Are you looking to do a gap year? Finished school and not sure what’s next? Wanting to feel more equipped before you take the next step? Look no further!
SBC offers a one-year course of study covering some of the basics of theology and ministry. It’s an ideal way to spend a gap year where you’ll learn and grow in all aspects of your calling. If you study full-time, the one-year certificate level will also qualify for some SAAS funding (if you’ve not previously had SAAS funding).
What’s even better, is that if you complete the year successfully then you can continue on to further studies (Diploma, Degree, or even up to an Honours Degree).
Alternatively email the College on firstname.lastname@example.org
Last year, Ali and Cathy Hunt opted to study on the one-year course…so don’t just take our word for it!
We were asked to study theology for one year to join our mission organisation (OMF International) as full members, that’s the reason we chose one year. We chose SBC because of practical reasons such as the lectures being held during the school day and the distance to commute. We were also impressed by the website and the College’s philosophy and mission statement. It’s also a small and friendly College so it didn’t take long to settle in.
Academically I particularly enjoyed the modules Encountering the Bible and Listening to Scripture. In practical terms I also found Ethics and Pastoral Care very helpful. Personally it was great to study with other followers of Christ all seeking to know him better and serve him more.
Challenges / Highlights…
The workload is hard to juggle with part-time work and raising a family. It definitely helps that it comes in spurts and bursts dependent on semester breaks and assignment due dates, so if you’re working flat out hopefully it’s only for a few weeks at a time until the next lull!
Highlights are being part of the College community, learning from each other as well as receiving excellent teaching from the staff. Also opening God’s word in depth and looking at hermeneutics in the Listening to Scripture module was a real highlight for me.
Our classes work on a two-year rotation so in 2017/18 the certificate course would contain:
- Encountering the Bible (an introduction to the bible and hermeneutics)
- Christianity and Culture
- Turning Points in Church History
And the alternate year (2018/19):
- Encountering the Bible
- Pastoral Care
- Listening to Scripture
- Faith Seeking Understanding (an introduction to theology)