Lay Pastoral Ministry Program
Welcome to the Lay Pastoral Ministry Program of the Ballarat Diocese
“The VLCFF is a pioneer in the e-learning field, delivering 24/7 remote classes to dioceses worldwide long before the pandemic prompted schools to go online and offer hybrid learning.”
Eric F. Spina
University of Dayton President


The Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation (VLCFF) is a growing initiative to offer adult religious education and faith formation anytime and anywhere via the internet. The goal is to support the church’s professional ministry of religious education and faith formation in cyberspace.


Take a look at the subjects available in each Cycle. Registrations for Cycle 6 are now open. There are 40 subjects on offer in this Cycle. Find one that suits you!

See below for further details …

The Lay Pastoral Ministry Program offers opportunities for formation, support, study and certification for lay pastoral employees and volunteers in the Ballarat Diocese in partnership with the Virtual Learning Community, Dayton University.

Information about the Ballarat Diocese Lay Pastoral Ministry Program is in the documents attached below.

Please contact us to talk about your current ministry situation, or what you hope to do, to enable us to assist as you discern your formation pathway.

Explore the Virtual Learning Program here

Information for participants in the Lay Pastoral Ministry Program:
New participants wishing to register to study in the Lay Pastoral Ministry Program should complete the Application Form

If you’d like to sample a course before you commit, you can do so here.

Documents for download:

Lay Pastoral Ministry Program
Lay Pastoral Ministry Program Application Form
Certificate Course or Subject study structure
Course Calendar
Course details

Dates for 2024 Cycles:

Participant reviews: 

For more information please contact:

Lay Pastoral Ministry Program Facilitator
Djurdja Klaric
Ph: 5337 7121