Training in pastoral care & chaplaincy

Jericho Road partners with Christ College in providing training for those who have a heart for people from all walks of life in chaplaincy and pastoral care ministries.

In Australia today, there are growing opportunities for chaplaincy – in hospitals, prisons, the defence forces, aged care, and amongst refugees in the community. We offer a quality Christian training program to equip those called to care for people with wisdom and love, magnifying Christ and making Him known.


Introductory Pastoral Care Program

Our Introductory course is designed for those exploring volunteer chaplaincy or those seeking to cultivate pastoral and spiritual care skills.

Professional Chaplaincy Course

Our professional course is designed for those exploring employment in chaplaincy or those seeking to develop their pastoral and spiritual care skills further.

Professional Supervision

We provide quality professional supervision to those in chaplaincy and pastoral care ministry.

Introductory Pastoral Care Program

This short program equips people who wish to volunteer as pastoral carers in their local church or the community.

The topics covered include:

      • What is pastoral care
      • How to listen and respond with empathy
      • Identifying spiritual needs
      • Thinking theologically about pastoral care
      • Grief and loss
      • Death and dying
      • Agendas in pastoral care
      • Selfcare

The program is delivered with flexibility.  It can be offered over two full days or five weekly sessions and run in various settings: in-person at Christ College (Sydney), online, and in regional areas of NSW and interstate.

Contact the course coordinator for more information.

Professional Chaplaincy

Christ College offers two units that meet the required training course as a chaplain in NSW hospitals, correctional and juvenile justice centres. It is also recognised by many aged care providers and educational institutions.

The two units are:

    1. Issues in Professional Chaplaincy
    2. Chaplaincy in the Institutional Setting

Contact the course coordinator for more information.

Mental Health First-Aid

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) teaches people the basic skills to help someone they’re concerned about.

Jericho Road chaplain, Ian Schoonwater is an authorised instructor in Mental Health First-Aid. If you are interested in being trained in this, get in touch with Ian.


Teaching Staff

Joseph Park

Course Coordinator and Pastoral Supervisor
Joseph is the senior chaplain with Jericho Road and is an adjunct lecturer at Christ College. Joseph has been in pastoral ministry for more than 15 years in parish and chaplaincy settings.

Ian Schoonwater

Mental Health First Aid Instructor and Pastoral Supervisor
Ian has been in pastoral ministry for more than 25 years in parish and chaplaincy settings. He currently serves as a senior chaplain with the NSW Police.

The understanding and skills taught in this program benefit everyone involved in caring for others, not just those working as chaplains. It’s a practical program, grounded in research, providing opportunities to discuss and explore avenues to support others in their time of need.


Introductory Pastoral Care Program

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Jericho Road is pleased to partner with Christ College

Christ College is an affiliated college of the Australian College of Theology.