At ETS the Bachelor of Theology (equivalent) can be attained with three years of full-time study.  It combines theoretical knowledge with practical application and Christian ministry experience and is designed to equip the student for work in a local church, mission or parachurch activity.

The Foundation Certificate is a required basis for the studies that follow hence its competencies apply to the B.Th. plus the following for the Mission Major.

General Competencies

  • Acquire a basic understanding of the Bible and use reference works such as Lexica, Concordances and Commentaries effectively.
  • Produce a synthesis of the development of the history and theology of the Christian church.
  • Understand and apply critical judgment as to the place of the social sciences in Christian ministry.
  • During the course of the program to experience spiritual growth, personal development and professional maturity to be able to function competently and responsibly in a leadership capacity.
  • Acquire and develop communication and relational skills that will enable practical competence.
  • Through spiritual formation and mentoring to appreciate how spiritual development operates.
  • To apply the skills and abilities needed for the practice of ministry.

Specific Competencies

  • Acquire and develop communication skills to function in a cross-cultural environment.
  • Prepare to exercise responsible leadership with an awareness of other World Religions.
  • Exhibit a sensitivity to members of other world religions
  • Describe and apply basic missiological principles to various cultural concerns.  
  • Articulate and personify a practical theology for the task of leadership in a mission context.