Theological Education

Crystal Park Baptist Church Benoni has a history of developing men for ministry by collaborating with Christ Baptist Seminary. By aiding a student financially (with tuition, transport, and a stipend) and then transferring our church’s DNA to them by exposure to ministry and church life we have seen three graduates go on to meaningful service in local churches. We desire to grow this program to 5 men over the next few years, a first year, second year, third year, forth year and one post grad student.

Who do we accept as candidates?

The perfect candidate would be: 1.) Single (although a married man can be considered). 2.) Academically strong (we would want to see historical transcripts). 3.) Have clear gifting towards a future pastoral ministry. 4.) Teachable. 5.) Dedicated to the Biblical concept of the local church. 6.) Baptized by full immersion (although exceptions may be considered).

How do we partner with candidates?

We can financially provide: 1.) Cost of tuition at Christ Baptist Seminary Polokwane. 2.) Transport from Benoni to Christ Baptist Seminary Polokwane. 3.) a stipend which allows for R 2000.00 room rental and R 2000.00 living expenses. These funds constitute a social upliftment bursary.

How do candidates partner with us?

The candidate is recognised at Crystal Park Baptist Church Benoni as a Staff Intern. They receive exposure to: 1.) Preaching (weekly preaching appointments in our suburb). 2.) Teaching (13 Bible studies). 3.) Ecclesiology (invited to elder meetings, staff meetings, committee meetings, practical administrative tasks). 4.) If they are musically talented we have worship teams, sound teams. 5.) If they are diaconal we have various mercy ministries. 6.) Discipleship. 7.) Evangelism (preaching at schools, clinics, police stations, streets). Missions (we have a mission to Mozambique and have several trips scheduled in the next year). We would tailor the ministry exposure to the candidate.

How can you partner with us financially?

We are a registered PBO. In order to find out information about BBEEE scorecarding please interact with our financial committee:

We can accept credit and cheque cards, instant EFT, Masterpass, SnapScan, Zapper, debit cards and SCode vouchers. Transactions are secured by PayFast.

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Our banking details:

Bank name: Standard Bank
Branch name: LAKESIDE MALL
Branch code: 3042
Account number: 02 110 310 0
Account type: CURRENT
Reference: TheologicalEducation

Who are past candidates?

Gideon Mpeni joined Crystal Park Baptist Church Benoni in 2011. He became an elder in 2014 and served until 2018. In 2016 he joined the staff as an associate pastor. In 2018 he was called to serve Florida Baptist Church as a senior pastor.

Gideon Mpeni

Pastor, Florida Baptist Church

Menzi Mohale joined Crystal Park Baptist Church Benoni in 2012 as fruit from our school outreach ministry. He was baptised, and spent a short period on the mission field in various Southern African Development Community countries. Menzi started studying at Christ Baptist Seminary in 2016 and currently serves at Moletsane Baptist Church leading worship and teaching Bible studies.

Menzi Mohale

Moletsane Baptist Church Soweto

Tladi Dire served as a staff intern at Crystal Park Baptist Church Benoni in 2020.

Tladi Dire