Ordination Policy

As at April 2015.

Ordination is the responsibility of the Archbishop of Sydney and while he may choose whom he may ordain, he has determined the following minimum qualifications for ordination in the Diocese of Sydney.

1. Ordination to the Diaconate is a lifelong vocation open to men and women who 

a) have successfully completed at least two years of observation and supervision in ministry, and discernment as a candidate for ordination;
b) are baptised, communicant members of the Anglican Church of Australia;
c) have satisfactorily completed the Working with Children Check and the Diocesan Questionnaire;
d) have normally completed the four year Bachelor of Divinity at Moore Theological College;
e) have an appointment to a full-time (or substantially full-time) pastoral ministry position; and
f) are neither divorced nor married to a person who has been divorced.
Exceptions to paragraph 1.(d) above may apply to:
i. those who are over the age of 40 years and have completed the three year Bachelor of Theology at Moore College; and
ii. those who are not seeking to be further ordained as a Presbyter and who have completed at least the two year Associate Degree in Theology at Moore College, or the Advanced Diploma of Theology at Youthworks College, or a theological degree in a language (other than English) and have completed the Moore College PTC.  However, such deacons will not be ordained Presbyter without completing the requisite study.

2. Ordination to the Presbyterate is open to men who have been ordained Deacon in the Diocese of Sydney, who

a) have successfully completed the three year Ministry Development Program; and
b) have an appointment to a full-time (or substantially full-time) pastoral ministry position; and
c) have successfully completed at least two years of observation and supervision as a Deacon and discernment by the Archbishop’s Presbyteral Panel as a candidate for ordination.

3. For persons seeking to be ordained as Deacon or Presbyter, who have completed a theological degree other than through Moore College, further study at Moore College is normally required.