Anglican Institute

What is the Anglican Institute?
The Anglican Institute is a specialised formation program which aims to raise up, train and equip future ordained leaders for the Anglican Church of Australia.  We aim to provide a high quality Anglican ministry formation program, producing missionally focused Anglican leaders for parishes, chaplaincies, theological colleges, and dioceses.

The Anglican Institute has three areas of focus;

  1. Missional Leadership Training and Formation – teaching the core competencies required for effective mission and ministry and providing formation in Anglican worship, prayer and spirituality from the perspective of the evangelical Anglican tradition
  2. Research and Publications – providing opportunities for research into Anglican identity and practice, both historically and in its contemporary expression and mission
  3. Conferences – sponsoring lectures and conferences to help churches and leaders be better equipped for future missional ministry in the world

All Anglican Institute students gather for lunch every Monday and engage in a formation program consisting of guest speakers (Monday Forum) and small group discussions (Vocational Mentoring Groups). As well as this students are trained in practical ministry experience through the Monday afternoon Supervised Theological Field Education Program, and through study units such as Anglican History and Identity.

In most cases ordination candidates are required by their Diocese to undertake four years of study resulting in a Bachelor of Theology/Bachelor of Ministry or Master of Divinity/Graduate Diploma in Divinity.

Bachelor of Theology/Bachelor of Ministry or Master of Divinity/Graduate Diploma in Divinity (without Hebrew)
32 units


384 cps

Ministry & Practice Christian Thought Bible Non-award Ordination
First Year EM063 Intro to Personal Evangelism (0.5)


PC156, PC155 Guided Spiritual Formation (0.5)

CH005 Early Church History LA005 Greek


LA006 Greek

OT001 OT Foundations

OT002 OT Prophets and Writings

NT003 New Testament Overview

BB002 Biblical Theology and Interpretation

Second Year PC047 Introductory Preaching TH101 Knowledge & Doctrine of God


TH102 Creation and the Fall, the Person & Work of Christ

CH010 Reformation in Europe and Britain

Gospel (Eng or Gk)


Epistle (Eng or Gk)

OT Exegesis (Eng)

Interpersonal and Communication Skills.


Church Placement.

Chapel Team.

Third Year

PC002 Foundations of Pastoral Care

PC004 Christian Worship

PC092 Congregational Field Education

CH016 Anglican Identity

TH103 Doctrines of Grace & Eschatology


TH104 The Church and its Ministry

Gospel (Gk)


Epistle (Gk)

OT Exegesis (Eng)

Preaching Workshop.


Church Placement.

Chapel Team.




Clinical Pastoral Education


PC035 Leadership and Management

EM030 Gospel, Church & Australian Culture

PE001 Introduction to Christian Ethics OT Exegesis (Eng) Preaching Workshop.


Church Placement.

Chapel Team.

What do we want our Ridley Ordinands to be like?

  • Skilled in teaching and preaching the Bible  –  confident in the gospel as “the power of God for salvation”
  • Effective in leadership – you will be able to build teams and set a creative vision for congregations and chaplaincy ministries
  • Gifted in leading public worship  – you will have an understanding of the role of liturgy in both formal and informal contexts
  • Mission minded – you will be able to create an evangelistic culture in both traditional Anglican contexts as well as in fresh expressions of church and church plants.
  • Spiritually disciplined – you will be living a life of holiness forged through daily prayer and Bible reading
  • Strong in interpersonal skills – you will be self-aware and able to develop healthy relationships with others

How do we achieve these outcomes?

  • We provide you with a rigorous program of teaching in Bible, Theology and Ministry Practice through the MDiv, BTh and BMin courses
  • You will undertake specialist subjects such as History and Identity of Anglicanism;  Educating, Forming and Training Others; Evangelism Principles; Christian Worship; Preaching; Pastoral Care
  • You will learn ‘in the field’ through weekly church and chaplaincy placements
  • You will be exposed to new missional initiatives through week-long intensives with skilled practitioners in church plants and fresh expressions of church
  • You will be mentored by an ordination advisor and by peers in Vocational Mentoring Groups
  • We will give you regular leadership opportunities in Chapel teams and other College activities

How do I become part of this formation program?
If you have been accepted as an ordination candidate by a bishop in any diocese then you can join the Anglican Institute. Those who are considering Anglican ordination and have begun a formal process of discernment may become Associate members of the Anglican Institute.

Click here for the Anglican Institute Application Form

Click here for more information about ordination requirements for the Diocese of Melbourne and Network 1:28.

We respectfully acknowledge the Wurundjeri People, who are the Traditional Owners of the land on which the Ridley College campus is built.
Ridley College is an affiliated college with the Australian College of Theology, CRICOS Provider Code 02650E.
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