Morling College has received an enthusiastic response to a progress report on its campus development program at the annual assembly of the Association of Baptist Churches of NSW and ACT.
In what is being described as a “God-given moment,” Morling College and the denomination will celebrate the opening of a new, fully-funded ministry and learning centre later this year.
Principal Ross Clifford said the latest development is part of a visionary plan established in 1958 when the annual assembly of the Baptist Union resolved to raise the money to purchase land at Herring Rd, Macquarie Park as a site for a Baptist Theological College.
The denomination took these visionary steps to enhance the training of pastors, missionaries, Christian workers and the laity, in a holistic approach to Christian education. “We are standing on the shoulders of giants,” Ross Clifford explained. “This building symbolizes that God’s hand is upon us in the way that we are able now to minister locally and globally.
“We’ve built a new residential college that caters for Morling College and university students. In fulfillment of the mandate of the Assembly, the redevelopment has also enabled us to place funds into the Morling Foundation so we can continue to train and equip students to impact our world and our communities.”
Steven Bartlett, Director of Ministries for the Association of Baptist Churches of NSW and the ACT, said those early plans were endorsed in 2006 and reaffirmed and expanded in 2008. “This is an extension of the vision of those who have gone before us in previous generations.”
He also revealed that the new ministry and learning centre is an opportunity for new levels of collaboration between different parts of the Baptist movement, and will enable the Baptist Ministry Centre and Baptist Financial Services to co-locate to the new facility, to deploy additional funds to other key ministry areas and reach more people with the Gospel.
The plan included the sale of a portion of the land for residential apartments in stage 1 and a second stage joint project with Toga Developments. Stage one is complete with the other nearing completion.
Chief Community Life Officer Gayle Kent is excited by the opportunities provided by new flexible learning areas, offices, chapel and student facilities.
Chair of the Morling College Board, Kel Willis said the vision of the College is coming to fruition for the benefit of the entire community. “The exciting thing for me is to see graduates who go out into their churches. As a by-product of our ministry we see churches growing and becoming vibrant and visionary to reach lost people”.
Ross Clifford agreed, “that will always be the heartbeat of the college as we focus on delivering the finest education in the areas of pastoral training, mission, counselling, chaplaincy and spiritual care, education, plunge and vocational training.”
Watch the video below for more information about the vision behind this project.
Feel free to show it at your church and gatherings. This is our collective victory! Thank you for being part of this.