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The Missional Leadership Learning Community seeks to help you become a leader who is proactive, creative, relational, pastoral, and evangelistic. Ministry in post-Christian Australia is increasingly complex, and we need leaders who are prepared to promote the gospel in missional contexts. We want to recruit, teach and support those who are willing to accept the challenge and become mission enablers, youth ministers, pastoral workers, student workers, children’s workers, school, university or hospital chaplains, or church pastors and planters outside of the Anglican context.
What do we want you to be like when you leave Ridley?
You will become an excellent communicator of the gospel in your chosen setting. You will be a resourceful teacher of the bible, an entrepreneurial leader who serves by gathering and empowering others for ministry, and a perceptive thinker who can make connections between the bible and the world. It is important that we develop you as a team player who can work respectfully within diverse ministry contexts. You will be formed as a prayerful person who is confident and self-aware in family life and pastoral relationships.
How do we achieve these outcomes?
1. You will follow the Missional Leadership Learning Pathway which provides a foundation in bible, theology, leadership and ministry with the opportunity to further specialise (for example in church planting or youth ministry).
2. You will take part in a weekly seminar after lunch on Wednesdays, discussing issues like raising support, leading teams, identifying and training ministry-minded successors, leading church services for youth, mentoring, self-care and you will also get to hear a program of guest speakers to take you beyond the formal curriculum, to encourage networking and provide exposure to emerging ministry opportunities beyond College, for example hosting a Baptist pastor, AFES Director, church-planter, or youth minister.
3. College missions will provide you with opportunities to develop new skills, receive feedback, mentoring on the job, and contact with new churches. In 2015, we head to Tasmania in the week before Easter, with travel costs paid.
4. We will help you to find a mentor, either within the College or from outside, to develop your particular gifts and interests, during and beyond College!
Before entering this stream, you will need to complete all foundational level units for either BMin, BTh, or MDiv, that is two units of New Testament, two units of Old Testament, Greek or Hebrew (BTh and MDiv only), Early Church History, Ministry Foundations and Evangelism Principles. You will also need to complete a separate application process involving form, interview, reference and Learning Agreement.
During the remainder of your degree, you will need to commit to at least one year of full-time study, alongside participation in the Learning Community’s life and programme.
You will develop closer peer relationships and form a support network for your later life in ministry. You will have increased motivation as a result of being affirmed in this community’s life, and will be able to discern your ministry aspirations if you are unclear about this when you begin life at Ridley.
Rhys Bezzant is Dean of the Missional Leadership Learning Community