A foretaste of heaven? That’s more likely.
In reality, though, it’s the type of thing seen regularly in Toowoomba for ministry training.
ACOM, or the Australian College of Ministries, offers Certificate, Bachelor and Postgraduate level ministry training in Toowoomba with students from over a dozen different local churches.
“We love having students across Christian traditions, as denominational barriers lower and we’re able to be a force for unity,” said Stephen Parker, ACOM’s Learning Support Manager for Queensland.
The philosophy of ACOM’s training is a far cry from most theological institutions.
Instead of gifted leaders moving to a capital city to attend a denominational Bible College, ACOM instead uses an on-the-job training approach, where students become more effective where they have been planted.
Students are expected to stay in their home Churches, where their real training occurs through involvement in practical ministry.
Students learn from their ministry experience, online content and three day “Facilitations” held in Toowoomba for students to process, question and apply what they have been learning.
“Interestingly, there is even scope for Churches to become “Learning Centres” where they can run their own training,” said Stephen.