Higher Certificate in Christian Ministry

(Minimum one year, maximum 3 years, 124 credits)


The Higher Certificate in Christian Ministry provides Christians with foundational and practical training to equip and empower them to build God’s Kingdom in their sphere of influence.

Mode of delivery


Time Commitment

Two years part-time. On campus. January and July intakes.


Registered as Cornerstone Institute (RF) NPC with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997, Registration Certificate No 2001/HE08/006. SAQA ID 96412

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Admission Requirements

  • A National Senior Certificate or National Certificate Vocational (with certificate pass)
  • A Matriculation Certificate or equivalent
  • Mature age of 45 years can be admitted, determined by the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) portfolio of evidence provided 
  • The National Benchmark Test (NBT) results.

Richard Mee, a graduate of Cornerstone Institute and Head of Philosophy, Ethics and Religious Studies Department, completed a BPsych Equivalent (Pastoral Counselling) with UNISA and an MTh (Practical Theology) with Stellenbosch University. As a registered counsellor and a Pastoral Theology graduate, Richard teaches in both the Psychology and Theology disciplines.

Students who have completed the qualification should be able to:

  • Deepen their relationship with the Triune God and their trust in Jesus Christ as saviour and friend
  • Develop creative and critical thinkers who are catalysts for growth and renewal
  • Develop basic skills in reading the Bible and showing its relevance to meeting pastoral needs in churches and communities, especially in an African context
  • Understand how people’s worldview influences their concept of God and practice of spirituality
  • Gain a greater critical appreciation of their own theological view
  • Understand the basic principles of Christian leadership
  • Minister to people in different cultural contexts
  • Develop basic communication skills with groups and individuals
  • Have the possibility of further studies (modules can be credited towards our BTh programme).

Module descriptions and credits

For a description of each module, see ‘Module descriptions’ herewith above. Otherwise, get in touch with us via helpdesk for further inquiries.

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