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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. Register your interest below to be contacted about the detailed Accreditation requirements.


PRE-APPLICATION 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-Application Information Session to be able to move ahead with accreditation and then be part of a Pre-Application 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-Application information sessions are:

  • Thursday, 15th March, 2018 4.00pm – 5.30pm at Morling College (Venue tbc)
  • Thursday 23rd August, 2018 4pm to 5.30pm (Venue tbc)

PRE-APPLICATION INTERVIEWS
Pre-Application Interviews are being offerred at the Epping Baptist Ministry Centre, Epping on Thursday 26th April, 2018 and Thursday 4th October, 2018. If you have attended a Pre-application Information Session and received the appropriate forms, and are still interested in continuing forward towards Accreditation candidacy then ensure you lodge these completed forms and Pastor’s reference as as soon as possible so that a time slot can be allocated on one of this days. This is the next step in moving forward in seeking Baptist Accreditation.

BAPTIST MINISTER’S ACCREDITATION SERVICE:

Saturday 15th September, 1pm @ Venue to be announced

OTHER RELATED ACCREDITATION EVENTS:

Annual Accreditation Candidate Review – For all accepted Accreditation Candidates only. Time slot on either Wednesday 27th or Thursday 28th June. Held at BMC, Epping or Skype by arrangement. (E-mail to come from BMC, Epping. Ensure your e-mail details are upto date with Ministry Support and Development.)

Creating Safe Spaces – Monday, 27 August and Monday, 10 September; All day (Registration details to come in @Morling)

Marriage Workshop – Thursday 23rd August 1.30pm to 4pm (Registration details to come in Morling Newsletter)

Steps to Accreditation:

The first step is to speak with our Accreditation Advisor 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 (Preliminary Registration for Interest)

This step is designed to help assess if you should continue with a formal application. You are required attend a Pre-application information session. Morling will host an information session 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 (Formal Application):

1. Preliminary Registration for Interest Baptist Accreditation Application.

2. Confidential Questionnaire and Statutory Declaration regarding personal character and history.

3. A referral from your pastor, indicating their support of your application.

Once all documentation has been received by the Committee for the Ministry, representatives will meet with you to discuss the next step at a Pre-Application interview. This is a requirement before proceeding to Step 3.


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

1. An account of your call to ministry

2. An account of your early religious training, conversion & spiritual journey

3. 500+ words regarding your convictions on Baptist doctrine and practice of ministry

4. 500+ words regarding your understanding of Baptist practice of ministry

5. An account of your ministry experience, including preaching

6. References:

– Names of three persons who know you well – any Employer (current or previous) or colleague/acquaintance/friend
– Plus, your Current Senior/Lead Pastor and/or any Previous Senior/Lead Pastor (< 5 years previous)
– The name of the Church Secretary (or senior office bearer) of your current church for them to organise a formal letter from the church supporting your application for accreditation.

7.  A list of theological & general reading, identifying books read during the last two years

8. An up-to-date medical report

9. A digital recording or online reference/link of a recent sermon you have preached in English; or a written transcript of an English translation of a sermon preached in another language

10. Your stance on the Statement of Beliefs in the Constitution.

11. Signed Statement of Principle

You are also required to undergo a psychological assessment with an approved Clinical Psychologist. A report will be requested from Morling College (if applicable). Participation in brief training and evaluation workshops will also be required.

Interview

Over the course of one day, you and (if applicable) your spouse/fiancé(e) 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:
  3. a) Doctrine and Denominationalism
  4. b) Personality and Relational Capacity
  5. 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.

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.

Are you interested in Accreditation?

Complete the form below and click ‘submit’, and our Accreditation Adviser, Keith Mitchell will be in touch with you.

BA Accreditation Guidelines 2015

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