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Our desire is to see you develop academically, spiritually and personally, with Jesus Christ at the centre.
LST’s mission is equip people well to serve Christ. We believe that deep study of the Scripture and engaging with related contemporary academic disciplines helps with the task of ministry and mission. LST enables you to pick up learning skills for life that you will be able to use in many different cultural situations, and various occupations.
LST enjoys an excellent academic reputation but don’t let that intimidate you if you doubt your intellectual ability. Part of our reputation is earned by long experience of helping people achieve more than they believed they were capable of. Joining LST, you will undertake a university validated course, taught by some of the finest teachers in the university world and graduating with a university qualification. But LST is not a university and to make an impact in our world, we need much more than intellectual ability.
We are just as concerned about developing deep and Godly characters as gaining a qualification. Living in community, taking part in student body events and working together to organise events such as Enquirers' Days, the Christmas Production and Graduation are informal ways of service and character development.
There are daily opportunities to take part in worship and prayer ensuring that we keep Jesus Christ at the centre of our lives. Every weekday at 11am there is time to meet to worship and pray together either as a tutor group, class, prayer partners or as a whole School. Every term we hold a Quiet Day, a change from the normal timetable, taking time out to focus on God. The student committee also organises regular opportunities for prayer and worship.
Developing practical skills is an important part of your time at LST. All students take modules to identify, develop and share your practical skills. Part of this is through weekly and holiday placements, organised and co-ordinated through our Training Unit.
There are a variety of training events and seminars to help you recognise and develop your skills and direction. Missions’ Day is an opportunity to meet a wide variety of mission organisations and learn about short and long-term service both in the UK and overseas.
Students receive help and advice in preparing CVs and preparation for job interviews. The Training Unit maintains an extensive jobs board with information about a wide range of job vacancies in churches and Christian organisations. You can browse this on the intranet.
All students are assigned a tutor who is there to help with academic queries, advice on choosing options, monitoring your progress and contributing to your personal and spiritual development. There are small tutorial groups with your tutor each week but you can also meet with them in between via an appointment or go in for a chat if their door is open as we operate an open door policy. Your tutor is there to help you connect what you’re learning and how to live it out in the Church and world.
Studying theology can be very challenging, personally and intellectually. To help with any pastoral and spiritual concerns you might have, there are staff available – one male, one female – for you to talk to. For those who might need specialised counselling, this is available through Watford Christian Counselling Service.