Equipping for Service

Education & Training

From those who desire to volunteer an hour a week to those with a calling into full-time vocational ministry, we hope to offer something for everyone through our Education & Training pathways.

Education & Training equips volunteers and professionals to fulfill a diverse range of roles within their local communities.

About Education & Training

Korus Connect partners with other ministry and training organisations in providing ongoing professional development and formal training to support volunteers and professionals in the local community.

Learning opportunities are scaffolded to allow a person, if they choose, to progress from being a volunteer representing the local community to fulfilling a specific community role.

Providing people with the skills and know-how to prepare them for community work is important, but developing the whole person for this work is critical. That's why spiritual formation and the Korus Connect philosophical framework underpins all Education & Training offerings.

Education & Training Areas

Accredited Training

Vocational Chaplaincy Skills will equip you to serve in community and school settings in pastoral care and Chaplaincy roles.

It provides the knowledge and skills to build relationships, act legally and ethically, and provide pastoral care with an understanding of mental health issues and referral skills. It aims to give students the confidence to support others holistically, mentally, physically, and spiritually, and has a particular emphasis on communication skills, risk assessments, safe practices and self-care.

This course is offered in partnership with Wesley Vocational Institute (RTO Code 90091), and successful candidates will be issued a statement of attainment in the accredited units CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues and CHCCCS016 Respond to client needs.

Together with other relevant qualifications, these meet the government requirements for School Chaplaincy work. These units also form part of the CHC42315 Certificate IV in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care, which we can offer through Recognition of Prior Learning.

Volunteer Training

School Ready Training will equip church and community volunteers to serve safely and effectively in schools.

It has been designed to provide volunteers with a purpose and rationale for schools-based service, and to give them a stronger understanding of the school context and the unique contribution they can make to their local school community.

As members of the local community, volunteers have an opportunity to enhance the life of their local schools, but in order to provide the most appropriate and effective support, they need to be 'school ready' with a knowledge of DET school policies, guidelines and legislation.

This training also supports churches and community groups in managing risk and compliance by protecting their volunteers, the church and the local school.

Professional Development Units
Foundational and Pastoral Skills

A workshop on building relationships, offering empathy, intentional listening, effectively asking questions, identifying the limits of our care and appropriate self-care.

Responding to Crisis

A two-day program supporting effective responses to thoughts of suicide, understanding the neurological and spiritual impacts of trauma, de-escalating situations and offering psychological first aid.

Culture, Worldview and Difference

Exploration of multiculturalism, how we can relate to people of different faiths (or no faith), and engaging with those who are different to us in their backgrounds, orientations or worldviews in respectful and caring ways.

Intro to Theological Reflection

Understanding and reflecting on the ways our experience, faith and sacred texts interact with our service, and how they impact on other people.

Attending to Grief and Loss

Exploring the impact of grief and loss on individuals, families and communities, and how to react and respond to grief and loss in your context.

Whole Conference

The Whole Conference is a pastoral care conference with a strong focus on community engagement and transformation. It's for anyone passionate about community engagement and building stronger, healthier and more resilient communities. As a collaborative initiative of Korus Connect and SU Victoria, it aims to equip, motivate and inspire people to fulfill their calling in caring for and bringing transformation in their community.

For 2019, the conference will be held on Thursday 6th June (9:30am-5pm) and Friday 7th June (9am-4pm) at Stairway Church, 171 Rooks Road, Vermont.

Find out more on the Whole Conference website here.

More Information
Contact Us

Interested in learning more? Call us on (03) 9811 0999 or email our Education & Training Manager, Luke Whiteside, on lwhiteside@korusconnect.org.au.