Leadership Development Program

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Leading churches well can be difficult, but the good news is that leadership can be developed over time. Christ College has developed a tailor-made Leadership Development Program that can help you. We have offered this program to our under-graduate and graduate students since 2013, including several candidates for ordination. In 2015, we began offering the program to post-graduate students, including pastors serving in regional areas. In 2019, the program was incorporated within the Christ College Internship program, but it can still be completed as a standalone program. The program can be completed as part of an award (see further the application forms below).

The Christ College Leadership Development Program:

  • is designed especially for pastoral leaders in Reformed and Presbyterian churches;
  • has clear biblical and theological foundations
  • draws on the best of contemporary leadership and organisational theory;
  • uses a range of adult education learning strategies;
  • involves the design and implementation of a large year-long church-based project designed to further Jesus’ disciple-making agenda;
  • is scheduled entirely in intensive format (mostly outside the semester);
  • creates opportunities to develop stronger relationships with our best church leaders, a mentor, and the leaders and ordinary members of your church.

Applications close 30 June each year.

Who is Dr Jonathan Pratt?

The LDP is taught by Dr. Jonathan Pratt, Director of the Centre for Pastoral Leadership. 

He serves as a pastoral leader in Hornsby Presbyterian Church.

For more information about Jonathan,view his staff profile here.

Hear from some LDP students


"Leading a congregation takes more than just teaching and preaching the gospel, it also takes wisdom to plan, organize and mobilize a congregation towards maturity and mission. The LDP lays the Biblical foundation to pastoral leadership that’s grounded in a commitment to the gospel and the tools necessary for planning, organizing and mobilizing a congregation towards maturity and mission."

Eugene Hor, Lead English Pastor, Gracepoint Presbyterian Church

"In ministry we often have to hit the road running. The problem is that many will hit the road already limping. The LDP provides a much needed opportunity for pastors and leaders to shape their thinking, inform their spiritual formation and rejuvenate their life patterns towards resiliency in ministry."

Valerie Ling, Clinical Psychologist

"I started in parish ministry in the days when it was ‘sink or swim’ and some of us really struggled. I wish the Leadership Development Program had been available when I was training! I urge you to grab this opportunity."

Kevin Murray, NSW Moderator and National Director APWM

Where is Christ College?

1 Clarence St Burwood NSW.
Parking and transport: Limited 2 hour ticketed parking is available in the surrounding streets. Free unlimited parking can be found a few blocks from the college. Please do not park at Burwood RSL Club as Club parking is for Club patrons only.
Burwood Train Station is about a 7 minute walk from the college.