1365109104APPLY NOWThe Theology and Christian Ministry Department is concerned with the holistic formation of Christian Community Leaders for both the Church and society. The Department has three focus areas: Biblical Studies, Christian Studies (Theology) and Practical Theology. Each of these disciplines offers students the necessary grounding for engagement in both the church and society and opens up a wide scope of job prospects for students, ranging from church ministry, pastoral counselling, community engagement with faith based NGO’s and NPO’s, missionary work, and teaching/lecturing.

Beyond the career opportunities, students leave the BTh programme with a Christ-centred, Biblically-shaped worldview that enables them to think critically, engage strategically, and respond confidently to the challenges of living in the South African context. Students gain skills in analysing, assessing, communicating, and responding to the changes in society, making our students adaptable and flexible. Students also acquire the ability to reflect on one’s self, to come alongside others empathetically, and mobilise communities through servant leadership.

At Cornerstone, Scripture is the foundational narrative that informs our approach to studying theology and to engaging society. This narrative informs and shapes our understanding of what it means to be a person living in human society with its challenges and conflicts. Our commitment to the centrality and authority of Scripture is a commitment to stand with the God of the Bible, to stand with those with whom God stands. With whom does God stand? With those who are marginalised; with the widows, orphans, and aliens; and with those who have no voice, no power, no access to social capital. It is this commitment to stand with the other that sets us apart from other institutions. Our philosophy of education emphasises that the point of Christian Higher Education is for the betterment of human society. This is articulated in our institutional byline: Learn to change the World.


Bachelor of Theology in Community Leadership (Christian Ministry Major) (376 credits)


To develop Christian leaders with a broad theoretical and practical foundation in Christian ministry.
To ground graduates in the biblical text and equip them with the knowledge and skills to serve in churches and faith-based organisations.
To facilitate the integration of academic study and personal faith and produce leaders with a mature, holistic spirituality.
To prepare students for a career in Christian ministry, community leadership, NGO’s and other related industries.
To equip graduates to become leading lights for Christian values in a secular world.


1. Christian Studies and Biblical Studies are taken in 1st, 2nd and 3rd year with a five week ministry placement in the final year.
2. Practical Theology is taken in 1st and 2nd year.
3. Psychology and Sociology are taken in 1st year, with one continued in 2nd year.



  • A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with a bachelor’s pass or equivalent
  • A Matriculation Certificate (with university exemption) or equivalent
  • A Higher Certificate or an Advanced Certificate or Diploma in a cognate field.
  • National Benchmark Test results
  • The NBT must be taken as soon as possible. The NBT dates for Cornerstone students are 23 May, 6 June or 7 June 2015 for Semester 2 applications

  • A National Senior Certificate or National Certificate Vocational with a diploma pass (or equivalent) combined with a pass mark for the National Benchmark Test (NBT)
  • Mature age of 23 years and over during the first year of studies and a National Senior Certificate (or equivalent). The conditions of the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy for Access and the results of the National Benchmark Test are determining factors for admission. Contact the admissions office regarding RPL.
  • Mature age of 45 years can be admitted, determined by the RPL conditions and the results of the National Benchmark Test.



  • On campus
  • Full-time: Minimum 3 years
  • Part-time: 5 – 7 years
  • January and July intakes

  • R 275 per credit | total credits: 376
    1st year: R 35 200 (128 credits)



Registered as Cornerstone Institute (RF) NPC with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997. Registration Certificate No.2001/HE08/006. NQF 7; SAQA ID 57225



Basic Level (First year) (128 Credits)

  • COMPULSORY: Theological Studies I (major), Biblical Studies I (major), and Information Skills
    ELECTIVES: Counselling and Life Skills or TESOL in semester 1, followed by Family and Development or TESOL Methods (only if TESOL Intro taken) in semester 2
  • Biblical Studies I (24 credits)
  • Systematic Theology I (24 credits)
  • Practical Theology I (24 credits)
  • Public Theology I (24 credits)
  • Psychology I : Counselling and Life Skills (12 credits)
  • Sociology I : Family and Development (12 credits)
  • Information Skills (8 credits)
  • TESOL I (24 credits)

Intermediate Level (Second year)

  • Biblical Studies II (32 credits)
  • Systematic Theology II (32 credits)
  • Practical Theology II (32 credits)
  • Public Theology II (32 credits)


Advanced Level (Third year)

  • Biblical Studies III ( 48 credits)
  • Systematic Theology III (24 credits)
  • Practical Theology III (24 credits)
  • Christian Ministry Practical (24 credits)