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 email@example.com 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, pleasse contact Jenny Case – firstname.lastname@example.org.
The next Pre-Application information sessions are being held as follows:
Thursday, 26th March 2020 - 4.15pm - 5.30pm online via ZOOM
Please email Jenny Casey email@example.com 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.
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 2020, 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, 1.45pm to 3.00pm (during Community Week) at Morling MALC L2, Room 2. 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 2020, 1.30pm to 4.30pm (Baptist Association MALC L4).
You 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 –
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 takes place on Monday 3rd August 2020, 9.30am to 1pm (Morling MALC - L1 Seminar Room). Registrations close 31st May 2020. Contact Keith Mitchell (KeithM@morling.edu.au) for further enquiries.
The Association states that Prepare-enrich must be completed to attain a Marriage license as a Baptist Celebrant. The College offers it annually 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 – *date changed* Thursday 8th 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.