The University aims to prepare its students for effective ministry through the appropriate development of knowledge, skills and character. Its goals, accordingly, are grouped under these three headings.
i. A working knowledge of Scripture that includes both an overview of its teaching and an ability for in depth exposition of specific passages.
ii. A systematic understanding of Christian theology consistent with the philosophy of the University. This includes the three main branches of theology
a. Biblical theology, that deals in a systematic way with theological themes as they are presented and developed in Scripture.
b. Historical theology, that traces systematically the development of theological themes in the history of the Christian church.
c. Systematic theology, that brings together in a systematic body of doctrine the teachings of Christianity developed in response to Scripture.
iii. A critical understanding of the relations between the Christian faith and theology, on the one hand, and other religions and ideologies that are significant in the contemporary context, on the other hand.
iv. An historical perspective based on the study of church history that provides historical insights for dealing with issues facing the Church in Africa today.
v. An identification of possibilities for expressing Christian faith in ways that are appropriate and relevant to contemporary African culture.
vi. An understanding of the relations between Christian faith and theology, on the one hand, and the wider issues of daily life, including other areas of learning, on the other hand.
i. Interpreting Scripture through the use of sound exegetical principles.
ii. Applying the teaching of Scripture to practical problems in contemporary situations.
iii. Communicating the Gospel through a variety of media with an emphasis on preaching and teaching.
iv. Sharing the Gospel with people of diverse religious backgrounds, and those claiming to follow no religion, in order to lead them to personal faith in Jesus Christ.
v. Nurturing in the Word of God those who profess a personal faith in Jesus Christ.
vi. Communication and church development in cross-cultural contexts in response to the Gospel imperative to make Christ known to all peoples.
vii. Conducting effective church education programmes for all ages.
viii. Counseling people in need employing responsible, biblically informed counseling principles.
ix. Performing the appropriate ordinances, ceremonies and pastoral duties as expected and authorized by the student’s church.
x. Exercising leadership in a manner that is effective in implementing changes that ensure the continued effectiveness of the ministries of the church while being sensitive to the need for stability, continuity and unity in the life of the church.
xi. Managing the organizational affairs of a church, including the creative solution of problems that arise in church life.
i. A daily life of prayer and diligence in listening to and obeying the Word of God with an attitude of dependence on the Holy Spirit.
ii. An understanding of the self as a unique person made in God’s image in community with others.
iii. An understanding of the qualities of a godly character as described in Scripture.
iv. The practice of a well-balanced lifestyle that integrates spiritual, physical, emotional, intellectual and social interests.
v. A pattern of daily living based on a complete confidence in the authority and trustworthiness of Scripture as the guide to the good life.
vi. The practice of communal life within the community of Christians; a life in which each one looks to the interests of others, supporting and caring for one another in love.
Distinctives of the University
i. The University is an institution devoted to a specific form of professional training to prepare students for Christian ministry, in accordance with the Philosophy and Objects of the University.
ii. The University is a Bible-based institution. Biblical values form the foundation for all aspects of the purpose, structure and programmes of the University. The selection of students, lecturers, and administrators; requirements for graduation; lifestyle and expectations; determination of curriculum; and means of funding and development are all based upon Biblical standards. Hence candidates for admission as students or lecturers are considered not only on the basis of meeting required academic standards, but also proven high moral and ethical standards resulting from acceptance of Jesus Christ as both Saviour and Lord. Rejection and/or dismissal of staff or students may result form failure to meet and/or maintain these standards.
iii. The University is a church-related institution. A theological University can only retain its true identity through an integral relationship with the churches that represent the Body of Christ here on earth. Hence, while the University may have many and varied relationships, none is more fundamental to its nature and mission than its relationship to the church.
iv. The University is not merely a Christian and a Protestant institution. It is fundamentally and unalterably committed to a distinctive theological position recognized as historical, evangelical orthodoxy. This means that the University affirms the absolute authority, inerrancy and reliability of Scripture and salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone. These, and other articles of faith, are stated in more detail in the University statement of faith.
Persons wishing to apply for admission to study in the Bachelor of Theology degree programme are expected to provide the University Admissions Officer with evidence that he or she meets the academic qualifications for admission, together with the specified application fee... See More