Undergraduate Newsletter August 2015

Undergraduate School Newsletter

Taking the distance out of distance education

In this issue of the Undergraduate Newsletter, we welcome our new receptionist and administrator, anticipate a site inspection by the Council of Higher Education, consider why the seminary would offer pre-tertiary courses and more! Keep reading…


Chartwell Village Church


Chartwell Village Church in Johannesburg, a small church planted by the Lonehill Village Church which founded SATS, is looking for a Pastoral Elder to join the eldership team on a full time basis. Chartwell Village Church is a Jesus-centred, Bible-based, Holy Spirit dependent, Evangelical Church family.

The church offers the following:

  • An opportunity to extend the Kingdom of God through the local church.
  • Being part of a small, vibrant local church family
  • A competitive remuneration package
  • Great working environment.

For more information about candidacy criteria and the areas of ministry identified for the position, please contact Doug Timberlake at doug@chartwellchurch.org.za


In the coming months, SATS will be broadening its portfolio of social media platforms. We’ve identified exciting new ways for our staff, students and wider seminary family to connect to the SATS community and be involved. Watch this space for more information in subsequent newsletters!

Social Media Expansion

Lonel Fisher



Those who have phoned or visited the seminary in the last two weeks will have noticed a new addition to the SATS staff team. Lonel Fisher has joined us as our new receptionist and will also be fulfilling various administrative duties for the seminary. Lonel joins us from Sandton and has years of experience in local church ministries, including prison mininistry, but has a special interest in working with the youth. She also comes to us with a wealth of experience in administration, management and operations.


We would like to take this opportunity to remind all our students that we expect you to do at least four courses per year (an average of at least one every term). This will help keep you focussed in your studies, while giving you enough momentum to complete the programme at a comfortable pace. Have you already thought of which courses you’ll be enroling for in the coming months?

Four or more this year

On the 14th of August, SATS is anticipating a visit from the Council of Higher Education (CHE). The panel sent by the CHE will be visiting the seminary as part of our re-accreditation process (that all private institutions have to go through periodically), and also to inspect our new premises to make sure that it’s a suitable site of delivery for the work we do. SATS is currently a hive of activity in preparation for the visit and we would greatly appreciate your prayers as we anticipate this important date!
Site Inspection

Mother City visit

From Wednesday to Saturday last week, Dr Reuben van Rensburg, was visiting in Cape Town. Dr van Rensburg met with existing and potential partnerships, and various other affiliates of SATS. We look forward to hearing all about it when he gets back this week!


Acts 29 Southern Africa is very excited to host “Diverse City”, which is a conference aimed at stimulating conversations around planting diverse churches in our very diverse region, from 8-9 September in Johannesburg.

Through a combination of preaching, conversations, breakouts, worship and fellowship, the hope is that greater networking for the sake of church planting in the region will take place.

If you are an aspiring church planter, someone who has planted, or someone in a church that wants to know more about planting, then this conference is for you.

Details can be found HERE and SATS students can use the discount code BBC001 to qualify for the discounted rate of R300.

For further info please contact ross@acts29.com

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