THE Queensland Synod is taking a step forward to support continuing learning for all members of the church with access to the internet.
Neil Thorpe, Director of Pilgrim Learning Community, is involved in early work on a new online learning capability using Moodle software and is developing it as part of the vision of Together on the way, enriching community.
"There are great possibilities," he says.
"Folk in distant and isolated parts of the state would be able to access courses to strengthen their ministry and deepen their faith.
Training programs that have only been available occasionally in face-to-face formats might now be available whenever the need is required.
"And Pilgrim Learning Community is currently evaluating placing lay preacher courses online."
Online learning has been in existence as long as the internet itself, and for Christians, there is no lack of resources.
The vast number of Christian websites places them in the top five categories on the internet.
However, Pilgrim Learning Community will be offering courses and resources that are tailored and relevant to our congregations and members, based in the perspectives of the Uniting Church in Australia.
Work on this online platform is underway, with a launch anticipated in the next few months.