The Junior Leaders Online course is designed to assist young leaders navigate their way through the challenges of doing ministry well and safely.
- There is no charge for the course
- This course is only available to churches in the Sydney Anglican Diocese
The online version of the course differs from the previous face to face version of the training.
There are several reasons for this, including the fundamental differences in the two presentation methods, the need to effectively care for the young leaders in training, and meeting obligations as noted in the recommendations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
There are a total of 13 Topics in the course, covering areas such as: Safe Ministry principles, appropriate leadership, power in ministry, boundaries in ministry, leader selection, understanding abuse, reporting abuse and others.
Download this document for more information on the contents of the course.
The time taken to complete the self-paced part of the course will vary with individuals, but is likely to be 2-3 hours.
The Junior Leaders Online course is designed for 14-17 year olds who are helpers in their ministry context, are not in a paid or supervisory position and are supervised at all times by an experienced leader. The course has been independently reviewed by a psychologist who works with teens, to ensure it is sensitive to the needs of this particular age group.
It is expected that most 17 year olds will opt to do the Safe Ministry Essentials course in place of the Junior Leaders course, given that they will need to complete this course when they turn 18 years old. Any person under 18 years seeking to do Safe Ministry Essentials, should only do so with parental knowledge and suitable pastoral support available. For more information regarding best practice with Junior Leaders, see ourFAQ/Knowledgebase page.
Given the nature of some of the topics covered in the course, we do not recommend that helpers under the age of 14 years complete the Junior Leaders course. However, if this does occur it should be with parental supervision and guidance.
A Junior Leader is a person who is between 13 and 18 years of age, and has been appointed to a leadership role in children’s or youth ministry in a parish.
See this article for more details.
In order to effectively administer the Junior Leaders course, it is vital for the young leader’s church to be actively involved with the process.
Summary of steps for the church:
Once the steps above have been completed and the form is submitted, a member of the Safe Ministry Team will check for accuracy and then set up the parish in the training system and enrol the nominated Junior Leaders.
The Junior Leaders and Training Mentor are notified by email when the course is ready for them.
Please allow up to one business day for this to happen.
When the Safe Ministry Team have checked the information in the form, and that the Junior Leaders have registered, they will be enrolled in the course and emailed details of how to access and start their training. Note: there is no charge for the Junior Leaders course.
The Training Mentor will be kept up to date with each Leader’s progress in the course. They will also be emailed material to help facilitate a brief discussion with the Junior Leader/s at the conclusion of the self-paced topics. This is to ensure each Junior Leader understands key aspects of the training, and has an opportunity to raise questions.
When the Training Mentor meets with each Junior Leader (or the group) to discuss aspects of the course as above, they give each Junior Leader an access code to unlock the last Topic in the course and release their Safe Ministry Training certificate.
A copy of their certificate (or the certificate code) should be passed onto the parish Safe Ministry Representative as soon as possible.
That certificate will be valid for three years or until the Junior Leader turns 18 (at which time they need to undertake the Essentials course.)