ABOUT US

ABOUT US

1.1. BRIEF HISTORY

In response to the challenges that arise from contemporary church and society in India in general and Northeast India in particular, the Baptist Church of Mizoram (BCM) started a theological college which is named “Academy of Integrated Christian Studies (AICS).” Under the leadership of Prof. Dr. R.L. Hnuni, the Academic Programme was inaugurated on 18 October 2000 with 17 BD Orientation students in a rented house in Zonuam, Aizawl. The College was granted “Provisional Affiliation” by the Senate of Serampore College in June 2001 and “Full Affiliation” in 2004. The college was shifted to the present campus — Shekina Hill, Tanhril — on 4 November 2002 from the old campus (rented houses) in Zonuam.

1.2. VISION STATEMENT

The vision of the Baptist Church of Mizoram in establishing AICS is to train, equip and empower men and women to become God’s effective ministers, missionaries and Christian workers for the transformation of the church and society.

1.3. MOTTO: HOLISTIC MINISTRY

The motto of the AICS is to develop a holistic theological education which includes:

  • Integrating and emphasizing the academic and spiritual aspects of human life.
  • Ecumenical relations with other theological colleges/seminaries and other denominational churches.
  • Addressing various socio-economic, cultural and political issues of the day through different programs as mentioned in the aims and objectives.

1.4 MISSION STATEMENT

AICS is established with a mission to provide a ContextualBiblicalHolistic and Quality theological education to men and women in order to meet the need of the churches in the twenty first century. Its commitment to the development of contextual theological education is to study and address issues that arise from the contexts so that theological education may become relevant and effective. Its commitment to biblical theological education means loyalty to the biblical principle and values. Its commitment to Holistic Theological Education is indicated by the name of the College itself that AICS shall co-ordinate various programs to meet the needs of the churches in North East India. Its commitment to quality education means striving for maintaining the highest quality it could afford in all its programs.

1.5 AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

The Academy of Integrated Christian Studies (AICS) seeks to fulfill the following aims and objectives:

  • to train men and women for effective Christian ministry to meet the needs of the church and society.;
  • to help students in achieving a critical and reflective understanding of Christian faith and in discerning the implications of that faith for the church, society and the lives of individuals.
  • to equip students with the required skills and knowledge for leadership in the church and society.
  • to train students for mission works, evangelism, church planting and transformation of  society within and outside Mizoram.
  • to promote the spirit of ecumenism among various denominational churches in the region.
  • to work together with other theological colleges and secular Universities in order to promote wider ecumenism and to achieve academic excellence.
  • to form theological consortium with other theological colleges in the region in order to offer Post-Graduate programs for the development of theological education in the region.
  • to provide training in church music-instrumental, vocal and choir leading.
  • to address contemporary socio-economical and political issues of the region and impart the knowledge of holistic development  through research and development program.

1.6 CORE VALUES:

  •  Modeling of Christ Life
  • Quality training based on Biblical Principle
    • Academic Excellence
    • English
    • Skill development
  • Commitment
    • Spiritual formation
    • Deepening commitment
    • Discipleship
  • Efficiency for Effective performance
      • Improved skill
      • Efficient
      • Effective
  • Personality Development
      • High moral value
      • Discipline
      • Confidence
  • Sincere and Hard Working Culture
      • Working culture
      • Willing to work hard
  • Prayer

1.7 INSTITUTIONAL MANAGEMENT

  • Institution  needs Love, Care and Ownership
  • Top-heavy management
  • Cooperation in mutual understanding and love.
    • Priority:
      • Top priority is God who calls us by grace to ministry
      • Students are our greatest assets to achieve our objectives
    • Accountability
        • Accountability to the Church
        • Accountability to Authority
        • Accountability to God
    • Discipline:
        • Good discipline is always necessary
        • Self-discipline is better than disciplined by the authority
    • Integrity:
        • Institutional Integrity
        • Personal integrity
    • Freedom and responsibility: We should be free and yet be responsible.

1.8 AICS ADMINISTRATION

    • Transition from Family Management to Institutional Management:
    • In the establishment period, family management system is a necessity, now we are slowly going to switch over to institutional management
      • Integrity:
      • Integrity of  AICS
      • Integrity of Personality
    • Office Timing: The following timing is  followed
      • Starting time  : 9:30 AM
      • Staff Devotion: 9:30-10:00 AM
      • Tea Brake       : 12:30-1:00Pm
      • Office Closing:4:30 – 4:30 PM (Winter 9:30-4:00)
    • Office Manner:
      • Office is a place to quietly and sincerely work
      • Decent dress
      • Dealing with students and other customers
      • Use of English in the Office
      • Use of cell phone in the office
      • Use of phone only for official purpose
      • Use of computer in the office
    • Office attendance:
      • All should be regular and give signature right after/before devotion
      • (d) All should prepare to work extra as per requirement of the College.