About NTC – Nazarene Theological College
Culminating four years of negotiations and planning, the merger of our four theological colleges in South Africa was ratified during 1989 and became a reality as a consolidated institution at Nooitgedacht, near Muldersdrift at the beginning of 1990. The former campuses (Nazarene Theological College, Florida-established in 1954, originally at Potchefstroom; Africa Nazarene Theological College, Port Elizabeth-1954, originally at Rehoboth Mission Station near Kempton Park; Lula Schmelzenbach Memorial Nazarene Theological College, Acornhoek-1963; KwaZulu Nazarene Bible College, Amanzimtoti-1977) all established one Board of Trustees, representing all the districts of the Africa South Field of the Church of the Nazarene.
Underlying the whole process was a great season of prayer. Indeed, NTC became “A College Born in Prayer”. Prayer, sensitivity, and courage were needed to be the foundation.
The resultant goals were:
- Improved instruction due to proper utilisation of faculty and staff
- A more viable learner body in terms of enrolment numbers
- Consolidated library
- Improved operational cost effectiveness
Furthermore, a unified college creates a unique opportunity for all South Africans to learn in an environment with a sociological and cultural mix representing our pluralistic society, resulting in a more relevant and contextualised training for the ministry.
Nazarene Theological College is a tertiary level institution of higher education of the Church of the Nazarene. It is a community of Christian scholars and learners seeking to present a view of life and man, based on the Word of God, that will guide, stimulate, and equip learners to realise a life of redemptive and reconciliatory service to their fellows, either as full-time pastors, missionaries, evangelists, Christian educators, or lay persons.
The mission of Nazarene Theological College is to prepare men and women, laity and clergy, in the African context for ministry and leadership in the local, district and global church. NTC promotes a Christian lifestyle and is distinctively Wesleyan-holiness in orientation.
The purpose of the College is:
- To provide education and training for South Africans and internationals, who have been called of God to a life of Christian service, enabling each learner to develop holistically, moving toward self-fulfilment in Christ.
- To serve the theological education needs of all the districts of the Church of the Nazarene on the education zone, as defined by the General Assembly, regardless of race, language, or culture.
- The learner who has been called of God to a life of Christian service will be developed holistically and moved toward self-fulfilment in Christ.
- The learner will be prepared for ministry, as pastor, evangelist, missionary or Christian educator, and will promote the Church through intelligent methods of evangelism which will result in the conversion of sinners, the sanctification of believers, and the building of stable Christians who will exemplify Christ in his/her generation.
- The learner will respond to the atmosphere of faith and devotion in a way that will result in the development of a lifelong pattern of spiritual growth and Christian character.
- The learner will demonstrate adequate knowledge and skills with which to work within his/her respective community engaging in empathetic cross-cultural reconciliation as part of his/her social responsibility.
- The learner will have a balanced emphasis on the doctrines and ethical ideals set forth in the Manual of the Church of the Nazarene.
- The learner will be dedicated to leadership within the Church and the community and be equipped for service to the limits of his/her ability.
The institution shall remain true to Christ and the Bible as the inspired Word of God and to the doctrines of the Church of the Nazarene as set forth in its official Manual. The Statement of Belief in the Constitution of the Church of the Nazarene, which is in the Wesleyan-Armenian tradition, shall be that of the College. We believe:
- That there is one God: Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit.
- That the Old and New Testament Scriptures, given by plenary inspiration, contain all truth necessary to faith and personal living.
- That man is born with a fallen nature, and is, therefore, inclined to evil and that continually.
- That the finally impenitent are hopelessly and eternally lost.
- That the atonement through Jesus Christ is for the whole human race, and that whosoever repents and believes on the Lord Jesus Christ is justified and regenerated and saved from the dominion of sin.
- Those believers are to be sanctified wholly, subsequent to regeneration, through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
- That the Holy Spirit bears witness to the new birth, and to the entire sanctification of believers.
- That our Lord will return, the dead will be raised and the final judgement will take place.
Nazarene Theological College is a tertiary level institution of the Church of the Nazarene. Graduates may be admitted for Bachelor of Theology and other university studies at the fully accredited universities in South Africa, universities and colleges of the denomination in the USA and the UK. Presently the College is accredited to offer Certificate in Ministry, Diploma in Theology, and Bachelor of Theology studies through distance learning and through online, contact the college for further details.
The Senate of NTC controls academic standards, under the guidance of the Nazarene Theological Education Services Director for Africa Region of the Church of the Nazarene, Rev. Mark Louw.
EXTENSION EDUCATION CENTRES
Nazarene Theological College Extension Centres are an integral part of the ministry of Nazarene Theological College with the responsibility for extension and satellite centres, extension programmes, faculty, and that include BTh distance education, i.e. non-residential instruction.
CONTROL AND MANAGEMENT
The College is controlled and governed by a Board of Trustees representing the districts of the Church of the Nazarene, which comprise the educational zone of the College.
The Principal, who is elected by the Board of Trustees, is responsible for the leadership and control of the College. He works through the following Divisions, each being headed by either a manager or a vice Principal:
The administrative division deals with the college’s business administration, finances, vehicles, use and maintenance of property, catering, and student affairs.
The academic division through the Senate is concerned with the total educational programme and academic administration of the College. Furthermore, it ensures that all academic objectives are provided for in terms of the respective programmes of study and plans for future development.
Learner Services Division
This division is concerned with the physical well being and non-curricular development of each learner.
Good News Convention Centre.
The Good News Convention Centre is responsible for fund raising and conference centre.
The assets management division is responsible for security, buildings, grounds, maintenance, Assets and Good News vehicles and development programmes of the College.
The Campus is located on a plot in Nooitgedacht near Muldersdrift. Set in the foothills of the Magaliesberg is 44 acres of park-like grounds, just northwest of Johannesburg. The Nazarene Theological College’s thatch-roofed facilities in unique surroundings of undisturbed trees and landscaped lawns offer an environment for truly intensive training and exciting college life.
The operation of the College is financed from three main sources:
- The learners pay tuition and fees. Sponsors and donations of friends and supporters willing to help them meet their share of the financial responsibility may often assist learners.
- The General Church of the Nazarene gives much valued assistance through the Division of World Mission in terms of finance and personnel. The funds are passed on to the learners through bursary assistance.
- The Nazarene churches on the educational zone of the College gives generously through their college budgets and special gifts.
Nazarene Theological College is registered as a Section 21 company (registration number: 1982/007993/07). Its Board of Directors is as follows: Mrs Grace Ncube, Chairperson of the Board; Rev. Gabriel Benjamin, Deputy Chairperson, Rev. Mashangu Maluleka, Principal of Nazarene Theological College; Rev. Greg Crawford, Africa Regional Education Coordinator; Rev. Collin Elliott, Field Strategy Coordinator; Dr. Filimao Chambo, Regional Director; Mr. Sbusiso Kunene.
The Board meets regularly ensuring good governance.
Nazarene Theological College falls under the spiritual oversight of the Africa Region Church of the Nazarene in Johannesburg.
ACCREDITATION AND REGISTRATION
The following programmes are accredited by the Council of Higher Education (CHE), the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) and the Department of Education (registration number 2001/HE08/004).
- Certificate in Ministry
- Diploma in Theology
- Bachelor of Theology
Assurance that NTC maintains the highest standards in higher education assured through CHE accreditation and the Department of Education registration. This ensures that all programmes at NTC are nationally and internationally recognised and may be transferred to other accredited institutions of higher education globally.
Department of education No: 2001/HE08/004 issued in terms of Regulation 22 (2), certifies that Nazarene Theological College is Registered as Private Higher Education Institution in terms of section 54(1) (c) of the Act and Regulation 16 (4) (a).
NTC is also a member of the Christian Private Higher Education Forum (CPHEF).
Nazarene Theological College recognizes and respects all official languages in South Africa. However, due to the diversity in languages by students from South Africa and other countries, the teaching medium at NTC is English.
Nazarene Theological College has a collection of more than 14, 000 books and ± 2, 167 professional journals and periodicals.
In addition to our residency campus library in Muldersdrift, NTC offers access to an online library to all students with more than 60, 000 books and 8, 000 professional journals. With an access code, students may gain access to the online library http://www.online.nazcol.ac.za