BA Theology

If your love of God, the Church, and your fellow man has urged you to study our faith more deeply, the perfect degree is ready for you here at Helderberg. This stimulating, inspiring and satisfying programme will feed your mind and soul alike, whilst preparing you for a life in service of the Church.

4 YEARS NQF Level 7

Programme Purpose

The purpose of this programme is:

  • To equip students to be pastors in the Seventh-day Adventist Church, as well as preparing students for post-graduate work in the various theological disciplines.
  • To foster the knowledge and love of God by training value-driven leaders for the church and society at large.

Qualifications Outcomes

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Appreciation

A broad understanding and appreciation of the field of Theology, incorporating the following theological disciplines: Systematic Theology, Practical Theology, Biblical Studies, Missiology and Pastoral Care.
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Reason

The ability to think and reason theologically with an appreciation of the probable impact of differing theoretical theological models with regard to both faith and behaviour.
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Languages

An understanding and basic proficiency in Biblical Greek and Hebrew (the languages of the Bible).
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Understanding

An in-depth understanding of the Seventh-day Adventist theology its practical aspects, and its application in a Southern African context.
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Theory

Theoretical knowledge and understanding of the essential components of the Christian faith.

Graduate Attributes:

The ability to apply the theoretical content as well as the practical aspects of the programme into local churches and pastoral districts, especially in a Southern African context with an awareness of cultural, ethnic, class, gender and generational distinctions.

The following commitments, acknowledging the limitations in assessing and instilling specific attitudes in graduates:

  1. A commitment to conducting pastoral duties with integrity and fidelity;
  2. A commitment to behaving with total professionalism, keeping confidences, showing a strong work ethic, and treating others with respect and understanding;
  3. A commitment to personal spiritual development and growth by living the faith, heartfelt prayer and Bible study; and
  4. A commitment to understanding and applying the notion of servant leadership, recognising the requisite need for constant humility in this role.

Further Studies:

Post graduate studies can be pursued in the following areas:
Systematic Theology
Biblical languages
New and Old Testament
Church History
Homiletics
Pastoral Ministry
Evangelism
Missiology
Youth Ministry
Pastoral Clinical Care
Pastoral Counselling

Employment Opportunities:

The successful graduate may be eligible for employment in pastoral ministry within the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Other related areas of ministerial work include Chaplain, Pastoral Counsellor, Teacher/ lecturer, Evangelist and Community worker, or project management.

 

CURRICULUM

Bachelor of Business Administration in Management – 3 Years

Year 1, Semester 1

 

Module Number Module Name Credits NQF Level
BHS 151 Philosophy of Education & Service 8 5
CPT 118 End User Computing I 8 5
ENG 142 Academic Writing* 16 6
HLD 122 Principles of Health: Theology 8 5
HLD 123 HIV/AIDS Education 4 5
REB 110 OT Studies I: Law & Writings 12 5
REP 103 Pastoral Practicum I 8 5
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* Students who fail or do not take the compulsory National Benchmark Test (NBT) during orientation are required to register for ENG111 Principles of English I (16 credits; year 1; semester 1) and ENG 112 Principles of English II (16 credits; year 1; semester 2) in lieu of ENG 142 Academic Writing.

Year 1, Semester 2

 

Module Number Module Name Credits NQF Level
BHS 145 Research Methodology & Design 8 5
BIB 165 Biblical Greek I 12 5
CPT 125 End User Computing II 12 5
PSY 101 Fundamentals of Psychology 12 6
REP 104 Management Strategies for Ministry 8 5
RET 103 Systematic Theology I: Introduction to Theology & Hermeneutics 12 5
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Year 2, Semester 1

 

Module Number Module Name Credits NQF Level
BIB 265 Biblical Greek II 12 6
REB 237 NT Studies I: Gospels 8 5
REP 203 Pastoral Practicum II 8 5
REP 210 Pastoral Counselling I 12 5
REP 231 Homiletics & Liturgy I 12 6
REP 235 Principles of Evangelism 12 6
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Year 2, Semester 2

 

Module Number Module Name Credits NQF Level
BIB 230 Biblical Exegesis I 8 5
BIB 285 Biblical Hebrew I 12 5
REB 216 OT Studies II: Early Prophets 8 6
REM 281 Missiology I: African Studies & Multicultural Ministry 12 5
REP 232 Homiletics & Liturgy II 12 6
RET 251 Systematic Theology II: God & Man 12 6
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Year 3, Semester 1

 

Module Number Module Name Credits NQF Level
BIB 385 Biblical Hebrew II 12 6
REB 320 Apocalyptic Studies I: Daniel 8 6
REB 338 NT Studies II: Acts & Epistles 8 6
REM 381 Missiology II: Urban Ministry & Community Dev. 12 6
REP 303 Pastoral Practicum III 8 6
RET 347 Systematic Theology III: Christology 12 6
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Year 3, Semester 2

 

Module Number Module Name Credits NQF Level
BHS 326 Research Paper I 12 8
REB 316 OT Studies III: Latter Prophets 8 7
REB 330 History of Earth & Life 8 7
REP 311 Pastoral Counselling II 12 6
REP 325 Moral Philosophy & Ethics 12 7
REP 388 Studies in Denominational Finance 8 6
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Year 4, Semester 1

 

Module Number Module Name Credits NQF Level
BHS 426 Research Paper II 12 8
REH 424 Church History 16 7
REP 429 Evangelism Field School 12 7
RET 462 Life & Teachings of EG White 12 6
RET 477 Systematic Theology IV: Church & Sabbath 12 7
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Year 4, Semester 2

 

 

Module Number Module Name Credits NQF Level
REB 431 Apocalyptic Studies II: Revelation 12 7
REB 439 NT Studies III: Acts & Epistles 8 7
REH 441 History of the SDA Church 12 6
REM 481 Missiology III: Missions & World Religions 12 7
REP 427 Pastoral Ministry & Leadership 12 7
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TOTAL 496

 

Programme Components

Provider’s discretion modules: 40 credits
Fundamental modules 40 credits
Core modules: 416 credits
TOTAL: 496 credits

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