Our graduates

Theology means ‘the knowledge of God’, and it’s our aim that your time at BST will give you more of that.

But we’re also equipping you to put your knowledge into action in the world, and everything we offer – from lectures to lunches – is designed to make sure that every part of you is shaped for God’s purposes. So take a look at the kind of person we pray you’ll be when you leave BST…

 

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Heart

A passionate disciple of Jesus Christ

Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves, take up their cross and follow me. Mark 8:34

Graduates will maintain a vibrant relationship with God, be passionate about following Jesus and walk by the Spirit in every area of life. They will seek to love God above all else and others as themselves in attitudes, words and actions. They will be imitators of Jesus, obey His Word, deny themselves, take up their cross and follow Jesus wherever He may lead.

Knees

Humble and faithful in life and ministry

Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Hebrews 10:24 

Graduates will live lives of holiness, prayer, humility and faithfulness. They will be willing to acknowledge their shortcomings and mistakes and be open to receive constructive criticism and advice. They will do nothing out of selfish ambition, but in humility will put others before themselves (Phil 2:3). They will be prepared to suffer for the sake of Christ, knowing that “we must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God” (Acts 14:22).

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An effective communicator of the gospel

Be ready to speak up and tell anyone who asks why you’re living the way you are. 1 Peter 3:15 

Graduates will know the gospel and will be eager and able to communicate the gospel, especially in word, but also through writing and other media, in ways that are culturally sensitive and intelligible to others. They will have compassionate hearts, listening empathetically to people in their particular contexts. They will be ready to preach God’s word at any time with patience and care (2 Tim 4:2), trying to persuade people to believe the Gospel and to become followers of Jesus (2 Cor 5:11).

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Greatly committed to God’s mission

Go and make disciples of all nations. Matthew 28:19 

Graduates will be aware of the needs and opportunities of local and global mission. They will endeavour to see the coming of God’s kingdom in every sphere of life, strive for justice for the poor and work towards community transformation. They will be passionately committed to and will be active in working towards the fulfilment of the Great Commission, to make disciples of all nations.

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Committed to life-long learning and personal growth

Be imitators of God, as dearly loved children. Ephesians 5:1 

Graduates will be proactive in expanding their knowledge and abilities. They will be open to new challenges, be willing to face unfamiliar problems and accept wider responsibilities. They will continue to grow in faith, knowledge and maturity, “forgetting what is behind and pressing … toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil 3:13-14).

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A committed team-player and a servant-leader

The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve. Mark 10:45 

Graduates will be committed to the local church as the family of God and as their context for ministry and base for mission (Heb 10:24-25). They will work enthusiastically and cooperatively with others in ministry teams. They will be open to Christians across various evangelical denominations and churches (Luke 9:49-50). As leaders they will be disciple-makers, following the Lord Jesus in serving, leading by example, and training and mentoring other leaders (Mark 10:43-45).

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Competent in basic ministry skills

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace. 1 Peter 4:10

Graduates will be competent in basic ministry skills, including preaching, teaching, leading and caring for people. They will use their gifts to implement constructive change in the church and community (1 Tim 4:6-16). They will be culturally attuned and flexible in dealing with a range of issues (1 Cor 9:19-23). They will embrace accountability and maintain professional standards in various contexts. They will be “salt and light” in the world (Matt 5:13-14) and be able to “prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up” (Eph 4:12).