Empowering people to serve Jesus, churches, and society.

There are many reasons why people chose to go to College and study Bible, counselling, theology, ministry, mission, and more. God has given you gifts and abilities to enrich the church and the world. Stirling will help you discover your God-given gifts and enhance and grow them.

At Stirling, we encourage you to develop a vibrant personal relationship with God to sustain ministry and discipleship for the long haul. At Stirling, we challenge you to apply God’s truths to your life and ministry.

Our Vision.

A transformative educational community empowering people to serve Jesus, churches, and society.

Our Mission.

Equipping Christians to transform churches, lives, and communities, in Australia and the Asia Pacific.

Our Values.

Devotion to Christ – we value the good news about God as revealed to us in Jesus
Christ, and teach from within the Christian tradition, which means we are not a secular
institution. However, this does not mean that we don’t engage with secular thought or
other religious traditions, but we do so from a Christian perspective.
A commitment to seeing our world flourish under God’s good reign – we seek to
equip our students in their vocational call to contribute towards the world becoming all
that God intended it to be.
We are the national college of Churches of Christ in Australia – we teach from
within a particular Christian tradition.
We welcome people from all Christian traditions and value theological diversity
we are a welcoming and inclusive College, celebrating the richness of Christ’s church
and the theologically diverse perspectives of our students and lecturers.
We pursue academic excellence – we create an engaging and explorative learning
environment, which helps foster an enjoyable, tailored, and transformative student
experience. Our faculty are encouraged to engage in innovative and quality research.
We provide a safe space for thoughtful, reflective dialogue – we allow beliefs and
ideas to be challenged and engaged with, but always in a spirit of humility and
We are forming Christ-centred followers to better serve God’s purposes in a
changing world – we have the privilege of helping develop faithful followers of Jesus
who serve him in their unique context.

At Stirling we believe that the preparation of God’s people for service, leadership, ministry and mission is absolutely crucial. We are convinced that something life-giving and hope-filled happens when behaviour, belonging and belief converge.

Our Strategic Goals.

We are committed to these goals: 


  1. Mobilising people for ministry, mission, and service in diverse vocations.
  2. Creating a transformative student experience.
  3. Seeking excellence and innovation in education and research.
  4. Pursuing a holistic and integrated learning environment.
  5. Contributing to a more just and compassionate world.
  6. Becoming a leading destination for Christian education in Australia and the Asia Pacific.
  7. Partnering with likeminded groups to offer quality training within churches, workplaces, and other settings.
  8. Stewarding our resources wisely to effectively serve church and society.

Our Identity.

Stirling College is an Australian Christian theological college located in Melbourne, Australia. It is affiliated with the Churches of Christ in Australia. A college of the University of Divinity, the college teaches undergraduate and postgraduate (coursework and research) theology and counselling degrees. Stirling also acts as the University of Divinity Centre for Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE). We offer innovative courses and training programs in leadership, counselling, ministry, theology, Bible, pastoral education, and Christian discipleship.

Faith. Life. Culture.


Deepening discipleship, theology, and faith through Christ-centred and generous education.


Equipping Christians to impact the world and follow Jesus in every area of life, through interdisciplinary and holistic education


Changing lives, churches, and neighbourhoods through outward-focused and culturally-engaged education