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 to be effective, as well helping students grow in godly character
  2. Research and Publications – providing opportunities for research into Anglican identity and practice, both its history and its contemporary expression and mission
  3. Public Lectures and Conferences – assisting churches and leaders be better equipped for future gospel 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. Additionally, alongside regular units required for the degree, ordination candidates are expected to include the following units:

CH Reformation in Europe and Britain
EM Gospel and Gospel Ministry  (OR)  Introduction to Personal Evangelism (6cps)
PC Pastoral Care  (OR)  Pastoral Skills and Methods
PC Christian Worship
PC Introduction to Christian Leadership  (OR)  Principles of Leadership and Management
PC Preaching
PE Theological Ethics
TH  The Church and its Ministry
CH (or PC) Anglican Identity (6cps) and
PC (or CH) Anglican Prayer Book (6cps)
PC Introduction to Reflective Practice  (WITH)  Supervised Theological Field Education
PC Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)

What do we want our Ridley Ordinands to be like?

  • Mission minded – able to create an evangelistic culture in both traditional Anglican contexts as well as in fresh expressions of church and church plants.
  • Skilled in teaching the Bible and preaching the gospel
  • Effective in leadership and able to build teams and set a creative vision
  • Gifted in leading public worship
  • Spiritually disciplined – living a life of holiness forged through daily prayer and Bible study
  • Strong in interpersonal skills – being self aware and able to develop healthy relationships
  • Theologically rigorous – having a mature theological understanding demonstrated in preaching and a commitment to continued reading and study

How do we achieve these outcomes?

  • A comprehensive programme of teaching in Bible, Theology, and Practical Ministry units leading to a Master of Divinity, Master of Ministry, Bachelor of Theology, or Bachelor of Ministry
  • A Monday Anglican formation program including participation in Monday chapel services, plenary sessions and enrolment in units such as Anglican Identity; Anglican Prayer Book; Introduction to Reflective Practice, as well as Chapel and a ministry seminar
  • Field placements which include both traditional and missional churches
  • Encouraging mentoring opportunities

How do I become part of this formation program?

Participation in the Monday Anglican Institute program requires completion of the application form. Those who have been accepted as ordination candidates will participate as full members of Anglican Institute. Those who are considering ordination and others electing to participate in Anglican Institute will become associate members of the Anglican Institute. Fees are outlined in the application form.

Click here for the Anglican Institute Application

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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