Ridley Melbourne’s MA Gold program is off to a great start. MA Gold is a Master program specifically designed for busy pastors, and Christian leaders, who struggle to find the spare time, but long to further their study to enhance their ministry. Set in the tranquil surrounds of the Yarra Valley, the one week class gives participants the opportunity focus on the material, through classes which are interactive, explorational and participative.
Tim Foster, the Director of Education and Formation at Ridley says that “MA Gold is about providing an inspirational experience. It is as much about encouragement and reenergising for ministry as gaining new knowledge and skills. Participants really seem to have benefited from the cohort, the great venue and the engaging material”. Participant Reverend Ian Weaver, Vicar of St Matthews East Geelong, is pleased with the class format; “Finally, a course structure that I could fit into a professional career. The pre-reading, followed by intensive assessment, followed by a major project makes sense and works”.
Christian Leadership and Management is also offered as an onsite intensive, taught by father and son team Andrew and John Olsen. Andrew has led thousands of participants in leadership training workshops for more than 15 years and has been awarded three medals by the Australian Government for his work in culture change and increased effectiveness in major Public Service organisations. John has extensive experience in management in secular and ecclesiastical contexts: he was a General Manager for Mobil Australia and completed short term intensive management programmes under faculty from a number of international tertiary institutions including Harvard University and Wharton School.
MA Gold continues in 2012, with the subject The Minister’s Personal Growth and Development, also taught at the Yarra Valley conference centre. The subject is designed to help participants develop a theology of responsible self-care as a basis for exploring the impact of these hazards on the mental and spiritual health of the minister. Applications for 2012 enrolment are now being accepted.
Ridley Melbourne now offers many varied modes of teaching to suit different lifestyles. Apart from intensive delivery mode, subjects are also taught online, in day or evening classes and now through the new extensive format.