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Chaplaincy Training

Anglicare's Chaplaincy Training is conducted under the auspices of the Anglicare Centre for Pastoral Development.

Currently, there are two levels of training, introductory and advanced. Both of these courses are Approved Training Courses in pastoral care with the Civil Chaplaincies Advisory Committee for people wanting to be pastoral care volunteers or chaplains in NSW prisons and hospitals.

Introductory Pastoral Care (IPC) Course

The first level of training is designed for people who are interested in becoming volunteers for Anglicare chaplaincy in hospitals, prisons, aged care or mental health settings. Courses are also ideal for Christians interested in developing their pastoral skills so they can serve more effectively in a church or community context.

The Centre also conducts an IPC course in partnership with the Sydney Anglican Diocese Evangelism and New Churches for Community Chaplains.

This first level of training involves attending a course comprising learning modules, written and practical work totalling 40 hours, usually over 5 days.

Each participant in the course who successfully completes all elements and meets assessment requirements will receive a document attesting to this signed by the course trainer.

Those who successfully complete the IPC and want to pursue the Moore College Award in Community Chaplaincy can explore how to do that by following this link to the Evangelism and New Churches website

(Those who meet the requirements and are affiliated with Anglican churches, may choose to be considered for licensing as Community Chaplains in the Anglican Diocese of Sydney.)

Please be aware that the IPC course is open to Christians of all denominations.

General comments about the IPC

On a solid Christian foundation, our courses emphasize learning from your own pastoral interactions with people going through tough times. You will have the opportunity to engage with important foundational teachings from the Bible as they relate to practical pastoral care. You will also have the opportunity to discover the nature of your own pastoral interventions. In group supervision we will reflect and evaluate the effectiveness of your ministry, beginning to build on the things you do well and minimize the interactions that don’t adorn the gospel. You will be able to give and receive accurate feedback in a safe environment, building self-awareness and interpersonal sensitivity, practicing pastoral skills and trying a variety of options for pastoral care.

Description of the core content of the IPC

The short practicum courses with Anglicare introduce the relational ministry of pastoral care, the aims and resources for pastoral care in both institutional and parish contexts, listening skills, personal reflection and theological assessment and the value of pastoral supervision. By using group interactions, seminars and guided reading material, you will begin to discover and to explore new resources for your pastoral ministry.


$300 (2016) 


All applications must include:

  1. A reference from your minister attesting to the fact that you are an active member of the church, have a good capacity for empathy and appreciate personal boundaries.
  2. A two page reflective account of your life and how you developed as a person, what God has taught you over the years, and what you hope to gain from doing the course.

Courses currently available click here

Advance Pastoral Care (APC) Course

A professional level training course for:

1) Chaplains working in the wider community or in hospital, mental health, aged care, juvenile justice, refugee, prison or sporting setting (they should see Anglicare’s Advanced Pastoral Care course as an opportunity for professional development)

2) Clergy and pastoral staff of all Christian denominations involved in vocational ministry wishing to focus intentionally on pastoral ministry skills or experience chaplaincy settings.

3) Recent graduates in theology or those in ministry positions in a parish setting who wish to further develop their theological training with pastoral practice in a supervised setting.

Course pre-requisites:

Please do not apply for APC if you do not have these pre-requisites.

Minimum one year of theological training at bachelor level.

The Anglicare Centre for Pastoral Development’s IPCC, the Moore Theological College’s MPE or APM course, the Mary Andrews College unit Practical Pastoral Care N481, or an equivalent course agreed by the course coordinator.

Course times, duration and location for Advanced Pastoral Care (APC):

18 week semester

Next course begins August 1, 2017 (and meeting every Tuesday until 28th Nov)

Venue: Anglicare's Summer Hill Community Care Centre

9 -1:15 each Tuesday 4 x 50 min sessions

Each day includes three hours of group presentation time and a one hour theological exploration seminar looking at models, frameworks and theological approaches to our pastoral ministry.

Each trainee will have 5 individual supervision sessions with an assigned supervisor in order to develop learning goals.

Course requirements:

Attendance at classes

Minimum one day per week ministry placement

Preparation and presentation of case studies/verbatim, reading reactions and a teaching session

Reading, writing and reflection time (at least 8 hours per week)


Based on material presented in sessions across the course, and

Final Evaluation weeks 17 &18.

Cost – $1,800


Applications should include evidence of completion of one year of a Bachelor level degree in theology or ministry and evidence of 1) having completed APM or MPE at Moore Theological College or 2) the IPCC at a location in the diocese (a copy of their signed certificate should accompany their application).

There should also be a reference from your minister and evidence of a pastoral placement that will mean you can do 8 hours of pastoral visiting per week.

In addition, applicants wishing to be considered for the APC should provide a four page reflective account of their life and how God has shaped their character over the years, and what they hope to gain from doing the course.

Places are limited.

To apply for this course please click here

All enquiries to Rev Stuart Adamson