Two-Stage Model of Theological Training
If students already possess a degree, they may take the biblical language courses and additional exegetical courses to prepare for Stage 2 below. This would normally take at least a year.
Students without matric may do all the same work on an in-house basis and may be able to get an entrance qualification at the same time.
This aims to provide an excellent foundation for the M.A.T.S. work to follow, and ensures that certain skills, such as developing biblical exegetical skill, growing biblical knowledge, diligent study habits, and critical independent thinking, may be assumed in Stage 2.
The trustees and faculty will re-evaluate the student’s call to the ministry before admission to Stage 2. This is vital, because some who enter the College with high recommendations and ‘potential’ do not develop. In the past, we have sensed a tension in this regard; we do not want to deny the man the opportunity to finish the degree for which he has worked, but we also do not want to encourage a false sense of accomplishment.
For students who have completed stage 1 or the equivalent with an evident call to the ministry. Students who completed stage 1 work on an in-house basis (not possessing a degree) may also do this work on the same basis.
When a student has completed this work, we trust he will have a more thorough ('classical') educational preparation for the ministry than we offer at present.
Advantages of the Two Stage Model
We retain our theological and academic freedom as they are at present. GPTS is very amenable. Academically, our qualification is raised, and we move closer to the historic reformed method; notably in the use of biblical languages and exegetical preparation for later theological work. All of the academic work is appropriately recognised, and students can move on to post-graduate work, such as research Master’s degrees. It is a good use of the resources the Lord has provided. Rodger and Jim are experienced language teachers and our visiting faculty are strong in the systematic and theological disciplines. We will use GPTS faculty (who will visit and teach electronically) in the M.A.T.S. and perhaps post-graduate work.