Academic Education, including study 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 Formation. Where students have already commenced study with another institution, they must negotiate their program with 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 or Australis Certificate. This study can be undertaken through Trinity Theological College, with the exception of the Australis Certificate which is administered by the Diocese of Bendigo. Further information about courses at Trinity Theological College can be found on their website.
Lay preachers and authorised 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: