If you spend any length of time with us you’ll see that the things you experience outside the classroom – an opportunity to pray with a fellow student, a lunchtime discussion about the lecture you just had, the chance to serve practically alongside your classmates – are just as important as the things you learn inside it. In fact, there are many different aspects to being a student at BST…
Our classes will inform, challenge, encourage and excite you. Theology is not an easy ride and our gifted, experienced lecturers don’t shy away from tough topics. But delving further into God’s word is an amazing privilege and every unit offers a mixture of up-front teaching, student presentations and healthy debate to make sure you get the most out of studying the Bible.
Every student has the opportunity to be part of a small fellowship group that meets weekly. This time of encouraging one another through Scripture and prayer balances the more academically rigorous interaction you’ll have with the Bible in your lectures. We also have a wonderful team of mentors available to offer guidance and support as you navigate the spiritual, emotional and intellectual challenges of theological study.
To help you start figuring out how and where God wants you to serve, our Ministry awareness Program (MAP) brings in a different Mission/ministry worker every week to give a short presentation on their work and to answer your questions. You’ll also get the chance to work alongside some of them, as all full-time students take part in a mission exposure week once a year.
We don’t want knowledge for its own sake; being shaped by God’s word means loving him more completely and serving his people more willingly. So taking the time to praise God together, be taught by his word, pray for one another and share our testimonies, is something that all students and staff get involved in through our weekly chapel services and prayer meetings.
Everyone from the newest student to the oldest lecturer is an important part of the BST community. We value shared meals as a precious expression of our unity and fellowship. So every week we spend time together—students, staff and faculty—at joint morning tea, a community lunch or just chatting between classes.
Start up a game of footy, watch TV, have a table-tennis match, or just relax in the sunshine. The important thing is that we help you make time to grow real friendships with the people you’re learning with in class because you’re concentrating so hard on your next assignment.