Tilsley College exists for “equipping God’s people for God’s work in God’s world”.
We are committed to nurturing and encouraging Christian men and women in faith, and equipping them to serve God effectively and for his glory in today’s multi-cultural world, through deepening their understanding of the Bible, promoting Christlike character, and developing ministry gifs and skills.
In light of this clear vision and purpose we fully expect that our graduates will be characterised by…
A mind committed to reflective practice – comprehension – “knowing”
Able to interpret Christian life and ministry through the lenses of Scripture, theology, history and community.
In order to demonstrate this kind of character Tilsley College graduates should have:
- A sound knowledge of the content of the Scriptures and of the way the various pieces fit together in the great meta-narrative of God’s redemptive work and the acknowledgement of his kingdom.
- A clear understanding of central Christian doctrines and of how theological reflection has engaged these doctrines throughout history. Graduates should be able to see how theology emerges from context and have taken some steps towards developing their own contextual theology.
- An understanding of the flow of Christian history, with a particular focus on the European church scene and the distinctive history, doctrine and practices of major Protestant denominations, in the light of general events in the world and European history.
- An understanding of the nature and impact of culture, and the ability to evaluate culture in light of a genuine Christian worldview. In particular, graduates should have a sound knowledge of the history, doctrine and practices of Islam and other world religions, with an ability to evaluate the positive and nega;ve influences of these religions on European society.
- A basic understanding of the social sciences (psychology, sociology, cultural anthropology and politics) and of how these impact upon theological reflec;on and the practice of ministry.
- A critical understanding of the psychological and spiritual processes by which people grow in personal and corporate seings.
- The ability to interpret key ministry issues through the multiple lenses of Bible, history, theology and context: Chris;an leadership, evangelism, church planting and church growth, the teaching ministry of the church, Christian nurture and discipleship, pastoral care and preaching.
A heart of love for God and others – compassion – “being”
Able to be examples of maturing faith in relationship with God, and in a commitment to reconciled relationships and restored communities
In order to demonstrate this kind of character Tilsley College graduates should have a commitment to:
- Work personally and corporately for God’s global kingdom purposes through the universal and local church. This implies deep compassion and love for God’s people and a desire to see the church of Jesus Christ live out its missional calling.
- A vital, daily relationship with Jesus Christ, seen in the discipline of regular practices of worship, spiritual renewal and personal growth, and reflected in the growing evidence of the fruit of the Spirit.
- The cultivation of a deepening ability to hear God’s word in stillness and solitude.
- Honour all persons as created in the image of God by appreciating the diversity of cultures, ethnicities and traditions within the church.
- Know and develop their gifts, passions and calling in ministry.
- A heart of servant leadership that embraces both humility and sober confidence in the calling and direction of God, including the willingness and ability to evaluate their own spiritual development and practices, noting areas of strength and weakness, and seeking lifelong learning and growth in personal life and Christian leadership (a teachable spirit).
- Accountable relationships focused on spiritual growth.
- Stewardship of time, body and finances for effective ministry, including order, discipline, faithfulness, integrity in ministry responsibilities, and wise balance in relationships with God, family, church and society.
Hands of Servant Leadership for the empowering of God’s people – competence – doing
Able to equip faithful men and women in the church for effective service
In order to demonstrate this kind of character Tilsley College graduates should have the ability to:
- Create a leadership environment that is characterised by missional strategic vision and direction, team leadership, redemptive action and empowerment.
- Gather and access demographic, social, economic and cultural information in order to inform a process of planning and development in a particular ministry context.
- Nurture, mentor and train others at both an individual and group level through discipleship, small group ministry, and/or formal teaching and preaching contexts.
- Study and teach the Scriptures inductively and synthetically, as a basis for responding to contemporary life questions.
- Train others who can train others in holistic Christian growth (2 Tim 2.2)
- Give a clear, personal witness of Jesus Christ and the gospel message to various categories of hearers, ready to defend our faith with gentleness and respect.
- Counsel others in the resolution of life issues and discern when to refer counselees to health professionals for psychological or physical care.