For many years Moore College has been the theological engine room of the Anglican Diocese of Sydney, ensuring that it remains strongly evangelical. The college has also been an active training partner with other churches and ministries such as Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students (AFES) and the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches (FIEC). Since Jesus and his gospel are at the heart of Moore College, it continues to produce generation after generation of graduates, both women and men, who trust the Scriptures and who want to make disciples for Jesus.
This has not gone unnoticed in both secular and Christian circles. With Moore College, people know exactly what they are getting. The gospel heart of Moore College and its adherence to the authority of Scripture may be a frustration to some, but also means unique opportunities. Around the world, both the Diocese of Sydney and Moore College have unexpected influence in the church simply because we are trusted.
Because we are trusted our people are in demand
An example of this is seen in Moore’s gospel partnership with the Anglican Church of the Indian Ocean (Madagascar, Mauritius and Seychelles). As a result, James Wong, Archbishop and Bishop of Seychelles, has invited Ryan (4th year Moore, 2021) and Lynne Verghese to work in Seychelles, sent by CMS. Seychelles have been using Moore PTC resources for some years and it is expected that Ryan and Lynne will be involved in training and discipling.
For many years, a growing number of graduates have been invited to work in the area of theological education at all levels. This means that the reformed evangelical theology of Moore College is not only shaping its own students but also students abroad. An excellent example is MOCLAM, the Spanish Bible teaching ministry which mainly uses Moore PTC resources translated into Spanish. In Latin America, there are Moore College graduates in Bolivia, Peru and Chile. MOCLAM courses are being used to train gospel workers in church based and student ministries across the Latin World.
Because we are trusted, our resources are in demand
Theological teaching and training resources are in abundance in the marketplace. The problem many churches face is accessing trustworthy resources that will give their students a firm Biblical foundation. As the reputation of Moore College has spread across the globe with our graduates, the demand for access to our resources has grown.
Moore College helps churches around the world obtain access to its resources in a number of ways:
The Centre for Global Mission (CGM) gives the College the opportunity to serve the wider Christian community alongside the formal courses that it offers. CGM is the missionary heart of Moore College in action.
CGM exists to give away Moore College’s training resources free of charge to partner churches and ministries around the world. CGM has 33 partners working in over 41 countries with a further 15 partners in 10 countries under investigation. A growing number of partners are now using the purpose built CGM online learning platform/administration module. For a partner struggling with resources, we can give them what amounts to a ‘Bible school in a box’, with all the resources and IT tools necessary for study to begin.
CGM now also has over a dozen active translation projects. This includes a number of new PTC language translation projects including Farsi, Hindi, and Portuguese. PTC translations are also becoming available online. As well as English, some subjects in French, Russian, and Swahili are ready for online use, with more languages to come.
The online diploma (Diploma of Biblical Theology) is also in demand from students around the world who want access to an accredited Moore College course. There are students from many countries currently studying this diploma. The Anglican Church in Madagascar has three students currently enrolled. All of them had already completed between 12 and 18 subjects of PTC, but wanted to keep growing!
Through these various means, Moore College is taking up the opportunities that have resulted from its gospel heart and its reputation as a provider of excellent evangelical theological education.
Because we are trusted our fellowship is in demand
Over the years, Moore College and its graduates have made gospel friends throughout the world. Since our theological position is well defined, our friends rely on us to take action in international forums, to cooperate on gospel initiatives, and to receive and give advice.
This international network of relationships has been developed mainly through our graduates and our faculty, both past and present.
Each of our faculty have their own international connections, which help Moore College to reach beyond its normal networks. I regularly hear reports from faculty that they have been in contact, by email, WhatsApp, or Zoom, with friends and colleagues with similar gospel hearts across the world.
Our graduates are an army of ambassadors for Moore College. Where we break new ground in terms of new opportunities to connect on the international scene, invariably a Moore graduate is involved. The presence of our graduates leads to enquiries about use of PTC material through CGM, enrolments in the DBT, and people travelling to Australia to enroll in residential courses.
The Lord has given Moore College many opportunities to serve him because of its insistence on keeping the gospel at the centre. Please pray for the Principal, the faculty, the staff, and the army of graduates—that God would continue to firmly maintain the gospel heart of Moore College so that our people, our resources, and our fellowship might be for his glory.