It’s easy to think in the secularist modern world that a theological college isn’t needed and doesn’t perform any meaningful role beyond the mere academic interest of the few in the things of God. With the proliferation of modern technology and learning tools it is easy to think we can learn everything we need to learn ourselves. Perhaps Moore isn’t as relevant or meaningful now and doesn’t really matter that much?
Quite the reverse—it is because of this very complex global environment that Moore matters now more than ever.
Moore provides strong, clear, biblical, theological education in this rapidly changing world, but does so much more through the formation and development of leadership skills in its more than 4,000 graduates. This kind of leadership emerges in the context of personal relationships and community at College. Moore goes beyond just imparting information to shaping character and building convictions. In this time of rapid change, when Christians face more—and increasing—pressure than ever before, we need strong theological
leadership in our local and national churches.
Moore matters now more than ever because we need faithful gospel-centred theological education and thought leadership to train gospel ministers for our churches. They in turn shepherd and teach thousands of members in their churches and organisations. We need strong and healthy churches with well-equipped and thoroughly trained leaders to lead and train up others—leaders who have the deepest knowledge and most intimate understanding of God’s word. Moore helps provide these leaders.
Moore performs a global theological leadership role as its graduates go out to lead other theological higher education providers. The contribution Moore makes in Sydney and beyond is significant—with a number of theological education institutions currently led by
Moore graduates. Don West in Trinity College Perth, Brian Rosner in Ridley Melbourne, Richard Gibson in Brisbane School of Theology, Stuart Coulton in Sydney Missionary and Bible College, Ian Smith, Principal of Christ College (formerly PTC Sydney), and most recently Andrew Cameron in St Mark’s Canberra; Mike Ovey in Oak Hill College, London, Alfred Olwa in Bishop Tucker College, Uganda, and Michael Charles in the CEP, Santiago, Chile; along with many other faculty members in a score of institutions in Australia and overseas—all were equipped for their leadership roles by Moore.
The Lord has enabled Moore College to play a part in providing strong theological leadership and formation on a global scale. We need specialist resources like the College’s centres to help people live and think as Christians and to give practical help for everyday ministry—whether as leaders in theological education, gospel workers or lay members. I encourage you to find out about Moore for yourself by visiting us soon. See moore.edu.au/open.
Mark Fairfull (9th April 2014)