The curators of the Theological School Potchefstroom of the Reformed Churches in South Africa (RCSA) and Mukhanyo Theological College late in 2018 decided on closer cooperation. The curators will oversee RCSA students studying at Mukhanyo and such students who complete Mukhanyo’s BTh Honours will be ready for the next level of theological study in Potchefstroom.
This has already born fruit right at the start of 2019. An intensive course in the Pauline letters was held from 7 to 11 January at Mukhanyo’s new centre in Wonderboom-South, Pretoria. It was presented by Prof Risimati Hobyane of the Theological School Potchefstroom to twenty-five theological students of Mukhanyo’s Johannesburg and Pretoria centres. This course is one module of Mukhanyo’s BTh degree.
Prof Hobyane is very enthusiastic about this cooperation and has far-reaching views on where this will lead to in due course. Fact of the matter is that there is a huge shortage of ministers and other church leaders in the Reformed Churches in South Africa and beyond. A close relation and co-operation between these two institutions will benefit the Reformed Churches and also many other church communities in southern Africa.
Dr Brian DeVries, Mukhanyo’s principal, sees this growing co-operation as the result of years of hard work and good developments. He also refers to the synod of the Reformed Churches a year ago when the decision was taken to initiate the first steps in this process, the first part of which now has become a reality. He hopes that the next synod, in January 2021, will be able to already bless two years of working together of the two Reformed institutions, for God’s kingdom and to the benefit of His Church.