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IMPACT (Kids or Youth Ministry Training Program)

Want to impact the lives of the young people in your church?
Or equip yourself further for ministry in this area?

IMPACT—Youth/Kids Ministry Training Program is a one year, short program designed to help equip you for ministry with children or teenagers, by exploring different approaches to ministry, Australian culture, healthy personal practices and effective programming. You will also get connected with practitioners from across NSW and ACT.

IMPACT builds on your involvement with your local church, by helping to build good theory upon which to develop your approach, through engaging with guided readings, and a network of practitioners you can learn from.

Study Options

IMPACT—Youth/Kids Ministry can be completed in conjunction with a subject taken for academic credit (DE016 - Children's Ministry Field Education or DE017 - Youth Ministry Field Education) and included as part of an Australian College of Theology, Diploma, Degree, or Undergraduate/Graduate Certificate through Morling College. It can also be completed as a stand-alone experience.

If you are completing IMPACT in conjunction with DE016 or DE017 as part of your first theology or ministry course, we especially recommend the Undergraduate Certificate of Ministry or the Graduate Certificate of Divinity.

Who is this for?

Impact is ideal for youth or children’s pastors, student pastors, interns and key volunteers who serve in these aspects of church life.


For students wanting to enrol in DE016 or DE017 for academic credit towards an ACT Diploma, Degree, or Undergraduate/Graduate Certificate, the cost is the standard per-unit fee for a single subject at Morling.

For students wanting to complete IMPACT as a stand-alone experience (not for academic credit), the course cost is $320 per person. (Students who choose this option should be aware that this cannot later be credited towards an ACT award.)

Next Starting date: February 2023

2023 Program (Livestreamed via Zoom)
  • Friday March 3 (11am - 1pm AEDST)
  • Friday April 28 (11am - 1pm AEST)
  • Friday July 28  (11am - 1pm AEST)
  • Friday September 1 (11am - 1pm AEST)
Study Areas
  • Children in the Bible and Christian thought:  An overview of how young people are described and considered in the Bible and how this is then expressed in Christian thought and practice.
  • Understanding the generations: There are a number of experiences and characteristics that are amplified for young people that need to be considered when undertaking ministry to, with, and for them.
  • Healthy and sustainable leadership practices: As leaders of young people it is important that we are aware of the challenges we face when occupying these roles as well as supervising others in such roles.
  • Effective programming and events: We need to be aware of a range of factors when planning and overseeing programs and events for young people including visions, values, resources, and safe ministry policies.
Practical Field Component
  • Pastoral leadership coaching
  • Reflective journaling on concepts and experiences
  • Youth or Kid's Ministry Field placement / Internship in a church


Existing ACT/Morling Students and Cross-Institutional Students:

Complete the normal Enrolment Form (on Moodle). IMPACT is considered as one unit towards your award.

The unit code for IMPACT is DE016 - Children's Ministry or DE017 - Youth Ministry.

Cross-Institutional Students: Please ensure you list your sponsoring College in section 3. This is the College you are completing your award with.

New Students

New students can either apply for IMPACT as a standalone program, or can enrol in IMPACT as a part of a wider course.

To enrol in IMPACT as a standalone program, complete the Casual Enrolment Form for Theology.

The unit code for IMPACT is DE016 - Children's Ministry or DE017 - Youth Ministry.

To enrol in DE016 or DE017 as part of a Diploma, Degree, or Graduate Certificate, you will need to first complete the Student Application process. You will then enrol in the IMPACT program separately. We strongly encourage you to contact us, to discuss your study options and eligibility. Use one of the forms on this page to apply now, as either a full-time or part-time student.

For more information:

Have questions about Impact? Contact us and we'll be happy to help you get started.