Short Courses for Lay Preachers

Short Courses for Lay Preachers


These short courses are designed to fulfil the academic requirements of the Lay Preachers 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 academic 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

We offer four short courses required for Lay Preachers: Theology, New Testament, Old Testament and Preaching. 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. Upon completion of our Short Course Program for Lay Preachers, Trinity College Queensland will notify your Presbytery.

Directly below this text include the same list of Short Courses that we have on the Short Courses page. In this way people will click through to the same short course page that has the two different enrol buttons (one for short course the other for enrolling as a lay preacher).

Learn more about the short courses you can take as a lay preacher below.


Our Short Courses

New Testament

This short course introduces skills for reading the New Testament, with a special emphasis on improving how you might interpret it and explain it to other people (i.e. through preaching,…

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An introduction to the key developments in Christian thought about God and his relationship with his world. This short course will equip students with theological resources that sharpen how they…

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Preaching – Shaping the Word

This 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…

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