This paper is the final requirement of an integrated master’s programme at the South African Theology Seminary (SATS). SATS views this as the preferred way of doing theology and in line with the purpose of all theology (Smith 2013:152). The programme commences with selecting a topic, which is chosen with a specific local church or ministry in mind. The bulk of the programme entails studying the topic from various theological perspectives – biblical, historical, systematic, and practical. The final stage is a research report that presents a summary of, recommendations for, and an evaluation of the integrated method of theological study with respect to the chosen topic in the context of a specific church or ministry.

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