Community

You will acquire knowledge at MST, but at the same time an integral part of your personal development will be the maturation of your values and lifestyle with Scripture as the foundation. Our goal is a community that is pleasing to God. The following general principles are guidelines to apply to daily decision-making. Our good efforts in applying them will enable the MST community to be nurturing and God-honouring – a great place to be!

  • Principle of Accountability (Jms 5:16; Prov 27:17)
  • Structure of some sort is an integral part of all communities. All members of our community share responsibility and accountability to uphold the community policies we have agreed to accept.

  • Principle of Consideration (Jms 2:1-10)
  • For our community to be genuine and not just a “group of members”, dislikes, differences and prejudices must be overcome. Considering others’ interests before your own is hard work and takes time, and a willingness to be vulnerable and to communicate lovingly and honestly.

  • Principle of Encouragement (1 Th 5:11; Heb 10:24)
  • All believers are called to a ministry of encouraging one other, with the ultimate goal of Christ-like maturity. The Hebrew term for “encourage” conveys the idea of putting strength into someone’s hands, arms or body so they can handle the pressure. Encouragement is a powerful tool to enable people to identify their gifts, and then to have the confidence to use them in Christ’s service.

  • Principle of Integrity (Prov 11:3)
  • Individual integrity requires our adherence to Scripture’s moral and ethical standards for daily life – purity, honesty, living above reproach, keeping the standards each student has agreed to uphold. What a challenge!

  • Principle of Worth and Dignity of Individuals (Gal 3:28)
  • Foundational to community life is a belief in the worth and dignity of individuals. We are created in the image of God, and therefore worthy of respect and responsible to respect others. We will seek to be tolerant of the unique personalities of others in our community.

  • Principle of Respecting Property (Lk 6:31)
  • A natural outcome of planning and hard work is the acquisition of property, both individual and institutional. Attention to its maintenance, protection and stewardship calls for our consideration when using or altering any of our community property.

    So, what does MST Community look like? Here are your menu options.

    • An active Student Leadership
    • Family Fun Days
    • Worshipping together at chapel
    • Sumptuous morning teas each Tuesday and Thursday
    • Combined lunches each month

    Melbourne School of Theology is committed to fostering a strong sense of community among the entire student body. We come from a range of different backgrounds, traditions and cultures, yet we are all united in Christ. There are two departments that operate in the college to care for the needs of students in English and Chinese languages. We come together once a month to enjoy a combined lunch at 1.00pm in the Student Lounge, opposite the Chapel. Please come prepared on the day of the combined lunch with a plate to share. This may include a sweet or savoury dish… the only limit is your imagination!

    Camps

  • High Country Explorer
  • Mid-year retreat (with a difference)
  • End of Year under canvas

    Activities

  • Film Nights Social outings
  • Morning devotionals and prayer at 8:30am
  • Combined (pot-luck) Lunches each month
  • BBQ’s

    Interest-based small groups (Collectives)
    Dedicated Student Services and support
    MST:COM – Cyclists on Mission bicycle riding group

    Onsite Games

    Basketball

    Tennis Table-tennis

  • Your Student Leadership provide an important role within MST as a tangible connection between the Student Body and MST’s faculty and staff. Simply, they:

    • provide a model of Christian character
    • show commitment in their attitude to their studies
    • seek to develop MST’s community through activity and a strong spiritual life
    • are committed to their faith in Christ and they seek to lead others in prayer and worship
    • can responsibly manage the finances of the Student Body
    • are enthusiastically support students in need and referring them on to appropriate faculty
    • champion the causes and needs of the Student Body to staff and faculty

    Meet your Student Leaders here

    If you have any questions or concerns they are a good first point of contact.