Studying and living life with other students who have the same passions as you.
Studying at theological college is a significant part of your life, so we’d like you to remember it as more than merely time spent gaining knowledge. Ours is a community which will help you to develop spiritually and academically through the bonds of strong, close friendships – friendships which will remain as you journey throughout life. Regular social activities ensure the student body has ample opportunity to meet and form a strong, supportive community. Our shared lunches and Chinese banquets, community nights, film events and missional activities give students the opportunity to balance and round out their study routines. Some unique aspects of community at MST is that our small class sizes give you the opportunity to develop supportive personal relationships with both students and Faculty. Our college also has a very relaxed and diverse culture with many global networks. MST’s global community of past students, connections with mission organisations and friends of the College will provide opportunities for your future growth and service in His Kingdom.
Vice Principal (Community and Operations)
Community at MST
At MST & Eastern we prioritise fellowship as one community. One of the ways we do this is through our combined Community chapel every Wednesday. It’s a time of united worship, prayer, shared morning tea, testimony sharing and where quality teaching and preaching is modelled.
Study Tours & Outbound
Mission is integral to all that we do here at MST. We have incorporated many mission and intercultural opportunities into the year so that students may experience holistic growth and can put what they learn in the classroom into practice.
Prayer is a vital part of our College as we commit each and every aspect of our operations and life to the Lord. We pray for our students each day and are blessed to have a group of faithful brothers and sisters meet monthly to pray for the College. Find out more about the Prayer Fellowship here.
Following Christ’s servant leadership example, we give our students many opportunities to serve and practice leadership within the College. Each year a Student Leadership Team, comprised of MST & Eastern student volunteers, manage student led events, mission fundraisers, community building, worship, and much more.
During the year, faculty, staff and students run interest groups called Collectives. These small groups bond over a common interest and allow students and faculty to spend time together doing something they enjoy. Collectives run on and off campus, during various times of the week.
Students who have graduated from the College over its 100 years as Melbourne Bible Institute, Bible College of Victoria and now Melbourne School of Theology, are all very much valued as part of the College community. We regularly run special Alumni reunions, send newsletters and love seeing past students at any of the events we run throughout the year.
Life at MST
Recently, for the second year in a row, Tom and Sue Kimber and I spent a week at the Worldview Centre for Intercultual Studies campus in Launceston, where we taught a residential intensive subject entitled “Patterns of Spiritual Formation.” It is now one of the required courses for students undertaking study at MST.
Are you waiting for God’s call, or is God waiting for your obedience? This is an interesting question particularly as we consider how language about one’s “calling” has attracted a certain nuance regarding our expectations in our relationship with God. We speak of being called into ministry or being called as a missionary as if it were a vocation limited to a select few.
My own testimony is closely tied to the question of “How does our knowledge of self depend on our knowledge of God?” At the age of 16, 3 questions that plagued me were “Who am I? What is my purpose? And is there a God?” Through our Theology class, I was reminded of and given new insight into these questions, and so here is my personal story and reflection.
What is happening at MST
… Habits of the Heart
Calling and Obedience
A Theology Poem of My Life
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