Vision, Mission and Values


The Sydney College of Divinity operates as a leading theological education provider equipping people for effective professional and lay ministry in a rapidly changing environment.



To serve disciples of Jesus who are serious about Kingdom living by developing and equipping them for ministry.




We prepare leaders who are adept to lead and build up the Church in a culturally – contextualised way. Our desire is to see God’s word flourish through a broad range of individuals, churches and communities.


We are known for our academic excellence. We believe in the centrality of the bible, and the powerful transformation that comes from a theologically-sound understanding of it in our lives and churches.


We desire to be deeply relational and real, embodying Christ with a servant-hearted attitude in our relationship with students, member colleges, and the broader church community.


  • Provide high quality, accredited theological education from undergraduate to graduate level
  • Prepare leaders and ministers, both ordained and non-ordained, to be well equipped to build the future of church and community
  • Encourage theological scholarship that is ecumenically sensitive and inclusive of teaching on relevant issues of culture and society 
  • Contribute to the public discussion on issues of faith and culture 
  • Promote the growth of our individual member colleges
  • Provide our teachers with the opportunity to develop their professional skills, and be supported by a community of Christian scholars
  • Prepare the next generation of Christian teachers and scholars



  • A commitment to the Gospel of Jesus Christ as it is preached and lived out within our Christian denominations
  • A respect for the different theological standpoints of our member institutions
  • A properly critical approach to theological reflection on our faith traditions and on the relationship between faith and culture
  • A willingness to work together and to celebrate our shared enterprise in prayer and liturgy
  • A readiness to contribute to College administration and its committee structures
  • A balance between central administration and the autonomy of member institutions


Educational philosophy

  • To articulate the Gospel within the contemporary context
  • To bring different theological traditions into dialogue with the wider world of Christian scholarship
  • To respect the educational approaches of our member institutions, while preserving a collegial approach to doing theology
  • To maintain common academic standards across the all colleges
  • To respect the multicultural diversity of our students and teachers
  • To provide both vocational and academic education for our students
  • To foster adult teaching and learning strategies
  • To provide flexible modes of teaching and learning
  • To encourage cross-college interaction of both staff and students.
  • To enable graduates to engage in further study and research, both within the Sydney College of Divinity and in other institutions of higher learning
  • To provide professional development for our teachers and administrators

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