Frequently Asked Questions


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Question:

Do I need textbooks?

(Last edited: Monday, 18 May 2015, 8:29 AM)
Answer:

All of the courses within SATS' first year curriculum are self contained and therefore do not need any textbooks, with the exception of the following:

Greek and Hebrew:

  • Mounce, W. 2003. Basics of Biblical Greek (Second Edition). Grand Rapids: Zondervan.
  • Pratico, G. and van Pelt, M. 2007. Basics of Biblical Hebrew (Second Edition). Grand Rapids: Zondervan.

Higher Certificate in Christian Counselling:

  • Collins, G. 2007. Christian Counseling - a Comprehensive Guide (Third Edition). Dallas: Nelson.
  • McMinn, M.R. & Campbell, C.D. 2007 Integrative Psychotherapy - toward a Comprehensive Christian Approach. IVP Academic
  • Meier, Minirth, Wichern & Ratcliff. 1999. Introduction to Psychology and Counseling: Christian Perspectives and Applications. 2nd Ed. Baker Books.
  • Tan, S. 1991. Lay Counseling: Equipping Christians for a Helping Ministry. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

The third year subject, PRA3121 - Conflict and Reconciliation requires the following textbook:

  • Sande, Ken. 2004. The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict Grand Rapids: Baker Books.

READERS: Due to the fact that many of the prescribed theological textbooks are sometimes difficult to find and extremely expensive, the South African Theological Seminary has compiled Readers for courses within the Higher Certificate and Bachelor programmes.

These Readers include selected extracts from all the books recommended for the courses in these two programmes, as well as a selection of other relevant documents which we are sure will assist you as you complete each assignment. So that we do not infringe any copyright laws, we have signed a contract with the Dramatic Arts and Literary Rights Organisation (DALRO), the terms of which enable us to include these extracts in the Readers.

Although the Readers are provided to you free of charge, you will still have the option to obtain the textbooks if you would prefer.

Our agreement with DALRO does not allow us to distribute Reader electronically. However, we have received permission to store them on a secure website from which SATS students can access them. Please note that the Readers are exclusively for the use of SATS students.


Question:

Does my denomination recognise the SATS qualifications?

(Last edited: Monday, 9 June 2014, 9:32 PM)
Answer:

There are a number of denominations currently enrolling students at SATS for their theological studies. You will need to contact the head of your denomination in order to find out if the SATS degree is sufficient for their denominational requirements. SATS does not ordain ministers.


Question:

Does SATS have residential facilities?

(Last edited: Monday, 9 June 2014, 10:13 PM)
Answer:

No. The South African Theological Seminary is a distance learning education institution that allows you to study at your own pace and in the comfort of your own home. We do not apply for student visas.