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How to facilitate a Bible study home group

What is Facilitation?

Facilitation is a process where people gain new knowledge by participating in the Bible study rather that listening to information being presented by the ‘expert’ (be it the facilitator or pastor).  It is a process where people learn by being actively involved in the process.

Facilitating is an art of providing the right stimulus to a group so that they participate fully in their own spiritual growth.  The focus is therefore not on telling (preaching to) a group what to do, but rather on asking the right questions that will enable the group to “discover” truths and principles.

Facilitation is not teaching, not telling, not lecturing, not preaching, and not directing.

Facilitation is to provide the resources and the structure for group members to explore, learn and develop.

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Registration to study theology is now open

Bachelor of Theology, Diploma in Theology and BTh Bridge

  • Prospective students can apply at any time.
  • Registration (enrollment) for the 2nd semester 2024 is open from 8 May 2024.
  • The final date to pay your deposit and finalise your registration is 10 July 2024.

Higher Certificate in Pastoral Counselling & Higher Certificate in Youth Work

  • Prospective students can continue to apply and register at any time.
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Registration for 1st semester 2023 is now open

  • Approved applicants (see below how to apply to study at ATS) and existing students can register now and pay your required deposit by 25 November 2022 to receive your books this year.
  • Registration for the 1st semester 2023 remains open until 31 January 2023.

How to apply to study at ATS

  1. If you have not yet been approved to study at ATS, decide on one of ATS’ Academic Programmes:
  2. Apply for your chosen Academic Programme by completing the online application form.
  3. Once your application has been reviewed and approved, you will need to select and register for the modules you want to study during the 1st semester 2023. To help you choose, ATS’ Rector, Prof Hattingh, has written an article to help you structure your studies for optimal enjoyment and success.
  4. ATS then prepares and sends your study material to you (or you can pick it up at ATS).

Existing BTh and Diploma students can login and register for the 1st semester on https://ats.makelearningflow.com.

How to study a Bachelor of Theology even if you did not pass the Senior Certificate with endorsement

A matriculation exemption (Senior Certificate with Endorsement) is a legal admission requirement for Auckland Park Theological Seminary’s Bachelor of Theology. You can however apply for matriculation exemption from the Matriculation Board under certain conditions.

Who can apply for matriculation exemption?

  • If you are a South African student older than 23 years and did not pass your Senior Certificate with endorsement, or
  • If you are an International student older than 23 years wishing to register for first-degree studies at Auckland Park Theological Seminary then you must have your school qualifications evaluated by the South African Matriculation Board. They will then issue a certificate of exemption to those who qualify.

How long does it take to obtain a certificate of exemption?

According to the Matriculation Board it takes 5 to 10 working days to obtain a provisional letter which is sufficient to get admission to Auckland Park Theological Seminary (subject to the applicant meeting the ATS’ requirements).

The actual exemption certificate is issued by the Matriculation Board in approximately 6-8 weeks after receipt of all relevant and correctly certified documents as well as the requisite payment.

Do you qualify?

Start with the online assessment to see if you qualify: https://mbit-application.usaf.ac.za/assessment/

More information: https://mb.usaf.ac.za/faqs/

The philosophy behind Auckland Park Theological Seminary’s curriculum

Listen to this article “The philosophy behind Auckland Park Theological Seminary’s curriculum”

The philosophy behind Auckland Park Theological Seminary’s curriculum is about the question:

  • Why does Auckland Park Theological Seminary (ATS) teach the specific curriculum to their students who want to join the ministry?
  • How did we decide what should be learned and taught in our theological qualification?

There are mainly two approaches in compiling a curriculum with the aim to equip students for admission to the ministry:

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Why would one consider studying a Higher Certificate in Pastoral Counselling?

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Christianity is one of the largest common denominators within South Africa’s diverse population, and spans across our social, economic, cultural and educational divide.

ATS serves the Christian network. With the Higher Certificate in Pastoral Counselling ATS wants to equip and mobilise the Christian network to shoulder some of the burden of the vast humanitarian crises in South Africa.  This is the best solution we can offer in answer to the overwhelming need.

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Auckland Park Theological Seminary NPC is registered as a private higher education institution

Yes, ATS is open for registration

Auckland Park Theological Seminary NPC is registered as a private higher education institution in terms of section 54(3) of the Act and Regulation 14(4)(b) of the Regulations for the Registration of Private Higher Education Institutions, 2016 (the Regulations) to offer the following approved higher education programmes in accordance with the criteria of providing higher education outlined in section 1 of the Act at the site of delivery:

  1. Bachelor of Theology (HEQSF Aligned, NQF Level 7, 360-Credits: Distance Mode)
  2. Diploma in Theology (HEQSF Aligned, NQF Level 6, 360-Credits: Distance Mode)
  3. Higher Certificate in Pastoral Counselling (HEQSF Aligned, NQF Level 5, 120-Credits: Distance Mode)
  4. Higher Certificate in Youth Work (HEQSF Aligned, NQF Level 5, 120-Credits: Distance Mode)
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