three interview panels:
    a) Doctrine and Denominationalism
    b) Personality and Relational Capacity
    c) Gifts and Experience for Ministry
    After this you will be free to leave to allow the Committee for the Ministry to decide your application.
  2. Candidacy and Probation
    If accepted as a candidate for accreditation you will meet with the Committee for the Ministry again to develop your Ministry and Leadership Development Plan and checklist. This will be used to assess your progress through the probation period. Probation will conclude when the Committee for the Ministry meets with you to consider final reports from your Church, Morling College and others as required by the committee.

Accreditation is an ongoing process requiring demonstration of continued growth over a three year cycle in areas of spiritual life, professional skills and connection.

In the first three years following accreditation you will be required to:

  1. Complete any remaining ministry training require by the Committee for the Ministry
  2. Attend required post-accreditation events conducted by Ministry Support & Development (MSD)
  3. Undertake Clinical Mentoring with an approved mentor for a minimum of four hours per year.

During your first year as an Accredited Minister it is expected that you will server under the direction of MSD, Global InterAction, or such other body approved by the Committee for the Ministry. During this period you will need to consult with MSD if considering a change in your ministry placement.

Further Questions?

For any other enquiries contact Keith Mitchell, Accreditation Adviser KeithM@morling.edu.au

BA Accreditation Guidelines 2015

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