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 Diocese or affiliated churches
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.
What’s in the course?
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.
Who is it suitable for?
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 our FAQ/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.
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 these steps:
- Appoint a Church Coordinator who will make sure the rest of the requirements are met. This can be the same person as the Training Mentor.
- Appoint a Training Mentor.
- Ensure the parents of each Junior Leader have signed the permission form – either as a paper document or an online form.
- Ensure the Senior Minister has signed an Authorisation form – either as a paper document or an online form.
These forms should be stored as part of the church Safe Ministry Records.
- Each Junior Leader must create an account on the Safe Ministry Training website (unless they already have an account there).
- The Training Mentor must create an account on the Safe Ministry Training website (unless they already have an account there).
- The Church Coordinator then completes the form further down this page AFTER the previous steps are complete.