ACD Course

Graduate Certificate in Ministry Studies & Graduate Diploma in Ministry

with a focus in Professional Pastoral Supervision

The Adelaide College of Divinity and the Uniting College will be offering two newly accredited courses in Professional Supervision (also referred to as Pastoral Supervision, and Pastoral Practice in other education contexts).

At the conclusion of this course of study and reflective practice, participants will be able to:

  • Experience a greater sense of confidence in their personal identity and vocation as a professional pastoral supervision

  • Create their own informed working models and approaches to supervision

  • Exercise supervisory practices that give rise to pastoral imagination and adaptability in complex times

  • More clearly exemplify Christ-centred characteristics in the supervision of others; e.g., the creation of deeply attentive spaces

  • Establish and maintain supervisory relationships, including attending to initial contracting, personal boundaries, specific roles and accountabilities.

  • Readily identify ethical issues of concern as well as practically encouraging self-care

  • Utilise a range of supervision intervention and feedback skills


The Course will feature training and mentoring in the areas of:

  • Supervising for emotional and spiritual maturity.

  • Learning and applying current Theological Reflection methodologies.

  • A thorough reading and application of the Uniting Church’s Ministry Code of Ethics

  • A contemporary survey of theological anthropology: human motivation, will and desire.

  • Current working models of Christian Leadership

  • The art of listening and paying close attention to another.

  • Personality profiling. e.g., The Enneagram and Myers-Briggs

Entry to the Graduate Certificate or the Graduate Diploma in Ministry normally requires:

  • A Bachelor degree in any discipline; and
  • At least two years’ relevant ministry experience; and Permission of the Course Coordinator.

However  the Postgraduate  Committee  may,  under certain  circumstances  and  subject  to  specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.

The Graduate Certificate in Ministry Studies (with a focus on Professional Pastoral Supervision) is comprised of four (4) units. Each unit is worth 4.5 credit points toward the completion of qualification.

The Graduate Diploma in Ministry (with a focus on Professional Pastoral Supervision) is comprised of eight (8) units/subjects  and forms the equivalent of one (1) year of full-time study. Each unit is also worth 4.5 credit points toward the completion of a TEQSA-accredited, nationally-recognised qualification.

FEE-HELP is available for both these awards. For further information on fees or course content please contact 

Across Australia, Christian leaders and lay-people are learning to love and serve in new ways.
The findings and recommendations of the RCIRCSA have positioned churches and individuals to demonstrate greater intentionality in responding to revised standards of regulation. In addition to the development of leadership and ministry competencies, the qualifications of Professional Supervision specifically fulfil the requirements of Recommendation 16:45

“Each religious institution should ensure that all people in religious or pastoral ministry, including religious leaders, have professional supervision with a trained professional or pastoral supervisor who has a degree of independence from the institution within which the person is in ministry.”

Recommendation 16:45

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

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