MICHELLE LEANEY

Vocational Education Training (VET)

Which department do you teach in?

Vocational Education Training (VET)

Which courses are you currently teaching?

Dip. Christian Ethics, Theology, Leading a Discipleship Ministry, World Perspectives, Pastoral Care, Team Leadership, Old Testament Studies
Adv. Dip. Social Justice & the Church, Training Skills & Apologetics

What are your research interests?

Social Justice/Human Rights

Academic Qualifications

Masters of Human Rights (Cand), Bachelor of Arts (Cohesive Study: Critical & Cultural Studies), Diploma of Ministry (Creative Ministries), Certificate IV in Training & Assessment

What is your job role?

I am the Head of Diploma and oversee the training and development of our new trainers and assistant trainers I relish opportunities to teach about culture and cross-cultural communication as it equips our students to navigate an increasingly globalised world where we live and move amidst a diversity of cultures and perspectives. I am currently convening, developing and delivering the new ‘Social Justice and the Church’ course for Advanced Diploma and I am passionate about this subject because we have a biblical mandate to act justly, love mercy and to be a blessing to the nations.

Background

I have been in leadership with Hillsong Church since 1991, the majority of those years as part of the Creative Department where I was a Creative Pastor, Dance Leader and Founding Principal of the Hillsong Performing Arts Academy. I pioneered the Dance Stream at Hillsong College and have over 25 years’ experience in dance and creative arts ministry as a dancer, choreographer, teacher, director, lecturer and author. Since 2010 I have focused on my calling to raise up, equip and empower the next generation of leaders as a pastoral trainer at Hillsong College, and have become increasingly involved in cross-cultural ministry and social justice advocacy.

Relevance

Because I am part of our course development team I know the work we put into ensuring our content is relevant, practical, academically credible and biblically based. As a training team we are also committed to delivering tutorials and lectures that are engaging and practically equipping.

Testimony

I never have trouble getting out of bed in the morning because I know that what I am part of is bigger than the part that I play. As a part of our training team I have the opportunity to invest into the lives of our students who are being equipped to lead the Church and impact the world in so many and varied spheres of influence and calling. Above all, I love seeing lives transformed, vision stirred, leaders equipped and followers of Jesus from many nations being discipled, and in turn becoming disciple-makers.

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