The idea of studying at a Catholic Bible College never really crossed my mind. In fact, I questioned studying again after having completed a civil engineering degree and working for two years in the field. I remember praying late last year, before joining Acts 2 College of Mission and Evangelisation (Acts 2) to study Certificate IV in Christian Ministry that I wanted to know and love God more.
Unexpectedly God led me to Acts 2 which completely changed my life, with many things happening by surprise. As I learn to trust in the Lord, I try not to question why certain things happen but embrace it with a grateful attitude. I was excited with the opportunity to study there but had no expectations whatsoever. To my surprise, each day at Acts 2 almost blew my mind away. I was exposed to the deep and rich treasures of the Catholic faith and was filled with awe at the new things I was learning each and every day.
The course I was studying was divided into three trimesters, with each trimester consisting of five subjects that ran for 11 weeks. Because of my initial unfamiliarity with the Old Testament scriptures, it became one of the subjects I found most interesting. I also grew a great love for typology in studying scripture. Typology is a study in which the ‘New Testament is hidden in the Old and the Old is made manifest in the New’.
Studying at Acts 2 equips you to go out and put your studies into practice. Before studying here, there were many times in the past when I organised events but had no clear goals or plans. In the Events Management subject, we learnt the importance of having a purpose and vision in everything that we do, helping me in the planning, preparation, implementation, and evaluation of the events.
There has been a great balance between the study of youth ministry, scripture and Catholic teaching, all while incorporating personal and professional development. Throughout the whole year, we encourage each other in our way of life, growing personally and spiritually, through daily Mass, adoration, praise and worship, and ministry together.
Photo from Johanna Banks
However, studying at Acts 2 is not a walk in a park. When combined with all the ministries and tests that God puts in front of you, I found it more challenging than studying at University. One of the greatest challenges I had to face was my family not fully agreeing with my decision in the beginning to join Acts 2. Another challenge was balancing my life and priorities throughout the year. Throughout the year, these issues began to work out and improve. Through the mentoring and support of fellow students and lecturers, overcoming my struggles was made easier. There’s a sense of joy in overcoming challenges with your brothers and sisters in Christ.
I’ve had to step out of my comfort zone many times, giving testimonials, talks, meeting new people, working with teens and providing pastoral care. Doing so has provided me with the opportunity for personal growth which I am so grateful for.
I encourage those who are currently involved in any kind of Youth Ministry or are just willing to know and love God more, to come and study at the Acts 2 College of Mission and Evangelisation.
It has been one of the best things that have happened to me so far, with the college being a blessing to the city as a tool for inspiring and equipping people for Youth Ministry, as well as a source for personal transformation.
Having learnt many things about youth ministry and our Catholic faith, my hope now is to always be of support to those who are in need, as well as to my community and I look forward to what God has in plan for me in the future.
For more information on courses: http://www.acts2come.wa.edu.au/
by Theodorus Hartanto