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The IMA Pathways Program seeks to provide emerging Indigenous Christian leaders a safe pathway to grow in their Christian discipleship and to develop their leadership through culturally appropriate ministry training and mentoring opportunities.

The program offers participants relational, cultural, spiritual and financial support over a twelve-month period, with the potential to apply for a further two years of support.  

Program Participants can take Advantage of the Following Activities and Benefits:

  1. Mentoring from respected First Nation Christian elders and leaders.
  2. Shared gatherings and learning forums.
  3. Practical ministry opportunities in a variety of local and regional contexts.
  4. Cultural workshops and ministry training events.
  5. Guidance for each participant to access the most appropriate programs and learning experiences, tailored to their unique ministry context and interests, and developed in consultation with their local church or ministry accountability partner.
  6. Additional guidance and support for participants looking to explore or continue theological or community-focused education at a tertiary level.
  7. Some financial support related to their ministry training and professional development (i.e. travel, accommodation and text-book subsidies).
  8. Ministry opportunities and prayer support provided by Pathway Program Church Partners.

The IMA Pathways Program is committed to continuing to develop strong relationships with accredited and non-accredited Christian training programs and providers. The program also provides opportunities for participants to learn from the experiences and knowledge of IMA ministry team members and their various program initiatives.    

IMA Pathways Program aims to also work with the churches and ministries connected to participants. There are opportunities for churches and ministries to invite others from their community to attend specific gatherings and learning events, so that the community can grow and learn together.

Noongar man and Indigenous Pastoral Outreach Worker, Brendon Garlett says, “The IMA Pathways Program is a good set up for me and our mob as it’s designed to give support for us to access the right kind of training. I’ve got a big family, lots of community expectation and commitments as well as the reality of issues that our mob face daily. Any help and support for me to do more training is needed and that’s what the Pathways Program wants to do.”

Participant Expectations for the Program:

  1. The program is for people who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.
  2. Must be able to attend two five day Pathways Program Intensives in 2022 (February 14-18 & July 18-22, 2022).
  3. Must be accountable to a local church or Christian ministry group.
  4. Must be committed to serving regularly in a local church or ministry context.
  5. Committed to meeting regularly with a First Nations Christian mentor.
  6. Commitment to learn and grow as disciples of Christ.
  7. Willing to obtain a satisfactory Working with Children’s Check.

How to Apply:

Applications for 2022 are now open. You can apply by clicking in the link below, and filling in the online form. Or download and print the PDF prospectus and mail the form to:

Global Mission Partners
PO Box 341
Torrensville Plaza
SA 5031

For other enquiries please contact Colin Battersby on [email protected]

Apply Online Now   Download the PDF Prospectus

Applications Close Wednesday 15th December

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