If you would like to make an application to become an ordination candidate as a deacon the following steps are involved. This process can be paused or stopped at any time by you or the MT&D staff. Contact Amanda Mears at MT&D and request a Confidential Questionnaire form (firstname.lastname@example.org). Amanda will email the form to you and make a time for you to come in for an interview.
1. initial interview
An initial interview with our Director, Gary O’Brien, or for women, Archdeacon Kara Hartley. They will be keen to know about how God has been working in your life and what encouragement you have received to consider ordination. They will also go through a Confidential Lifestyle Questionnaire with you and make a preliminary assessment of your readiness for ordination candidacy. This meeting will also provide you with an opportunity to explore any questions you might have about Anglican ministry here in Sydney or the nature of ordination candidacy. Following this interview, if the decision is to proceed, the Professional Standards Unit (PSU) will conduct some checks to enable you to continue in the process and you will be given some forms for you and others to complete.
2. psychological assessment
A psychological assessment with one of the psychologists at ‘themindspace’. This involves completing some online questionnaires and meeting up with a psychologist who will write an assessment.
A subsequent meeting with the Assistant Director, Rob Smith or Archdeacon Kara Hartley to read through and discuss your psychological assessment report. The report will be sent to our office and they will contact you to arrange this meeting. If you’re married, it will be important for your spouse to come to this meeting.
4. panel interview
A panel interview with members of the Archbishop’s selection committee.
A recommendation is then made to the Archbishop who will write to you himself to let you know the outcome of the process.
If you are accepted as an ordination candidate you begin the two year discernment process. Over this period we will seek, with you, to explore if you have the convictions, character and competencies to serve as an assistant minister in the Diocese of Sydney.
Normally this will involve full-time study at Moore College or Anglican Youthworks College, serving as a Student Minster on the weekends in a local church, regular meetings with a Ministry Chaplain appointed by MT&D to discuss your progress and any questions you might have about ministry. At the end of each year we will ask for a report on your life and ministry from your rector or supervising minister, three lay-leaders in your church and your College. These reports will be used in your end of year panel interview where you will also provide a Ministry Development plan for the following year. After this interview a recommendation will be made to the Archbishop on your candidacy and you will receive a letter telling you the outcome of the process.