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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 a 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 one of these sessions, please contact Jenny Case – email@example.com.
The next Pre-Application information sessions are being held as follows:
Thursday, 13th August 2020 - 4.15pm - 5.30pm face-to-face or online via ZOOM
Please email Jenny Casey firstname.lastname@example.org before the meeting for a ZOOM link and relevant forms to be sent to you. Please ensure you have ZOOM on your computer or mobile device and are familiar with how to use this before your meeting.
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. Contact Ros Allibone, BA office to book in.
The next set of Pre-Application Interviews is being held at Morling College MALC L3, or via ZOOM:
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 Baptist Assemblies, Events and Accreditation Service. Due to Government regulations these events and activities are being coordinated differently. Keep up-to-date with BA events through their web-site and search in events: https://nswactbaptists.org.au/
OTHER RELATED ACCREDITATION EVENTS:
As an accepted Accreditation Candidate refer to the Full Accreditation Training Guidelines for whether some of these events are mandatory or not.
- Baptist Accreditation Candidate Annual Update Meeting:
This is held annually in February during Community Week of Morling College. 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 Community Week sessions, share in a free lunch with other students and attend the meeting afterwards.
- Creating Safe Spaces Training
Monday, 10th August & Monday 24th August 2020. 9am to 5pm (Morling College - Ministry and Learning Centre, Level 4 Conference Room) or through ZOOM.
This is a 2 day advanced training program that all paid Baptist pastors and leaders should attend. 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. Details of registration will be notified here and the College Newsletter.
- Marriage Workshop
Thursday, 17th September 2020, 1.30pm to 4.30pm
Facilitator: Grae McWhirter
Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMtfuCoqD4qHd1RHNLsIMzTDmf9Iyqir_GT
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
If you have any questions, please contact Grae McWhirter on email@example.com
This event is conducted by the Baptist Association free of charge for Baptist Accreditation students. Attendance at this is mandatory for obtaining your Religious Marriage license as an accredited Baptist minister.
- Prepare-Enrich Facilitator Trainer
The Baptist Association (BA) states that Prepare-enrich must be completed to attain a Marriage license as a Baptist Celebrant.
This is offered as an on-line blended training program. Please refer to the following link for details and registration (https://prepare-enrich.myshopify.com/products/prepare-enrich-blended-training-morling-college-july-2020).
The face to face component is aiming to take place on Monday 3rd August 2020, 9.30am to 1pm (Morling MALC - L1 Seminar Room) or via ZOOM option. Registrations extended and now close 19th June, 2020. The College offers this course annually at a much reduced rate for College students. Contact Keith Mitchell (KeithM@morling.edu.au) for further enquiries.
- Annual Accreditation Progress Review - Tuesday 6th, or Wednesday 8th afternoon, or Thursday 9th afternoon in July via ZOOM.
If you are a Baptist Accreditation Candidate and have not yet had your final interview and been approved to progress towards Accreditation then you will most likely need to attend. This is an important time of support as a Candidate to see how you are progressing through your studies and how your placement is going. Jenny Casey will be finalising an e-mail for you with details and a time slot. Not all candidates will need to attend but you will be notified if that is your situation. Ensure that you have a developed plan of completing your studies for this meeting and thoughts whether you would like a ministry placement move.
- Annual Accreditation Luncheon
Thursday 8th October, 2020 12.30pm to 1.30pm (Morling Dining Room TBC).
This is a free annual lunch provided by the College for Accreditation candidates to both take opportunity to pray, and thank those who will be completing Accreditation studies this year. It also serves to build networking with other Accreditation candidates as ongoing support and relationship. An e-mail will be sent around September to those whom it is suitable to attend.