Kingsley College, Melbourne

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Kingsley College is a Wesleyan Methodist Church of Australia school of theology located in Melbourne, Australia. The college was opened by Kingsley Ridgeway in 1948. It was originally known as the Wesleyan Methodist Bible College of Australia; in 1974 its name was changed to honour its founder. Students come from a variety of denominational and national backgrounds.

History[edit]

In 1946, Kingsley Ridgway founded the Wesleyan Methodist Church of Australia in Victoria. His vision from the beginning was to establish a training college that would equip students for a life and theology of practical holiness. Due to the vision of Ridgway and the generosity of the Wesleyan Methodist Church of America, a property was purchased in Glenroy, Victoria, to serve as national headquarters and the training college. The Wesleyan Methodist Bible College began to offer training in 1949 with a class of seven students. By 1974 the three-year Diploma of Theology had expanded to a four-year Bachelor of Theology degree. 1974 also saw a change of name applied to the college; Kingsley College offered training under a name that honoured the founder.

By 2006 Kingsley College was offering a three-year Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian ministry along with post-graduate study in Christian ministry. Also available was a program of study in Christian counselling at a certificate and graduate level. This year also marked the birth of Kingsley Community study; vocational training in a Certificate IV in Christian Ministry and Theology. Kingsley partnered with ACOM (Australian College of Ministries) to offer this vocational training alongside study under "higher education". The foundational purpose in offering vocational training was to take study in Christian ministry to students, and in that way better equip men and women in local churches for ministry. An initial two training centres began in Brisbane with centres added each year since. Student numbers continue to grow, along with the opportunities for students to pursue further vocational training. In 2010 the national leaders of the Wesleyan Methodist Church approved Kingsley Community study as the avenue for ministerial training through to ordination.

Prior to 2006 Kingsley College had offered self-accredited training. From 2006 Kingsley College became part of the Sydney College of Divinity (SCD), and for 2008 partnered with the higher education programs with Tabor College Victoria[1] (now Eastern College Australia).

Present[edit]

Kingsley College now solely offers awards within vocational training through the partnership with Australian College of Ministries.

Kingsley College exists to serve the whole Christian Church by providing practical accredited theological education and training. Kingsley College serves the church by developing and equipping people to carry out mission in vocations in Christian ministry in pastoral work, chaplaincy, Christian education, missions or Christian counselling. Kingsley is committed to the spiritual formation of lay people and those in full-time Christian leadership. Their training is based on the spiritual development of individuals as they grow in God’s grace and are transformed into the likeness of Christ.

Kingsley provides training for men and women in Christian ministry with training centres around Australia in strategic locations. Distance study or connection to a class via video conferencing is also available.

Kingsley Community study is a ministry of then Wesleyan Methodist Church of Australia and, therefore, has links to such colleges as the Nazarene Theological College, Booth College in Sydney and ACOMHigher Education program. Kingsley Community is also a partner training institute of the Australian College of Ministries (ACOM- RTO #90965).

Courses[edit]

Currently theological education is provided under the auspices of the Australian College of Ministries. ACOM is a NVR Registered Training Organisation (#90965), meeting the standards determined by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) under the National VET Regulator Act 2011. ACOM is registered to offer training in all Australian states and territories.

Kingsley Community study offers the following vocational education programs:

Certificate IV in Christian Ministry and Theology (10433NAT): In this program students engage with the Bible and theological themes and explore the implications for Christian life and practice.

Diploma of Christian Ministry and Theology (10434NAT): In this program students analyse and interpret the Bible, beliefs and current theological thinking. At this level, students will be enabled to apply their learning to Christian leadership and ministry.

Advanced Diploma of Christian Ministry and Theology (10435NAT): In the advanced diploma, students develop skills to interpret and synthesise information related to a range of Christian beliefs. At this level students will provide advanced knowledge related to Christian beliefs and understandings to Christian and non-Christian audiences, and fulfil formal leadership with attending responsibilities, expectations and requirements within the Christian ministry sector.

Graduate Certificate of Christian Ministry and Theology (10436NAT): In the graduate certificate, students develop the knowledge and skills to provide; specialised knowledge related to Christian beliefs, specialised guidance in a defined range of life and ministry situations based on interpretations about Christian beliefs, and broad leadership within the Christian ministry sector.

The outcome of each vocational course is to provide participants with a range of knowledge, skills and competencies that will enable them to serve effectively in churches, parishes, para-church organisations, missionary organisations and schools. Graduates from these courses may find employment as pastors, church workers, ministry leaders, chaplains, religious education instructors, missionary workers, church-planters and mission support workers depending on the requirements of the organisation. Students are able to further their study through an application into the degree program of a Bible college.

Mission statement[edit]

"Through the transforming power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we at Kingsley Australia facilitate the development and equipping of Christians to become empowered and passionate in their ministry to shape their world."[citation needed]

Principals[edit]

Principals of Kingsley College
Name Years of Service
Leo G. Cox 1949-1955
The Revd Robert Mattke 1956-1961
The Revd James Ridgway 1961-1966
The Revd Arthur Calhoun 1967-1969
The Revd Aubrey Carnell 1970-1971
The Revd James Ridgway 1972-1984
The Revd David Wilson 1985-2002
The Revd Lionel Rose 2003
The Revd Peter Dobson 2004-2010
The Revd Kevin Brown 2010–present

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dr Wynand J. de Kock, Principal Tabor Victoria; The Revd Peter J. Dobson, Principal Kingsley College. "Kingsley College and Tabor Victoria - United Press Release: Christian Colleges Unite with 100 years' experience". Archived from the original on 2008-07-19. Retrieved 2008-10-18. 

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Coordinates: 37°42′58″S 144°56′52″E / 37.71611°S 144.94778°E / -37.71611; 144.94778