Past Conferences

Past Conferences

Youth Leader Development Conference: 1st – 14th September 2012

This key Professional Development Seminar will help you to build appropriate foundations for your youth ministry.

The South African Theological Seminary would like to offer you the opportunity to book time with this speaker, to spend personal time in your own environment with your leaders and potential leaders.

We are planning the SATS conference differently this year – instead of hosting a conference where delegates attend a single venue, we believe it would be of more benefit to local churches to have our speaker, Tim Hawkins present the training in their local churches.

Often church leaders are not able to spare time during the week to attend a conference and so lose the opportunity to meet really interesting and experienced Christian ministers. We believe Tim’s ministry is critical for developing young people and are therefore offering local churches the opportunity to book him for a personal session with their leaders and pastors.

Click here to visit the Cape Town 2010: The Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelisation website.

Understanding the 4/14 window: Challenging the church to rethink its position on children’s ministry – May 11th – 13th 2011

Cape Town 2010: The Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization

Few if any events have had more impact on World Evangelisation and the Church´s understanding of Mission, in the last few decades, than the Lausanne Congress on World Evangelisation convened in Switzerland in 1974. After a compelling second Congress in Manila a third gathering of several thousand participants from churches, theological training institutions and mission organisations from around the globe will meet in Cape Town in October 2010 under the name Cape Town 2010: The Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelisation.


The Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization (Lausanne III) will be held in Cape Town, South Africa, 16-25 October 2010.  The Congress, held in collaboration with the World Evangelical Alliance, will bring together 4,000 leaders from more than 200 countries to confront the critical issues of our time – other world faiths, poverty, HIV/AIDS, persecution, among others – as they relate to the future of the Church and world evangelization.


Cape Town 2010 (CT2010) is not just a one-time meeting, but God willing, will be a catalytic event in the life of the church – drawing leaders together in purposeful prayer, humble repentance, strategic dialogue and decisive action.  Together we will seek the Lord as we examine the world and our culture to discern where the church should invest its efforts and energies to most effectively respond to Christ’s call to take the gospel into all the world and make disciples of all nations . . . lives changed for all eternity, broken families mended, physical and emotional hurts healed, communities transformed.

Click here to visit the Cape Town 2010: The Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelisation website.

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Conference DVD’s are available on order by contacting: Jenny Mason. Please supply the following information when ordering your DVD:

  • Your full name and postal address
  • The name, date of the conference and number of copies.

Ministering in Troubled Times – 5th September 2008




Michael Cassidy

The State of the Nation what: is the Ethical response?

Sam Kunhiyop An African world view of Biblical Ethics – Making the connection
Martin Pohlman The Bible in present theological ethical debate” (e.g. the gender issue)
Willem Semmelink Biofuels – Robbing the world of food
Moss Ntlha Ethics relating to Poverty and Violence
Charles Mahlangu Pastoral Integrity
Ian Nash Ethics of current reproductive technologies in a post-modern Society
Dr Anna Marie Lockard Homosexuality: Legally permissible or spiritually misguided?


Christian Counselling Conference – Focusing on Children in Chrisis: 16 – 17 May 2008



Dr Daniel Sweeney

Traumatized children need a therapeutic experience that is physically, emotionally and spiritually secure. Play and Sandtray therapy are psychologically and Biblically sound interventions which meet this need. This workshop will discuss the pervasive effects of trauma, the benefits of play and Sandtray therapy as a developmentally appropriate intervention, and practical application of play and Sandtray therapy.

Dr Rinda Blom

The development of emotional intelligence in children through play therapy activities Definition of emotional intelligence and play therapy Skills that need to be addressed with reference to the child’s self- awareness, motional management, empathy and interpersonal relationships, as components of emotional intelligence. Play therapy techniques that can be applied to address the skills that children need to master in order to improve their emotional intelligence. Play therapy techniques that can be applied to address the skills that children need to master in order to improve their emotional intelligence. Aspects to consider when implementing an emotional intelligence programme for children

Mr Gert Jonker Child and youth development and professional parenting

This programme addresses the training needs of the alternative parent, i.e. the foster parent, the place of safety parent or the adoptive parent.  The training covers issues such as, why parents want to be involved (introspection), The Child Care Act, childhood development, age-appropriate discipline as well as specific ways to deal with certain behaviours, as well as a section on the HIV infected child. This programme provides potential foster parents with insight and empowers them before they take the responsibility of fostering.

The course is targeted to address the training and support needs of volunteers, foster / adoptive parents and anyone working with abused and abandoned children.  The content centres on self-exploration, preparation with regard to the legal procedure and screening requirements, as well as knowledge-building with regard to childhood and skills-building in parenting.  The practical parenting skills taught through this course will also assist with aspects such as step parenting and age-appropriate discipline of children.

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The Rest to the West Conference – August 2007

The Rest to the West conference in August 2007 highlighted the role that the “Rest” has to play in reaching the West. The speakers have focused on the role of the local church and Bible Colleges.



Floyd McClung The Whole church taking the whole gospel to the whole world.
John Jusu Seminaries are out of touch and too academic.
Arthur Song The role of the Christian educator in global Christianity.
Deryck Stone Establishing the church in Africa.
Floyd McClung Forming World Christians
Michael Cassidy How do educators produce African scholars of stature and authors of repute?
Graham Wood Fundraising for missions
Cecil Peasely What do pastors need to do to prepare Christians for outreach ministry?
Coen Slabbert Using technology in missions
Martin de Lange World Religions – Islam