Community Chaplains

We have enormous opportunities to serve those around us – even those just over the backyard fence.

Community chaplaincy offers an open door for Christians to take the love of Jesus into our communities. Through a new program in the Sydney Diocese, theologically-trained people can be accredited as community chaplains. Courses completed at Mary Andrews College have been identified as a pathway to this accreditation. Our courses offer solid Bible teaching combined with excellent lay training in pastoral care and evangelism, seniors' ministry, dealing with grief, and helping those with disabilities.

The Centre for Ministry Development (CMD) issues an Award in Community Chaplaincy to those who have completed any of the Australian College of Theology Certificate or Diploma courses through Mary Andrews College, as long as they include the following three units as electives: Pastoral Care, Practical Pastoral Care and Pastoral Evangelism.

There are a number of courses you can study through Mary Andrews College that equip you on the pathway to becoming a community chaplain, as listed below.

1. A Diploma course (8, 12 or 16 units) or an Advanced Diploma course (16 or 24 units)

This applies for students enrolled in any of the Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses: Diploma of Christian Studies, Diploma of Theology, Diploma of Ministry, combined Diploma of Theology / Diploma of Ministry, Advanced Diploma of Theology, Advanced Diploma of Ministry and combined Advanced Diploma of Theology / Advanced Diploma of Ministry.

There are certain core units that must be completed by all Diploma students. However, if you would like to use your Diploma to become a community chaplain, then the following three elective units would also become compulsory:

  • Pastoral Care (this will give you a foundation in pastoral awareness)
  • Practical Pastoral Care (this will give you the required practical hours)
  • Pastoral Evangelism (this will help you become skilled at sharing the Gospel through pastoral situations)

Other electives you could choose to further equip you for community chaplaincy include:

  • Ministry with Seniors
  • Understanding Grief
  • Disability and God’s People
  • The Context of Multicultural Ministry in Australia
  • Cross-Cultural Field Education
For further details about these units and courses click here.

 

2. A Certificate course (6 units)

This applies for students enrolled in the Certificate in Theology course.

There are certain core units that must be completed by all Certificate units. However, if you would like to use your Certificate to become a community chaplain, then the following elective units would also be compulsory:

  • Pastoral Care (this will give you a foundation in pastoral awareness)
  • Practical Pastoral Care (this will give you the required practical hours)
  • Pastoral Evangelism (this will help you become skilled at sharing the Gospel through pastoral situations)

Other units that you could choose to audit further equip you for community chaplaincy include:

  • Ministry with Seniors
  • Understanding Grief
  • Disability and God’s People
  • The Context of Multicultural Ministry in Australia
  • Cross-Cultural Field Education
For further details about these units and courses click here.

How to apply

To apply to enrol in any of the above courses, click here.

For further information about how to apply to become a community chaplain once you have completed the course requirements, see the following page of the Sydney Anglican Evangelism and New Churches (ENC) website: https://www.newchurches.org.au/community-chaplaincy.aspx