More than academic
A large component of Discover is the Diploma in Theology or Graduate Diploma in Theology course of study, however it is much more than that. Theology is as much about spiritual formation as it is about academic study. It involves the hands and the heart as well as the head.
Discover integrates the academic and the practical in an active and dynamic way, so that ministry is deepened and enriched by biblical and confessional teaching, all the time remaining grounded in the church’s community and life.
While supported centrally through webinars and other individual and collective conversation, Discover intentionally focuses on assisting participants to develop reflective ministry practices in their local context. Each student records their personal journey of vocational learning and reflection in their Discover portfolio.
The academic component of Discover consists of units of higher education study covering various ministry and theological areas, including
- biblical studies,
- church history,
- congregational life and service,
- pastoral care,
- and Lutheran teaching.
Unit choices and options will vary according to the student’s interests and vocational direction.
The core of the Discover program is congregational service and ministry, which provide the context for the reflection. This takes place under the oversight of the congregational pastor and other mentors.
Hearing God’s call is both an individual and a collective endeavour, hence Discover incorporates both—the student’s own personal reflection as well as the input of the church community. Some participants come into the program with a personal sense of call they wish to test; others are asking the question 'What do you wish of me Lord?' Either way, Discover seeks to assist participants to
- Be aware
- Think theologically
- Serve faithfully