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SATS has been a hive of activity over the past weeks, as evidenced by the items in this latest Postgraduate 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 is delighted to announce the launch of a new Practical Theology course that forms part of the MTh coursework programme. The 24 credit MPT5240 Mapping a Ministry course allows candidates to select a ministry with which they are familiar and which will form the basis of their study of a contemporary expression of Christian ministry. Following the four basic tasks of Practical Theology as outlined by Richard Osmer, candidates will describe their selected ministry, interpret it in its social context, investigate biblical perspectives on a key ministry issue, and finally explore ways to strengthen servant leadership in this ministry. The course is available as a standalone course, as an elective for the MTh programme and may also be taken as a primer for a PhD in Practical Theology. Contact the Postgraduate registrar, Marilyn Schott (

Practical Theology


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.


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.



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. The winner of the PhD Scholarship for Islamic Studies* will be announced at the conference.

*SATS is offering a one-off PhD scholarship worth over US$12,000. The successful applicant will be required to conduct research and produce a doctoral dissertation on some aspect of Islam. In addition to the minimum entry requirement of a relevant Master’s degree from an accredited institution, applicants must have an exceptional academic record, as well as an in-depth prior knowledge of and/or engagement with Islam. A working knowledge of Arabic would be an advantage.

The closing date for applications is 30th June. Should a suitable candidate not be found, the South African Theological Seminary reserves the right not make the award. The application form can be downloaded HERE, and must be emailed to the Registrar of the Postgraduate school, Marilyn Schott at



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.



2016 Survey
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