‘Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress’ (1 Timothy 4:15).
At Oak Hill, our primary goal is to help our students to become more and more like Christ, in love, truth and joy. As this relates to the needs of ministry, we encourage them to grow in godly character; we equip them in the skills and competencies of effective church leadership; and we enable them to develop in biblical and theological wisdom.
From reading and reflection on Scripture, we have developed a graduate profile that captures our understanding of what ministry is, and what ministry needs. The college programme and college experience are intended explicitly to be the means by which students grow and develop towards these goals.
For example, in godly character, we want each student to be:
Above reproach, hospitable, not arrogant, prayerful, energetic and zealous, a lifelong learner, resilient and growing in love for God and people.
To be effective church leaders, we want each student to develop in areas such as:
Preaching and teaching; identifying and refuting error, pastoral visitation and counselling, facilitating gospel-driven change, communication in different contexts and media, lifecycle ministry (weddings, baptisms, funerals), leadership in mission, engagement with the local community.
Finally, in biblical and theological wisdom, we want each student to gain qualities and attributes such as:
Advanced Bible handling, exegetical skilfulness leading to application, a firm grasp of Bible overview, doctrinal framework that correlates with scripture, a robust timeline of biblical and church history, doctrinal wisdom and habits, constant orientation of study towards worship, applying the Bible to modern culture, knowledge of evangelism and apologetics.
For fuller details of the graduate profile and how it serves those training for ministry, please see the two documents below.
Introduction to the Graduate Profile