UCA Qualifications

Ordination, Lay Preachers, Lay Presiders, POD

The Uniting Church in Australia has established standards and procedures for people entering ordained ministry or serving as lay preachers and presiders. Trinity College Queensland is the educational resource for equipping people to meet these standards in the Queensland Synod.

In addition to offering life-long learning opportunities for people who may not have membership in one of our congregations, Trinity College Queensland provides the academic resources required for people who enter formal educational pathways within the UCA. Ordination as a Minister of the Word or Deacon, Certificates for Lay Preachers and Lay Presiders, and the Period of Discernment are governed by UCA Assembly standards or guidelines. To begin the process of entering one of these pathways into formal ministry within the UCA you need to speak with the minister or pastor in your congregation before enrolling in one of our educational programs.

Our UCA Qualifications

Short Courses for Lay Preachers

If you would like to become a Lay Preacher in the Uniting Church, you will need to candidate through your local congregation and Presbytery. Lay Preacher candidates then participate in…

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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…

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Lay Presiders

Occasionally it’s necessary for a UCA presbytery to issue a certificate that authorises a lay person to preside over the sacraments of communion or baptism. In addition to a presbytery’s…

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Period of Discernment

People within the Uniting Church in Australia may register with their Presbytery to undertake a Period of Discernment (POD). This is a process designed to help you discern three learnings…

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Ready to launch?

Now that you have seen what the college has to offer, the next step is to begin your journey.