Australian Lutheran College (ALC) launched Discover in 2020 and its uptake has amazed us.
The diverse nature of our first student cohort is a delight. The inaugural intake has members living in five Australian states, while our mid-year intake included a student from New Zealand. The course includes women and men, young and old, and people discerning callings with different vocational outcomes and those looking to study part or full-time.
The only attribute defining a ‘typical’ Discover student is a willingness to complete theological study while engaging in a local ministry to explore God’s call. The program uses an action/reflection model to help participants hear and recognise God’s call more fully.
Discover is designed to uncover and support the LCA/NZ’s emerging volunteers, church workers, teachers and pastors by helping them to become more aware of their calling, to think theologically and to serve faithfully. This is done through partnerships between the inquirer, their local faith community, the wider church community and ALC.
The program includes an academic course – in most cases a Diploma in Theology – and transformative ministry activities. For those who then discern a call to specific service, the diploma can count as the first year of pastoral studies, be used to complete parts of Lutheran school teacher accreditation, or to provide a deep grounding in Lutheran teaching and practice for future lay workers and volunteers.
Discover is also designed for people who aren’t sure about where God is calling them to serve. If you are a family member or friend of someone curious about God’s call, why not encourage them towards Discover?
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