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Bishops’ Certificate

The Bishops of the Province of South Australia encourage Lay Leaders to be intentional about learning and developing ministry skills.  As part of the learning pathways available to Lay Leaders and Licence holders, SBC, in partnership with the Diocesan Education and Formation Ministry Unit (EFMU), invites individuals and parishes to participate in the newly developed Bishops’ Certificate in Ministry.

To gain a Bishops’ Certificate in Ministry, participants will complete a variety of modules from Bible study to practical ministry skills. These can be completed in 8 interactive, workshop style seminars. Seminars can be arranged as a full day or two half days, or they could be offered over a number of evening sessions, depending on the preferences of the Parish or Deanery.  Both the format and, to some extent, the content can be tailored to suit local needs.

All are welcome, including those who are interested in individual seminars but who may not wish to undertake the full certificate program.

Seminars are arranged in consultation with Parish/Deanery clergy and are on site in your location. The cost is $20 per attendee per module


Core Modules

Thinking Theologically:

What exactly is theology, how is it to be understood, and what does it mean for Christians to “think theologically?

Getting to Grips with the Gospels:

Encouraging and equipping lay leaders in their exploration and sharing of the Gospels.

Exploring the Mission of God:

Developing an understanding of God at work in the world.

Growing into Ministry:

Exploring responses to, and pathways for, ministry opportunities.



Elective Modules

(4 required, in addition to the core modules, for the Bishops’ Certificate)

Pastoral and Spiritual Care:

Develops an understanding of Pastoral and Spiritual Care principles, frameworks and skills.

Encouraging Volunteer Leadership:

What do leaders need to know and do in order to help volunteers to contribute effectively to the ministry of the church?

Small Group Leadership:

You don’t need to be an expert on the Bible or Theology to lead a small group! This module will equip you with the skills you need to help groups to grow in their capacity to follow Jesus.

Ministry on the Frontline:

Explores the history of the Australian Anglican Church and provides an overview of community ministry including chaplaincy.

Reflective Practice for Ministry:

Identifies, applies and evaluates models of reflective practice

Worship and Liturgy:

Explores the purposes, features and shape of Anglican worship and liturgy


For further information, contact the Coordinator for Lay Ministry Development, the Revd Julie Worrall by email or on 0419 779 968.

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