Welcome to Moore College!
Our College is an extraordinary place where men and women are equipped to take the gospel of Jesus Christ to today’s Australia and the world. I am convinced that the blend of learning and community life at Moore is ideal preparation for the opportunities and challenges of being Christ’s ambassador in the twenty-first century. I hope you will consider joining us in this community of Christian living and learning and make your own contribution to it.
For more than 150 years, Moore College has been preparing men and women for a life-time of Christian ministry in which they will teach the Bible faithfully in the context of genuine, loving personal relationships.
Our great concern remains that men and women in Sydney and around the world might hear of the forgiveness of sins that can only be found in Jesus Christ and grow to maturity in that new life which he grants to those who come to him.
Your brother in Christ,
The Rev Dr Mark Thompson, Principal
Who are we?
Since 1856, Moore College has been providing in-depth theological training in order to prepare men and women for Christian ministry and mission. It is based in Newtown, Sydney. Moore College’s vision is evangelical and international, training gospel workers in multiple denominations and various locations.
The College’s role is expanding. There are enormous opportunities for outreach, church planting and fresh theological course development in new and emerging nations. Students come to study from a wide range of church and cultural contexts, for enrolment in diploma, graduate and postgraduate courses. In turn, graduates serve in over 100 locations, throughout Australia, South-East Asia, China, Africa, Europe and South America.
We are a Christian community where men and women learn to love the Lord Jesus, teach the Word of God, and carry the gospel of salvation to the ends of the earth. To this end, we are:
Biblical – the Bible is at the centre of everything we do. We read the text in depth, understand it in light of the unfolding message of Scripture as a whole, and learn to teach what it teaches.
Theological – we train students to think theologically. This means understanding how everything connects to God and his great plan so that we enable our graduates to apply biblical truth to any current and future situation.
Reformed-evangelical – the Bible’s good news is that salvation comes through Christ alone, grounded in grace alone, leading to justification by faith alone, on the authority of Scripture alone, all to the glory of God alone. Everything we do is characterised by this gospel.
Missional – the global mission of the Lord Jesus Christ drives everything we do. We prepare men and women to faithfully proclaim the gospel of salvation and new life in Christ throughout the world.
Communal – we are committed to ministry education and character formation based on learning in community. Formal learning is just the beginning: we are shaped as Christian disciples, as we do life together in community.
Vision, Mission & Strategic Plan
To see God glorified by men and women living for and proclaiming Jesus Christ, growing healthy churches and reaching the lost.
To provide excellent evangelical theological education.
The distinctive of our full-time programs is the integration of a deep, broad and sustained immersion in the text of Scripture with attention to Christian character and ministry skills development, in the context of a residential community of teachers and students, and in partnership with local churches.
We aim to provide:
- the best theological formation for evangelical ministry
- inspirational teaching
- scholarship and research that enriches learning and extends theological knowledge
We aim to develop:
- a fellowship of faithful pastor-teachers serving the churches and other ministries in the Diocese of Sydney, around Australia and throughout the world
- resources to shape Christian thinking and witness in the wider Christian community
- theological educators for seminaries both in and beyond Australia
We aim to grow:
- a learning community that serves the needs of gospel mission in Sydney and around the world
- the College as a global resource for study and ministry training
- suitable facilities to enable the College’s mission to be achieved in community
We aim to progress:
- a responsible and sustainable business plan
- proper stewardship of the College’s resources
- minimisation of risk in a changing cultural and fiscal environment
Trust in God and his purposes as these are revealed in Jesus Christ and conveyed to us by the Holy Spirit in the canonical scriptures of the Old and New Testaments;
Honesty, transparency, fairness and accountability in all personal behaviour and community practices;
Generosity and compassion in dealings with each other, reflecting the undeserved mercy of God in Christ;
Placing the welfare of others above personal interests and convenience, using the gifts and talents that God has graciously given;
Loving personal relationships, developed through regular meeting and a common focus, as the proper context for learning about the triune God and his purposes;
Rigour of thought characterised by a careful use of primary evidence, breadth of research and appropriate inferences, resulting in fresh and readily accessible approaches to both classic issues and contemporary questions;
Affirmation of the fundamental equality and mutual dependence of men and women as image bearers of God, while recognising proper differences in roles and responsibilities in life and Christian ministry;
Freedom of Enquiry
The freedom to subject all ideas to honest inquiry;
Growth in the knowledge of God is best conducted for, and in the context of, life application and active participation in Christian service.
Moore College opened at Liverpool, NSW in 1856. It owed its existence to several people. One was an early settler in Sydney, Thomas Moore, who left his estate for educational purposes. Another was the Anglican Bishop of Sydney, Frederic Barker.
During its long history, the College has had thirteen Principals and over four thousand graduates.
The College moved from Liverpool to Newtown in 1891 in order to be near the University of Sydney.
Since the late 1950s the College has seen a significant extension of the college campus, the growth of a major theological library, an increase in the numbers and qualifications of the faculty, and the introduction of the four year course.
Purchases of property on the southern side of Carillon Avenue have made it possible over the years to expand the Library, Administration and Dining Room facilities and to provide housing for married students and faculty. 1994 saw the opening of the Broughton Knox Teaching Centre. Further development and expansion of the College campus is planned from late 2014.
The College has rendered its chief service to the Anglican Diocese of Sydney, the majority of whose clergy train at the College. However, the College has also been instrumental in educating many men and women who have served in other parts of Australia and beyond and in other Protestant denominations.
The College has a vital interest in the training of women for gospel ministry. For much of its history there was a close partnership between Moore College and Deaconness House (later Mary Andrews College). In 2008 the College took full responsibility for the training and pastoral care of the women who study alongside men in each of the College’s programs of study. Since then the Dean of Women and the Director of the Priscilla and Aquila Centre have led this critical part of the College’s work. The support of Anglican Deaconness Ministries in all of this has been been indispensable.
The Reverend Dr Mark D Thompson was appointed the College’s 13th principal on November 30th 2012. He was installed by the Anglican Archbishop of Sydney, Dr Peter F Jensen, on June 6th 2013.
The Governing Board of the College
In general terms, the management and control of the College is vested by the Synod of the Diocese of Sydney in the Moore Theological College Council. The Moore Theological College Council is incorporated under the Anglican Church Bodies Corporate Act 1938 and is constituted by the Moore Theological College Ordinance 2009. Under the Ordinance the Council is charged with the provision of training for ordination candidates and other church workers.
The affairs of the Moore Theological College Council are managed, governed and controlled by the Governing Board of the College.
Governing Board Members
The Most Rev K D Raffel (President)
The Rev Dr M D Thompson (Principal)
Mr K M Chapman
Mr S Simonds (Hon. Treasurer)
Professor D R Cohen (Chair of Academic Board)
The Right Rev C Edwards
The Ven K L Hartley (Archdeacon for Women’s Ministry)
Dr W J Hurditch
Mr A J Killen
The Rev K M Kim
The Rev D R Mears
Mr O T Robson (Student Representative)
The Rev Dr M Earngey (Faculty Representative)
The Rev J L Ramsay
Dr R Tong AM (Secretary)
Dr D W Warren
The Governing Board has delegated to the Academic Board responsibility for:
- Policy formulation and decision making in all academic matters; and
- Maintaining the academic values, quality and standards of the College.
The Academic Board is, in relation to all academic matters, the pre-eminent source of advice to the Governing Board.
The members of the Academic Board are:
Professor David Cohen, University of NSW;
All members of the Faculty;
A student representative elected by the students;
This Board is chaired by Professor David Cohen and meets five times per year.
The Board delegates various functions to a number of committees which report to it. The committees are:
- The Learning and Teaching Committee;
- The Research Committee;
- The Library Committee;
- The Moore PTC Committee; and
- The Human Research Ethics Committee.
- The Academic Dean, in conjunction with the Academic Board and its committees, is responsible for the supervision of the studies of theological students.
The Dean of Students is responsible for all matters which affect the personal and spiritual welfare of students and their families.
The Advisor to Overseas Students is the official point of contact for overseas students with the College.
The Academic Departments of the College with the respective Heads of Department are:
Division of Biblical Studies
- Department of Old Testament and Hebrew — Andrew Shead
- Department of New Testament and Greek — Philip Kern
Division of Christian Thought
- Department of Theology, Philosophy and Ethics — Andrew Leslie
- Department of Church History — Mark Earngey
Division of Christian Ministry
Welcome to the Moore College Policy page. This page lists the College’s public policies, procedures and guidelines.
Learning and Teaching
Domestic Violence Policy and Resources
Moore College Domestic Violence Policy & Support
Domestic violence is contrary to the biblical pattern of mutual love and care of each other in marriage, anchored in the example of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is also contrary to the College’s published values of integrity and community. For this reason a policy that seeks to strengthen healthy marriages and family life, denounces domestic violence, and provides help, support and the possibility of a way out of the situation for victims (while acting with concern for the one who has acted violently as well) is entirely consistent with the College’s Vision, Mission and Values. The purpose of this policy is to protect and promote the safety of all members of the College community.
If you are experiencing Domestic or Family violence or are concerned about someone else, here are some resources and points of contact:
- Dean of Women: Susan An – 02 9577 9802, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dean of Students: Paul Grimmond – 02 9577 9833, email@example.com
- The Anglican Abuse Report Line: 1800 774 945, https://safeministry.org.au/report-abuse/
- 1800 Respect: 1800 737 732, https://www.1800respect.org.au/
Domestic Violence – A starting point in supporting victims
This booklet was initially prepared by Moorewomen to assist ministry wives and women in ministry as they seek to care for people affected by Domestic Violence. It does not deal with every aspect of domestic violence or provide the definitive collection of articles and resources, but rather is meant to be a helpful starting point for those seeking to minister primarily to female victims. Read an online version.
The Moore College Domestic Violence Policy and a list of Christian Counselling Professionals experienced in working with domestic and family violence (Counsellors, Psychologists, Social Workers and Therapists) can be accessed via our policies page.
Joining Moore College
At Moore College, you will be part of an Anglican reformed evangelical theological college that prepares men and women for a ministry of the word of God in a wide variety of contexts in Sydney and around the world. Our faculty and staff are partners in the vision we share, which is to see God glorified by men and women living for and proclaiming Jesus Christ, growing healthy churches and reaching the lost.
We believe the College is a great place to work, evidenced by receiving two awards from the Voice Project for being the ‘Best Workplace’ and a ‘Change Champion’. We genuinely care about our employees and offer above-award rate remuneration as well as a healthy work / life balance with flexibility and opportunities to do some work from home.
Joining us, you will enjoy a friendly, welcoming culture and a cohesive Christian work-environment. In everything we do, we are shaped by our Christian faith, so we work with integrity and grace while being dedicated to the service of others. As the College is a Christian community, you will be encouraged to practice your faith with access to our theological library, and opportunities for chapel services, prayers and bible studies.
- Moore College is an equal opportunity employer
- Selection is based on an applicant’s suitability to a role and agreement to work within Moore College’s vision, mission, and strategic plan
- If you are interested in working for Moore College and no suitable opportunities are advertised, please send your resume and a short note outlining the type/s of roles that are of interest to you to firstname.lastname@example.org; then we will be able to consider you for future opportunities.