Education and Formation Ministry Unit
I have come that they may have life and have it to the full. John 10:10
The purpose of the Education and Formation Ministry Unit is to encourage and facilitate the education and formation priorities of the Diocese within the strategic directions set out by the Archbishop and Diocesan Council. Specific points of reference for our work include St Barnabas College, Diocesan Education, Safer Ministry and Anglican Schools.
Vision 2022 Focus Areas
(Growth in Discipleship, Leadership Development, Flourishing Churches, Innovation & Advocacy)
- Stimulating and encouraging vocations to lay and ordained ministry
- Lay education and formation
- Identifying and nurturing different kinds of leaders for different kinds of church
- Establishing stakeholder pilot projects to enhance the ministry of leaders (lay and ordained) currently serving in the Diocese
- Assisting the Archbishop and the Principal of St Barnabas Theological College through the transitions facing the College
- Anglican Schools Liaison
Current Priorities and Activities
- Working closely with St Barnabas College in promoting its academic programmes. These include the Bishops’ Certificate which is equivalent in time to eight full day seminars and which recognises prior, relevant learning.
- Developing advocacy and capacity around public issues through networking.
- Responding to parish requests for training.
- Developing the Anglican Spiritual Care Network, formed in 2017 as a joint initiative with the Church in Society Ministry Unit. The network was formed to explore responses, challenges and opportunities arising from the Commonwealth Government sponsored “National Guidelines for Spiritual Care in Aged Care”, released in August 2016. Spiritual and Pastoral Care seminar participants may seek credit towards the Bishops’ Certificate.
- Supporting links with Anglican schools through the Schools Liaison Officer
- Supporting the work of Chaplains
Through members’ work in Safer Ministry, Chaplaincy, St Barnabas College life, the Formation Program, Anglicans Towards Reconciliation and the Diocesan Reconciliation Action Plan, EFMU members also contribute to capacity building across the Diocese.
Contact: Ann Nadge – Convener