Baptist Churches of South Australia are eager to identify and encourage women and men who are being called to be pastoral leaders in the life, ministry, and mission of our church communities.

If you are exploring such a calling, the following information will provide some guidelines for discerning a way ahead to enter into that calling. While every person who explores with us is taken on an individual basis, there is a ‘base-line’ pathway that usually forms the framework for our exploration. There are three phases of learning and development:

  • Completion of a degree in Ministry or Theology
  • Progress through our Accredited Ministry Formation process
  • Continuing Accreditation

Basic Degree

Completion of a B Min or B Th is the usual, necessary foundation for ministry leadership in a Baptist church. Along with the central curriculum of biblical, theological, and history subjects, we recommend students include key ministry subjects: Supervised Field Education (at least 2 semesters), pastoral care, and preaching.

Accredited Ministry Formation

This process gives attention to:

1. Head: a body of knowledge

Learning via formal courses (four post-graduate intensives taken for credit or audit), peer group, supervision and ministry experience.

2. Hands: Competencies

Ministry skills are developed with attention paid to 16 particular competencies:

Pastoral Care 1. Discipleship
2. Crisis Care
3. Journeying
4. Community Care
Leadership 5. Empowering Others
6. Vision and Strategy
7. Leadership Development
8. Administration
Communication / Self-Leadership 9. Preaching and Teaching
10. Worship
11. Integration
12. Self Management
Mission 13. Evangelism
14. Missional Engagement
15. Moving beyond Maintenance
16. Public Faith


3. Heart: Character and Spiritual Formation

Attention to the whole person, who you are and who you are becoming. This is about intentional formation via a range of means including Spiritual Direction, attention to spiritual disciplines, prayer retreats, theological reflection, exploration of character growth and emotional intelligence.

Normally a candidate take a minimum of two years to engage all the elements of this process satisfactorily.

Continuing Accreditation

On completion of the Accredited Ministry Formation process, a person can be accredited as a minister of the Baptist Churches of South Australia. Every minister is expected to engage in ongoing learning and professional development.


Further Information

Download our Accreditation Policy (PDF)

Contact our Director of Ministry Accreditation, Rev Dr Melinda Cousins,