At Christ College, our vision is to see growth in Christ-centred leadership for God’s church to God’s world.
Our mission is to glorify God by preparing leaders for God’s church and its gospel-centred mission in the world, enabling God’s people to live for Christ in all of life.
To this end, Christ College:
1. Forms and equips effective pastoral leaders for God’s church who lead in God’s mission, preach God’s Word, and care for God’s people so they grow to maturity in Christ;
2. Forms faithful Christian leaders for God’s world who bear witness to Christ as they engage with and serve the world, wherever God has called them;
3. Provides thought leadership for the church, the theological academy, and the public square to advance God’s mission.
At Christ College, we strive to do all the above in line with our commitments to: (click each to expand)1. God's Mission
glory. It was promised and anticipated in the life of Israel and was accomplished in the life, death, resurrection, ascension and reign of the Lord Jesus. What was accomplished in the work of Christ is now being applied to God’s people by the work of the Spirit, as they are brought to life, justified, adopted and renewed. The Spirit works through the message of the gospel given to the church and conveyed authoritatively in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. Theological education is based on the reality that God has made himself known and brought his people to know him; its purpose is to strengthen men and women to play their part in the mission to which God has called his church. This mission, always in dependence on God, is firstly to call people to God by the gospel, and secondly to see them matured to serve God both in the church and in the wider culture. Christ College exists to equip and strengthen people to participate in God’s mission to his glory.
2. Christ-centred Reformed Theology
3. God's church - especially the Presbyterian Church in NSW
4. Christ-centred Christian leadership
Faculty and Staff
Christ College is committed to recruiting and developing Faculty and Staff who provide outstanding Christian leadership in their areas of expertise. These men and women contribute to God’s mission according to their particular gifts and assignments as:
i. teachers whose ministry in and out of the classroom forms the next generation of Christ-centred and Christlike pastoral leaders for God’s church;
ii. preachers who proclaim God’s grace in Christ in ways that strengthen, equip and transform God’s church;
iii. pastors who personally care for students and their families, discipling them towards maturity in Christ;
iv. researchers who enrich the Church’s understanding of God and his world, and who assert, maintain and defend biblical truth in publications that strengthen the church, equip its leaders, encourage its members, and advance God’s mission in the world;
v. administrators who manage and enhance the College’s programs and material resources.
Effective Pastoral Leaders
Christ College is committed to forming effective pastoral leaders for God’s church and its mission in the world. Effective pastoral leaders are those who, in the power of the Holy Spirit, know God in Christ, love God in Christ, know themselves in Christ, preach and teach Christ from the Scriptures, lead God’s church under Christ, and care for people like Christ. They contribute to God’s mission as pastoral leaders in reformed and evangelical churches, and as Christian gospel workers in a range of para-church and mission organisations in Sydney, Australia and the wider world. They make an impact by strengthening existing churches, revitalising struggling churches, and planting new churches that are grounded in God’s Word, centred on the gospel of Christ, characterised by Christian love, and effective in their witness in the world.
Faithful Christian Leaders
Christ College is committed to forming faithful Christian leaders for God’s world. Faithful Christian leaders are those who know God in Christ, love God in Christ, know themselves in Christ, bear witness to Christ in word and deed, serve God’s church and world under Christ, and care for people like Christ. They contribute to God’s mission as leaders in the public square, professions, business, industry, trades, the arts, and the home. They make an impact by faithfully serving Christ in the good works to which he has called them, bearing witness to him in word and deed, and effecting change that honours God and blesses others.
5. Transformative and applied theological education for adult learners
We are committed to providing theological education which prayerfully applies God’s Word to students and so enables them, by the work of God’s Spirit, to grow towards maturity in Christ.
Our programs provide students with a robust academic education in the classic theological disciplines of biblical, systematic and practical theology, along with the capacity to integrate them, so that graduates effectively apply their knowledge and skills in the work to which God has called them.
Adult learning in community
We are committed to fostering a collaborative approach to teaching and learning which centres on the application of God’s Word to the lives and ministries of students, while building on the expertise and experience that adult learners bring to their education. We recognise that the richest teaching and learning occurs in community, and when it is applied to the realities of Christian life and ministry.
6. Respect for individual dignity and diversity
remade in that image by the work of God’s Spirit. We delight in the diversity of our student body made up of men and women from a wide range of ethnic and cultural backgrounds and at all ages and stages of life. We are committed to training every student for the particular calling God has on their life.
7. Faithful stewardship
Christ College seeks to align everything we do with our Vision, Mission and Commitments.