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Leadership Development

Our leadership development programs focus on two areas – lay and continuing education.

Lay leadership

We recognise the need for all of our leaders – ordained and lay – to practise healthy, responsible and ethical leadership.

Our Lay Leadership Development program encourages our lay leaders to grow, develop and explore life-giving ways to lead. It is Gospel-centred, but recognises where individual leaders are in their personal development and builds on that experience.

All people, including our leaders, are different – they see the church differently and need different things. We work with our lay leaders primarily in the field and our training is tailored to each individual, recognising these differences.

Our development programs are provided one-on-one or in groups. We work closely with the Continuing Education department and with ordained ministers to help them better train and support their lay leaders and elders.

For more information, contact our Lay Leadership Development Coordinator, Mel Perkins, on 03 9340 8843 or

Download the 2019 ministry update here



Continuing education

This is a program for ordained ministers, encouraging excellence in ministry practice through reflection, theological study, growth in knowledge, and nurturing of the spirit.

Courses assist in understanding change in the life of congregations, developing skills for navigating transitions, and helping you implement this knowledge in ministry practice.

These are part of a range of training opportunities, such as Peer Learning Groups. You can download the Continuing Education Planning Form here.

Download the 2019 ministry update here



Peer learning groups

These provide a supportive environment for ministers to learn about sharing knowledge and reflective practice. Ministers come together from their context of ministry (congregations, chaplaincy) to explore a shared learning goal and develop collegiality.

The benefits of peer learning include:

  • It is grounded in your ministry practice so it addresses issues relevant to you.
  • A collegial community of support and accountability.
  • There is flexibility about when and how you meet.
  • A group can include participants from interstate and other denominations.

The Peer Learning Groups information booklet describes the form, benefits and practices of Peer Learning Groups and how they can be established. You can download a Peer Learning Group Plan here.

For more information, contact our Continuing Education and Leadership Development Coordinator, Fran Barber, on 03 9340 8839 or

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