The Theological College of Southern Africa was founded in 1965 in Harare (Zimbabwe) as the Theological College of South Africa. It was set started by the Assemblies of God as a correspondence college to train men and women for the ministry.
In 1971 the college moved to the Johannesburg area and became a residential (full-time) college for several years. Later, the name was changed to Theological College of Southern Africa (TCSA) and in 2001 it was moved back to Zimbabwe where it is currently based.
TCSA currently operates three centres of learning in Zimbabwe: Bulawayo, Harare and Gwanda. Bulawayo is the main centre. In 2011 the entire curriculum was revised and the entire teaching methodology as well as all the course material was overhauled in order to bring TCSA up to date with the latest trends in educational technology while maintaining its thoroughly biblical foundations.
Additional centres will soon be opening in South Africa and the USA. In the USA TCSA operates under the name of International Center of Theological Studies (ICTS).
Over the past 46 years TCSA has successfully trained countless pastors, teachers, evangelists and other church leaders. Many of its graduates have gone on to earn higher degrees at seminaries and universities all over the world. Alumni from this institute are in leadership positions in many different denominations and groups in many different countries.
The Mission Statement
To equip and prepare men and women for ministry and service to churches and the lost through a Bible-based and Christ-centred curriculum.
Aims and Objectives of the College
The College exists solely for the purpose of training and imparting Biblical knowledge and skills and changed attitudes. Through the course we aim to:
- Give the student a sound working knowledge of the Bible and its doctrines.
- Introduce the student to the lessons we learn from the important events and people in the history of the Christian church from the time of Christ to the present day.
- Guide the student in preparation for effective service in the community – locally or abroad; within the church and without.
- Encourage the student to be an independent researcher and thinker and to set him on a path towards life-long learning and study.
- Teach the student to read with discretion and discernment.
The Outcomes for the Students
The outcomes for the students are:
- Personal spiritual growth, discipline and integrity.
- Biblical knowledge and application relevant to the needs of the community.
- Effective leadership that reflects Godliness.
- Effective pastoral care that brings healing.
Description of the College
The Theological College of Southern Africa is a distance learning College which provides systematic tuition in the following subjects:
- Fundamentals of the Faith
- Biblical Studies (Old and New Testaments)
- Bible Doctrines
- Hermeneutics and Homiletics
- Pastoral Studies
- Church History
- Discernment Studies
- Missions and Evangelism
Studies are based on a Pentecostal and Evangelical tradition.
The concept of the Theological College of Southern Africa is that a learner learns at his/her pace.
A student acquires knowledge through:
- Comprehensive reading.
- Listening to pre-recorded lectures
- Interaction with teachers.
- Making own discovery on certain issues.
- Attending workshops, seminars etc. organized by the College.
- Practical involvement in field work under a spiritual supervisor.
The curriculum and coursework has been designed by well-qualified and experienced pastors and teachers in Zimbabwe, South Africa and the United States. In addition to their academic qualifications, the authors all have many decades of experience in the ministry.