25 Years of Ministerial Formation Praxis in the Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa: How Belharic Have We Become?

Keywords: Ministerial Formation, Confession of Belhar, Northern Theological Seminary, Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa (URCSA)


Since the inception of the Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa (URCSA) in 1994, the issue of theological education has occupied a key place in the meetings of General Synod. This article analyses the development and implementation of URCSA’s ministerial formation programme over the past 25 years through the lens of the Belhar Confession. It examines the extent to which not only the curriculum but also the practices of ministerial formation have become driven, guided and shaped by the commitments inherent in the Confession of Belhar. Due to space constraints, this paper uses only Article One of Belhar as an interpretive and evaluative lens and focuses only on the Northern Theological Seminary in Pretoria, hoping thereby to stimulate further reflection in a similar vein.

Author Biographies

Johannes N.J. Kritzinger, University of South Africa

Emeritus Professor

Department of Christian Spirituality, Church History and Missiology

University of South Africa

Moses Selaelo Maponya, Northern Theological Seminary


Northern Theological Seminary