Minister of Religion

Minister of Religion (Christian Religious Professional) Certificate

The Minister of Religion Certificate (Occupational Certificate: Christian Religious Professional – Qualification 101571) is proudly offered by LEDISA Academy in the form of 13 Knowledge Modules, 16 Practical Modules and 5 Workplace Experience Modules. All thirty four modules are compulsory programmes and learners complete the learning programme over a minimum period of 24 months and a maximum of 36 months. This learning programme consists of 237 Credits on NQF Level 5.

Purpose of Minister of ReligionTraining

A Minister of Religion (Christian Religious Professional) directs and conducts the ministry functions in a faith community in order to facilitate spiritual formation; nurture fellowship and mutual care within the faith community; helps members to develop a Christian lifestyle; provides strategic leadership that leads to obedience to vocation as well as well-being and sustainability of the faith community; and develops a missional practice that shares the good news of Jesus Christ and serves the holistic well-being of the entire community.

Who should attend this Minister of Religion Course?

  • Individuals with a passion for Christian work.
  • Any person who wants to be equipped for ministry and service.
  • People who wants to be inspired and grow in Christlikeness and integrity.
  • Any person with the intention of becoming a Pastor/Minister of Religion.
  • A person functioning as a church leader without a formal qualification.
  • Any person interested in becoming a Missionary.
  • People who wants to be equipped to understand and apply the Bible.

An Effective & Affordable Option

It’s important to remember that many people have no access to seminary education, mostly due to the availability of adequate funding and/or personal circumstances. However, there is a hunger worldwide for learning the Bible, theology, and ministry skills, even becoming a pastor in a local church. Thousands of local pastors and individuals are currently serving as church leaders without any formal theological training. We now offer an affordable solution and option for those who want to study in the comfort of their own homes without attending a formal theological seminary or school. Decide today, and start pursuing your dream. Start studying for your certification and getting equipped has never been this easy.

What is the minimum entry requirements?

  • Basic English Communication Skills on NQF Level 4
  • English Communication & Literacy Skills on NQF Level 4

Learning Approach

  • We offer hybrid learning – a combination of self-study, Zoom sessions and assignments.
  • Blended e-Learning: Learners set their own learning pace and complete the programme based on the time available, subject to a maximum completion period.
  • All assignments are open book assignments and all examinations are completed online.

How long does it take to complete the Minister of Religion Course?

The course can be completed in a period of 24 months by a partime learner. We do, however, offer a 24 month minimum and a 36 month maximum to complete the learning programme.

Minister of Religion Course Structure

Minister of Religion
  • Knowledge Modules, Credits 123
    • KM-01: Essentials and characteristics of religious practitioners, Credits 6
    • KIM-02: The Bible and Bible interpretation, Credits 30
    • KM-03: Basic Christian concepts, Credits 8
    • KM-04: Christian ethics, Credits 8
    • KM-05: History of the church and an overview of a variety of Christian traditions, Credits 6
    • KM-06: Principles of building a faith community, Credits 8
    • KM-07: Principles of preaching, Credits 8
    • KM-08: Principles of conducting services, Credits 6
    • KM-09: Spiritual formation, life skills training and value system development, Credits 10
    • KM-10: Principles of pastoral counselling in a Christian context, Credits 12
    • KM-11: The missional calling of the church, Credits 7
    • KM-12: Principles of church leadership and ministry management, Credits 8
    • KM-13: Church administration, accountability and financial management, Credits 6
  • Practical Modules, Credits 64
    • PM-01: Prepare sermons that will address the spiritual and contextual needs of a faith community, Credits 5
    • PM-02: Conduct worship services in a faith community, Credits 5
    • PM-03: Interact with groups and individuals in order to facilitate spiritual growth, Credits 4
    • PM-05: Nurture fellowship among members of a faith community, Credits 4
    • PM-06: Lead the faith community to live according to a Christian value system and Christian virtues, Credits 4
    • PM-07: Develop pro-active (positive) and reactive (coping) life skills in the faith community through preaching, teaching and mentoring, Credits 5
    • PM-08: Lead a faith community through visionary spiritual leadership (strategic management as a spiritual discipline), Credits 4
    • PM-09: Build the spiritual capacity of the congregation / faith community, Credits 4
    • PM-10: Facilitate effective ministries in a faith community (operational management as a spiritual discipline), Credits 4
    • PM-11: Facilitate stewardship processes in a faith community (stewardship as a spiritual discipline), Credits 4
    • PM-12: Mobilise the faith community to share the good news of Jesus Christ with the world, Credits 4
    • PM-13: Plan and execute outreach programs to deal with socio-economic and other relevant needs in the wider community, Credits 3  
    • PM-14: Initiate and/or participate in interventions to deal with needs and emergency situations in the community, Credits 3
    • PM-15: Participate in inter-faith community development initiatives, Credits 3
    • PM-16: Plan and manage the effective use of media, Credits 2 
  • Workplace Experience Modules, Credits 50
    • WM-01: Prepare and conduct a worship service to nurture the relationship with God, Credits 15
    • WM-02: Plan and conduct teachings, and develop ministry activities, to enhance the quality of fellowship and mutual care, Credits 15
    • WM-03: Develop pro-active (positive) and reactive (coping) life skills and nurture Christin values in a faith community, Credits 10
    • WM-04: Engage the leadership of a faith community in discussions on visional leadership and operational management practices, Credits 5
    • WM-05: Plan and execute an outreach or community development project in a community, Credits 5

QCTO (SAQA) Alignment

QCTO Occupational Qualification: 101571
Occupational Part Qualification Title: Occupational Certificate: Christian Religious Professional
NQF Level: Level 5
Credits: 237

Delivery Method & Language

The programme is facilitated in English by a competent subject matter specialist/s, who utilises the following techniques to ensure that the session is practical and experiential: Lecture, Exercises, Discussion, Role Plays, Case Studies, PowerPoint Presentation, Videos, Simulations, and Learner Assessment. Study Methods include a blended and/or hybrid approach.


  • Upon successful completion, the learner will receive a Certificate of Completion issued by LEDISA Academy.
  • Upon verified Competence of the Occupational Certification 101571, the learner will receive a Certificate of Competence as well as a Statement of Results from the Quality Council for Trade & Occupations (QCTO).


LEDISA Academy (Pty) Ltd is accredited training provider with ETDP SETA, Services SETA, TETA, QCTO and a registered training provider with COMENSA. 

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