The Cornhill-MTS option
Cornhill Sydney is glad to be in partnership with MTS (Ministry Training Strategy).
MTS Apprentices can choose the Cornhill-MTS pathway for their apprenticeship, enabling them to incorporate study with Cornhill Sydney into their MTS training.
The advantages are:
- You can do both the Cornhill Sydney and the MTS programs. This gives you an excellent opportunity to develop your preaching skills, as part of your ministry training.
- You complete four subjects of the ‘Academic Studies in Theology Certificate (ASTC)’ face-to-face at Cornhill Sydney (rather than on-line). This is achieved by doing the normal Cornhill Sydney course, and having some of your practice talks formally assessed.
- You may be eligible for Austudy and Youth Allowance support (up to $7,200, in 2018).
- Cornhill Sydney fees are paid by the MTS scholarship fund (and donations to that fund are tax-deductible). This could be a tax-effective way to fund your Cornhill studies (and your MTS apprenticehip), potentially worth up to an equivalent of (approx) $8,000.
This arrangement offers great financial benefits, if you are eligible for Austudy and/or you can make good use of the tax-deductible scholarship donations. However, it is quite possible that you will not be eligible for Austudy, or be able to attract tax-deductible donations. Please look into this carefully, and seek advice from both MTS and Cornhill Sydney.