Statement of Belief
The Presbyterian Theological College is an Evangelical and Reformed college which teaches in accordance with the standards of the Presbyterian Church of Australia. The Supreme Standard is the Word of God which comprises the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. In addition, the Subordinate Standard of the Church is the Westminster Confession of Faith read in the light of the Declaratory Statement of 1901.
The Presbyterian Theological College aims to provide the highest quality biblical and theological education, with the primary purpose of producing pastor-teachers for local churches, along with missionaries (home and overseas), evangelists, youth workers, chaplains and other church leaders and pastoral helpers.
- All true theology comes from God, is about God and leads to God.
- Since the Bible is the inspired Word of God all our teaching and study is grounded in it as our primary authority.
- The whole Christian tradition provides a rich resource for biblical and theological teaching but especially the Evangelical and Reformed heritage of doctrine and spirituality.
- Biblical and theological study is done in the service of the people of God and of the world and so will be person-centred, pastorally sensitive, evangelistically orientated and practically workable.
- The foundation and motivation of all we are and teach and practise is the Gospel of God’s sovereign grace, embodied and secured for us in Jesus Christ alone.
- Personal piety is essential for Christian faith and service, and indispensable for the best kind of Christian scholarship and learning.
- Christ’s commission that we disciple the nations of the world makes it imperative that we teach and learn in a global context and with cross-cultural awareness.
- Excellence in study and teaching is our motivational goal, measured to the gifts and aptitudes of each individual.
The Presbyterian Theological College exists primarily to train men for the ministry of the Presbyterian Church of Australia. The College welcomes many other students to its courses, both men training for the ordained ministry in other denominations, and men and women preparing for other types of Christian service.
The academic requirements for candidates for the Presbyterian ministry are set by the General Assembly of Australia (GAA) and administered by the College Committee of the GAA. In accordance with the doctrinal standards of the Church, and the regulations of the College Committee, the instruction in the College centres around the biblical area, and it includes work in both Hebrew and Greek.