To prepare mission-ready ministers for the task of growing God’s kingdom within UCA congregations and agencies.
For people within the Queensland Synod who would like to become a Minister of the Word or Deacon, Trinity College Queensland offers a largely church-based approach to ordination training. We aim to help you relate what you learn in the lecture theatre with your practice in a missional context.
In addition to undertaking a systematic study of the Bible and the history of Christian thought, our Ministry Formation Program places a heavy emphasis on preaching. We’re looking to exit ministers who preach God’s Word in a way that’s grounded in the careful study of the Bible, informed by the history of Christian thought, and life-changing for people living in the modern world.
There are three parts to our Ministry Formation Program
Alongside their work within a local missional context, our students engage in academic study for two days/week for up to 26 weeks/year. You can undertake this study in face-to-face lectures at our Auchenflower campus or online.
A candidate’s course of academic study is determined by a Formation Panel that consists of experienced and effective missional leaders from their candidating Presbytery, and a formation advisor from TCQ. Formation Panels strive for a flexibility that ensures that ministry formation is made to fit the candidate rather than the other way around.
A candidate’s Formation Panel will determine an appropriate course of study by asking what learning experience this person requires to be an effective missional leader and ministry agent. Depending on their prior theological education and life-situation, candidates may be required to work towards a Diploma in Ministry, Bachelor of Ministry, or Master of Theological Studies or Theological Studies alongside their ordination training at Trinity College Queensland.
Candidates are typically required to take part in four Monday Formation Intensives each semester. One third of the material covered on these days relates to preaching, a third to leadership, and a third to issues and practices that are especially relevant for ministry within the UCA.
Supervised Ministry Placement
Supervised ministry is integrated within our Ministry Formation Program. Since we expect that the majority of a candidate’s formation should take place within a missional context, our College provides supervisors with a framework that ensures students receive the experience a candidate’s Formation Panel has prescribed for him or her.
If you’re interested in entering ordained ministry in the Uniting Church, you must first talk to your local minister or congregational leader, and they will discuss with you the pathway towards ordination.