We seek to cultivate the following attributes in all of our students at BBI – The Australian Institute of Theological Education:
A disposition of intellectual and spiritual curiosity which generates and supports: a desire for lifelong learning; seeking out connections and divergences between different areas of knowledge; creatively and courageously asking difficult questions; and the seeking out of implications of knowledge for professional, vocational, and personal life in the present and for the future.
- Theological Sensibility
A critical awareness of the importance of the disciplines of Theology and Biblical Studies alongside all other disciplines in the pursuit of truth within our current context.
- Academic Competencies and Research Skills
The skills of analysis, critical reflection, and interpretation of knowledge; an awareness of, and appreciation for, different ways of knowing, including the honouring of their own and others’ disciplinary and/ or professional experience; the capacity to think creatively with the future in mind, and to deploy their imagination in their academic and professional lives.
- Communication Skills
A highly sophisticated level of literacy and interpersonal communication skills which can be utilised to communicate complex ideas clearly in a variety of contexts, including in both written and verbal forms.
Knowledge of, and appreciation for, the wisdom of humankind as sustained within theological traditions throughout the ages; an understanding of where theology fits within the broader disciplines of knowledge and in promoting the Common Good.
- Praxis Orientation
Graduates of BBI will be skilled in reflecting critically on their present reality and utilising their learning, their technical and communicating skills they will be able to work towards transforming their communities. With their increased capacity to engage critically and dynamically with the communities and organisations of which they are a part, they will be agents of change in them and in society at large.
A commitment to exercise, develop and evaluate the competencies of their personal, communal and professional leadership skills. Their commitment to ethical engagement within their social and cultural communities will be conducive to promoting environmental stewardship locally and globally.
- Personal Characteristics
Awareness of and deep respect for, diversity; forgiving, merciful and committed to reconciliation; committed to the transformation of inequity, intolerance and social injustice; respectful of all of creation; empathic and compassionate.