‘All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. That a man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works’ (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
The College’s Constitution is explained through its aim, objective and doctrinal statement. Its aim is expressed through its mission statement which is;
‘The provision world-wide of equal opportunity for both men and women regardless of race, culture or social background, to undertake affordable theological training and studies to a recognised high academic level’.
Its objective is being achieved through;
‘the creation of an institution providing higher education in relation to theological teaching and training, to be known as “Hebron Bible College”, perpetually separate from the State and other secular seats of learning, without reliance on government founding, charitable status or other fund raising activity, supported entirely by private donations from individual supporters and students fees.
Its fixed declared doctrinal statement.
These fundamental features are further elaborated upon throughout the web-site. The vision for the establishment of the College arose out of Dr. Mark Jackson’s deeply held conviction that there was a genuine need to provide the opportunity for men and women to pursue theological study free from the secular notions of theology and the probable penalising of successful completion of them, owing to the imposition of non-biblical curriculum owned by the validating organisation. Further, that these students should be able to pursue studies at low costs at their individual pace, but in their own interests and to avoid disappointment, by submitting applications with written evidence of previous ability to meet the demands of academic study.
Using these criteria the College hopes to enable each student to realise his or her maximum potential in Christian service whether at home or abroad. Moreover, that it will generate, without inviting a church structure, a real and on-going corporate fellowship between them and the College. In saying this of course, the College adopts the same approach to study as other academic institutions in that it recognises and accepts the mutual recognition of each others awards as valid. The College has no lesser standard of excellence in learning than those organisations that do not share its evangelical position regarding theological training. Dr. Jackson states categorically that the two foundational pillars of the College are the supremacy of Christ in all its operations and its unswerving allegiance to the doctrine of the inspiration and inerrancy of Scripture.
The College recognises the existence of other evangelical educational institutions sharing its emphasis on a biblical approach to theological study. Hebron is not in competition with them but it is different from them in that its focus is one of low-cost self-direct study world-wide in scope. For example, Hebron is working to establish in the near future a base for students in the Indian sub-continent and has already secured indigenous study supervisors, academically qualified in theology to a high level, to lead the work on a daily basis. The work will be headed up by Dr. Jackson through prolonged visits on an annual basis, to provide essential leadership input and to monitor that the College’s constitution and doctrinal position are not inadvertently compromised. The extension of the work of the College in India will be immensely helpful to students whose first language is not English.
For students in local churches in this country it is proposed to develop the additional facility, using hired premises, to attend lectures and special related events. Study supervisors do not receive a salary or sessional fee. They offer their services and expertise within the ethos of the College constitution and mission statement. No student who meets the admission criteria is refused on the grounds that he or she cannot meet all or part of the course fee. This and other personal issues are a matter of discussion between the International Director and the student concerned.