Training the Head
Expressing our absolute commitment to Expository preaching that is evangelical, applied and relevant.
From the Principals Desk
I first remember as a young child becoming aware and fascinated how in the movies a doctor would hold on to the wrist of a person to check if they were alive or not.
It was later that I learned about the circulatory system and how one could establish whether an unconscious person was alive by feeling for a pulse. I also recall, in the context of a First Aid exam with the Red Cross society, during my primary school days how this was one of the first things one would check when you came upon unconscious people at the scene of an accident, for example. Later I learned about the relationship between heart rate and fitness as well as health in general but also how theologically the image of a healthy heart is a sign of a spiritually healthy life (cf. Proverbs 4: 23).
As many of you may know or have become familiar with over a period of time that the Seminary catch phrase speaks of us Training the Head, Heart and Hands. This perspective is of vital importance for us as we recognise the important relationship that should exist between the academic study of theology with spiritual vitality that leads to effective practice. We have to wonder what the diagnosis would be if the Lord Jesus as the Great Physician would place his fingers on the wrist of our churches (as his Body)? Would he find a Body that is fit and healthy? Would he find a Body whose pulse is weak? Or would he find a Body that has become cold or dead?
As a Seminary we believe that we have a vital role to play in this regard and it is our belief that theological education should become a staple, not only for those called to full-time Christian service, but for everyone who forms part of the Body of Christ. The External studies programme has been part of the seminary’s ministry since the mid 1990’s and while it was initially designed and developed for those already in ministry but without the suitable school-leaving qualification to complete a degree, it so grew in popularity that it served anyone who was just seeking to expand their theological and ministry knowledge. Soon it was being offered all over the country, in various African countries including Madagascar and then as far afield as Belize in South America!
Why Choose Us?
The Cape Town Baptist Seminary has been equipping students for service in the ministry for over 40 years. Seeking to fulfil the calling of Missional Education via the strategy of ‘Training the Head, Heart and Hands!’
The Cape Town Baptist Seminary is a multi-cultural institution and an international student body. After much investigation and debate, the 1972 Baptist Union Assembly, meeting at King Williams Town, approved a motion that a Western Province branch of the Baptist Theological College of South Africa, be established in Cape Town, which would admit students of all races.
This Seminary offers tuition on a full-time, part-time and distance-learning basis. Students may specialize in Pastoral Ministry, Missions, Youth Ministry or Children's Ministry. The Seminary offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in cooperation with the University of Pretoria and is accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) as a Private Higher Education Institution as reflected on certificate No 2000/HE08/005. We have an accredited and peer reviewed academic journal from the Department of Education. This is the only such journal that is housed at a private institution all other\'s are housed at public universities.