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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.

our values


Bible-based
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.
Contextually Relevant
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.
Academically Excellent
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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Christ as Lord | The key to your salvation

“Getting saved” in the modern day Church is often seen as a simple confession – as long as you believe that God the Father sent Jesus to die for you, you’re on your way to heaven. This perception is based on Romans 10:9: “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead you will be saved.” Only confess and believe, and salvation is yours. The problem is this: who do we confess Christ as? Sadly we often sell an image of Jesus as a buddy, someone whom we can hang out with on Sundays and who will provide us with fire insurance when we die. A.W. Tozer describes this by saying that “a notable heresy has come into being throughout evangelical circles — the widely accepted concept that we humans can choose to accept Christ only because we need him as Saviour and that we have the right to postpone our obedience to him as Lord as long as we want to!” Tozer calls this “vampire Christianity.” One, in effect, says to Jesus: “I’d like a little of your blood, please. But I don’t care to be your student or have your character. In fact, won’t you just excuse me while I get on with my life, and I’ll see you in heaven.” Romans 10:9 speaks of a specific confession; Christ as Lord. The Greek word for “lord” is Kyrios: Master, Owner, or the One who has dominion. Its counterpart, doulos, speaks of a slave or bondservant, those who have lost their rights to choices or opinions. The... read more

Alienated from ourselves | Thoughts on the redefinition of gender

In July 2015, Bruce Jenner transitioned into Caitlyn Marie Jenner. This retired American football player and athlete, who won the gold medal for decathlon at the Montreal Summer Olympics in 1976, officially presented a transformed body in an interview with Diane Sawyer, and on the cover of Vogue magazine.   Caitlyn Jenner’s transformation from her former identity as Bruce Jenner into her new identity as a trans-woman.   Jenner is by no means the first person to transition, but as a member of the Kardashian family, her transition has been placed firmly in the public eye. The Kardashians have been lauded by the American public since the release of their reality show, Keeping Up With The Kardashians. Some declare her a hero, claiming that she overcame great obstacles in her battle to live authentically. Others call her transition the manifestation of a mental disorder. Even in the transgender community there is some debate as to whether this is the kind of person they would like as their representative. But all agree that the game has changed. What used to be a fringe community from which most of the population was sheltered is now a community in the spotlight with a growing voice. In a world so rapidly changing, different perspectives on gender, sexuality and self-identification are quickly becoming more commonplace. For the undiscerning mind it can become hard to navigate the different viewpoints, and many Christians are battling to stay true to orthodox Christian views. Gender as social construct The first idea which is foreign to the Christian worldview, is the separation of gender and sex. Most philosophical and... read more

When men become great | A book review

“A real man rejects passivity, accepts responsibility, leads courageously, and expects God’s greater reward.” – Robert Lewis It is described as “the crisis of manhood”. Across cultures, critics express their concern that real men went AWOL while ‘intruders’ are running amok in their absence, leaving a trail of destruction and indifference. Men, emotionally unintelligent and unable to be compassionate or reveal their weaknesses, use their strength to dominate weaker members of society. In response, a social trend emerged which encourages men to essentially turn away from their masculinity, insisting that gender is a non-binary concept disconnected from being male or female; that the pursuit of a feminine character is the proper counter to megalomania. In Seven Men: And the Secret to their Greatness, Eric Metaxas presents the character portraits of seven influential men from history to illustrate that God’s idea of manhood has nothing to do with being either macho or emasculated; that strength is not only useful for selfish purposes as the two abovementioned false choices would suggest. Metaxas begins by identifying an underlying problem to that of the failed pursuit of manhood: the failure to recognise authority. Society has seen its fair share of corrupt leaders in the twentieth century alone, to the extent where not only the legitimacy of persons in authority is questioned but the very idea of authority itself. As an American, he mentions how their heroic ‘Founding Father’, George Washington, is reduced to “a wealthy landowner who hypocritically owned slaves” and so, through our moral absolutism with which we judge historical figures, we rob ourselves and our young men of role models whom... read more

partners


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.