BLOG FROM PASTOR SCOTT LIM
Welcome to our brand new Planetshakers College Blog and by way of that, our inaugural post! Here at Planetshakers, we are well into our year of supernatural increase and I pray that you have experienced a measure of this prophetic word that has been declared over us. Even if you do not attend our church or are enrolled at the college, I would encourage you to declare Ephesians 3:20 over your life: “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.”
That being said, it would be remiss of me not to introduce our college. Our overarching mandate here at Planetshakers is to ‘empower generations to win generations.’ To paraphrase in my words, it is to allow the power of the Holy Spirit, coupled with good training and discipleship, enable people to win and influence their world. That is our same desire here at the college. I say this to the student body regularly, one of the deep desires of my heart is to, in maybe ten years, have a massive celebratory dinner (food always makes things better…☺) where students from all over the world would testify of the influence that they now have in their respective fields. I envision pastors, educators, doctors, IT professionals, investment bankers, mums and dads, all together as the body of Christ, representing a multiplicity of nationalities and cultures, whilst building the Kingdom of God together.
But isn’t Planetshakers College a seminary for training pastors? Well, yes and no. It most certainly is if you feel called to be a pastor, but we believe, that the Kingdom foundations taught in our first year Diploma of Leadership program is for everyone. Why is this? Our philosophy is undergirded by the fact that a sound understanding of the Word of God, strong leadership and a culture of discipleship will ultimately eventuate in graduates that are ready to embark on whatever God has called them to do. I believe further to this, that ‘tithing’ a year of our lives to God allows Him to work extensively and intensively on our personal lives which will only lead to blessing and fruitfulness.
Our philosophy is undergirded by the fact that a sound understanding of the Word of God and a strong leadership under which we can be discipled will ultimately eventuate in graduates that are ready to embark on whatever God has called them to.
Practically, what does our first year program entail? Well, being a first year bachelor course, you will, like all other Australian university students enrol in eight subjects. Four each semester. They are strategically divided equally between theological subjects and leadership based ones to give you the best mix. Our full time course Diploma also has an attached internship component where you get to learn practically from experts in your chosen stream. This mix of formal study and practical learning has ensured that our graduates are well rounded in both the theory and practice of ministry.
So there you go. That is our college in a nutshell. If you are thinking about doing college in 2019, trust me, it will be the most exhilarating and exciting year of your life. Come and join us here in beautiful Melbourne. We would love to help you embark on your God adventure
Pastor Scott Lim
Principal, Planetshakers College
BA (History, Politics) (University of Melbourne)
Masters of Teaching (University of Melbourne)
Masters of Divinity (Oral Roberts University)