New SU QLD Training equips Charissa to change lives

For 34 years SU QLD has been training the next generation of youth workers through formal qualifications and internship-based programs. Through your support, we have launched a new qualification –…

For 34 years SU QLD has been training the next generation of youth workers through formal qualifications and internship-based programs.

Through your support, we have launched a new qualification – a Certificate IV in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care (CHC42315). We’re already hearing encouraging stories from students who have completed the qualification.

Charissa registered for the first intake of the nine-month course, which equips students with the foundations they need to work as a school chaplain.

“I loved how even though most of the course was online – the sense of community was really strong. The trainers had lots of real-life experience in youth work too, which was really valuable as a student,” says Charissa.

After graduating, Charissa secured a job as the school chaplain for St Bernard State School. She says the training equipped her with skills she is now using in her work each day.

“Probably the most useful thing I learnt was how to have effective pastoral conversations with young people,” Charissa says.

“It’s all about helping them [the young person] to think about what they want to do in the situation rather than giving them the easy answers or putting your own bias on it.

“That was huge for me because before I’d just want to swoop in, fix all their problems and be the rescuer – but it’s actually about giving them the power to make those key decisions for themselves.”

Alanna Sorrensen, SU Training’s Delivery Manager, says the new Certificate IV in Chaplaincy is a great way to get the training and qualifications you need to work effectively as a chaplain.

“The course ensures students are properly trained and equipped to provide support as a chaplain, and only takes nine months to complete,” Alanna says.

“Intakes are open all the time, with new cohorts starting every second month throughout the year.

“It’s a great option for people who want to be equipped to make a difference to the next generation.”

If you have a passion for helping young people and want to make a difference, a Cert IV in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care (CHC42315) may be for you!

Visit training.suqld.org.au to find out more about starting your qualification in Youth Work or Chaplaincy.

Please note: The completion of a qualification with Scripture Union Queensland (RTO 30548) does not guarantee employment in school chaplaincy with Scripture Union Queensland or other school chaplaincy employing authorities.

Posted: 4/03/2020

CMA Accredited

SU QLD is now CMA accredited

Do you know where your hard-earned financial support goes when you give to a charity? It’s a question that concerns many charitable givers. And so it should. When you…

CMA Accredited

Do you know where your hard-earned financial support goes when you give to a charity?

It’s a question that concerns many charitable givers. And so it should. When you give to a charity, you give from the generosity of your heart. You give out of trust.

For SU QLD, it’s a responsibility we do not take lightly, says CEO Peter James.

“Stewardship is one of five pillars that guides everything we do. By securing accreditation from the CMA Standards Council we are formalising a commitment to accountability that has always been at the core of our mission.

“This is a public declaration that we will be accountable to God first in all we do and to our faithful supporters. I want our friends to know that when we say your support is bringing hope to a young generation, that this is precisely what you are sowing into,” he says.

What this translates to is a commitment to the following:

  1. GOD FIRST 
    Accredited organisations publicly declare their Christian ethos and confirm that they act in accordance with that ethos.
  2. CHARITABLE STATUS 
    Accredited organisations are registered, legitimate and active Australian charitable entities.
  3. DILIGENT GOVERNANCE 
    Accredited organisations are governed by a properly structured body which acts with care, diligence and independence.
  4. RESPONSIBLE LEADERSHIP 
    The members of an accredited organisation’s governing body are responsible, competent and comply with their legal obligations.
  5. CHARITABLE PURPOSE 
    The governing body of an accredited organisation ensures that it carries out the purpose for which it exists.
  6. FINANCIAL OVERSIGHT 
    The governing body of an accredited organisation undertakes proper financial oversight of the organisation.
  7. RISK MANAGEMENT 
    An accredited organisation takes steps to identify and monitor risks to which it is exposed.
  8. TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY 
    An accredited organisation is transparent and accountable to its stakeholders.
  9. HONEST COMMUNICATION 
    All gift appeals and stewardship activities of an accredited organisation are carried out in a truthful and ethical manner.

For a full breakdown of what CMA accreditation means in relation to your support for the work of SU QLD, visit http://www.cmasc.net.au/principles-standards/principles

About SU QLD

Scripture Union Queensland (SU QLD) is a Christian not-for-profit organisation dedicated to seeing each child and young person connected and supported in community, serving others, and experiencing fullness of life.

The organisation runs programs that positively support young people through school chaplaincy, camping, at-risk programs and is an accredited training facility (RTO 30548).

About the CMA Standards Council (CMASC)

CMASC’s mission is to help build faith and trust in Christian organisations, be they churches, charities, schools or otherwise, to enable them to achieve more effective outcomes.

CMASC believes Christian organisations should be the standard-setters in terms of impeccable corporate behaviour. CMASC exists to help the Christian sector meet that high standard.

Posted: 5/12/2017

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