NQF level 2, SAQA ID: 101997, Credits 156

Christian Religious Practitioner

Purpose and Rational of the Qualification Purpose
The purpose of this qualification is to prepare a learner to operate as a Christian Religious Practitioner.

A Christian Religious Practitioner facilitates the effective practice of ministry work within a specific congregation/faith community to encourage spiritual formation, to nurture fellowship and mutual care within the congregation/faith community, to help members developing a Christian lifestyle, to provide Christian leadership, to ensure organisational well-being, and to facilitate appropriate responses of the congregation/faith community to needs in the wider society. A qualified learner will be able to:

  • Share the gospel in a specific context and to a specific audience.
  • Build caring relationships in the faith community and respond to the spiritual and physical needs of members.
  • Provide spiritual leadership and develop leaders in a faith community.
  • Arrange and oversee the day to day running of ministries and of the administrative and accountability processes of the faith community.
  • Share the gospel in a specific context and to a specific audience.


Recent estimates indicate that there are about 186,000 Pastors (Ministers of Religion) in informal churches who do not have access to formal ministry training. The South African Council of Churches, through their Secretary General indicated a significant number of these Pastors, who are already in ministry have little or no training, and have difficulty in reading and writing. For this group, a qualification at Level 2 is required that addresses the basic elements of Christian Ministry. There is also a large group of these Pastors that have well developed reading and writing skills, for which a Level 5 is required. The Level 5 qualification is also required for people that want to join the Ministry fraternity. Such a qualification at Level 5 would not only address their training needs, but also provide access to Higher Qualifications.

A distinction between a Level 2 and 5 is necessary at different levels of complexity, whilst still addressing the essential elements of Christian Ministry.

Needs that the qualification will meet

There are many religious ministers in rural areas, and often even in urban settings, with low literacy ability, yet they function as ministers and as leaders of their faith communities. A need to assist these leaders by means of a qualification that will provide them with the competencies to minister has been expressed for many years. The Christian Religious Practitioner (Level 2) qualification aims at fulfilling this need. It will provide appropriate training to leaders who do not have the literacy ability to access any other qualification, without trivialising the competencies required to effectively function as Christian Religious Ministers. The qualification focuses on all the aspects of Christian Ministry, but at a level that will make access possible for people with no or little schooling or literacy. Church representatives involved in the development of the qualification foresee that the qualification will ultimately be used as a baseline for preparing ministry leaders to be formally recognised as ministers or spiritual leaders in their churches.

Benefits for society

 With the introduction of the new qualification at Level 2, society will benefit from the assurance that large numbers of spiritual leaders who did not have a proper training opportunity in the past, will now have a common set of competencies, despite their numeracy and literacy level of competence.

Entry requirements:

No educational requirement for this qualification


Knowledge Modules:
  • 263601004-KM-01, Bible and Bible Interpretation, Level 2, 20 Credits.
  • 263601004-KM-02, Basic Christian Concepts, Level 1, 15 Credits.
  • 263601004-KM-03, Worship Services and Preaching, Level 1, 4 Credits.
  • 263601004-KM-04, Basic Christian Pastoral Care, Level 3, 8 Credits.
  • 263601004-KM-05, Church leadership, Administration and Accountability, Level 2, 7 Credits.
  • 263601004-KM-06, The role of the church (Christianity) in the world, Level 1, 5 Credits.
Total number of Credits for Knowledge Modules: 59 Credits.
Practical Skill Modules:
  • 263601004-PM-01, Share the gospel in a specific context and to a specific audience, Level 2, 13 Credits.
  • 263601004-PM-02, Build caring relationships in the faith community and respond to the spiritual and physical needs of members, Level 1, 6 Credits.
  • 263601004-PM-03, Apply Christian leadership and develop leaders in a faith community, Level 2, 6 Credits.
  • 263601004-PM-04, Arrange and oversee the day to day running of ministries and of the administrative and accountability processes in the faith community, Level 2, 6 Credits.
  • 263601004-PM-05, Help people in the faith community to share the gospel, support people in need and speak out for what is right and fair in the wider society, Level 1, 6 Credits.
    Total number of Credits for Practical Skill Modules: 37 Credits.

This qualification also requires the following Work Experience Modules:

  • 263601004-WM-01, Prepare and conduct worship services, Level 2, 12 Credits.
  • 263601004-WM-02, Plan and conduct teachings, and develop ministry activities, to enhance the quality of fellowship and mutual care, Level 1, 12 Credits.
  • 263601004-WM-03, Develop life skills and Christian living, Level 2, 12 Credits.
  • 263601004-WM-04, Observe the leadership of a faith community on how they lead the community, Level 1, 12 Credits.
  • 263601004-WM-05, Participate in an outreach or community development project in a community, Level 2, 12 Credits.
Total number of Credits for Work Experience Modules: 60 Credits
Duration of the Qualification 12 – 18 Months

Course Fees 2023 - Christian Religious Practitioner NQF level 2

Application fee (Per Year) R500 (Non-Refundable)
Reactivation fee R300 (Non-refundable) Note: The student will need to pay a reactivation fee if the student is inactive for more than 6 months or does not register for any module for more than 6 months period.
Course fee R22 000 (R11 200 Sponsored by WnL Church and Marketplace Academy)
Discounted fees R10 800 (Online study material is included / cost of printed books will be charged separately)
Final Exam fee Waiting for prices from QCTO
Printed Books R170 (per module)
Total R11 300 (includes, first time application fee, course fee and online study material)
Note: Monthly payment plan is available: R 600 (Excluding printed learning material)

The application fee (R500) is not part of the module registration. Once a student is accepted in the programme / qualification with the student number, the next step will be to pay the first monthly instalment as signed in the payment plan with the main application. The relevant details will be communicated by the admission department after an applicant is accepted in the relevant programme / qualification. For more information please contact us at training@wnlacademy.com