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 Pastoral 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

  • Apply appropriate methodology in the practice of ministry, employ critical thinking and a range of problem-solving devices. 
  • Operate efficiently in the biblical languages, Greek and Hebrew.
  • Analyze situations, plan and organize programs and events.
  • Operate comfortably within a wide range of practical and transferable skills that will enable the successful performance of ministerial tasks.
  • Exercise leadership and integrity in the specific ministerial field
  • Delegate tasks and authority responsibly.