who we are
Stirling Theological College is an agency of the
National Conference of Churches of Christ in Australia and a partner
department of the VIC / TAS Conference of Churches of Christ.
- The College was
established in 1907. We are evangelical and ecumenical in our
approach to theology and faith. We have a passion to receive and
share the good news of God in Christ and delight to have
Christians from different backgrounds enriching the life of our
Stirling offers a multi-faceted program of learning incorporating:
- The disciplined
study of the Bible which authoritatively declares the story of
- The perceptive
exploration of how people in other times and places have sought
and are seeking to be Christian.
- The nurture of
spiritual development recognising that we can only minister
effectively from the resources of our own experience of God's love
- The development of
skills and disciplines for effective leadership and communication
in the church and community.
College is a recognised teaching institution of the Melbourne College
of Divinity (MCD) CRICOS Provider No. 01037A (Commonwealth
Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students).
The Melbourne College of Divinity provides
unique ecumenical opportunities for postgraduate studies in
theology. It is the world's oldest ecumenical degree granting
consortium, established in 1910 by the Parliament of the state of
Victoria. The College then represented the Anglican (Episcopal),
Baptist, Congregational, Methodist and Presbyterian Churches. In
1972 the Roman Catholic Church and the Churches of Christ joined the
College. In 1993 the College was affiliated with the University of Melbourne.
MCD represents Australia's most significant achievement in the realm
of ecumenical co-operation in the teaching of theology and has set
the standard for theological education in Australia for many decades.
Today the MCD is a theologically
diverse institution committed to ecumenical co-operation in
theological education in a way which enables each participant to be
true to its heritage and commitments, yet open to the enrichment of
engagement with others committed to the same
This partnership between
the MCD and Stirling enables you to benefit from the scholarship
and experience of the other teaching institutions of the Melbourne
College of Divinity. The fully accredited courses of study we offer
enjoy worldwide recognition and attract Austudy for eligible full-time