How should we treat training from another denomination?

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The Sydney Anglican Diocese is a Member and Endorsed Training Partner under the National Council of Churches Safe Church Training Agreement (SCTA).

The National Council of Churches in Australia have established a network of Endorsed Training Partners across Australia who agree to accept each other’s training in Safe Ministry.
At the time of writing, this is the list of current SCTA training partners:

  • Anglican Diocese of Bendigo
  • Anglican Diocese of Gippsland
  • Anglican Diocese of Grafton
  • Anglican Diocese of Sydney
  • Anglican Diocese of Wangaratta
  • Baptist Association of NSW & ACT  – NOTE:  Two certificates (one for online and one for face-to-face components) need to be sighted
  • Baptist Union of Tasmania
  • Baptist Union of Victoria
  • Baptist Union of WA
  • Catholic Diocese of Bathurst
  • Churches of Christ Vic/Tas
  • Churches of Christ Qld
  • Foursquare Gospel Church
  • Life Church International (Australia)
  • Lutheran Church of Australia
  • Uniting Church of Australia NSW & ACT Synod
  • Uniting Church of Australia Victoria & Tasmania Synod
  • Uniting Church of Australia WA Synod

You can also see a current list of those churches/denominations here:

So, if someone joins your church and presents proof of current training from an Endorsed SCTA Training Partner, then it is accepted as being equivalent to our training until the expiry of that training. You should enter the details of the training and its source and expiry date into your Safe Ministry Records. It is also prudent to ensure that they are made aware of any specific reporting requirements and expectations of leaders in Sydney Anglican churches, for example by reading the relevant Safe Ministry Blueprint  document for their role and by signing the Safe Ministry Pledge.

If someone presents training credentials from an organisation that is NOT on the SCTA Endorsed Training Partner list, that training cannot be accepted and they must complete Safe Ministry Essentials before commencing ministry with children or youth.