Principal’s Welcome

Principal’s Welcome

Often, I hear about prospective theological students who feel they must decide between academic or practical training. That’s a false dichotomy. If we value being practical at the expense of being academic (or vice versa) we cheapen the whole endeavour. At Christ College we believe that good theological education is integrated, applied and focussed.

We do not make a choice between academic study and practical training. This kind of whole-person formation means our graduates are ready for ministry in the real world. They are prepared not only for the pulpit, but also for the hospital bedside, the secular workplace and their own family home.  

At Christ College, we do not simply present you with a collection of subjects. We deliver an integrated course of training that prepares you to reach God’s world through God’s Church.

Jesus put it like this:

“And you shall love the Lord your God will all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength”.

Mark 12:30

We will not only train your mind, at the exclusion of your soul and your strength. Christian ministry is holistic and so our training is integrated. My deepest hope is that, through your theological education at Christ College—you will wrestle with what it means to love God with your whole life. 

I look forward to discussing this with you more.

Ian Smith, Principal