Most of the Mukhanyo staff are deeply committed to church and welfare work in addition to their full-time or part-time roles at Mukhanyo. Many lecturers are regularly preaching, incorporating what they are teaching their students on weekdays.
The teaching model of Mukhanyo is ideally suited for this approach, since most lectures run from Tuesdays to Thursdays, leaving weekends for study and church work.
Mukhanyo has a staff complement of over 60, with half of them serving as lecturers across its five centres, typically consisting of six lecturers per centre. In addition, there are some 160 theologically trained facilitators at the local learning centres throughout South Africa and beyond, with roughly 700 students. Additionally, four trained regional coordinators are working part-time.
This provides a clear indication of the significant number of Christians associated with Mukhanyo who are involved in church and welfare work.
The lecturing staff are highly engaged in various roles within their respective congregations, such as pastors, assistant preachers, church planters, emeriti, and lay preachers. Furthermore, some are involved in various church-related activities, such as helping with music and singing during services, assisting with church administration, and teaching Sunday school teachers. Additionally, some are engaged in welfare work, such as the rehabilitation of drug addicts.
An example of this is Dr Brian De Vries, Mukhanyo’s principal. He, together with his wife, is busy planting another multi-ethnic church in Pretoria. He is also a visiting professor at the Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, USA.
Dr DeVries states that, in his experience, the combination of teaching at Mukhanyo while being practically involved in ministry work is an ideal model: both teaching and preaching. The Apostle Paul did the same, proclaiming the gospel while working as a tentmaker (Acts 18:3).