The theological presuppositions which govern the program are as follows: Knowing, Being, Doing and Sharing represent the four domains of learning that characterize any academic pursuit. Consequently, they are not confined to any one course; rather, they form constitutive parts of all courses taught in the all programs.
Knowing refers to the cognitive aspect of the program that provides the theoretical basis of the discipline. Because Christian ministry or a social worker is an outworking of God’s revelation, knowing also refers to the endeavour to build theoretical training on a solid scriptural foundation. • “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding-” Proverbs 9:10 • “In a knowledge of God all true knowledge and real development have their source.”
Being refers to the experiential aspect of the program that helps students develop the character of a gospel minister. But because the formation of Christ-like character is possible only through the grace of Christ, being also refers to the transformation taking place outside the classroom through a personal relationship with the risen Lord. Included in this transformation is the development of qualities such as values, attitudes and spiritual maturity befitting a Christian minister. • “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus…” Philippians 2:5 • “Godliness, god likeness is the goal to be reached.”
Doing refers to the practical aspect of the program that equips students with skills that facilitate application of their theoretical knowledge to real-life situations. But doing is more than simply the application of knowledge. It is also an important source of feedback that enables students to correct and adjust their knowledge so that they can most effectively serve the church and the wider world under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. • “As my Father has sent me, even so send I you” [John 20:21] • “True education prepares for the joy of service in this world and the higher joy of wider service in the world to come.”. The integration of knowledge and experience is key to intellectual and spiritual growth. Therefore, only when carefully integrated, with God as the centre, can Knowing, Being, Doing and Sharing lead to the proper development of a student into a Christian minister. Such an integration requires a vigilant and intentional effort on the part of teachers and students alike.
“Education brings out the innate potential that is in man”. True education aims not only at academic excellence, but also at the preparation of an individual to respond positively towards the society and its needs. Christian education should focus on humanitarian service. What one learns has to be practiced in life. ISTA motivates its learners to have a humanitarian concern towards the needy and the underprivileged.