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BAPTIST ACCREDITATION & PASTORAL TRAINING 

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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

The College acts on behalf of the Baptist Churches of NSW and ACT, and Baptist Churches of WA when it comes to formation for Baptist accreditation. Please refer to the full Accreditation Guidelines for your relevant State or Territory regarding these details.

In NSW and ACT at the April NSW and ACT Baptist Assembly, 2015 revised Baptist Accreditation guidelines were accepted by the Baptist Churches of NSW and ACT. These guidelines are currently reflected in training processes surrounding Baptist Accreditation and training conducted by Morling College for NSW and ACT Baptist Church Candidates in Accreditation. Accreditation processes and accreditation guidelines are currently under review and are expected to be updated by the end of 2022, ready for enactment from 2023 onwards, once the NSW and ACT Baptist Assembly has passed them. Current guidelines and processes are still operating at this time.

ACCREDITATION STUDY REQUIREMENTS

Full requirements and further details surrounding Baptist accreditation training and formation will be supplied when contact has been made with the relevant Accreditation Adviser in each State or Territory.

For NSW and ACT Baptist Churches contact Jenny Casey (Sydney MALC): jcasey@nswactbaptists.org.au

For WA Baptist Accreditation contact Lloyd Porter (Vose Campus): lloydp@morling.edu.au

NSW & ACT BAPTIST ACCREDITATION EVENTS & DETAILS

SYDNEY 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 the NSW and ACT Baptist Association.

You must have attended a Pre-Application Information Session to be able to move ahead with accreditation in NSW and ACT Baptist 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 – jcasey@nswactbaptists.org.au.

The next Pre-Application information sessions are being held as follows:

  • Thursday 31st March 2022, 4pm to 5.30pm - face-to-face (Room 1) or online via ZOOM
  • Thursday 8th September 2022, 4pm to 5.30pm - face-to-face (Room 2 or online via ZOOM

Please email Jenny Casey jcasey@nswactbaptists.org.au 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. 

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 NSW and ACT Baptist 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 NSW and ACT Baptist Accreditation. Details were given to you at the Pre-Application information session.

The next set of Pre-Application Interviews is being held at Sydney MALC, or via ZOOM:

  • Wednesday 13th or Thursday 14th April 2022 (1 hour designated time slot to be arranged)

BAPTIST ASSEMBLY AND BAPTIST MINISTER'S ACCREDITATION SERVICE:

Being an accepted NSW and ACT Baptist 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 NSW and ACT Baptist Assemblies, Events, and Accreditation Services. Due to Government and health sitautions these events and activities may be 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.

  • Advanced Creating Safe Spaces Training (ACSS)
    Completing the Baptist Association’s Creating Safe Spaces and Advanced Creating Safe Spaces Training courses are requirements to become accredited as a NSW and ACT Baptist minister.

    There are planned two ACSS Training sessions in 2022 as follows:
    1. Saturday 26 March and Saturday 2 April – online only session
    2. Monday 8 August and Monday 22 August – onsite only at the Baptist Ministry Centre, MALC, Macquarie Park

    This 2 day advanced training program is required for all paid NSW and ACT Baptist pastors and leaders. 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.
     
  • Marriage Workshop
    This event is conducted by the NSW and ACT Baptist Association free of charge for NSW and ACT Baptist Accreditation students. Attendance at this is mandatory for obtaining your Religious Marriage license as an accredited Baptist minister.
    Please contact Craig Corkhill for details of the next workshop being offered ccorkill@nswactbaptists.org.au
     
  • Prepare-Enrich Facilitator Trainer
    The NSW and ACT Baptist Association (BA) states that Prepare-Enrich must be completed to attain a Marriage license as a Baptist Celebrant.
    Prepare-Enrich no longer operates directly within Australia and so remedial arrangements are being developed. Until this has been decided it will be necessary to have completed both PC002 Pastoral Care and PC003 Pastoral Skills and Methods (Mandatory Accreditation unit) to obtain your Marriage License. Contact Keith Mitchell (KeithM@morling.edu.au) for further enquiries and arrangements.
     
  • Annual Accreditation Progress Review
    If you are a NSW and ACT Baptist Accreditation Candidate and anticipate becoming accredited in the ensuing year then you will require a final interview with the Committee for the Ministry in December this year. If this is the case then you will need to make Jenny Casey aware of that fact by 29th July. You will need to ensure that you have a demonstration of your plan of completion based on the NSW and ACT Baptist Accreditation Training Guidelines. Contact Jenny for further details: jcasey@nswactbaptists.org.au

STEPS TO ACCREDITATION

  • STEP ONE: DECIDE

    The first step is to speak with the NSW and ACT Baptist Accreditation Adviser, Jenny Casey who will assist you through the Accreditation process. Please contact Jenny to arrange a suitable time to discuss: jcasey@nswactbaptists.org.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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