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Diploma in Expository Preaching

The Diploma in Expository Preaching is a one-year program for those preparing for or currently in pastoral ministry. It provides fundamental instruction in studying and preaching the English text of the Holy Scriptures as well as the essentials of the gospel, basic theology, and pastoral ministry.

Bachelor of Theology in Expository Preaching

The Bachelor of Theology in Expository Preaching is a four-year program for those preparing for or currently in pastoral ministry. It builds on the Diploma in Expository Preaching with an additional three years of instruction, which substantially extends the training in both breadth and depth. Those graduating from this program should have all the academic training needed to faithfully pastor a local church.

Master of Divinity

The Master of Divinity in Expository Preaching provides a three-year, graduate-level education for those preparing for or currently in pastoral ministry. This program offers comprehensive and in-depth instruction in hermeneutics, exegesis of the Hebrew Old Testament and the Greek New Testament, biblical theology, systematic theology, homiletics, counseling, and pastoral ministry. Those graduating from this program should be prepared to pastor a local church with excellence as well provide biblical direction to churches beyond their own.

Class Format

Semesters consist of four modules. In a given module, students attend nine days of class over a ten-day period, during which time they receive a full month’s worth of lectures. The remainder of the month is spent at home, where students complete assignments and are required to have ongoing, ministry involvement with their local church.

This flexible format provides opportunity for practical application of classroom learning and allows students to continue in their current ministry roles without having to be away from their church for more than one Sunday a month.

Admission Requirements

Requirements for admission to CAPA are:

Acceptable testimony of saving faith in Jesus Christ.

Acceptable explanation of desire for vocational ministry.

Affirmation by leadership of home/current church.

For the Diploma program, an M.S.C.E.

In order to continue on from the Diploma to the Bachelor of Theology, a student must have completed the Diploma program with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher and no failing marks.

For the Master of Divinity program, a BTh from CAPA or an undergraduate degree from an institution recognized by CAPA plus completion of CAPA’s “bridge year,” which is a one-year program that helps graduates of other institutions to get up to speed with CAPA graduates and weeds out those who are not prepared for MDiv studies at CAPA.

Demonstration of a working knowledge of English.

Completed application process.

In addition to the admission requirements provided above, each student must be involved with a local evangelical church and must be accountable to a pastor, group of elders, or members of a church congregation. He must also demonstrate some form of ministry where he can be evaluated by his local church.

All decisions pertaining to the admission of students are at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.

CAPA will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, nationality, or ethnic origin. However, admission is limited to men. This policy is derived from our commitment to the Bible’s teaching about authority in the church (1 Tim 2:12).

English Requirement

Admissions, classroom instruction, assignments, and exams are in English. Since English is not the primary language for many of our students, courses on using English in academic, social, and ministerial contexts are taught to all first year students. However, students will need to demonstrate a working knowledge of English before being admitted to CAPA.

Our hope is that our students will take the concepts they learn in English and apply them to settings in their home languages.

Application Process

Applications for admission and other related materials can be obtained from CAPA’s office or website. Completed applications can be returned to CAPA via mail, email, or in person.

Once all the required application papers are received, Master of Divinity applicants will be scheduled for an interview with the Admissions Committee. Diploma applicants may receive a phone call. After all the interviews and phone calls are complete, the Admissions Committee will consider each applicant as quickly as possible. Once decisions are reached regarding acceptance, applicants will be notified individually.

All applications must be received by 31 May. Please submit all materials as early as possible. Late applications will only be considered if time and space permit.

New students will be admitted annually in August.

International Students

International applicants are required to provide a plan that adequately explains how they will pay for school fees, obtain accommodations and meals between modules, and also care for any dependents they have.

International students are responsible for obtaining all the necessary paperwork to study in Malawi prior to their enrollment at CAPA. Any costs required to obtain this paperwork are the responsibility of the student.

If a student does not plan to return to his home church between modules, the student must find a local church in Malawi that will serve as his church for the practical ministry requirements.