Acts 2 College of Mission and Evangelisation (Acts2CoME) has last year 18 years of operation.
During that time, more than 120 students have graduated from its ministry programs, with a significant number of those students now working in a variety of youth ministry roles in schools, parishes and other Catholic organisations.
Principal Jane Borg said many of the College’s graduates recognise the benefit the course has given them in their confidence to share their faith with friends, family and work colleagues.
“Others are no longer working in youth ministry, but all have grown in their faith and continue to bring God’s love to others wherever God has placed them,” Mrs Borg said.
The most popular course offered is the Diploma of Catholic Youth Ministry (11013NAT).
Mrs Borg explained that this course involves a year studying scripture, theology, and ministry skills to prepare them to serve the Church in youth ministry.
“Students learn the beauty of the faith from the heart of the Magisterium, and this gives them the confidence to go out and share their faith with others.
“They are also trained in how to give talks, lead group discussions, run events and youth programs, give testimony to how God has worked in their life, manage conflict, demonstrate leadership, and walk with young people in their faith while respecting legal obligations and boundaries,” she explained.
As part of this course, the students commit to 220 hours of practical placement, through which they have supported youth groups in 15 parishes across the Archdiocese and helped run more than 200 sacramental and high school retreat programs in Catholic schools each year.
Sitting alongside the diploma are other courses through which the college can contribute to the evangelistic work of the Church.
Targeting senior secondary students is CHC24015 Certificate II in Active Volunteering (with ministry electives) and 11011NAT Certificate III in Catholic Youth Ministry and Leadership.
“Although these can be done by people of any age, these courses have been popular with home school families, and as an on-campus program in conjunction with other mainstream school studies,” Mrs Borg highlighted.
For those with an interest in working as a school chaplain, the College runs CHC42315 Certificate IV in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care.
“Acts2CoME contextualises all training of this course for use within the Catholic Church and offers a range of Catholic units that may be taken as electives to better prepare a person for work within the Catholic system,” Mrs Borg explained.
Enrolments are now open for all 2023 courses at Acts2CoME.
Acts 2 College of Mission and Evangelisation (Acts2CoME) is a Registered Training Organisation (provider no 51452) delivering qualifications and accredited courses in Active Volunteering, Catholic Youth Ministry, Leadership, Catholic Ministry, and Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care. Although the campus is physically located in Perth, all courses may be studied online, making this quality training available to people all over Australia.
For more information, contact Jane Borg on 0401 692 690 or go to http://acts2come.wa.edu.au.