Learning about faith
One of the joys and responsibilities of being a Christian is to continue to grow in understanding our faith. Our learning deeply enriches our awareness of Christian life and equips us to undertake ministry in our community, with our family, in our workplace, and at church.
Many parishes have small groups that use a range of study resources approved by the parish priest. Information about these groups is available in each parish.
Some parishes have decided to undertake a formal study program so that parishioners can be formally authorised for ministry. The Bishop has approved The Certificate in Theology developed by Trinity Theological College, Melbourne. This is a six-unit course, conducted in small workshop groups in your parish or region facilitated by a qualified tutor.
Academic Education for ordained ministry
The Bishop has approved Trinity Theological College as the main provider of ordination education for people preparing for service in stipendiary, self-supporting and local mission and ministry. Trinity prepares people for undergraduate and postgraduate degrees awarded by the University of Divinity. Further information can be found on their website.
People preparing for ordination for service in stipendiary ministry and self-supporting ministry are required to complete the Bachelor of Theology degree, the Master of Theology degree or the Master of Divinity degree. Enquirers and candidates are required to negotiate their specific program with the Director of Vocations or the Director of Formation. Where students have already commenced study with another institution, they must negotiate their program with the Director of Vocations or the Director of Formation who will outline any additional study expectations.
People preparing for ordination in self-supporting local mission and ministry are normally required to have at least a Diploma of Theology, Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate. This study can be undertaken through Trinity Theological College. Approval may be given to complete a Certificate and Diploma in Christian Life and Ministry. Further information on this course can be found on their website.
Mature age local non-stipendiary clergy will be required to have the Trinity Certificate with additional reading and diocesan units.
Lay preachers and authorized lay ministers in the Diocese of Newcastle are normally expected to have at least a Certificate in Theology and will be required to have completed two diocesan units in Contextual Analysis and Mission in the Diocese.
The Morpeth Library collection and Diocesan archives
The University of Newcastle Library is also home to the Morpeth Collection and the Diocesan archives. Links to the website can be found below: