SATS General Newsletter 7th July 2016

Taking the distance out of distance education

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SATS has been a hive of activity over the past weeks, as evidenced by the number of items in our latest newsletter. Keep reading to catch up on exciting recent developments at the Seminary, as well as some important upcoming events…





We are proud to announce a very exciting development for our library. In addition to our existing 20,000 digital and physical holdings, we have acquired three prestigious eBook collections from EBSCOhost. The EBook Academic collection, EBook Religion Collection, and The EBook Collection have an estimated 177,000 multi-disciplinary, scholarly titles from leading universities and academic publishers.

This acquisition is extremely important as our students can access them at the click of a button from anywhere in the world. The eBooks can be downloaded and viewed on mobile devices such as iPhone, IPad, Kindles and android devices, which is very appealing for students on the go. We believe the additional collections will offer students a much greater range of reference in their research.


SATS was privileged to have many guests over the past few weeks! The adjacent pictures were taken at just one of our morning devotions:
From top to bottom:

Dr. Lawrence Ko (from Singapore Centre for Global Missions) led the devotions with an excellent presentation on how the socio-economic and cultural context in Singapore has led the church to being very innovative in how it approaches Missions.
We were also joined by Jacques and Sheila Godin, who work with SIM (Serving in Mission) in Mauritius.
Some students from APU (Azusa Pacific University), Los Angeles. This group of Accounting Masters students spent several days at the Seminary conducting a pilot project related to their studies.

Welcoming many visitors


ICHE Conference inaugural session



SATS had the great privilege of hosting the annual conference of the International Council for Higher Education (ICHE) in May. This year’s conference focused on how to strengthen schools in delivering integrated learning models, with dedicated seminar tracks in finance, technology and collaboration. In the adjacent picture, Dr. Reuben van Rensburg can be seen welcoming the delegates at the inaugural session.


Last month, Dr. Willem Semmelink, Head of the Undergraduate School at SATS, travelled to the Eastern Cape to meet with various partnerships. He and Dr. Kevin Smith (SATS’ Principal) also attended the Rhema Umtata Christian Church’s graduation ceremony, where 19 students graduated with SATS qualifications.

Visiting Partnerships in the Eastern Cape



Johannes Malherbe




Dr. Johannes Malherbe, the Head of the Postgraduate School at SATS, attended the CDTRC (Child Development, Training and Research Centre) Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The conference, themed “Succession in Leadership,” celebrated the handing over of leadership of the CDTRC from Shiferaw Michael to Gululat. Johannes had an opportunity to do a presentation at the conference, sharing on how Jesus handled leadership succession.


Dr. Dan Lioy, the Senior Research Manager at SATS, has recently published “Facets of Pauline Discourse in Christocentric and Christotelic Perspective” through Peter Lang International Academic Publishers. In the book, Dr. Lioy looks at both the Old Testament and Paul’s letters to assert that a Christocentric and Christotelic perspective is an important feature in Paul’s discourse. The book can be purchased from Peter Lang HERE.



Facets of Pauline Discourse...


Paul's Theological Ethics




Dr. Annang Asumang, one of the senior academics at SATS, presented a six-part lecture series on Paul’s Theological Ethics during a trip to Johannesburg last month. In the lectures, Annang discusses topics such as the history of scholarship on Paul’s Theological Ethics, and how components such as Christology, Pneumatology, Ecclesiology and Eschatology figure in Paul’s ethics. The series assumes some prior studies of Paul’s letters, and is pitched at students at a postgraduate level. The entire series of lectures can be seen in video format HERE.


Drs. Willem Semmelink and Reuben van Rensburg travelled to Bangkok to attend the Global Proclamation Congress for Pastoral Trainers. Willem presented an elective on theological engagement and pastoral training at the congress, while SATS also had an information table for the 3,000 delegates to peruse. 



Global Proclamation Congress


Mark Durie




On 6 October, SATS will be hosting a seminar and conference on Islam entitled “Understanding Islam and Sharing Jesus with Muslims.” Together with CCM, SATS has invited leading scholar on Islam, Mark Durie (from Australia), to present the seminar. More information and formal invitations to follow, but please diarise this date in the interim.


Earlier this month, SATS was visited by a representative committee from the CHE (Council of Higher Education) as part of our reaccreditation process. We would like to ask for your prayers that the report on this visit would be favourable, and that this visit will have been the final step in this round of reaccreditation for SATS.



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2016 Survey




SATS would like to probe individual and church focus, specifically regarding the Lord Jesus Christ. We have set up a survey site, which we are asking you and your Christian friends to complete. The survey focuses on South African churches, so we ask that only people attending churches based in South Africa complete the survey. 

We believe that this important survey will assist us in strengthening the focus on the Lord Jesus Christ in churches throughout South Africa, and sharpen the SATS mission and curriculum offerings. We will share the results of the survey, both in free publications and by means of presentations to church leaders.

All answers will be processed by an independent research company and treated in strictest confidence. The staff at SATS will only work with the aggregated statistics and will not have access to any individual’s identity or responses.

SATS will be giving away one Mecer tablet and several copies of “A Student’s A-Z of Theology” to randomly selected participants.

The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete, and can be accessed HERE.

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