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Chaplaincy – A Very Different Ministry: Transition to Chaplaincy Course


Everything you wanted to know about chaplaincy but were afraid to ask!


This short course is designed for those considering a shift from congregational ministry into chaplaincy, and for those considering chaplaincy as a lay ministry. All are welcome.


Chaplaincy is very different from congregational placements. In this course we propose to unpack myths and misunderstandings about what it involves, and offer accurate information to help you discern whether it’s a ministry for you. This intensive won’t teach you how to be a chaplain but it will give you insight into the breadth and depth of this unique calling, and the variety of contexts and placements where the ministry of chaplaincy happens.


This course is for:

  • Candidates, lay people, or those engaged in a period of discernment to consider Chaplaincy as a ministry
  • Ministers to plan transitions and/or to consider whether they may be suited to Chaplaincy
  • Those in Presbyteries who conduct vitality of call conversations
  • Members of Synod Placements and members of Joint Nominating Committees (JNCs) to evaluate or match people to placements


This chaplaincy awareness/transition course will be run at The Centre for Theology and Ministry


Date: Wednesday August 9 and Thursday August 10, 9.30am – 4pm

Cost: $60 (includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea each day)



Transition to Chaplaincy Course

two days of learning and reflecting including delicious lunch, morning and afternoon tea!

Aims of the Course

  • To resource ordained ministers transitioning to chaplaincy and those incorporating chaplaincy into an existing ministry/congregation role
  • To enable an effective transition from other forms of ministry and minimise “transition shock”
  • To inform those who are discerning whether Chaplaincy might be a good fit for them
  • To encourage sustainability in Chaplaincy Ministry


Day One – 9 August 2023, 9.30am-4.00pm

Welcome and Introductions

Aims of the course

What to expect in chaplaincy roles; what chaplaincy is, what it isn’t


Prison Chaplaincy
Rev. Craig Madden, UCA Senior Prison Chaplain, Synod of Victoria and Tasmania

Police Chaplaincy alongside congregational ministry
Rev. Annette in’t Hout, Senior Police Chaplain

Framing Chaplaincy Theologically: Being a Uniting Church Chaplain

Closing questions and reflections from Day 1


Day Two – 10 August 2023, 9.30am-4.00pm

Leadership and Chaplaincy

Issues of Accountability

Ongoing Education


Healthcare Chaplaincy and a discernment process
Rev. Isabel Greenall, Spiritual Care Manager and UCA Chaplain at Barwon Health

Transitioning from congregational ministry to school chaplaincy
Rev. Judith Watkins, Chaplain at St Leonards College

Applying for chaplaincy roles and placements

Sustainability in Chaplaincy

Closing questions and reflections


To register, click here

Registrations close Wednesday 2 August.


For Further Information please contact:

Chaplaincy Coordinator Lauren Mosso: [email protected] or

Continuing Education Coordinator Fran Barber: [email protected]