Our learning structure is similar to top schools like Oxford University. You’ll have some one-among-many relationships with teachers: lectures where you are being exposed to new ideas. You’ll have some learning in medium-sized seminar groups to discuss ideas more intimately.
These are teachers and students you will get to know better. Then you’ll have your stream leader and ministry mentors: these are the people that will know you at the level of an intimate tutorial group. They’ll know you better than some of your friends and will give you the most detailed feedback you will receive. They are the sorts of people who may become lifelong mentors that you will reach out to for years to come.
Outside of these relationships, you will also learn to be an independent learner, studying to grapple with material in preparation for classes and homework assignments. Our aim is that you take ownership of what you learn. We want the Bible to shape you as you explore what a gospel-shaped life looks like for you and your unique story, gifts and future.
We emphasize questions, interaction, discussion and creative thinking as part of our learning – rather than memorizing what others have said. Our classes are very conversational, focusing on processing what you are learning. This means that there is often reading or other preparatory work to do so that you can bring the puzzle pieces into class with you, having played with them a little, ready to put them together as a group. So expect to be involved in lots of discussion in classes rather than sitting in lectures furiously taking notes!
As we develop a heart for God’s Kingdom mission, we want the Bible and our theology to inform how we build relationships, care for our community and world and listen to God in order to partner with Him in our calling.
So, we are always pushing into how God is calling us to respond to Him. This involves space to talk about the ramifications of our theology for our life now as well as into the future seasons of our life. Working to align our lives with God’s word and the leading of His Spirit is an agenda we pursue in every aspect of the program.
All of our staff team, teachers, mentors and ministry leaders are ultimately invested in you living the life God has called you to - not just your grades.
Vision for life and understanding your calling depend on knowing God, knowing ourselves and knowing the world around us. We invest in building relationships, to know and be known, so there are opportunities to explore these three areas together. We want you to get to know the lives of your teachers, not just their curriculum.
You need access to the lives of your mentors so you can see how Jesus is at work in them. Often the heartbeat of mission and ministry that belongs to all disciples (whether God calls you to vocational ministry, bi-vocational or non-vocational) is ‘caught not taught.’ You need to experience ministry in its highs and lows, participating in work alongside leaders who you are partnering with in substantial ways.
This is how Jesus treated his disciples, and it informs how we will interact with you.