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BAPTIST ACCREDITATION & PASTORAL TRAINING

Morling College is the theological college of pastoral and related ministries for accreditation in NSW and ACT Baptist churches and takes its responsibility seriously in the formation of students for accredited Baptist Ministry especially in light of NSW and ACT Baptist Association, ethical and Government legislated requirements.

ACCREDITATION DETAILS

At the April Baptist Assembly, 2015 revised Baptist Accreditation guidelines were accepted by the Baptist churches of NSW and ACT. These guidelines are reflected in training processes surrounding Baptist Accreditation and training conducted by Morling College. The College acts on behalf of the Baptist Churches of NSW and ACT when it comes to formation for Baptist accreditation. Please refer to the full Accreditation Guidelines for these details.

ACCREDITATION STUDY REQUIREMENTS

Full requirements and further details surrounding Baptist accreditation training and formation will be supplied when contact has been made with the Accreditation Adviser. To get in touch, please email enquiries@morling.edu.au and you will be contacted about what pursuing Accreditation involves in study and formation requirements.

PRE-APPLICATION INFORMATION SESSIONS surrounding Baptist Accreditation take place twice in a year and are hosted at the College, with each session held early in semesters 1 and 2. This is a meeting hosted by the College but conducted in liaison with Ministry Support and Development (MSD), 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-Accreditation interview. For students who are unable to make this session, due to distance, contact Jenny Case – jcasey@nswactbaptists.org.au to ensure that you can be part of live streaming on the day, or for possible remedial arrangements to be arranged.

The next Pre-Application information sessions are being held at Morling College MALC L2:

Thursday, 26th March 2020 - 4.15pm - 5.30pm (Location TBC)

Thursuday, 15th August 2020 - 4.15pm - 5.30pm (Location TBC)

PRE-APPLICATION INTERVIEWS

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 soon as possible so that a time slot can be allocated on a Pre-application interview day. This is the next step in moving forward to receive Baptist Accreditation.

The next set of Pre-Application Interviews is being held at Morling College MALC L3:

Wednesday 22nd or Thursday 23rd April 2020 - time slot between 9am and 5pm

Wednesday 7th or Thursday 8th October 2020 - time slot between 9am and 5pm

BAPTIST ASSEMBLY AND BAPTIST MINISTER'S ACCREDITATION SERVICE:

Being an accepted Accreditation Candidate means supporting both the Association and other Baptist pastors, so it is important to be part of Association events. If you are an accepted Accreditation Candidate then it would be expected that you attend the May and September Baptist Assemblies, Events and Accreditation Service. These will take place:

May Assembly - Saturday 2nd May 2020, 9am to 2.30pm at Morling College MALC, 7 Saunders Close, Macquarie Park NSW 2113

September Assembly and Accreditation Service - Saturday, 5 September, 9.30am to 2.30pm. Location TBC.

For further details and registration for these events refer to the Baptist Association web-site and search in events: https://nswactbaptists.org.au/

OTHER RELATED ACCREDITATION EVENTS:

Refer to the Full Accreditation Guidelines for whether some of these events are mandatory or not as an accepted Accreditation Candidate:

  • Baptist Accreditation Candidate Annual Update Meeting:
    Tuesday 11th February, 2020,
    1.30pm to 3.00pm (during Community Week) at Morling MALC L3 (Location tbc). It is expected that all accepted Baptist Accreditation Candidates would attend this meeting. This is required so as to stay informed of any revised Accreditation and training requirements. It is also a chance to meet and connect with other Accreditation candidates for networking and support purposes. If you are unable to attend this meeting please inform Keith Mitchell, Accreditation Adviser KeithM@morling.edu.au. Feel free to attend the morning’s Community Week sessions and share in a free lunch with other students as well.
  • Creating Safe Spaces Training
    Monday, 10th August & Monday 24th August 2020. 9am to 5pm (Morling College - Ministry and Learning Centre, Level 4 Conference Room).
    2 day advanced training. It is preferred that you have been accepted as an Accreditation Candidate to attend this event but any paid pastoral position would be expected to attend these workshops. This event is conducted by the Ministry Standards Unit of the Baptist Association and is a paid event. Pre-register online.
  • Marriage Workshop
    Thursday, 17th September. 1.30pm to 4.30pm (Venue TBC).
    ou must be accepted as an Accreditation Candidate or doing PC094 Practical Ministry Field Education to attend this event. This event is conducted by the Baptist Association free of charge.
  • Prepare-Enrich Facilitator Trainer – MMonday 5th August, 9.30am to 1pm (Morling MALC - Room TBC). Contact Keith Mitchell (KeithM@morling.edu.au). The Association states that this must be completed to attain a Marriage license as a Baptist Celebrant and is usually offered in June each year at a reduced rate for College students.
  • Annual Accreditation Progress Review - Wednesday 8th or Thursday 9th July, 2020 Morling MALC L3 (Location TBC). This is for accepted Baptist Accreditation Candidates who have not yet had their final interview and approved to progress towards Accreditation. A time slot will be allocated on one of these days for a review of your study progression and current ministry placement. Ensure that you have a developed plan of completing your studies for this meeting.
  • Annual Accreditation Luncheon – Friday 9th October, 2020 12.30pm to 1.30pm (Morling Dining Room). This is a free lunch provided by the College for Accreditation candidates so as to both take opportunity to pray and thank those who will be completing Accreditation studies this year, and to build on networking with other Accreditation candidates for ongoing support and relationship.

STEPS TO ACCREDITATION

  • STEP ONE: DECIDE

    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.

  • STEP TWO: GETTING READY

    Pre-Application (Preliminary Registration for Interest)

    This step is designed to help assess if you should continue with a formal application. You are required to attend a pre-application 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.

  • STEP THREE: FORMAL APPLICATION

    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.

  • STEP FOUR: ACCEPTANCE

    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:
      1. Doctrine and Denominationalism
      2. Personality and Relational Capacity
      3. 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.

  • STEP FIVE: ONGOING DEVELOPMENT

    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.

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