We exist to serve God’s great purpose of bringing all nations under the saving rule of his Son through the proclamation of the Gospel.
Our purpose is to prepare people for effective Christian service. By “preparing” we mean laying foundations. By “effective Christian service” we mean ministry that upholds, proclaims, and is shaped by the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Trinity is a non-denominational ministry training college. The doctrinal basis of the College distils the fundamental truths of Christianity as revealed in the Bible.
Our beliefs ensure that we keep the more important things central and the less important things peripheral. The more important things concern the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:1-5) which is the power of God for salvation to all who believe (Romans 1:16).
We are Christian, evangelical, and reformed, in that order of importance.
We are, firstly, “Christian” and affirm the two greatest statements of the Christian faith, the Apostles Creed and the Nicene Creed, as historically understood, which codify these vital beliefs.
We are, secondly, “evangelical” in the same way that the reformers of the sixteenth century used this word to sum up those beliefs that made them Protestant: Scripture alone, grace alone, Christ alone, and faith alone.
We are, thirdly, “reformed” in that our beliefs are derived from the great confessions of the reformed tradition of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries (that is, the Baptist Confession of 1689, the Belgic Confession, the Savoy Declaration, the Second Helvetic Confession, the Thirty-Nine Articles, and the Westminster Confession).
- The unity of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit in the Godhead.
- The sovereignty of God in creation, revelation, redemption and final judgment.
- The divine inspiration and infallibility of Holy Scripture, as originally given, and its supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
- The universal sinfulness and guilt of human nature since the fall, rendering us subject to God’s wrath and condemnation.
- The full deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God; his virgin birth and his real and sinless humanity; his death on the cross, his bodily resurrection and his present reign in heaven and earth.
- Redemption from the guilt, penalty and power of sin only through the sacrificial death once and for all time of our representative and substitute, Jesus Christ, the only mediator between God and humankind.
- Justification as God’s act of undeserved mercy, in which sinners are pardoned of all their sins, and accepted as righteous in God’s sight, only because of the righteousness of Christ imputed to them, this justification being received by faith alone.
- The need for the Holy Spirit to make the work of Christ effective to individual sinners, granting them repentance toward God and faith in Jesus Christ.
- The indwelling of the Holy Spirit in all those thus regenerated, producing in them an increasing likeness to Christ in character and behaviour, and empowering them for their witness in the world.
- The one holy universal Church, which is the Body of Christ, and to which all true believers belong.
- The future personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge all people, executing God’s just condemnation on the impenitent and receiving the redeemed to glory.
Our approach to preparing people for effective Christian service is guided by the following convictions:
The central focus of the Gospel (and the Scriptures) is the Lord Jesus Christ, who secured our salvation from sin. We seek to be devoted to Jesus as our first love and to be growing into maturity in him in all we do.
The Bible is God’s Word and contains everything necessary for salvation. We are therefore dedicated to equipping people to read the Bible carefully and to using it as the key instrument for ministry.
True Christian service will be focussed on serving people. We strive to study God’s word in a community of students and teachers who are committed to serving, encouraging, and praying for each other.
Effective Christian service takes place when what we know affects our character and informs our actions (head, heart, and hands). We are committed to a learning culture that is marked by reflection on and application of the Scriptures in community.
For our service to be truly based on and directed by the Bible, we need an integrated overview of the Old and New Testaments as the unfolding story of God’s saving purpose that reaches its climax in Jesus Christ. We provide other kinds of frameworks too (e.g., theology, ethics, and ministry) so that our ministries will stay true to the important things.
Since ministry is long-term, we need to know how to continue learning in a purposeful and systematic way in our own context.
We believe that full-time enrolment provides the surest way of laying ministry foundations that will last.
Our degree courses are fully accredited by the Australian College of Theology, ensuring you of an internationally recognised qualification. The Australian College of Theology Limited (ACT) is a higher education provider as defined by the Higher Education Support Act (2003). Like universities, it has government approval to accredit its own courses in the ASCED field of Religious Studies (091703).
Trinity Theological College is an affiliated college of the Australian College of Theology (CRICOS Provider Code #02650E).
We offer a selected range of fully accredited undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate courses.
Postgraduate courses give you the opportunity to build on your previous Theology degree. We have supervisory expertise in the areas of Old Testament, New Testament, Theology, Hebrew language, Reformation Studies, and Church History.
Your training will take place in a community of prayer, friendship and worship with staff and peers. You will have easy access to your lecturers, the library and study desks to help you reach your academic goals. Free time in the student lounge, weekly community lunches, chapel services as well as Pastoral Care Groups give you the opportunity to build life-long relationships and great support networks.
The whole college community gathers for chapel on Tuesdays during semester. The heart of our time together is the exposition of Bible books by our Faculty members and visiting preachers. This hour of praise, prayer, and preaching is followed by community lunch. During this time students and lecturers have fellowship in an informal setting.
Pastoral Care Groups
At the heart of our community are pastoral care groups, each led by a Faculty member. The aim of these groups is to build meaningful and prayerful relationships with each other. Each year, pastoral care groups set off on a week-long mission to a church, school, or university campus to do evangelism and ministry and to learn from those in the field.
Our dedicated Faculty members are committed to handling Scripture with pastoral insight, academic integrity and theological nuance. They are experts in their field and pride themselves on being approachable and supportive.
Trinity Theological College has a purpose-built facility, “Trinity House”, located in Newcastle Street between Loftus and Oxford streets in Leederville, just 5 kilometres from the Perth CBD. Its convenient location makes it easily accessible via public transport, car or bicycle.
Our modern, air-conditioned and well-equipped building provides space on the second floor for two lecture theatres and a tutorial room which can comfortably accommodate 100 students. A spacious library houses an extensive collection of more than 26,000 items as well as providing access to an online catalogue, electronic databases and inter-library services. Computers, wireless broadband access and a range of work spaces for both private study and group work make a conducive environment for research, study and writing.
Our student lounge is located on the third floor. It is an open area with an outdoor balcony, kitchen, and pingpong table! This is where students meet for relaxation and conversation during class breaks.