Morling College: Cultivating Spiritual Growth among Students

The college provides quality, biblically-grounded education and training, with the aim of equipping the whole believer to take the whole gospel to the whole world.

Morling College is the Theological College of pastoral and related ministries for accreditation in NSW and ACT Baptist Churches. Being the largest provider of theological online education in Australia, Morling College is committed to train people for ministry, to quality education and the personal formation of our students.

Morling shares five core values, established by Baptist Churches. These core values are: Christ-centered, mission-shaped, relationally-committed, people-empowering, and partnership-orientated. Affiliated with the Australian College of Theology, Morling is also a college of the University of Divinity. Morling Counseling, Education, and Chaplaincy awards are accredited through the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).

Courses offered by Morling with Flexible Study Options

Morling provides flexible study options that enable students to study on campus or online. Other options like, part-time or full time and intensive or semi-intensive are available. The college offers from Vocational courses to undergraduate diplomas through to doctoral degrees like; Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Associate degrees, Bachelor’s degree, Graduate Certificate courses, and Postgraduate course in Ministry, Theology, Divinity, Christian studies, Counseling, Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care degree, Plunge gap-year program, and Education courses.

Teaching with an Aim to Improve Students Engagement

Morling College utilizes a wide range of learning and teaching methods to enable students to engage effectively with their studies. These include flipped classrooms, independent projects, collaborative learning, multimedia presentations, off-site learning endeavors, as well as the more traditional lecture models. Morling’s teaching staff welcomes student feedback. Students provide this by formal means such as detailed evaluation for each unit at the end of semester, student surveys and student focus groups. Informal means are also used, such as interaction in-out of class discussions, sharing lunchtime meals and mission trips to churches and other service providers.

About The Principal

Prior to entering the Baptist Ministry, Ross Clifford, Principal of Morling College, was a lawyer, practiced law in Sydney and the Northern Territory. He is an active radio personality, who has worked in radio as a host for more than 12 years. He is still doing weekly spots with radio stations such as Sonshine Radio, Perth. In 2010, he was made a member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his Christian service and service to the media. He is the author of a number of books including The Cross is Not Enough: Living as Witnesses to the Resurrection and Taboo Or To Do? Is Christianity Complementary with Yoga, Martial Arts, Hallowe’en, Mindfulness and Other Alternative Practices?

Morling Alumni: Stories of Success

The achievement of Morling’s alumni is a reminder of the important work that the college does. Among many stories of success are Marc McCrinddle and Bruce Burges.

Mark McCrindle is a Morling College alumni who graduated with a Master of Arts degree in 2005. He is a social researcher with an international following. As an award-winning social researcher and an engaging speaker, Mark has appeared across many television networks and other media. He is a best-selling author, an influential thought leader, TEDx speaker and Principal of McCrindle research.

Bruce Burges, who studied Diploma in Christian Studies, Master of Arts (Christian Studies) and Master of Theology at Morling College is a National Director of PeaceWise and is Australia’s first certified Christian conciliator. Bruce’s peacemaking work has led him to become involved in teaching and working with schools, workplace disputes, church and para-church based conflict and victim-offender cases.  

Scholarships Opportunities

Economic needs of the student are a vital concern for many under-privileged but talented minds to carry forward their dreams. To fulfill student’s aspiration, Toga Scholarships is designed to give financial support to current full-time students or accepted as a Morling College full-time student, who represents the Morling values in a constructive and empowering way in the community. Australian or oversees student, both can avail the benefits of Toga Scholarships.

Church Planting Scholarships: These two scholarships, known as the ‘Liam McHenry’ and ‘The Refuge Church Planters’ scholarships are offered to new or continuing students who are completing the SENT Church Planting Certificate.

“Words of Trust”

“What I like the most about Morling is forming relationships with other people. I am better equipped to serve God wherever He calls me to serve because of Morling”    

-Rob French – Master of Arts (Theology)

“I am more equipped to lead my youth ministry because I studied at Morling”

  • Kiran Shariah – Bachelor of Ministry

“Being able to study online while working full time was quite appealing. Morling brings a biblical and theological perspective to education and leadership. I am a better teacher and a better leader because I have studied at Morling.”

  • Tom Anderson: Master of Divinity and Master of Education (Leadership)


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