Since 1921, Collonges-sous-Salève has been a mecca for French-speaking Adventist theology. Yesterday as today (and tomorrow), Bible study, reflection on God and the Church, but also a spirituality centered on Christ and a convivial fraternity are at the heart of the life of the FAT.
Its mission statement states: "The Adventist Faculty of Theology serves the Seventh-day Adventist Church by preparing theologically and practically competent cadres to proclaim the eternal gospel and to form disciples of Christ in anticipation of his return. »
To nourish and share the hope that dwells in us, the motto of the FAT is a guide and an essential orientation for our faculty: "Vos estis lux mundi" (You are the light of the world). This word of Jesus is an invitation to commit ourselves to serve God and the Church by radiating the light of truth present in our world in search of meaning.
In its vision, the FAT wants to be : At the service of students to train, support and develop their vocation, provide them with a consistent theological background and prepare them for ministry. At the service of the Churches in the fields in the French-speaking world to make a theological and spiritual contribution. At the service of research so that professors can bring their insights, share their knowledge and contribute to the spread of francophone Adventism.
The Adventist Faculty of Theology is dedicated to "Teaching to Serve" (the Campus motto) :
Resolutely spiritual It is essential that academic formation go hand in hand with a consistent spiritual life to prepare for pastoral or other services in the Church. This is, of course, primarily the responsibility of each student, but the AFL must also play a leading role in this regard. The relationship with Jesus is paramount.
On the other hand, to speak of authentic Adventism means that we are happy and proud to be Adventists, even if of course not everything is perfect in our Church. The Faculty is there to serve the Adventist Church, but also to be the engine of an Adventism that is faithful to its roots and identity while making sense in our present context.
Moreover, the biblical anchoring of pastoral formation is essential. It is fundamental that future pastors be experts in the Bible, not only at the level of their exegetical and theological understanding of the Scriptures, but also in their ability to propose and share deep, existential and relevant readings of the Word of God.
Finally, an Adventist faculty is not just a factory for teaching and preparing degrees, but considers each of its students with deep humanity. While everyone at the AFT is encouraged to excel, to give their best, it is important to consider and accompany each student individually. Responding to God's call and devoting time and money to training to serve the Lord is not without its pitfalls and difficulties, and it is normal, as much as possible, that students feel supported and receive profoundly human support.
First, you apply for admission. Once the application is accepted, you can then complete your admission (payment of registration fees, housing application, etc.).
hermeneutics of Ellen White's writings
Principes de santé
The link and the psychology of the link
Music, Worship and Liturgy
End of life and bereavement support
Psychologie du développement
Resilience, psychology and pastoring
Faith and communication
The Certificate of Biblical Initiation is issued after one year of study "à la carte" followed as a personal training without professional aim. At least 45 ECTS of courses chosen from the Bachelor's program must be validated.
The bachelor in Theology, accessible with the baccalaureate (or equivalent), consists of three years of study, representing 180 ECTS, in the different fields of theology: biblical sciences, systematic theology, history and practical theology.
Accessible with a Bachelor in Theology, the Master's degree in Theology is the result of two years of study (120 ECTS), covering all the fields of study of theology. In the first year of the Master's degree, courses are given in a classical format over the two semesters. The second year consists of seven weeks of intensive courses spread throughout the year, allowing time for the research thesis that completes the programme.
The FAT is a private institution of higher education registered with the Grenoble Academy. It is part of the Adventist world system of education, of which it is accredited. In addition, FAT's degrees are recognized by the Faculty of Theology at Andrews Adventist University in the United States as well as by various other theological faculties. An agreement exists with the Faculty of Protestant Theology in Strasbourg which allows FAT students who wish to do so, and depending on their success in the double-corrected exams, to obtain a State Bachelor by studying at Collonges.
It is possible to study theology for pleasure, or as a step towards another formation, but in the majority of cases, theological studies lead to pastorate or any other profession of spiritual or biblical service (chaplain, Bible teacher, evangelist, etc.).
Taking the step of entering a course of study in theology is a happy and fruitful choice, but not always easy, since it is often linked to a vocation, a faith journey. The faculty is at your disposal to discuss this subject. Or you can consult the page "vocation" which gathers some quotations, documents and videos on the subject.