Why Pastoral Care and Chaplaincy?

Have you wanted to serve God in chaplaincy, pastoral work or a ministry of compassion?

Do you want to turn your heart for hurting people into a biblically grounded practice of care?

The Pastoral Care and Chaplaincy Ministry Stream is designed to equip those who desire to connect the love of Christ to people in various life circumstances. Choosing this stream will provide you with practical skills and theology, targeted insights, specialised training and ministry experiences preparing you to come alongside and care for people in need.

Dr Judy Wilkie

Dr Judy Wilkie is Melbourne School of Theology’s Lecturer in Pastoral Care with decades of experience training people to be more effective in the caregiving aspects of Christian ministry. Her service helping individuals, couples and families with life development, trauma and relationship issues is in both clinical counselling and pastoral care settings. Judy serves Urban Life church in Ringwood as counselling director and assists her husband Rob, who pastors Living Hope in Boronia. A clinical member of the Christian Counsellors Association and the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia, she holds a Doctor of Ministry, Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Education and Advanced Diploma of Family Therapy.

Sarah's Testimony

“I came to Melbourne School of Theology to become better equipped both spiritually and pastorally. I was studying music in Adelaide when God opened the door to ministry amongst women in prostitution and those who had been trafficked. With an organisation, we visited girls in brothels and on the streets, when we would bring them gifts, talk with them and offer to pray for them. My pastoral care training at MST has proven invaluable as I continue to study social work before ministering full-time among those to whom God has called me!”

Stream Subjects

Chaplaincy in Education SettingsFoundations of Pastoral CarePastoral Skills & Methods
Practical Ministry Field EducationLiving FaithsDisability & Normality
Chaplaincy SkillsFoundations of Christian EducationChristian Worldview