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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)

E-learning pilot is now live

Over the past seven years the profile of our students have changed to such an extent that 82,8% of our current students are distance learners.  During the early years of ATS 100% of our students were full-time: we knew their names, faces and their voices.  We could recognise when the Holy Spirit was working with a student and many times a class was stopped so that the group could pray for a pressing need or spontaneously start to worship the Lord. (If you were part of ATS and have a testimony in this regard please share it in the comments below)

Introducing-StudyBuddyThe fact that the majority of our students are not in front of us on a daily basis is frustrating to us, as we know what they are missing.  Yet, we understand the reality we are faced with and we have made it our personal goal to overcome this challenge.

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Seminar on the Holy Spirit 2013

Auckland Park Theological Seminary hosted a one-day seminar on the Holy Spirit on the 9th of October 2013.

In Acts 19:2 Paul asked newly converted Christians in Ephesus if they have received the baptism in the Holy Spirit when they became born again. They replied that they have not even heard of the baptism in the Holy Sprit. This was only a few years after the coming of the Holy Spirit as described in Acts 2. The baptism in the Holy Spirit was such an extraordinary event and was an integral part of the great mission to evangelise to the whole world; yet only a few years later Paul found newly converted Christians who had not even heard of the Holy Spirit. It seems unbelievable that such an important truth of the gospel could be excluded?

When looking at the history of the church we see that for more than 1700 years there was almost no recording of the baptism in the Holy Spirit. In modern times, the first recording of a person baptised in the Holy Spirit was in the early 1900’s, resulting in the 1906 Azusa Street revival under the preaching of an African American preacher, William Seymour. Christians from different ethnical groups, economic status, ages and gender, worshipped the Lord together. By 1980, Pentecostals had grown to be the largest and fastest growing family of congregations in the world.

What is the present situation regarding the Holy Spirit in Pentecostal theology?

Do Pentecostals have a different experience with God that influences their perception about God?


The speakers’ presentations are available in both text and audio formats for your convenience:

Prof K de Smidt:
The Holy Spirit empowers God’s community to be people of God’s new world – a New Testament study.
Prof WJ Hattingh:
Ministry of the Holy Spirit: God’s truth exceedingly great and exceedingly close.
Dr A Khathide:
The Holy Spirit versus the spirits in Africa.
Prof FP Möller:
The manifestation and operation of God’s Spirit in regeneration and baptism in the Holy Spirit.

Inspiring leadership with Brand Pretorius

Brand Pretorius - Auckland Park Theological Seminary Breakfast Seminar 2013ATS held a breakfast seminar in aid of its scholarship fund for the training of leaders at the Randpark Golf Club, Randburg on the 14th of February 2013 where Brand Pretorius, retired CEO of McCarthy Limited, tackled the topic of inspirational leadership.

He believes that “the need for superior integrity and inspirational leadership has never been greater”.

Venete Klein - Auckland Park Theological Seminary Breakfast Seminar 2013The seminar was facilitated by Venete Klein and offered a unique opportunity for interaction, debating and questions on this topical subject.

The seminar was concluded with a summary of ATS’ dream for the future of South Africa’s people.

“For more than 10 years the people of ATS have disciplined themselves to look at the world with an eye towards changing it. We set out to understand our market, its potential and its needs. And we are more excited than ever before, because we have seen a glimmer of potential and we have a growing feeling that it might be something enormous.

You know that feeling an entrepreneur gets after engaging with a new idea and progressively done his homework while certainty and excitement grows. It is that feeling that helps them overcome obstacles and cynical remarks of their peers to establish something of recognisable value.

ATS believes that South Africa has a critical success factor that can make our beloved country peaceful and prosperous. This key success factor is the Christian Network. Believe it! Christianity is one of the largest common denominators within South Africa’s diverse population, and spans across social, economic, cultural and educational divide. 79% of South Africans have identified themselves as Christians during the 2001 census.

This network has shortfalls; we know it, because we made it our business to know them. But this network is totally underutilised with 80 – 90 % of these leaders having no formal training.

ATS focuses on equipping the leaders within this network with the skills to holistically engage the need of their community. We equip leaders to become ethically intelligent, social entrepreneurs and responsible leaders.

At the 2nd International Conference on Responsible Leadership held in November 2012, Business schools, Academics and Corporate businesses from all over the world came together. They are rethinking the fundamental shifts the world needs in order to make leadership sustainable. At these work sessions we have tested ATS’ focus and philosophy of how South Africa could benefit from equipping the Christian network to yield a new generation of responsible leaders.

Our audience from all over the world, some confessing that they themselves have never seen the inside of a church or know of anybody ever going to church, were astonished at the resources that lie under utilized and entwined in the diverse population of South Africa.

ATS has adjusted its curriculum, developed new products and repositioned its self to best service the ever-expanding Christian Network. In the past, ATS functioned within the paradigm of a specific church; we are now no longer exclusive to a denomination but work over church borders, as our market is interdenominational.

Our dream however is too big for us to achieve on our own – and that is good, because Maxwell said a dream you can achieve alone is not much of a dream.

The challenge for ATS is that many of our students do not have the financial means to pay for their further education and the state does not provide financial support for theological education. To help our students ATS is establishing a bursary fund for merit students. Our goal is to be able to register 2500 new students each year, we want to achieve a critical mass in as short as possible time, to put South Africa on a positive growth path towards peace and prosperity. Who knows maybe in ten years time our children will play safe outside and not know what barbed-wired fences are.

At ATS we are asking each other: Can it be that in the midst of South Africa’ stormy past God had years ago planted the seed for the answer to today’s challenges? And can it be that we are called for a time like this? Are we underestimating God?

My little niece of two years old have a favourite song that goes like this:

My God is so groot, so sterk en so magtig, daar is niks wat my God nie kan doen.

Ons sal altyd seker God se grootheid en almal onderskat. Maar daar is ‘n tweede fout wat ons ook maak, ons onderskat hoe naby en verbonde Hy aan ons is deur sy seun Jesus Christus.

Oral in die Bybel word verwys na Jesus wat sit aan die regterhand van Sy Vader, maar die dag toe die eerste martelaar, Stephanus sterf, sien hy Jesus wat staan lang Sy Vader. Daar val nie ‘n haar van jou hoof af of Hy weet dit nie. In ons grootste tye van uitdaging sal ons geestesoog dalk sien dat Hy staan.

Kom laat ons nie God se almag onderskat nie, maar laat ons ook nie onderskat hoe naby en hoe lief Hy ons het nie.”