Christian Leadership

This is more than a ministry qualification, this is a learning experience that will change your life and give you the knowledge, leadership skills and work-place mentorship to bring positive change to your church, community and world.

Occupational Certificate NQF5

Occupational training is a particular approach to learning; it aims at equipping persons for a specific task. What one learns has to meet the requirements to be able to do a particular job. What is important is not so much what one will know in the end, but what one will be able to do. 

This hands-on occupational ministry qualification is for pastors, spiritual leaders, faith-based community facilitators, community care-givers, children workers and youth workers who are wanting to reach this generation!

CAREER PATHWAYS:

This 18 month training programme of 237 credits combines theory, practical tasks and a supervised workplace component.

Knowledge Modules (123 credits)

  • Essentials and Characteristics of Intergenerationally Skilled Religious Practitioners
  • Intergenerational Bible Reading
  • Belief Systems
  • Christian Ethics for the Intergenerational Christian Leader
  • History of the Church
  • Principles of Building an Intergenerational Faith Community
  • Principles of Preparing Messages for an Intergenerational Faith Community
  • Principles of Conducting Services
  • Spiritual Formation, Life Skills Training and Value System Development
  • Principles of Pastoral Care in Intergenerational Context
  • The Missional Calling of the Church
  • Visionary Leadership and Ministry Management for Intergenerational Outputs
  • Church Administration, Accountability and Financial Management

Practical Skills Modules (64 credits)

Practical expertise and skills – the learner has to be able to implement the knowledge and to do what is required. These tell the learner how to do a particular task and provide opportunity to practice relevant skills.

Workplace Modules (50 credits)

The learner has to able to apply the knowledge in different situations, and adapt it as needed. The program includes particular tasks which the learner has to perform in a real life situation, typical to where s/he will work after completing the training. You will be supervised by a practitioner of your choice in your own church or community. 

6 months into the programme, each learner is required to identify a ministry consultant to supervise the workplace component of the training program.

Time Commitment

  • 18 months (divided into 3 x 6 month terms)
  • Online learning and in-community service
  • 2 weeks on campus at Shikwaru Lodge at the programme start for an orientation, special lectures, simulated learning labs and workshops (18-30 January 2021)

Textbook List

The learning programme materials are included in your fees and are made available on your “My RAG-LA” online learning account. These are the additional text books that can be bought as e-books or via the information provided. 

  • Trull, Joe. E, and R. Robert Creech. (2017). Ethics for Christian Ministry, Moral Formation for Twenty First Century Leaders. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Publishing Group.
  •  Africa Study Bible. (2016).Oasis International Limited. Tyndale House Publishers (Contact: acrp@acrpafrica.co.za)
  • Fee, Gordon and Stuart, Douglas. (2014). How to read the Bible for all its Worth 4th Edition. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan Publishing House
  • CEF Children’s Ministry Resource Bible. (2019). Thomas Nelson Publishers (https://cefpress.com/children-s-ministry-resource-bible-ebook.html)
  •  Barna, George. (2003). Transforming Children into Spiritual Champions. Ventura: Regal books.
  •  Adogame, Afe, Gerloff, Roseworth, Klaus, Hock. (2008). Christianity in Africa and the African Diaspora: The Appropriation of a Scattered Heritage. Bloomsbury.
  • Francois, WD; Simmons, M. (2017). Christian Minister’s Manual: For the Pulpit and Public Square for all Denominations. Atlanta: Francois III & Simmons M.
  • Moyo, K. (2014). Church at War. USA and Canada: Trafford Publishers.
  •  Moyo. K. (2014). Responding to Personal Crisis. USA and Canada: Trafford Publishers.
  • Collins, G. R. (2006). Christian Counselling: A Comprehensive Guide (3rd ed.). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Inc.
  • Greathead, E. (2016). Children, Church and the Law: A practical guide for churches on the Children’s Act and other laws relating to children. Cape Town: The Warehouse (To purchase a PDF or hardcopy, contact: lynette@warehouse.org.za)
  • Corbett, Steve and Fikkert, Brian. (2014). When Helping Hurts. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers
  • Gangel, K.O. (1997).Team Leadership in Christian Ministry. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers
  • LaLoux, Frederic. (2014). Reinventing Organisations. Brussels: Nelson Parker. Kindle
  • Wimberly, J.W. (2010). The Business of the Church: The Uncomfortable Truth that Faithful Ministry Requires Effective Management. Herdon. VA: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers
  • Castellanos, Noel. (2015). Where the Cross Meets the Street: What Happens to the Neighbourhood When God Is at the Center. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press
  • De Young, Kevin and Gilbert, Greg. (2011). What is the Mission of the Church? Making Sense of Social Justice, Shalom and the Great Commission. Wheaton: Crossway
  • Keith, W. (2012). Introducing Child Theology: Theological Foundations for Holistic Child Development (revised edition). Penang, Malaysia: Malaysia Baptist Theological Seminary, Compassion International and the Global Alliance for Advancing Holistic Child Development.
  • Brewster, Dan. (2011). Child, Church and Mission. Compassion International.
  • Horton, S.M. (ed). (1994) Systematic Theology: A Pentecostal Perspective. Springfield: Logion Press.

Frequently Asked Questions (Occupational Certificate NQF5):

Where can I purchase my text books? The textbooks can be sourced online from www.takealot.com or www.loot.co.za. The approximate cost of the textbooks for the duration of the course equate to R6000.00. Purchasing e-books will be more cost effective than purchasing hardcopies.

How do I write my exams? Your External Summative Assessment includes two written exams of three hours each. These will be written on the same day, usually a Saturday. The quality partner will invite the learner to sit for this National exam upon the successful completion of the program.

Where do I write my exams? The quality partner attempts to set up venues across South Africa for the Final National Exam. RAGLA will assist you in the details of venue and time as this exam is external.

Is the on-site visit compulsory? Yes. Due to the e-learning component you will need assistance for setup. We will further assist you in your practical and workplace experience. You will form your student cohort for SRC and collaborative projects. Special workshops, including hands-on labs will be provided to prepare you for the programme distinctives.

When is the on-site visit? The on-site Orientation takes place 18-30 January 2021.

Is there a cost to the on-site Orientation? This part of your program is included in your course fee. No additional fees apply (except for travel costs which are at the learner’s expense).

What is the duration of the on-site visit? The Orientation is a 2 weeks session, arriving on a Saturday and departing on a Saturday.

How do I submit assignments? All assignments will be submitted online. 

Do we ordain pastors? No, we are not a church. Ordination is done by the local church ministry or denomination.

If you have any other questions please feel free to email support@ragla.org with your enquiry.

Accreditation: Occupational Certificate NQF 5: Christian Religious Professional  |  SAQA ID: 101571 QCTO Curriculum Code: 263601005