TRACY BARRELL

Undergraduate & Vocational Education Training (VET)

Which department do you teach in?

Undergraduate Studies as well as some Core & Pastoral lectures in our Vocational Education Training (VET) course

Which courses are you currently teaching?

Christian Worldview, Pneumatology, Christ & Salvation (for Higher Education) as well as Christian Doctrine, World Perspectives, Contemporary Theologies and Corinthian Correspondence (Core & Pastoral).

What are your research interests?

Practical & Spiritual Theology

Academic Qualifications

MTh, BTh, Adv Dip. in Min.

What is your job role?

I oversee the day to day running of the Higher Education Department (working closely with faculty and Senior College Leadership), ensuring the delivery of quality Higher Education within the unique ministry training culture of Hillsong College. I also lecture a number of Theology subjects, including Christian Worldview and more in depth Pneumatology & Christology subjects. Both in these subjects as well as in the Vocational courses I lecture, I love helping students to grasp Theological truths in ways that matter to our day-to-day Kingdom purpose and action. Basically to think through their faith and walk it out. As I often say to the students, “I’m only interested in Theology with legs on!”

Background

Having completed Hillsong College’s 3 year Advanced Diploma, I completed the Bachelor of Theology because of a passion to teach and disciple Christians. Continuing to worship and serve at Hillsong Church I then embarked on a Masters of Theology which offered the opportunity for further Biblical and Theological studies as well as research in the field of Spiritual Theology – in particular the discipleship methods to be gleaned from the Desert Mothers & Fathers of the 3rd and 4th century. I began Tutoring and Training part-time at Hillsong College in 2006, and have been teaching full-time since 2010.

Relevance

Lecturing across both our Higher Education and Vocational courses allows me to influence students in multiple ways: as thinkers and practitioners who keep the Church of Jesus Christ and His Kingdom purpose as their primary focus and the motivators for their study and the refinement of their skills.

Testimony

I started studying at Hillsong College on my 31st birthday. As a student, College kept me young! As a teacher I hope it continues to keep me young, interesting and relevant. Theology has proved to not be boring. It’s about the greatest redemptive story ever told and how we all have a unique place in it. As a teacher at Hillsong College I’m reminded of that every day. It’s the greatest job, in the greatest College, in the greatest Church in the world!

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