Typical Day For Full-Time College Students

Our lectures focus on the students’ relationship with God, their ability to lead and their connection with others. Classes are facilitated discussions, rather than formal lectures. Sessions include attending conferences, reading books and listening to podcasts.

Facilitators present topics, research the Bible and encourage students to present their opinions.

Here is a example of a college week:

Tuesday – Thursday
08:30- 09:45 Personal growth
(all college students)
Students will work through podcasts, videos, sermons, etc… ranging from worship, Biblical Doctrine, leadership, church life, personal well being, devotions, and more. The aim of this session is not only to provide great relevant information, but to challenge students to grow.
09:45 – 10:45 Lecture
10:45 – 11:15 Break
11:15 – 12:15 Lecture This is the end of the college day. Students may continue to study, work on assignments, etc… at home or at the college.
Friday
08:30- 09:30 Prayer Meeting
with staff
09:45 – 10:45 Lecture
10:45 – 11:15 Break
11:15 – 12:15 Lecture This is the end of the college day. Students may continue to study, work on assignments, etc… at home or at the college.

What kind of people are studying full-time

If you feel called to effective ministry work and leadership, and can devote a full-time schedule to your studies, then this is for you. There is time available for some part-time work so that you can earn some money while you study. You will be expected to be at college Tuesday to Friday, and in your local church on Sunday.

Learning format/platform

All our students are enrolled with the South African Theological Seminary (http://www.sats.edu.za) and will receive full accreditation at the end of their study. SATS uses and online forum for correspondence study, which enables mobile communication, downloading of study materials, and the uploading / submitting of assignments and multiple choice tests. It’s kind of like Facebook for studying.

How long it will take to complete

Three years of full-time study, when all subjects are completed timeously.
Full-Time students will do two to three subjects per quarter, which involve written assignments, multiple choice tests and exams. We also have book reviews during the college day, so that students grow in a variety of areas, and are challenged to process what they learn and think for themselves.

Qualification

What qualification?
Bachelors Degree of Theology (SATS is registered by the Department of Higher Education and accredited by the Council on Higher Education)

What SATS courses will be covered?

COURSE OUTLINES

Term 1: 3rd February – 2nd April
FIRST YEAR
Theological Research and Writing This is the first course in the BTh and Certificate programmes. It serves two purposes in the undergraduate programme: it provides an orientation to theology as a study discipline and it teaches you how to research and write good assignments – in particular, explaining clearly what SATS requires in your assignments.
Christian Foundations Course Outcomes:

  • Explain the plan of salvation from Ephesians 2:8-10.
  • Evaluate and embrace the biblical description of God’s purpose for you.
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of the person and work of the Holy Spirit.
  • Recognise the importance of regular Bible reading and private prayer.
  • Apply helpful guidelines to enrich your private times with God.
  • Appreciate the importance of belonging to a good church.
  • Prioritise building influential relationships with Spirit-filled believers.
  • Embrace the importance of witnessing in word and deed.
  • Share your testimony in the ‘before … how … since’ method.
  • Share the message of salvation with unsaved people.
  • Worship God by giving generously to his kingdom.
  • Manage your finances in a way that is both responsible and godly.
Words and Works of Jesus This course is a comprehensive study of the life and teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ. The study works through the entire content of all four gospels, harmonising them into a full account of the life of Christ. We examine every passage in the gospels, looking at what it means and how we can apply it in our lives today.
SECOND YEAR
Leading with Purpose Spiritual leaders must lead with purpose.Obedience to God and our love for people demand that we are diligent in the task God has given us.
In this module we will firstly deal with some introductory issues relating to leadership before presenting a practical model that you can use to assist you in leading with purpose. The topic of leadership however is very wide. Therefore, in presenting this module we certainly do not imply that it encompasses all of leadership. It is however a starting point for life-long learning and development as a more effective leader.
The Pentateuch This course provides an overview study of the Pentateuch. It begins with a general introduction to the Pentateuch, and then devotes one unit to each of the five books of Moses: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.
Hermeneutics Hermeneutics, the study of how to interpret the Bible, is one of the most important subjects in any theological programme. How you interpret the Bible has a controlling influence on your theology and ministry, whether preaching, counselling, or leading. The course begins with three units on the theory of how to interpret, and then has six units applying the principles at different levels of interpretation–word studies, grammar, historical-cultural context, theology, etc.
Term 2: 21st April – 19th June
FIRST YEAR
Essential Bible Study Principles This course serves two purposes in the curriculum. First, it provides a foundational treatment of how to study the Bible, introducing principles that you will have to apply throughout your studies with SATS. Second, it offers a brief survey of the New Testament. While the rest of our curriculum contains many specialized subjects on the New Testament, this is the only overview we currently have.
Biblical Worldview Every person lives what he truly believes. Sadly, research and experience shows the overwhelming majority of born-again believers do not live according to a Biblical worldview. They do not think like Jesus. They do not use a Bible-based filter to sift every decision they make. The objective of this course is to start you on a journey of thinking and living like Jesus.
Practical Ministry This course is designed to allow students to gain a practical, working knowledge of Christian ministry. The course requires students to perform at least 100 hours of practical ministry and write a report reflecting what they have learned in the process.
SECOND YEAR
Historical Books The second major division of the Old Testament is known as ‘the historical books’. This is the collection of twelve books found between Deuteronomy and Job in the English Bible. This course devotes one unit to each of the historical books, exploring the background and message of each book.
Historical Perspective on Missions By the end of this course, you will be able to-Describe the goal and motives of missions history.
– Explain the major eras in missions history.
– Define key strategies of the expansion of the World Christian Movement.
– Identify key players in the history of modern missions.
– Critically evaluate the growth of Christianity.
Term 3: 21st July – 16th September
FIRST YEAR
Doctrine of the Holy Spirit This course helps students understand who the Holy Spirit is and the significant role He plays in both the Old and New Testament.
Doctrine of Man and Sin The Doctrine of Man and Sin is a foundational course in the field of systematic studies. Unless you understand man and sin, salvation will make no sense. This course examines the origin, nature, and destiny of man, as well as the origin and nature of sin.
SECOND YEAR
Paul’s Letters The apostle Paul is the most influential thinker in the history of the church. He, more than anyone else, was used by God to interpret the significance of Jesus’ life, ministry, death, and resurrection for the Christian church. This course takes an in-depth look at the apostle and his writings.
Contemporary Issues in Missions In this course, MIS2122 Contemporary Issues in Missions, we will study issues that are critical in missions today. This course will help you not only to see what is happening in our world today, but will also help you in developing a passion for missions in the 21st century. Mission is close to the heart of God.It should also be in our hearts!
Term 4: 29th September – 27th November
FIRST YEAR
Doctrine of the Church By the end of this course, you will be able to:-Explain core biblical teachings about the nature of the church.
– Evaluate the way churches operate in the light of the Bible’s teaching about the purpose of the church.
– Critically evaluate various Christian views regarding models of church government, leadership offices in the church and the role of women in ministry.
– Express convictions about the meaning of the rites of baptism and the Lord’s Supper based critical, biblical evaluation of a variety of Christian views.
– Demonstrate understanding of your local church.
Book of Acts The Book of Acts is one of the most inspiring books of the New Testament. It is also one of the most important, building a bridge between the life of Christ (the four gospels) and the New Testament letters. Without a good understanding of Acts, it is difficult to make sense of the letters. This course provides a detailed study of the Book of Acts.
SECOND YEAR
Christian Counselling 1 In a world saturated with sin, there is no way that Christians are going to be living perfectly healthy trouble free lives. Therefore, leaders and others need to develop the necessary skills to help strengthen the Body of Christ. This is where a course like this one will be of great benefit. This is a very important course, especially if the student wants to be a leader.
Homiletics This course teaches you how to construct a sermon, especially and expository sermon, step by step.