Melbourne School of Theology

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Melbourne School of Theology
MottoBiblical Depth. Spiritual Formation. Missional Heart
EstablishedSeptember 1920
TypeTertiary Christian education
Students350+
LocationMelbourne, Australia
CampusWantirna South, Victoria, Melbourne CBD,
Websitemst.edu.au
 
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Melbourne School of Theology
MottoBiblical Depth. Spiritual Formation. Missional Heart
EstablishedSeptember 1920
TypeTertiary Christian education
Students350+
LocationMelbourne, Australia
CampusWantirna South, Victoria, Melbourne CBD,
Websitemst.edu.au

The Melbourne School of Theology (MST) is an evangelical Christian theological college with its main campus in Wantirna, an eastern suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

The school partners with the Australian Centre for Mission Aviation which focuses on training pilots and engineers for aviation mission work. It also has a Chinese department in which courses are taught in both Mandarin and Cantonese.

In 2011 the main (Wantirna) campus relocated from the suburb of Lilydale in the outer eastern suburbs of Melbourne. The Chinese department, which used to operate in Box Hill, also relocated to the new campus and the college was renamed as the Melbourne School of Theology.[1]

History[edit]

Founded as the Melbourne Bible Institute (MBI) in September 1920, the institution was established to train missionaries to serve with the China Inland Mission in China. At its opening only one student sat down with the principal in the hall of the Congregational church in the suburb of Prahran near the city centre. They began with the study of the Book of Genesis. The college's first principal was a 54-year-old Anglican priest, the Reverend Clifford H. Nash, who was there because, in his words, he "felt constrained to undertake the task".[citation needed] For six weeks they continued until another man and two women joined the class. They were the first of the 1000 students trained by Nash at the institute. The total now approaches 5000 graduates. At the foundation of the college Nash made a public statement, saying:

The MBI stands foursquare for the wholehearted acceptance of the entire sacred volume of the Old and New Testaments as from God. This is God's book for the plain man, and to such He will interpret its full meaning progressively by His Holy Spirit. Herein, too, is provided a full equipment for everyone who would serve Jesus as Lord. This book holds a message from God adapted to the spiritual needs of every class in every age. That message received makes men "wise unto salvation" which has all the elements of completeness. But if the book is from God, it will bear without loss the sincerest and most searching examination . . . Its genuineness will defy the acid as well as the sledgehammer of criticism. It is sufficient, and always sufficient, for the purposes for which it has been given to us.[citation needed]

The college was later moved to the outer-eastern suburb of Lilydale and renamed as the Bible College of Victoria (BCV).

In 2010 the college purchased the former national training centre of Nurtimetics in Wantirna and was renamed as the Melbourne School of Theology. Classes commenced at the new campus in 2011.

Courses[edit]

There are a range of MST courses at undergraduate certificate, undergraduate degree, graduate degree and postgraduate level, including specialised options and a MST Chinese. In 2008, MST established the Centre for the Study of Islam and Other Faiths, through which students are given the opportunity to learn about the distinctives of other faiths.

Courses range from one year full-time through to three or four year degrees. Core subjects tend to be biblical or theological in nature with certain essentials such as communication skills, while electives provide opportunity for students to pursue particular areas of interest such as youth ministry, pastoral skills and methods, leadership, cross-cultural communication, aid and development and Christian worship.

Current accreditations are:

Most courses and subjects are available full-time, part-time or via distance learning. Many are also offered through MST Chinese in which students undertake their studies in the Mandarin and Cantonese languages.

Key faculty[edit]

Principal:The Revd Timothy Meyers
Vice-Principal (Academic):Peter Riddell
Vice-Principal (Operations):Peter Tyrrell
Director, MST Postgraduate Institute:The Revd Doug McComiskey
Dean of MST Chinese:The Revd Y.C. Liong
Head of Biblical Studies:Greg Forbes

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bible College of Victoria Moves and Changes Name", The Revd Michael Raiter (Principal), MST website, accessed 2010-09-09.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 37°51′35″S 145°12′33″E / 37.85972°S 145.20917°E / -37.85972; 145.20917