The Uniting Church is committed to an informed faith.
We believe the Spirit gifts everyone for ministry and that we all share in the ministry of Christ. So we offer a wide range of opportunities for people to explore their faith and develop the gifts that they have been given.
We offer a range of short courses and longer study options for:
• people wishing to grow in faith and expand their discipleship
• leaders in local congregations who are called on to lead worship, preach, and share their faith
• people who feel a call to leadership in a specific form of ministry
• anyone wanting to undertake a formalise pathway of the study of theology (through Cert IV offerings as well as Bachelors and Masters courses of study)
• Ministers who are actively seeking to develop their skills in ministry
These educational offerings are provided by the Commission for Education for Discipleship and Leadership (CEDAL). The overall aim of CEDAL is “to build an informed and integrated learning community directed to the mission of God”.
If you would like to undertake some training to develop your skills, you can join with others who are doing a Certificate IV in Christian Ministry and Theology through an accredited institution. These studies are mostly online, with regular face-to-face meetings in Perth.
If you want to undertake more formal studies in theology, you can study through the Perth Theological Hall (PTH). This is the Theological College established by the Synod and approved by the Assembly for providing training for ordained ministries.
PTH works collaboratively with Uniting Church theological colleges in other Synods, as well as with Murdoch University in Perth, to provide appropriate contextual theological education for candidates as well as for lay leaders seeking to undertake university-level studies.
CEDAL is responsible for providing education to members to enable them to grow in faith, discipleship and leadership; oversight of theological education for the specified ministries of the Uniting Church (Lay Preacher, Pastor, Deacon and Minister of the Word) according to guidelines set by the Assembly.
We host a number of events such as training sessions, lectures and workshops throughout the year. To find out what events are coming up, please visit our Events page.
To keep up to date with what is happening you can subscribe to SEEDS, a monthly e-newsletter which outlines CEDAL updates and upcoming educational events in WA and interstate. To subscribe or for information on coming events, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more details about CEDAL or any form of education or training, please contact:
Rev Bev Fabb
Rev Dr John Squires
Director of Education and Formation
Mobile: 0401 474 794
Dr Kerry George
Personal Assistant to Director of Education and Formation
Phone: 08 9260 9813
Phone: (08) 9260 9800 or 1300 736 692
Postal Address: GPO Box M952, Perth WA 6843
Physical Address: 85-89 Edward St, Perth