A Clear Purpose

NAHEC aspires for academic excellence through a balanced combination of faith, teaching and learning within the context of Christian holiness.


Nazarene College of Theology

The Christian Worker's Certificate

This programme is designed to help a Christian prepare for more effective service in the local church with a special focus on Sunday school and youth work. Currently there is no minimum qualification for admission into this programme. It may be taken in the siSwati language or English. The siSwati segment was reinstated in the year 2000. In actuality candidates in the English medium of this programme have reached grade ten or higher. The candidates take a selection of at least 24 modules over a two-year period of study. Selections are partially governed by modules offered and class size. A pass must be obtained in three core areas: Bible, Theology and Practics. The total aggregate or over-all mark must be at least a pass for the candidate to graduate.

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Nazarene College of Theology Assembly

The Diploma in Theology

  • This programme is designed for those who sense a call to full-time ministry and is a means of intellectual and functional preparation towards serving Christ in a multi-ethnic context through the outreach and nurture of the Church. The programme is designed to develop a good self-image in a minister of the gospel.
  • This programme of study fulfills the minimum education requirements for ordination as an elder or a deacon as set forth in The Manual of the Church of the Nazarene.
  • The focus is on intensive biblical studies and pastoral theology. Candidates are required to pass modules totaling at least 124 credits. The aggregate mark must be at least "C."


  • To provide a broad foundation in the course of study and to assist in the learners' future inquiry.
  • To develop skills in oral and written communication through specific modules designed for that purpose and through careful and continuous assessment of written work.
  • To provide a substantial theoretical basis for the pastoral duties of the minister and the wider range of responsibilities in the church and everyday life that the graduate may encounter, through specific modules designed to develop pastoral skills and an internship programme monitored by the college in conjunction with local parishes. In the latter setting, a mature pastor acts as mentor for the learner/intern.
  • To create an environment where each member of the learning community will recognise the vital importance of individual inquiry as well as grasp the collective thought as represented in the course of study. Historical theology is a specific means to show the importance of our own contemporary quest for truth. Further, through the lectures and subsequent research learners meet perspectives of interpretation which are dissimilar and antithetical to their own.
  • To present a perspective of life and humanity that will not only equip but will also foster attitudes which will assist the learner in realising a life of service.
  • To nurture Christian maturity, ethical conduct and rich interpersonal relationships.

Desired Outcomes

The Objectives of the Programme Are Displayed by Certain Specific and Desired Outcomes:

Content Outcomes
  • Ability to describe the basic story of the Bible.
  • Ability to describe the basic content of the Old Testament, identify the principal people and events and their roles in Old Testament history.
  • Ability to describe the basic content of the New Testament, identify the principal people and events and their roles in New Testament history.
  • Ability to demonstrate understanding of the basic principals of biblical interpretation.
  • Ability to identify and explain the main characteristics of the theological foundations of Christianity.
  • Ability to explain scriptural holiness from the Wesleyan perspective.
  • Ability to identify and describe the events, personalities and main themes of the history of the Christian Church in Africa.
  • Ability to describe Nazarene history in terms of events, personalities and theology.
  • Ability to describe the events, personalities and theology in the history of the Church of the Nazarene in Africa and other indigenous churches.
  • Ability to explain the structure and mission of the Church of the Nazarene from both historical and current perspective.
  • Ability to explain the Nazarene position on speaking in tongues.
Competency Outcomes
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing with cultural relevance.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally with cultural relevance.
  • Ability to prepare biblical messages for effective and sound Bible preaching.
  • Ability to teach the Word of God.
  • Ability to produce a chronological chart of the books of the Bible.
  • Ability to plan, participate in and conduct others in worship.
  • Ability to present the Gospel in a clear and biblical way.
  • Ability to support and carry out church planting.
  • Ability to express pastoral care to others including visiting the sick, conducting weddings, funerals, burials, baptisms and dedications.
  • Ability to do basic biblical counselling with wisdom.
  • Ability to determine directions and personnel for the building up of the Church.
  • Ability to organise and promote Christian education for all ages.
  • Ability to act like a leader and to encourage other leaders.
  • Ability to administrate finances, to prepare reports and statistics.
  • Ability to be approved in a supervised ministerial practicum.
Character Outcomes
  • Ability to take responsibility for one's own spiritual growth with the goal of becoming like Christ.
  • Ability to find, understand and utilise resources for one's own spiritual growth, in prayer, Bible study and personal devotion.
  • Ability to practise personal Christian ethics in faithful stewardship, in personal relationships and in finances.
  • Ability to teach and model sexual purity.
  • Ability to demonstrate oneself consistently in public Christian ethics, in decision-making and in conducting onself as a Christian in a pagan society.
  • Ability to carry out and/or support Christian marriage in all aspects and to counsel others in respect to polygamy.
  • Ability to give value to the interrelated aspects (ethical, personal, social and environmental) in the development of persons in any social structure.
Context Outcomes
  • Ability to identify and describe the events, personalities, and main themes of national history in the context of world history and African history.
  • Ability to identify in current events some main trends in science, politics and civil education.
  • Ability to apply this current information to the ministries of the church.
  • Basic ability to analyse and describe communities and churches.
  • Ability to support missionary and trans-cultural principles.
  • Ability to distinguish between world-views—African, biblical and Western.
  • Ability to make an integrated presentation of divine creation.
  • Ability to interpret with scientific basis the Christian positions toward magic, spiritism, divine cure and medicine.

The Bachelor of Theology Degree

  • This programme is designed for academically capable learners who, besides seeking to prepare for the full-time ministry, may also desire to pursue post-graduate studies.
  • The Manual requirements of the Church of the Nazarene for ordination as an elder or deacon are fulfilled by this programme of study.
  • The Bachelor of Theology degree is offered through affiliation with the University of Swaziland. Normal university entrance qualifications are required. For Swaziland this means holding a Cambridge GCE O-Level Matriculation Certificate with credit in English. Or The International General Certificate of Secondary education (IGCSE) Certificate with six passes at C grade or better in English language.
  • The academic standards and conditions for offering the Bachelor of Theology degree are under the auspices of the Board of the Affiliated Institutions.
    • This degree programme is designed primarily for those who are called and preparing for the Christian ministry in their home country or for missionary service. The usual length of time to complete the programme is four years.
    • Candidates for the degree are required to take at least 42 modules of instruction and to attain a minimum standard in the final examination in each module. Further, candidates must have earned a minimum average mark over the complete programme of study equivalent to "C" or a minimum accumulative quality point average of 2.0 in order to graduate.
    • A comprehensive examination, either set or approved by UNISWA which is essay in nature is required to be written during the candidate's final year. The examination is assessed both internally and externally. The comprehensive examination measures the candidate's ability to integrate the various subject areas of the theological education experience.

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