The BDD programme is designed for those who would like to pursue firstly their degree, but also gain a more practical experience in ministry, and includes various course on campus activities for a period of time, consisting of Business, Leadership & Theological courses, gaining hands-on experience on Theology, Missions, under the tutorage of the administrative, pastoral and missions teams.

This practical training will give the intern a working knowledge of day to day operations in both ministry & business settings, better preparing them for what God called them to do. This BDD program is measured in academic credit hours. Academic credit hours are transferable from one post-secondary institution to another and are subject to the guidelines and restrictions of the post-secondary institution that receives the credits.

In order to complete the BDD, the student needs to complete an additional 20 credits added to the ADM course for a total of 120 credits towards the degree. These next 20 credits are made up of Module 12, consisting of 7 subjects.  (Most of this Module needs to be completed on Campus in a 3 month Program)

What Will I Learn?

  • 20 credits

Topics for this course

BDD/TH: Thesis?

The purpose of this THESIS (not essay) is to persuade by reasoned discourse. The Thesis consists of an argument or a series of arguments combined with the description and discussion of research the student has undertaken in order to advance ideas. Its value as an instructional tool is to assist students in developing their critical thinking skills.

BDD/THO: Thesis oral defense?

Ot provide the student with an opportunity to defend their thesis and reply to criticism or challenges to their arguments while enabling examiners to clarify issues in the thesis.

BDD/MBP: Ministry Business Plan?

Students are taught the principles and techniques of creating a business plan. They are challenged to do research, draw up a professional business plan, and present it to an academic panel.

BDD/PT: Pulpit Training?

Exposing students to the practical preparation and delivery of sermons, articulation of sound Bible doctrines and acquiring and developing public speaking skills.

BDD/CC: Cross Cultures?

Cross culture is a concept that recognizes the differences among people of different nations and backgrounds. Here we help people to identify some of these differences, and how to overcome them so that you can effectively share the Gospel with them.

BDD/SSMT: Survival Skills?

Survival skills are techniques that a person may use in order to sustain life in any type of natural or built environment. These techniques are meant to provide basic necessities for human life which include water, food, and shelter, and important to have if doing mission trips into underdeveloped areas.

BDD/MTP: Mission trip?

Mission trips are opportunity focused around collaborating with local communities to provide support where it is most needed. By engaging in meaningful mission work and mutually-beneficial cultural exchanges, you will gain more from your mission trip than you would have ever imagined.

About the instructors

Waldo Malan


Waldo Malan loves music. Because of this love he has been involved on all levels of music since he was a child. His interest in music led him to the Drakensberg Boys Choir School, of which he was a member from age 9 through 15. While there he not only toured the world, but sang and started composition lessons in serialism with the Australian composer David Worrall at age 11. Incidentally, this was also the year in which he started with his piano studies. After matriculating at a co-ed, pro-rugby school on the Witwatersrand, he continued his musical studies at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.

It was here that he was to remain from 1983 until 1997, reading for his Bachelor and Master degrees, ending up in the School of Music as a lecturer in composition, jazz piano studies and vocal coaching. He completed his Doctorate in Music Composition in 2001.

Since the beginning of 1998 he has been with River Ministries in various roles and functions. He is currently the Media Director for The River Group where much of his efforts are focused on the a global satellite and digital television operations. As and when time allows he continues to be actively involved in performing, musical direction, arranging, music curriculum development, composition and leading worship.

Carlé Bezuidenhout

Ron Videler


Ron had the privilege of growing up in a Christian home and by the age of 7 gave his life to Jesus Christ. He was Holy Spirit filled, and water baptized by the age of 8. His parents, Bert and Linda went into full time ministry while he was still a teenager, and it was actually in one of their church services where he knew he would go into full-time ministry one day.

Ron matriculated in 1989.  He studied Electrical Engineering (light current) at the University of Technology Cape Town. After completing his degree he worked in the medical field installing, training & repairing HIV, pregnancy and decease-testing equipment all over South Africa. During this time he also completed 2 years of Bible School, which eventually propelled him to get his Masters of Christian Education in 2013.

In March 1998, Ron got married to Natasha whom he met through Bible school. 2 years later they answered the call of God to join the River Group in East London, South Africa, incorporating River Ministries and Faith Broadcasting Network as pastors. They served as pastors with many different responsibilities, including the developing of an evening Bible school and later the three year full-time degreed Bible School.

Ron’s passion to equip people has led him to become director of education.

Ron and Natasha have three boys, Reuel, Ronan and the youngest Raphael. He is a family man and loves playing squash with his boys.  Reuel has represented South Africa in squash and the other two boys their province at some point.

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