ESSA invites interested potential students to approach the Seminary and apply for the BTh programme.

The fact that ESSA is NOT YET accredited cannot be stressed  too strongly. We have submitted all required documents and are awaiting the outcome of the processes as handled by DoHET and CHE as well as SAQA.
In legal terms: we are not advertising a programme but are sharing the detailed plans of the BTh as it will be offered once accreditation is granted.

But whom exactly are we looking for? The Seminary does not wish to turn any one away from studies, or to discourage students from seeking quality training for the ministry. That being said, the Seminary is also not looking for student who are out to catch a “free ride”. The ESSA BTh programme will be a challenging programme and requires a high level of commitment, discipline and maturity.
In general, we are looking for a small number of good students rather than a high number of mostly average students. We do believe that “good” is not necessarily determined by academic training or privileged background. “Good students” in our understanding of the term are those who are committed and serious about the training they will receive. We are looking for students who will put an effort into their training and who will expect the same level of effort from the Seminary.
We wish to attract students who realise that ministry in the Kingdom of God is not to be taken lightly but is a choice/calling that requires professional training, integrity of character, humility and willingness to serve. Far too often brothers and sisters have chosen a job in a church context simply because they failed to secure a “real” job elsewhere.
We believe that we are called to offer excellent training and to help those who wish to receive the best training possible. We are given funds and donations and we are expected to use these funds wisely.In this regard it is our duty to select wisely and make sure that those who are accepted to study at ESSA will make full use of the opportunities.
All of this may sound elitist and discriminating – which it isn’t. We will not turn down any application based on race, gender or background. If academic standards aren’t in place or financial issues might be a problem we encourage you to apply anyway and we will assist in finding solutions. But if there is a lack of intention or commitment we will turn down applications in order to allow other candidates into the programme

Application forms can be requested via email ( or
For an application to be considered the following is required:

  • A completed application form, including 2 recent passport size photographs
  • 3 References (1x pastor of your current church; 1x recent employer or supervisor, 1x friend) – reference forms -> website.
  • 1 set of certified copies of all educational certificates and transcripts
  • 1 set of certified copies of ID/passport
  • A testimonial from last educational institution
  • An application fee of R 250 (non-refundable) – banking details -> website
  • A statement regarding payment of fees (i.e. a motivation with support documentation of how fees will be paid)

Foreign students must apply for a study permit in their own country at the South African Embassy/Consulate. ESSA is willing to assist with this process but ultimately the student is responsible for obtaining the necessary permits.

Above and beyond the governmental admission requirements the Seminary expects certain non-academic criteria to be in place:

  • Christian of good standing and character
  • Acceptance of ESSA’s Statement of Faith
  • Ethical and Moral integrity
  • Committed to service and humility
  • Capable of reading/writing academic English

Please feel free to contact ESSA reception (033 394 1679) for more details.