Vacancy: ICT Administrator
Mukhanyo urgently needs an ICT Administrator. We are looking for a gifted Christian to lead all information and communications technology (ICT) developments at the college.
Mukhanyo Theological College has grown considerably during the past decade. The need for technology has also rapidly expanded, especially as newer technologies are becoming available. We feel there is great potential to expend in so many areas: additional support for staff, improved information systems, better student services, etc. But we need an experienced person to guide us in all areas of technology development.
Mukhanyo’s ICT needs include maintaining the existing computer systems, supporting staff and students, providing guidance for development, and improving present systems for better service to our students. As the Mukhanyo ministry grows, we also need to upgrade our student information system (SIS) and expand with a better learning management system (LMS).
So Mukhanyo is looking for a sincere Christian who feels called by God to serve with us in this ministry for the next few years. We need a capable person who is gifted with ICT skills and is looking for an exciting challenge to grow with us in order to take the college ministry to the next level in all areas of information technology.
There is a reasonable budget for ICT and this position, but Mukhanyo will not be able to provide a competitive salary for this two year or more assignment. We are praying the Lord will motivate and send the right person to Mukhanyo.
Has the Lord given you these gifts/experience and are you interested to serve this way in Christ’s kingdom? Then please contact the Principal, Dr Brian de Vries (firstname.lastname@example.org), or the Operations Manager, Mr Jan Pelser (email@example.com), for further information and discussion.
To get a detailed description of this position, please download the file.
Record graduation ceremony
No fewer than 90 students graduated at the Mukhanyo campus on Saturday, 24 February, an all-time record. These students are now qualified to spread, proclaim and explain the gospel to thousands of people all over South Africa and beyond. Can there be a better way to serve, honour and please our Father in heaven?
The ceremony took place amid much rejoicing, happiness and thankfulness. The key note address was by Rev Celumusa Zulu who emphasised that the greatest challenge the church has always faced and still faces today, is deviating from the truth of the gospel. Therefore: don’t quarrel about words and irrelevant arguments which does no good. It also ruins the hearers (1 Timothy 2:14). But proclaim the true Christ. And the only way to do this, is through the correct knowledge of the Word of God. So continue to study the gospel!
The principal, Dr Brian DeVries, promised the graduates that Mukhanyo will continue to pray for them, as Mukhanyo has done through the years of their study.
The chairman of the Mukhanyo’s board, Dr Lusani Netshitomboni, thanked everybvody who assisted the graduates through their studies: lecturers, parents, family, etc. Graduates must remember that they live in a society full of problems. While most people are only interested in serving themselves, graduates must remember that the most important thing in life is to serve – not themselves, but God and the society.
After the graduation ceremony, there congratulations all round. Pictures were taken and lunch was served.
How a mustard seed grows
Mukhanyo’s Johannesburg campus is operating in its third year as a campus. Previously, many people, by God’s grace, have partnered to prepare for this important part of Mukhanyo’s ministry.
Mr Jons Flentge was one of them, working with Dr Flip Buys and Dr Brian de Vries, to shape the initial vision for this campus. Because of this vision, the church building in Johannesburg was donated to Mukhanyo by the Good News Community Church. By faith, Jons started with a group of six students in 2010. He and his team of lecturers worked very hard to establish what was at first a distance learning site for Mukhanyo that operated almost full-time.
In 2015 a task team consisting of Rev Celumusa Zulu, Mr Jons Flentge, Rev Michael Marsland and Rev Michael Rogers overseen renovations of the facilities and prepared for the enrolment of students for 2016, in both a diploma in theology and Mukhanyo’s BTh programme.
By the end of 2015, Dr Japie Malan was added to the team as campus manager. In 2016 Johannesburg, now officially registered as a campus, opened its doors to three Diploma and eight BTh students. The three lecture rooms were adequate, with the devotions being held in the fellowship area. Several students could not continue, so the number were lower by the end of the year. But the ministry had started!
In 2017 eight new students registered for the diploma and three new full-time students for the BTh as well as six part-time BTh students. The Lord was very good to us and everything went well. The limited facilities were still serving their purpose, although the fellowship area had to be used as a lecture room as well. Seven diploma and six BTh students successfully completed the year. In addition, renovation upgrades and other improvements were completed.
Now 2018 has started with five new diploma students and four new BTh students as well as a number of part timers. Altogether there are about 30 students in this location. Further renovations and expansions have become necessary and will, God willing, be implemented this year, including:
Request: Pease continue to spread the word about Mukhanyo Johannesburg in your areas of influence, and pray that God will increase the numbers of students that He desires to be here. With gratitude, we lift our thankful hearts to the Lord. He planted a mustard seed in Johannesburg and it is growing slowly to become a tree that blessed many. We believe that God will use this campus to be a big tree that will faithfully serve the church of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Our thanks to all who ran with the vision; those who endured and persevered! May the birds, by faith, make their nests in this tree! The first fruit of the Johannesburg campus was on 24 February 2018 when the first diploma student, Sharon Sampson, graduated. She persevered to the end and we are proud of her.
Reformed synod to get Mukhanyo involved
In January the General Synod of the Reformed Churches in South Africa took place in Potchefstroom. Mukhanyo has been for decades involved with the denomination in a number of ways, and as a result of the synod’s decisions, we hope to be even more involved in future.
Firstly a number of points on the agenda involved Mukhanyo directly or indirectly. For example, serious note was taken of the increasing shortage of reformed ministers and church leaders. The theological curators and senate of the Theological School in Potchefstroom (TSP) were instructed to come up with concrete proposals on how to address this problem in partnership with Mukhanyo.
Mukhanyo’s chairman, Dr Lusani Netshitomboni, as well as the principal, Dr Brian de Vries, addressed the synod. They briefly presented the work of Mukhanyo, some of its present needs, and areas of new growth.
It was obvious from the discussions and also from informal talks between delegates that Mukhanyo experienced much goodwill, far more than at previous meetings. Everybody realises that additional and alternative ways of training ministers, elders and other church leaders are urgently needed in the light of the existing and increasing shortage, especially of faithful well-trained ministers. The only question is that of what to do about it. The next synod – in 2021 – will have to take concrete steps.
Service to study groups improve
To serve more than 50 distance study sites with their many students – coming from churches and communities all over the country and beyond – is no small task. Therefore Mukhanyo this year has introduced additional support services: