September 21 marked a significant day of celebration for 44 students at the Mukhanyo campus in KwaMhlanga as they were awarded certificates for completing the church-based Focus program. Some of these students spent four years to achieve this milestone.
The Focus program offers church-based education in both English and Zulu. It was established several years ago to cater to church leaders who did not meet the qualifications for Mukhanyo's accredited programmes, including higher certificates at the tertiary level or a Bachelor of Theology degree. This program plays a vital role in bridging an important gap, particularly for church leaders seeking fundamental training in various aspects of the Bible and church-related matters.
The graduates of 2023 have affirmed that this program has increased their ability to instruct and lead within various independent African churches. Here are a few examples:
The Focus program is tailored to an academic level roughly equivalent to grades ten through twelve. This program places a strong emphasis on enhancing the knowledge and understanding of Christians within a church setting. It is specifically designed for individuals such as pastors, elders, deacons, Sunday school teachers, and other church leaders.
Students are offered the choice between three elective tracks: church leadership, church growth, or church life. The curriculum comprises modules covering a wide range of topics, including Bible studies, the in-depth exploration of specific books of the Bible, apologetics, the practice of worship within the African context, and the cultivation of godly living.
Upon registration, a student joins one of Mukhanyo’s local learning sites, each one having a Mukhanyo-trained tutor or facilitator. These sites, numbering around 100 in southern Africa, serve as educational hubs where not only the Focus programme but also a substantial portion of Mukhanyo's accredited programmes are taught.