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Higher Certificate in Ministry

About the Higher Certificate in Ministry

The Higher Certificate in Ministry (HCMin) has a strong focus on pastoral skills and seeks to enrich local church leaders for more effective ministry. This programme offers an understanding of theological and biblical terms, definitions and concepts that influence thinking and basic research ability. The courses are facilitated online and this programme can be completed in one year or at your own pace. 

NQF Level: 5

Minimum Credits: 120

Duration: 1 Year

Mode of Delivery: Online Distance Learning


1st Semester

Compulsory Courses

  • Biblical Studies
    • HCMS BS 115 | Biblical Literacy
    • HCMS BS 125 | Bible Overview
  • Pastoral Studies
    • HCMS PS 115 | Introduction to Homiletics
    • HCMS PS 115-4 | Overview of Pastoral Care

Choose one of

  • HCMS MS 115-2 | Mission Studies: Cross-Cultural Engagement
  • HCMS PM 115 | Practical Ministry: Bible Read
  • HCMS YS 115-4 |Youth Studies: Youth and Family Ministry
Curriculum Overview

2nd Semester

HCMS ST 125 | Introduction to Christian Doctrine*

HCMS PS 125 | Contemporary Ecclesiology*

HCMS PS 125-2 | Personal Spiritual Development*

HCMS PS 125-3 | Introduction to Spiritual Direction*

HCMS PS 125-4 | Church Ministry*


Matriculation with a National Senior Certificate (or equivalent). Students who are 26 years old or older may be admitted through a Recognition of Prior Learning / Experience application. 


HCMin Graduate Attribute Matrix


Students who complete the Higher Certificate in Ministry (NQF level 5) are able to articulate horizontally (on the same NQF level of study) to the Higher Certificate in Theology programme or vertically (to the next level of study) into the Bachelor of Biblical Studies (NQF level 7) programme within the College. Articulation possibilities for further studies on NQF level 5 or where an NQF level 5 qualification is required for admission into a programme at other accredited institutions are available. 


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