UCA Qualifications

Short Course Program for Lay Preachers

Trinity College Queensland offers five short courses to facilitate completion of the Lay Preachers Certificate. The courses are designed to fulfil the academic requirements of the Certificate, and to complement additional preaching requirements within the local Presbytery and church.

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 a program of prescribed studies and supervised ministry under the guidance and oversight of their Presbytery.

Once you have been accepted as a Lay Preacher candidate, the process forward may look something like this:

  1. Completion of Trinity College Queensland’s Short Course Program for Lay Preachers;
  2. Completion of six critically-evaluated sermons and services under the direction of a Presbytery appointed supervisor;
  3. Recommendation for completion by your local congregation’s Church Council;
  4. Successful interview conducted by your Presbytery’s appropriate body;
  5. Vote of Presbytery to accredit person as a Lay Preacher
  6. Service of Commissioning in your local congregation

Upon completion of our Short Course Program for Lay Preachers, Trinity College Queensland will notify your Presbytery.


Short Course Program for Lay Preacher Candidates

We offer five short courses required for Lay Preachers: Theology, New Testament, Old Testament, Homiletics, and Christian Leadership. These courses may be taken as a five week lecture series, as a weekend intensive, or online. To complete the program, candidates submit one 1500 word assessment item/short course.

Short courses offered in Semester 1 2017

Old Testament, Paul Jones
Lecturer: Paul Jones. This course will be offered face-to-face as a 1 day intensive (Townsville - Sept 9th, Trinity College Qld, Auchenflower - Oct 14th) and online (July 26th) in Semester 2, 2017

This short course provides an outline of the Old Testament, giving special attention to the way God’s purposes for creation and Israel are expressed in ancient narratives, laws, songs and [prophecies. At the same time, the course is designed to explore how theological insights from the OT inform Christian faith today, so that students may discover and discern God’s purposes for their own lives.

This course will be offered face-to-face and online in Semester 2 2017

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Christian Leadership Short Course
Semester 1: (Simon Gomersall, Face to Face - Saturday 29th April 9.00am to 4.00pm) - Available online May 1st

This course provides an overview of Christian Leadership with a particular exploration of the leadership example of Jesus. The material is designed to help students integrate biblical understanding, leadership theory and self-awareness to enlarge the individual’s capacity to lead more effectively in any context.

This course is offered online and as an intensive in Semester 1 2017. Contact ask@trinity.qld.edu.au for more information about intensives.

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New Testament
Semester 2 - August 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th and September 4th

This short course introduce skills for reading the New Testament, with a special emphasis on improving how you might interpret it and explain it to other people. Students focus on the Gospel of Mark, one of Paul’s letters, and the book of Revelation.

This course is offered as a face-to-face intensive and online in Semester 1 2017.

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Theology: A short history of Christian thought about God
Semester 1: 1 day intensive face to face course 9.00am to 4.00pm - Saturday June 3rd; Also available online from March 1st

An introduction to the key developments in Christian thought about God and his relationship with his world. This short courses will equip students with theological resources that sharpen how they speak and think about God. The course also considers how these resources may support the life of faith at home, work, or school.

This course is offered online and as an intensive in Semester 1, 2017. Contact ask@trinity.qld.edu.au for more information about intensives.

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Preaching: Shaping the World
Semester 1: (Dr Paul Jones; Wednesday, fortnightly, 7.00pm-9.00pm; March 1—May 10)

This short course focuses on various aspects of sermon construction, including how to choose texts and topics, how to draw meaning(s) from the text, and how to illustrate your content, as well as practical advice on honing communication skills and understanding your audience.

This course is offered face-to-face and online in Semester 1 2017.

Wednesday, fortnightly, 7-9pm, March 1 – May 10

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