To study theology is to study God, not for the sake of information but for transformation. When we study His Word in humility He comes to form Himself in us so that our lives can support the message that we bring.
The School of Theology exists to create opportunities for theological engagement; both through informal courses and formal academic programmes. We aim to develop ministers, thinkers, worshippers and scholars with the competence, character and courage to be faithful stewards of God’s Word in the Church and the world.
Students learn to use the Bible as primary authoritative source for Christian faith and formation by a) interpreting the text of the Bible through sound exegesis, b) integrating the message of the Bible through biblical theology, and c) implementing the requirements of the Bible through faithful execution.
Students do research relevant to their context to facilitate proper application of acquired skills and knowledge in both church and society by a) interpreting the cultural context through critical analysis, b) integrating theory and practice through applied theology, and c) implementing research in church, community and work environments.
The School of Theology gives students the opportunity to engage with the best of relevant modern scholarship through sound research and critical thinking by a) recruiting and developing staff who have sound academic qualifications and practical experience in relevant fields, b) developing a research centre where experts in different fields can critically engage on relevant topics, and c) encouraging lifelong learning and continuously improving Christian practice.
“All of us are theologians, whether we are aware of it or not; our very lives reflect our theology, so the cure for ‘bad theology’ is not ‘no theology’, but ‘good theology’.” Dr Corné Bekker
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Shofar Institute is supported by Shofar Christian Church, The Oxford Centre for Religion and Public Life (OCRPL) and the South African Theological Seminary (SATS).
Shofar Christian Church
Shofar Christian Church is a multigenerational, multicultural church movement with a global focus and reach. Their vision is to reach nations and generations through disciple-making, leadership development and church planting.
Oxford Centre for Religion and Public Life
The Oxford Centre for Religion and Public Life (OCRPL) is a research and information centre that equips public intellectuals, analysts and professionals to recognize and value the contributions of religion to public life. OCRPL was founded by Drs Vinay Samuel and Chris Sugden.
South African Theological Seminary
The South African Theological Seminary (SATS) is a distance learning theological seminary in Africa that was established in 1996 because of a concern for the doctrinal integrity of the Church. It provides Christian ministers with accessible, high quality training that strengthens their biblical literacy and enable them to minister faithfully and fruitfully.
Shofar Institute partners with the South African Theological Seminary (SATS) when presenting accredited training to ensure that the qualification gained is nationally and internationally comparable and that credits earned are “portable”, i.e. transferable to other accredited, registered institutions.
SATS is a fully accredited academic institute that is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) and the Council for Higher Education (CHE). In practice this means that students who enrol for formal academic programmes with Shofar Institute will receive a SATS degree upon completion of their studies.