There are several options for women’s theological study in the PCNSW, varying in content, intensity and direction – but all are theologically robust, offering practical ministry training by sound and pastoral teachers.
Deaconess : Theological training and commissioning
The Course for Deaconesses is best suited to those considering theological study (formal qualification), with a desire to be commissioned to serve within the PCNSW. The course of training is be undertaken at Christ College, and is nationally recognized. Deaconess candidates must be a member of their local, Presbyterian Church for at least 6 months.
Deaconesses have a long history in the PCNSW. Their ministry can include: congregational based; chaplaincy; school based and other roles. Deaconesses are responsible to the Presbytery in which they reside.
For more information on the course of study for Deaconesses, click here (you will be redirected to the Christ College website).
Jericho Road Chaplaincy Programme: Advanced skills
The Christ College/Jericho Road Chaplaincy Programme is focused on equipping men and women with the skills required to serve in various chaplaincy and institutional settings. The Programme, once complete, allows students to meet the NSW Government requirements for ministering in hospitals and prisons.
For more information on the Jericho Road Chaplaincy Programme, click here (you will be redirected to the Christ College website).
Ministry Training Women: Lay ministry training
MTW is focused on training and equipping women to serve in their local church and community. It is offered at certificate level, and is an internal qualification. The course involves serious study and training in the theology and practice behind women’s ministries. There are five lectures each semester, and the course runs over two years. MTW is available online and in person.
For more information about MTW, click here (you will be redirected to the Christ College website).