As part of Coolamon’s
vision to be a part of equipping the whole people of God,
we are pleased to share in education that can support Christians
for ministry in their community.
Coolamon offers particular topics designed for professional involvement
within schools and hospitals, especially for chaplains and chaplaincy
assistants, as well as other interested lay leaders seeking to enhance
their discipleship. Consider:
CMLW 216 Teaching Faith: Religious Education in Schools
Students will be equipped to teach religious education in a range
of educational settings. They will consider issues such as teaching
ethically, understanding students, multicultural settings, students
with special needs, discipline and pastoral care, and discern implications
for their own practice.
CMLW 220 Global Discipleship – Mission, Justice,
Developing an introductory understanding of theological and contextual
issues of world mission, human rights and social/human development,
students will learn to “read” the world as disciples
of Christ. Faith has an impact on how we act as global disciples
in our neighbourhoods.
CMLW 223 Evangelism: Reaching people for Jesus through
the Local Church
Students will have a basic understanding of evangelism and how it
can be approached in appropriate ways, especially through the local
church rather than as a separate activity. They will explore ways
in which evangelism can take place.
THEO2519 Drawing near with compassion: Pastoral care in
a hospital setting I
This topic seeks to integrate pastoral care, spiritual growth and
theologising in a hospital context for you as carer as well as for
those for whom you care.
THEO3508 Infinite Respect: Pastoral Care in a hospital
This topic builds on the work done in the previous topic, which
is a prerequisite. It continues to integrate pastoral care, spiritual
growth and theologising in a hospital context for you as carer as
well as for those for whom you care.
Students who have successfully completed Pastoral Care in a Hospital
Setting Units 1 & 2 may apply for an Award in Ecumenical Hospital
Ministry and Pastoral Care.
Coolamon College also offers two special programmes for leaders
of the Christian church. While these relate specifically to the
Uniting Church in Australia, many other leaders have found the work
both spiritually and intellectually renewing: transforming their
own minds through the mind of Christ.
Lay Preacher Studies
Coolamon College offers a statement of completion of the core study
topics for the Uniting Church Lay Preachers’ Certificate.
All Synods of the Uniting Church have agreed that this statement
represents completing the academic requirements of the Lay Preachers’
Course either in whole or in part. (Uniting Church Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander students are encouraged to negotiate with
the UAICC about training specific to their situation.)
Please note that for accreditation as a Lay Preacher in the Uniting
Church other requirements will also apply, such as preaching a number
of sermons and having these evaluated.
Topics in this stream are under continuous review, with new or revised
studies due in 2005, 2006, and 2007. Most Coolamon Lay Preacher
students work within the Vocational Education and Training (VET)
Sector, through the CMin award of the Adelaide College of Divinity
(ACD). The education we offer in distance mode is part of the nationally
recognised Cert IV in Ministry and relies on ‘achieving competence’
in various areas of study.
Some students preparing for the ministry of Lay Preacher study topics
within the BTh, BMin, or postgraduate awards. For further information,
see the Deepen Stream booklet.
Students hoping to be accredited as Lay Preachers are advised that
the selection of Lay Preachers is in the hands of the Presbytery.
Written application is made to the Presbytery through the minister
of the Parish (see Uniting Church Regulation 2.8.4).
The UC Lay Preachers’ Certificate includes
the completion of the following six topics.
1. CMBT 236 Introduction to the Old Testament
2. CMBT 003 Introduction to the New Testament
3. CMBT 244 Theology – Uniting Church Perspectives
4. CMBT 242 Further Thinking about Christology
5. CMLW 222 Worship in the UCA
6. CMLW 215 Preaching – God’s word in human speech
This certificate is not an accredited award of
the ACD, but a statement of completion of the academic component
of studies towards Lay Preacher certification. Students need to
make application in writing to Coolamon upon completing the above
Coolamon College is committed to supporting the growing emphasis
on professional development for persons in positions of responsibility
within the church, including its various community agencies. Formal
placements within the Uniting Church in Australia requires ministers
to initiate learning contracts with the presbytery, as well as undertaking
such new forms of training as the church from time to time requires
(for example, in the policies and procedures regarding ministerial
Within its wide range of topics related to awards from Bachelors
to PhD levels, Coolamon is able to offer genuine choice for those
fulfilling their professional development obligations.
Some ministers, for example, might choose to work towards the BTh
degree, or one of the postgraduate awards, offered by Flinders University.
Others might be more interested in studies related to the MMin Award
of the Adelaide College of Divinity. Still others may have a particular
interest in one or two individual topics.
Coolamon Continuing is a new approach designed
to meet these various needs. As with all our topics in Distance
Education mode, the intention is to provide what you need most,
where you already are. In this way, students are able to make vital
links every day between their new studies and their existing ministry.
This is a genuinely transforming process, not only for the minister
but also for those who share in the ministry.
Most of those seeking this level of serious discipleship will find
their interest drawn toward the Higher Education sector, Coolamon’s
Deepen Stream. For full details of our higher education topics,
please ask the national office for a (free) copy of the Deepen Booklet.
Topics available for Coolamon Continuing students include:
History of Christian spirituality
Christian prayer: the practice of spirituality
The Gospel of John
Theology and church history
The early church to A.D. 500
The Western church in the Middle Ages
The diaconate in history
Theology – Uniting Church perspectives
The Person and Work of Christ
Women’s studies in religion and theology
Christians and social justice
The practice of ministry
Establishing new congregations
Youth ministry (2 units)
Discipleship (2 units)
Pastoral care in a hospital setting
Society and culture
Mission in the Australian context
Sociology for Ministry
Towards Reconciliation – a Theological Understanding
Exploring Cross-Cultural Ministry