Our aim, is that you take ownership of what you learn. We want the Bible to shape you as you figure out 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, focussing 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 with your teacher. Expect to do 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, 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, and also 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. So, we invest in building relationships, to know and be known, so that there is opportunity 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, to 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’. So you need to be more than a super-volunteer: 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.