General Information on Courses

The Centre for Faith and Community presents a series of courses for community and church leaders, pastors, non-profit workers, and the general public, aimed at equipping people for the work of healing, ministry and empowerment in their communities. The courses are designed around the most pressing training needs, assessed through on-going research in communities. In this way the Centre ensures that the content of courses remains relevant to the questions and challenges of the day.

CLUSTERS

The Centre offers courses in 4 interconnected clusters:

  • Leadership Studies
  • Healing and Counselling Studies
  • Organizational & Congregational Studies
  • Urban and Community Transformation Studies. 

OUR EDUCATIONAL CONTINUUM

Basic Courses: To be allowed into a basic course, a person has to have at least a Grade 10 qualification. A person who does not have a Grade 10 or equivalent qualification, are required first to complete the introductory courses that are also listed below. No previous training is required for persons who want to enroll for the introductory courses.

Note: Persons who are entitled to enroll for the basic courses (i.e. persons with Grade 10 or higher) but who did not receive any theological training in the past, are also encouraged to do the introductory courses first, even though it is not compulsory.

  • Basic Courses (short & long): At least Grade 10 or an equivalent is required.
  • Advanced Courses: A Grade 12 and at least a two or three-year diploma or a university degree is required.
  • Programmes (12 to 18 months): A Grade 12 and at least a two or three-year diploma or a University degree is required. In order to use these programmes as course work towards a postgraduate qualification, see below.
  • Graduate studies: Please note that currently, our courses do not provide access to graduate studies (e.g. BTh-degree), although we are exploring different options in order to enable student’s educational paths optimally.
  • Post-graduate studies: Students who qualify to register for a Post-Graduate Diploma, Honours Degree or a Masters Degree at the Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, can offer any of the Programmes (12-18 months) for credits into these courses.
  • The credits will be awarded on a case by case basis

DESIGNED TO EMPOWER

A large part of the Centre’s work is to provide “in service” training to practicing community leaders, ministry workers and pastors who did not have the opportunity of formal training in the past, or who received only limited training. The basic courses especially were designed for this purpose.  These courses can be taken by all members of communities or churches who would like to improve their knowledge and skills for the community action, change-making or ministry that they are involved in.

DURATION OF COURSES

  • Basic Courses: Offered over 3 days or over one year with two weeks of classes to attend over a period of 6 months
  • Advanced Courses: Offered between 3 and 10 days
  • Programmes: Seven (7) of the advanced long courses are offered over 12 to 18 month periods. During the two years, there are five / six weeks of class attendance as well as prescribed books to read and assignments to complete.

PROFESSIONAL CREDITS

Our courses are designed as training units (TU) and in specific cases these training units can qualify as professional units (PU) and be translated into CPD points. You can enquire about CPD points at our office. In order to access some of these credits the students will be required to register with the Professional Body for Religious Practitioners, called the Association for Christian religious Practitioners (ACRP) in order to utilize some of our credits.

Credits for Basic Courses

  • Lasting three days: 1 CPD point per hour
  •  Lasting one year: 1 CPD point per hour

Credits for Advanced Courses

  • Lasting three days: 1 CPD point per hour

Credits for Programmes

  • Lasting one year: 1 CPD point per hour
  • Lasting two years: 1 CPD point per hour

METHOD OF TEACHING:

  • Contact weeks: Differs from course to course but combining interactive lectures with group discussions in a ‘seminar setting’. In some courses there is a larger emphasis on site visits, case studies, and “real life” engagements.
  • On-line: We offer some online course and some contact courses might include online possibilities.
  • Preparation: Students need to prepare by reading prescribed material. For advanced courses the number of pages is 3200, and for M students, approximately 4500. For advanced short courses the number of pages is approximately 1000. For basic courses at least 500 pages of study material will be prescribed.
  • Evaluation: Evaluation is done through assignments (homework) as well as open book tests at the beginning and a brief ‘memory teaser’ at the end of each contact week. Tests are in written or oral format.
  • Participation: Students are invited to share their practical experience in class.

OTHER CERTIFIED COURSES

We are in partnership with a number of other institutions which courses are accredited by the Centre and successful students receive certificates from the Centre.

  • Nehemiah Bible Institute  |  basic theological training by correspondence  |  021-864-8225  Peter Fourie
  • Institute for Urban Ministry  |  urban ministry and community development  |  072-740-8269  |  Nico Botha
  • Leadership Focus  |  courses in leadership development  |  082-459-9566  |  Dan Lephoko
  • Christian Lay Counselling  |  lay counselling training  |  011-967-1622  |  Bernadette Wittstock
  • Huguenot Bible Institute  |  faith-based social service training  |  021-864-8200  |  Ronell Baard
  • Coram Deo  |  child and family welfare organization  | 012-361-4619  |  Andre Botha          
  • Hospivision  |  spirituality and healthcare program  |  012-329-9492  |  Retha Kruidenier

SELECTING YOUR COURSE

In the list of courses provides, the following information is provided:

  • The purpose of each course and who may enroll
  • The date when the course is presented
  • The venue of the course
  • The price of the course
  • An outline of the key themes

HOW TO REGISTER

The registration date is one month prior to the starting date of the course. You can register for a course by completing a registration form on-line, or by sending us your completed application form via e-mail or fax, together with proof of payment. Please ensure that proof of payment accompanies your completed registration form. 

For more information, contact Lance Thomas at lance.thomas@up.ac.za

COURSE FEES & PAYMENT

PLEASE NOTE: All prices indicated for courses in this brochure are for individuals only and therefore highly subsidized. In the case of companies, organisations, or departments, we will prepare a quotation based on your requirements.  Refer to the course information in the brochure regarding fees payable per course.  Payment can be done by direct deposit into the bank account, or by electronic transfer. Your registration form must be accompanied by the proof of payment.

Name: Enterprises University of Pretoria (Pty) Ltd
Bank: ABSA
Branch: Hatfield
Code: 632005
Number: 40-8782-3354
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