Your Options for Studying Theology at BISA

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Course Subjects:Academic English Biblical Counselling Christian Education Church & Social Transformation Early & Medieval Church History Ecclesiology & EschatologyHermeneutics Homiletics 1 Homiletics 2 Introduction to Biblical Greek Introduction to Biblical Hebrew Mission, Evangelism & Discipleship NT Studies: Synoptic GospelsNT Studies: Pauline Epistles & RomansNT Studies: General Epistles & Acts NT Studies: John’s Writings & Revelation OT Studies 1: Pentateuch OT Studies 2: Historical BooksOT Studies 3: Wisdom Books OT Studies 4: Prophetic Books Pastoral Ministries Philosophy of Ministry 1 Philosophy of Ministry 2 Reformation & Modern Church History Theological Ethics 1 Theological Ethics 2 Theology: Scripture Theology :The Trinity I & II Theology: Man, Sin & SalvationWomen in Ministry World Religions

Bachelor of Theology - 3 years on campus

Bachelor of Theology (Contact Mode)

This BTh programme is an accredited 3-year, contact mode degree. BISA is registered with the Department  of Higher Education and Training until 31 December 2022 as a private higher education institution under the Act.  Registration certificate No. 2018/HE08/002

Students will study a range of courses such as Missions, Church History, Biblical Hebrew and Greek, Academic English, Biblical Counselling, Pastoral Ministries, Old and New Testament Studies, Theological Ethics, World Religions and Systematic Theology. To qualify for the BTh programme prospective students are required to have passed Grade 12 with exemption. Certain conditions will apply to 23 three olds who have passed Grade 12 and for those older than 45 years of age (please consult the registrar regarding these conditions).

Each student is required to do an on-going practical training assignment in a local church or Christian ministry during their course.

Successful fulfilment of the practical training assignment is a prerequisite for graduation.

Each student is assigned to a team as part of the training at BISA. Through these outreach teams, students are provided with opportunities to represent the Bible Institute in various locations during the year. Faculty members each lead a team during BISA’s annual ‘Ministry Week’ where the teams work in local churches or further afield, living in the community and engaging in various forms of ministry, including preaching and teaching in a variety of contexts.

BISA courses open to the public

Evening Classes - Monday Evenings for 2 terms

BISA Monday Evening classes

These run for one night per week every semester over two terms (ie 12 to 14 weeks tuition), They are open to church workers and members of the public for personal development and a deeper walk with Christ. They are for audit only and are unaccredited. Seniors receive a discounted rate.

Should I study at the Bible Institute?

Thank you for your interest in the Bible Institute of South Africa.

Whether you are attracted to our BTh on or off campus, our Christian Leadership part time programme or our Gap-year Christian Foundations programme, our desire for you as a student is the same - To Know Christ and to Make Him Known. With this in mind, BISA has four commitments which pulse through the veins of this institution.

First: BISA is committed to the authority and inspiration of the Bible. The Bible is not just a helpful book sent by God, but is the standard by which we measure all our belief, practice, ministry principles and kingdom usefulness. This is the heartbeat of every lecture, chapel session, prayer meeting, and decision at BISA.

Second: BISA is committed to training men and women for Christian ministry. Students leave our campus to serve as pastors, missionaries, evangelists, lecturers, or just active church members. Every class is a grooming opportunity for servants willing to minister in Christ’s church. We maintain a strong link with the church by encouraging our students to be involved in its various ministries for the duration of their time at the Institute. At BISA, the Ivory Tower of theology meets the streets of Africa.

Third: BISA is dedicated to high academic standards. In our days, educational standards are weakening, curricula are being “dumbed down,” and many institutions hand out almost free qualifications - but not at this college. The rigors of Christian ministry in the real world require men and women who are trained to read and think. Our students get this. (Please note that our one-year Christian Foundation Gap Year Course is less intense academically than the BTh, though well-rounded in its overall scope.)

Fourth: this college is not just an institution; it’s a family. We highly value personal discipleship and mentoring.  A godly life is crucial to a sound theological education. BISA takes seriously the words of the Apostle Paul to Timothy, “train yourself in godliness” (1 Timothy 4:7).

If you are as committed to these our ideals as we are, please get in touch with our registrar, Ms Lorna Bucklow, contact us and let’s pray about the Lord’s leading in your ministry career as a student at the Bible Institute of South Africa. You can call on: +27 (0)21 788-4116 to arrange for a coffee visit to the college, we'd love to meet with you.

Dr Karl Peterson