Leadership for Urban Transformation

We are very excited to be at the planning stages of running the Leadership In Urban Transformation (LUT) certificate course through the University of Pretoria in 2018. This will be third year of running a Cape Town cohort for this course. Thank you for the interest you have shown.

Here are some of the answers to frequently asked questions about this course, and a summary of all information including the contact weeks planned for next year. It is important that each delegate is able to attend the contact weeks.

The course has been developed and will be run by Dr Stephan De Beer who is the head of the Centre for Contextual Ministry that is housed within the theology faculty of the University of Pretoria. Next year, it will be co-hosted by The Warehouse and the Centre for Applied Christian Studies at Cornerstone Institute, but the accreditation will come directly from U.P. www.ccm.up.ac.za

It is a theology certificate with a strong emphasis on Urban studies, drawing on input from experts in a variety of multi-disciplinary fields. Readings draw from both theological and secular disciplines.

The ideal participants are people involved in practical transformational ministry in the city who want to reflect theologically and have their work be more deeply informed by theological models. This year, the Cape Town cohort included church leaders, people working with churches and church mobilisation, an architect involved in informal settlement development, leaders in education renewal and civil society engagement, youth leaders, someone involved in theological education, and more.

About half the class had previous theological training (bachelor and honours degrees in Theology) and some of us had absolutely none! For those of you with no prior theological training, The Warehouse and Cornerstone are happy to hold a one day workshop prior to the start of the course to fill you in on various concepts and regularly used terminology from the theology academic world that we think will help.

- For those of you with Bachelor of Theology degrees, the LUT counts towards the bulk of an honours - you would need to complete two further classes (research methodology and practical theology) the year after completing the LUT. You would only need to register for your honours at the start of 2019.

- For those of you with Honours in Theology, the LUT is the coursework of a masters, the final essay serving as a Master’s thesis proposal. You would only need to register for your honours at the start of 2019.

- For those of you with any other higher academic qualifications that are not in theology, we will have to let you know how the process unfolds for those of us without theology who have done the LUT this year. It will count toward RPL (recognition of prior learning) for any ongoing field of study of course, but at present we are unsure what this will mean for ongoing theological studies. What we can vouch for, however, is that it has been of the utmost value to the work that we do and will have been worth it even if we are not awarded with anything other than a certificate. But watch this space smile

Please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) indicating whether you are interested in studying this next year and we will keep you updated with registration links and other information.



Purpose of the Course:
This course is designed to equip urban practitioners connected with urban challenges with values, knowledge and skills, that will enable them to serve as incarnational and transformational urban leaders, able to read, re-imagine and reconstruct their communities, with many other people. The course will draw from stories of hope around the world.

Who may attend: People working in faith-based organisations, community organisations, or urban Churches (community, non-profit and church leaders), or generally committed to urban transformation that is socially inclusive; and who have matriculated and have a two or three year diploma or degree.

Note: Students who qualify to register for a Master’s degree at the Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, can offer this course as part of a structured course work Master’s degree in Practical Theology.

Structure and duration of course: This is a one year course with five weeks of contact tuition. Written assignments are done after every week of contact sessions. Each module will consist of theory, practical exercises, and in-depth reflection and integration of information.
Dates of Contact Weeks:

Week 1: 12-15 March 2018
Week 2: 21-24 May 2018
Week 3: 16-19 July 2018
Week 4: 03-06 September 2018
Week 5: 19-22 November 2018    

Venue: Cape Town

Cost: R8 500 for the five intensive contact sessions

Presenter: Dr Stephan de Beer

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