Formation is akin to discipleship – the forming and shaping of all of our lives in our journey in discipleship. In the theological education context ‘formation’ is used more technically around certain outcomes for particular ministry roles. The Uniting Church uses a rubric around Phases 1 – 4 to talk about ministry education. Phase 1 is the Period of Discernment, for any and all in the church to discern how God may be calling them for service in the church. Phase 2 is the core phase of ministry preparation by candidates for Minister of the Word and Deacon; Phase 3 refers to the three years post ordination ongoing consolidation and training; and Phase 4 is continuing education for ministry.
We’ll be adding documents on formation in the Uniting Church in Australia, including NSW/ACT Synod specific material, on the page Formation Documents.