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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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Revival among children during the early days of Pentecostalism in South Africa

Herewith a translation (lees die oorspronklike in Afrikaans) of the description of the revival that occurred in South Africa during the early days of Pentecost (Al bruis die Jordaan, 1969. J.C. de Ferrieres – Tant Sannie):

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Sonskynhoekie children’s service
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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)

Supreme court of appeal of South Africa – Judgment 25 March 2020

One day before South Africa’s Covid-19 lockdown commenced, Auckland Park Theological Seminary (ATS) was informed that we had won our appeal case against the University of Johannesburg, in the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein. The previous judgment by the Gauteng Division of the High Court was therefor set aside.

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The raw entrepreneur

In July 2011 ATS conducted a qualitative research study in Mthatha, in the Eastern Cape. The aim of this study was to understand the economical activities and context of people who are not employed within the formal employment sector.

One lady acted as an interpreter for us. We did not give any training, advice or input. Our only aim was to discover what was going on at grassroots level.

Yet, when we later went back to report our findings to the community, to our surprise we found that our interpreter, who had helped us the previous time, was there to meet us with the exiting news that she had started her own business.

We did not expect this and when we asked how this had happened she remarked that during our interviews with the community she felt challenged to find a way to secure an income for her and her child.

Here is her story. She had a tremendous feeling of pride in what she had managed to achieve and explicitly explained the role of the Holy Spirit in her new venture.

https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/watch?v=hrDULyc9wnI

Herlewing onder kinders in die vroeë dae van Pinkster in Suid-Afrika

Hier is vir u ‘n beskrywing van die herlewing wat onder kinders in die vroeë dae van Pinkster in Suid Afrika plaasgevind het (Al bruis die Jordaan, 1969. J.C. de Ferrieres – Tant Sannie). (You can also read this essay in English.)

Sonskynhoekie diens

“In 1940 het die Uitvoerende Raad van my kerk die eerste nasionale Paaskonferensie op ‘n plaas in Emmarentia (nou ‘n voorstad van Johannesburg) gehou.  Ek is gevra om verantwoordelikheid te neem vir die dienste wat twee keer per dag vir die kinders gehou sou word. Hierdie dienste is gehou terwyl die ouers die konferensie dienste in ‘n aparte tent wat sitplek vir 4,000 volwassenes gebied het, bygewoon het.

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Healed from an incurable disease

One Saturday afternoon, I drove with my dad to uncle Lukas’ plot to drop-off the grass cuttings from our lawn. I was always excited to scramble onto the back of our trailer, dig the shovel into the cuttings and throw it as far as my pencil-thin arms could manage.

At some point during our excursion one of the farm gates swung open and pinned down my left foot. My dad rushed to help and lifted the gate to free my foot. I was 10 years old.

In the coming days my foot became so swollen that I could not even pull on a sock. I was in agony and the swelling would not subside.

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Brand new for 2017

Introducing the Small Group Leader Certificate

The Small Group Leader Certificate is a vocational certificate that was especially created to equip leaders of small groups or cell groups.

The programme has been designed to sharpen you Biblical knowledge of both the Old and the New Testament. ATS has a specific view of how to understand and work with the Bible (hermeneutic principle) and this is especially helpful with regard to the Old Testament (in the past Pentecostal and Charismatic people often shied away from the Old Testament). The programme also gives guidance on specific skills such as preaching and pastoral care, and it provides responsible answers to critical faith issues and Christian ethics.

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How effective (or not) is the church in transforming the local community?

As a native pastor in Sesheke, a small border town in Western Zambia, David was troubled by the desperate situation of his community.

Sesheke is one of the biggest timber revenue collection areas in Zambia and at the same time remains one of the poorest districts in the country. When he became the chairperson of the pastors fellowship in Sesheke in 2007 they implemented a development program with the aim of transforming the community. After a few years and having to face many challenges David was compelled to ask himself the question “how effective is the Church at its transformational task”? And secondly, “how can the church become more effective”?

In his honest search for answers he was faced with the resounding conclusion from the community that “the church had failed in its transformational task”.

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The Baptism in the Holy Spirit

A sermon by John G. Lake  in 1921.

Listen to the sermon (32 min, 43Mb) - read by Stephen Bankart.

John G. LakeThe Baptism of the Holy Ghost is the greatest event in Christian history. Greater than the Crucifixion, of greater import than the Resurrection, greater than the Ascension, greater than the glorification. It was the end and finality of Crucifixion and Resurrection, Ascension and glorification.

If Jesus Christ had been crucified, and there had been no resurrection, His death would have been without avail, in so far as the salvation of mankind is concerned. Or if He had risen from the grave in resurrection, and failed to reach the throne of God, and receive from the Father the Gift of the Holy Ghost, the purpose for which He died, and for which He arose, would have been missed.

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