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The Centre for Contextual Ministry is now associated with the Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria. It is part of the University of Pretoria's community outreach and service programme. The Centre operates on a personnel budget sponsored by several institutions, local churches and individual Christians. The Centre was founded by Prof Nel in 1992 and established in 1993 as part of the then Vista University.

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Pastors and other leaders in key positions who enrol for these courses register as students in the Continuing Education program of the University of Pretoria. The courses themselves were developed by experts in specific fields from different universities and theological backgrounds. Where possible, these experts also help present the courses.

MISSION
The mission of the Centre for Contextual Ministry is to train and equip Christian leaders who are in full or part time ministry to minister effectively to the membership of local churches in order to prepare Christians in all walks of life to make a difference to the coming of the Kingdom of God in their context and in the South African society as a whole.
GOALS

The goals of the Division for Contextual Ministry includes the following:

  • Ongoing and further theological in -service training of pastors and key leaders from any denomination in the understanding and use of the Bible and ministry skills that are contextually relevant to the communication of the Gospel of Jesus Christ
  • Research into the development of contextual ministries with the aim of building up and edifying the local church in the South African community as a whole.

We have developed need-oriented and goal-oriented courses. The themes of the courses were derived from three empirical studies of the most pressing needs expressed by the pastors who participated. The content is continuously updated, in line with expertise available to the Centre. By this we mean theological insights concerning the specific field of Theology and knowledge of the context within which pastors in this country are working.

We pray that these courses may help pastors to serve our Lord and his people even more effectively. We maintain that hundreds, even thousands, of pastors are extremely committed and loyal to Christ, and display sensitivity for the context within which they are working, but they need ongoing theological training to do the work of a church minister in these difficult times. We owe our Father and his people the very best in terms of interpreting and understanding the Bible, preaching, outreach, pastoral care, youth ministry, Christian education and building up the body of Christ in our particular community.

Hardcopy brochures of the courses as published on the website are available from the office.

Advanced Courses

Target Group Pastors and other key leaders with matriculation and at least a 3 year diploma or a degree in theology.

Academic Credits Pastors who successfully complete an advanced course will obtain academic credits for every course in this category. Academic credits will be granted as Training Units and will be determined by the number of hours of contact tuition, the quality of assignments, evaluation results and the quality of the thesis (where applicable). Successful candidates may present these credits when and if they apply for post-graduate studies at a Faculty of Theology of their own choice. Three of the courses are already offered as Masters degree courses in cooperation with the Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, for those students who qualify to register for an Honors or Masters degree.

Certificates Successful candidates will receive an official University certificate.

Duration of courses Advanced courses will run over one or two years.

Number of courses per year A maximum of two courses may be taken during the same year.

Planned courses

Course:

  • Building up the local church* (Afrikaans en Engels)
  • Preaching
  • Pastoral Care and Counseling*(Afrikaans en Engels)
  • Jeugbediening* (Afrikaans en Engels)

*These are the courses that are offered as structured Masters degree programs in the specific fields. Pastors and other leaders who qualify can apply for registration.

SHORT ADVANCED COURSES
  • Trauma Berading (Afrikaans en Engels)
  • Imaginative Counselling Levels 1 and 2(Bilingual)
  • Managing Narratively (Bilingual)
  • Stewardship and Management (Bilingual)
  • Interim Bediening (Afrikaans en Engels)
  • Intercultural Ministry (Bilingual)
  • Induction training (Afrikaans en Engels)
  • Intercultural Counseling (Bilingual)
  • Mentoring (Afrikaans en Engels)
  • Refective Practitioners (Bilingual)
BASIC COURSES

(INCLUDING NBI'S BASIC THEOLOGICAL TRAINING)

Target Group Pastors and other key leaders who do not have a Standard Ten certificate, or who have a Standard Ten certificate but no formal theological training, or who have a Standard Ten certificate but not a three -year diploma or degree (for instance with a one -year or two -year diploma).

Academic Credits Pastors who successfully complete a basic course will be awarded credits for every course in this category. Credits will be granted as Training Units and will be determined by the number of hours of contact tuition, the quality of assignments and evaluation results. Successful candidates may then use these credits when and if they wish to apply for admission to an advanced course which is offered by the Centre for Contextual Ministry. Without matriculation and matriculation exemption, admission to University degree and diploma courses are not allowed. A minimum of 30 credits is required for admission to an advanced course at the Centre for Contextual Ministry.

Certificates Successful candidates will receive an official University certificate stating that the course has been successfully completed. The credits obtained will be filed in case the candidate wants to apply for admission to an advanced course at the Centre for Contextual Ministry.

Duration of courses Basic courses will run over one year.

Planned courses

Course:

  • Building up the local church
  • Preaching
  • Pastoral Care
  • Youth Ministry
  • Counselling Addicted People and their families
  • Basic Theological Training (Nehemia Bible Institute)
SEMINARS AND WORK SESSIONS

Target Group Pastors and other key leaders with an interest in the theme of the seminar and work session.

Level of seminars, and work sessions Some seminars and work sessions will be open to all who are interested and will not include any evaluation. In case of some other seminars definite qualifications are required.

Certificates Normally no certificates will be issued for participation in seminars and work sessions. A recognition of attendance will be issued on request. Presenters of the course Faithful witnesses will receive a certificate after meeting certain additional requirements.

Duration of seminars and work sessions Seminars and work sessions will run over a maximum of 5 days.

Number of seminars and work sessions Candidate may enrol for as many seminars and work sessions as they wish.

Work session Theme: Code and year to start:

  • Family and Youth Ministry
  • Faithful Witnesses
  • Getroue Getuies
  • Eating Disorders
  • Sexuality
  • Burnout Counsellors (Note: The prices for the different courses do not include prescribed books and accommodation during the period of contact tuition. They do, however, include material, such as study notes.)
CONSULTATION SERVICES

There seems to be a growing need for a consultation service for those concerned with building up the local church. In churches abroad such services are common, and the practice is gaining support in South Africa. The Director of the Centre for Contextual Ministry cooperates with several local churches in this regard. A full consultation service in this regard runs over about three months and includes consultation, leading conferences in the local church and guiding the local church through the analysis and strategic planning phases - all and all about 18-20 hours.

Interested local churches may contact Prof Malan Nel or write to him for details of fees, etc. at the official address.

SPONSORS

The Centre for Contextual Ministry, on behalf of the University of Pretoria, acknowledges with gratitude donations received from the institutions, local churches, and individuals listed below. Without their sponsorships this vital service to the South African community would not be possible.

UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA

Official address:

Prof Malan Nel Tel No: (012) 420 4951/2
Centre for Contextual Ministry,

Faculty of Theology Fax: (012) 420 2000
University of Pretoria,

Pretoria 0002


www.ccm.co.za

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