Culminating four years of negotiations and planning, the merger of our four theological colleges in South Africa was ratified during 1989 and became a reality as a consolidated institution at Nooitgedacht, near Muldersdrift at the beginning of 1990. The former campuses (Nazarene Theological College, Florida-established in 1954, originally at Potchefstroom; Africa Nazarene Theological College, Port Elizabeth-1954, originally at Rehoboth Mission Station near Kempton Park; Lula Schmelzenbach Memorial Nazarene Theological College, Acornhoek-1963; KwaZulu Nazarene Bible College, Amanzimtoti-1977) all established one Board of Trustees, representing all the districts of the Africa South Field of the Church of the Nazarene.
Underlying the whole process was a great season of prayer. Indeed, NTC became "A College Born in Prayer". Prayer, sensitivity, and courage were needed to be the foundation.
The resultant goals were:
- Improved instruction due to proper utilisation of faculty and staff
- A more viable learner body in terms of enrolment numbers
- Consolidated library
- Improved operational cost effectiveness
Nazarene Theological College is a tertiary level institution of higher education of the Church of the Nazarene. It is a community of Christian scholars and learners seeking to present a view of life and man, based on the Word of God, that will guide, stimulate, and equip learners to realize a life of redemptive and reconciliatory service to their fellows, either as pastors, missionaries, evangelists, Christian educators, counsellors or lay persons.
Holiness demands not only right living but also right thinking. The College, therefore, strives to provide opportunity for the learner to:
- Continue to develop the ability to listen, think critically, reason clearly, evaluate objectively, and communicate cogently and clearly.
- Acquire attitudes, which stimulate awareness of both oneself and others.
- Experience a personal encounter with and dynamic commitment to God in Christ and His way of life.
- Develop the gifts of evangelism, preaching pastoral leadership, administration, and counselling.
- Develop social, ethical, and professional skills necessary to function competently in a service-ministry to others in a contextualized manner.