Vanaf Wellington na Universiteit van Wes-Kaapland (UWK)

Kerkhistoriese aantekeninge oor die verskuiwing en vestiging van die teologiese opleiding van die Nederduitse Gereformeerde Sendingkerk in Suid-Afrika (NGSK) 1958–1994


  • Nathan Philander Systematic Theology & Ecclesiology



NG Sendingkerk, teologiese opleiding, UWK, kurrikulum, etnisiteit, ekumene


The years between 1958 and 1994 saw radical shifts in the theological training of the DR Missionary Church (DCMC) in South Africa. This article offers a chronological overview of those changes by extensively quoting from and offering interpretation of the original documents. The shifts are analysed thematically as a journey from a pietistic inspired curriculum taught by missionaries in a single-church seminary in Wellington, to an academic education at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) in Belville. This was guided by well-trained theologians and represented a further leg of the journey, representing development from a single-church institution to an ecumenical collaboration with the University of the Western Cape (UWC).
This article presents a historiographical overview of the development of theological training under the influence of the specific contexts of an era. It offers a window on an overview of the educational changes that were affected and indicates the need for the acceptance of a discipline that can consistently continue to accommodate formation, reformation, and transformation. The article in itself testifies to a changing and developing educational process and to the way that the passage of time enhances its growth and development.