I don’t know about you, but 2018 has been a HUGE year! As we look back, there is so much that we are THANKFUL for at Eastern.
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever. Psalm 136:1
This year marks thirty years of Tabor Victoria/Eastern College Australia, and in reflection of this packed year I’d like to share five things with you that we are so thankful to God for…
💕ONE YEAR WITH MST 💕
Some say that the first year in any relationship is all about learning about each other and this first year will gauge how your relationship will be long-term. When we moved in with Melbourne School of Theology (MST), we knew that there would be challenges, but we were confident that with God at the centre of it all we had nothing to worry about. With one year down we are so thankful that there hasn’t been the need for any ‘breaks’ and there haven’t been any arguments or silent treatment. It’s been a wonderful year together in this God honouring partnership. We thank God for what a blessing this partnership has been, and how well our two communities have so seamlessly moulded into one. It’s been said that relationships are at their best when each person’s goal is to support the other person’s success and that has truly been the case this year. We have so many staff employed by one college but really working for the good of both. We pray that we will be able to celebrate many more years of fruitful, God glorifying partnership at our beautiful new home in Wantirna. Though two separate Colleges with unique giftings and offerings, we have truly become one community.
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor:
If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.
Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone?
Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (NIV)
Not only have we got a new place to call home this year but we have also had a few new people to welcome to the family! It’s been wonderful being able to invite four new individuals, gifted in different areas, to bless our college.
Grace: Communications Manager at Eastern and MST
Mary: Senior Lecturer in Education
Daisy: Enquiries & Student Engagement Co-ordinator, VET Administrative Assistant
Stuart: Digital Communications Specialist at Eastern and MST
OF COURSE OUR NEW COURSES!
If you don’t work in administration in the Higher Education world, you cannot even begin to fathom the mountains of work and hoops you must jump through in order to attain and maintain accreditation for courses. Pushing out these two babies have involved incredibly long and gruelling gestation periods.
MASTER OF TEACHING (in either Primary or Secondary)
We are so very glad to be able to announce to the world that our Master of Teaching courses have been accredited and are ready to go! In our increasingly postmodern and secular Australian society we are extremely excited to be training Christian teachers who are equipped in knowing how their faith can inform their practices.
BACHELOR OF APPLIED SOCIAL SCIENCE
After years of work this three year course finally passed the finish line this year with a full 7 year accreditation period! The course is designed to help students connect with the industry they will work in, gain a solid theoretical basis in professional practice, equipping them to be agents of change.
Much more streamlined than the Bachelor of Arts and better recognised in the relevant sectors we offer a choice of three streams: Community Development, Counselling and Youth Work.
WELCOME CHRIS GREEN TO THE TEAM
Chris will be a Senior Lecturer in Theology and Education at Eastern College Australia and Melbourne School of Theology, starting 2019! He also lectures/tutors in systematic theology at Azusa Pacific University and previously lectured in theology at Wesley Institute in Sydney (now Excelsia College) between 2010-2014. Chris is a graduate of Multnomah University, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and King’s College, The University of Aberdeen. His work on Karl Barth’s doctrine of divine providence has been published with T&T Clark. Chris is married to Rachel, and has three sons: Ethan, Benjamin and William. He enjoys coffee, running, talking about cultural differences, exploring Australia and traveling to other countries. Chris believes that a new book ‘smells just as good’ as a new car.
MAKING A SPLASH IN THE LITERATURE SPACE! EASTERN STUDENT’S FIRST PUBLICISED BOOK!
This book is a great team effort by a handful of our notable Master of Transformational Development practitioner students. This unique collection of spiritual formation essays grapples with critical and profound questions regarding serving the poor and the marginalised in the name of Christ.
This year has been exhilarating and exiting, but not easy. It’s involved the work of a tight but dedicated team, late nights, a couple of grey hairs and many, many prayers, but it’s all been worth it.
We are thankful for each and every person who has been a part of our journey these past 30 years. As we revisited our goals and values as a College it has been heartening knowing that we have not strayed from our original cause. No matter what our College has been named, nor where we have been based, we have stayed true to our vision to provide teaching, training and research from a Christian worldview that contributes to the church and the flourishing of humanity through the lives of our graduates.
Thank you for reading this, we are grateful for your ongoing support.
We pray that your Christmas season will be filled with an abundance of God’s love, joy and peace, and that you will have a wonderful start to 2019.
VICE-PRINCIPAL – EASTERN COLLEGE AUSTRALIA