Entry into the Pastoral Studies Stream

We invite all people who are thinking of applying to explore the possibilities and ask questions. Even if you do not exactly fit the criteria below, it is worth inquiring to find out whether you may still be accommodated within the Pastoral Studies Stream (PSS).

Initiating your application

  • If you have decided to apply, please try to have your application in by 30 November of the year prior. Beyond that date applications will be received at the discretion of the Director of Formation and the Principal.
  • The application process for entry into the PSS includes several steps moving towards an intake interview.
  • For the application form and further information about the process, contact enquiries@alc.edu.au

Entry requirements

  • The completion of a secondary schooling certificate to a standard required for admission to tertiary studies in your home state.
  • In special cases, ALC considers prior learning and work, and life experience (see special entry).
  • While there is no upper age limit, the Director of Formation is required to consult with the LCA College of Bishops when a prospective candidate is over forty years of age. In some such cases a specialised course is developed.

When we receive your application

  • Once your application has been received and processed we will advise you of the outcome.
  • If your application is successful, you are invited to join the PSS which includes periodic reviews.
  • If your application is not successful you may appeal to the Dean and/or your District Bishop.

Ordination in the LCA

  • ALC is entrusted with the task of preparing candidates for the pastoral ministry, however it is the LCA who is responsible for, and oversees, the readiness for ministry and ordination process.
  • Ordination to the pastoral ministry of the LCA is dependent upon the offer of a call to service from the church.
  • The church cannot guarantee that all students completing the vocational program for pastoral ministry will automatically receive a call to service and be ordained for ministry, although every effort is made to open up opportunities for service for all pastoral ministry graduates.

In accord with the teaching and policy of the Lutheran Church of Australia that men only can be called and ordained as pastors, applicants to the pastoral studies stream need to be male.