Those who have completed the GAP year program (intensive spiritual formation "bootcamp") will be invited to stay on campus for an additional two to three years to complete a Bachelor of Theology degree. Our program, at this point, is rather focused. Our goal is to facilitate the planting of churches; therefore both the educational and practical experiences will be geared toward that end.
We offer an accredited degree through our co-operative program with Northwest University in Potchefstroom, South Africa. Our curriculum is structured to fit into their program. We do all the teaching on-site. The Port Elizabeth site is considered an extension of the Baptist Bible College of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban. Please refer to this link for the faculty listing, course information, and requirements.
We will continue the emphasis on spiritual formation that was begun during the first year. Students will be assigned to faculty-led spiritual formation groups throughout their stay. The leadership will be involved in an extensive mentoring process.
Classes will be offered on-site Monday through Thursday. Students will be involved in practical ministry experience at a local church Friday through Sunday. Students will be matched with a host pastor at a local church for an apprenticeship program. This program will run for the entire duration of their stay at the college. This apprenticeship program will be focused toward church planting and yet remain flexible enough to meet the needs of the individual student.
In addition, students will develop their leadership, team building, and counseling skills by being involved in our various camping ministry programs. We would like to expose our students to cross-cultural ministry opportunities as well. Finally, students will gain experience in building platforms for new church plants by being involved in community development initiatives.