The Seminary is committed to serve the churches through theological education. However this training need not be limited to tertiary education with all the conditions (credits, entry and admission criteria, fees, exams, etc.) but can include a variety of informal training opportunities. Some churches have expressed an interest to receive training in a particular field but the church can’t possibly all come to the Seminary. And they shouldn’t have to.
The Training on Demand concept envisions the church, congregation or denomination to describe a topic or subject they would like to focus on. The church also prescribes the number of hours, the setting, the venue and the arrangement. E.g. 4 Thursday evenings for 2 hours each. Or a Friday evening, Saturday all day and a Sunday until noon (incl. sermon) = 10 hours altogether. Or …
The church will arrange the venue and invite their own people (and maybe anyone else whom they wish to invite) and set the stage. ESSA provides the lecturer for the topic, the material and the preparation.
The level of training and in-depth grappling with the topics can be customized and adapted to the particular needs and preferences of the church. The dates and times fit the church calendar and the training happens in-house, where most church members are comfortable to attend. Do you need more good reasons to let the Seminary serve you?
Previous “training on demand” topics:
- Christian Sects & Cults
- Who is our God
- Evangelism in Postmodern Society
- Leadership & Power
Many more topics are possible and we are willing to focus on your needs rather than our own preferences. In theory any occasional workshop topics are also possible within a Training on Demand concept. Kindly check those topics for more details.
Cost: since this is understood to be a “service” to the churches we would like to keep the cost as minimal as possible. Cost of study material would range from R 10 – R 20 per person for printing, etc.