In designing the Women’s Programme, the College is committed to the practical and theological training of students’ wives. Mindful of and guided by the principle of ‘partnership in mission,’ the College accepts this as the most appropriate model of the current ministry of the CCCS, both in Samoa and overseas. The overriding aim of the Women’s Programme is:
(i) to assist women to grow and develop as persons; and
(ii) to create an awareness and appreciation of themselves as partners with their husbands in the ministry; and
(iii) to see themselves and their husbands as equal and complementary partners in the mission field.
Collective worship is held every Wednesday evening. This is also an important occasion for the women to share their experiences and discuss matters pertaining to the life of women in the College.
As intelligent, responsible, and creative people, women of the College undoubtedly have made and will continue to make a remarkably significant and positive contribution to the ministry of the Church and the welfare of society.
THEOLOGICAL EDUCATION FOR WOMEN (Students' Wives)
In addition to and complementing the practical training provided by the Women’s Programme, the College is also committed to the theological education of students’ wives. Affirming the principle of ‘partnership in mission,’ the aim is to provide quality theological education that recognizes, nurtures, engages, and develops the creative intellectual potential of student wives.
As part of the ongoing development of the College, student wives are given the opportunity to undertake academic studies through courses offered by the College throughout the year. They can fully participate in the educational programmes approved by Faculty, taking a range of courses in the four basic areas of theological education: Biblical Studies, Theology, Church History, and Ministry.
These four areas of study should equip women to:
· become familiar with Christian Scriptures as an essential foundation for creative theological thinking and an innovative spirituality for ministry in the Church;
· prepare a syllabus or manual for instruction in Christian education;
· engage contemporary issues and realities of church ministry, developing a clear view of their potential roles and contributions in the church ministries awaiting them.
The College shall continue to commit itself entirely to the principles of equity and equal opportunity by encouraging student wives to explore and appreciate the benefits of obtaining a sound theological education, by means of undertaking courses on offer.