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Upcoming Advance Schedule

Cape Town Advance 2017

First world meets third world: Leadership, diversity, reconciliation

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Displayed below is the working schedule and travel details for the upcoming Advance in Cape Town, South Africa, for the LGP6-8 DMin cohorts. Additional details are added to this page as they becomes available.



  • LGP8 DMin Cohort: 5pm Tuesday, September 19 - 9pm Wednesday, September 27, departing Thursday, September 28, 2017.
  • LGP6 DMin Cohort: 5pm Wednesday, September 20 - 9pm Wednesday, September 27, departing Thursday, September 28, 2017.
  • LGP7 DMin Cohort: 5pm Thursday, September 21 - 9pm Wednesday, September 27, departing Thursday, September 28, 2017.
  • Detailed schedule


Lodging and conferencing:

Commodore Hotel

Portswood Rd

Portwood Square, V&A

Waterfront, Cape Town

+27 (0) 21 415 1000

Wifi: Unlimited wifi is provided

Participant Surveys: Students, Advisors, Guests, and Alumni

Students and advisors, complete the following steps to communicate all details to the University:

Alumni and family members of students and advisors are welcome to come along on the Advance. The fee listed below covers all food, lodging, and local transport with the program as outlined in the schedule below. All other expenses are the responsibility of the individual. The fee is fixed and 'all in': $1,700 (Shared room, adult).

Passport and VISA information:


We suggest obtaining travel insurance to cover you in the case of an emergency.

University students, full-time employees, and adjunct faculty (ie. faculty advisors) are covered under the University's insurance at no additional cost to them. Guests (including alumni, spouses or family members of students, contractors, and international advisors) are not covered under University insurance and should obtain travel insurance separately.


  • Hepatitis A: CDC recommends this vaccine because you can get hepatitis A through contaminated food or water in South Africa, regardless of where you are eating or staying.

  • Typhoid: You can get typhoid through contaminated food or water in South Africa. CDC recommends this vaccine for most travelers, especially if you are staying with friends or relatives, visiting smaller cities or rural areas, or if you are an adventurous eater.

  • Yellow Fever: There is no risk of yellow fever in South Africa.The government of South Africa requires proof of yellow fever vaccination only if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever. This does not† include the US. If you are traveling from a country other than the US, check this list to see if you may be required to get the yellow fever vaccine.

  • Malaria: Not present in Cape Town. If anyone plans to visit Johannesburg, it's near the malarial areas of South Africa:

  • See also the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations for travelers to South Africa.


Flight Parameters

LGP students and faculty: When making flight arrangements, please follow the parameters outlined below.

LGP8 DMin cohort and advisors:

  • Flight arrival in Cape Town no later than 2pm, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017: Cape Town International Airport - code: CPT.

  • Depart from Cape Town anytime Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 or later.

LGP6 DMin cohorts and advisors:

  • Flight arrival in Cape Town no  later than 2pm, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017: Cape Town International Airport - code: CPT.

  • Depart from Cape Town anytime Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 or later.

LGP7 DMin cohorts and advisors:

  • Flight arrival in Cape Town no  later than 2pm, Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017: Cape Town International Airport - code: CPT.

  • Depart from Cape Town anytime Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 or later.

Local transport

Participants arrange their own transport to the Advance location from the airport. Once onsite, the DMin Program provides local transport for all formal Advance activities in collaboration with Mission Vision Tours.

For your convenience, Mission Vision Tours is pleased to provide an airport shuttle at the cost of $30 per person one way.

  1. Payment may be made in US dollars (cash) or credit card. 
  2. Shuttles will depart every two hours on the hour from the airport or hotel between 8am and 8pm.
  3. Reservations can be made online via the Mission Vision Tours website.
  4. Participants must make these reservations prior to arriving in South Africa.

The optional shuttle will be available at the beginning of the Advance as follows:

  • Tues., Sept. 19: 08:00 – 20:00
  • Wed., Sept. 20: 08:00 – 20:00
  • Thurs., Sept. 21: 08:00 – 20:00

After the advance, it will be available as follows:

  • Thur., Sept. 28
  • If necessary Fri., Sept. 29

Participants who do the optional Activity #3 or #4 after the Advance will be transported to the airport as part of their package.

Optional Arrangements

Pre- or Post-Advance Lodging at the Commodore Hotel

If you would like to stay at the Commodore Hotel either before or following the Advance at a reduced rate, complete the booking form with Mission Vision tours. Deon Kitching will work with you to finalize your arrangements.

Post-Advance, Add-on Tour Packages with Mission Vision Tours (MVT)

Mission Vision Tours (MVT) is offering several optional add-on tour packages during and following the advance. Details and online booking may be found via this link
Activity 1: Explore Cape Point - Sunday, September 24th - $90 USD
  • Visit the penguins at the Boulders in Simon’s Town
  • Swim in the Indian Ocean
  • Lunch included – Seaforth Restaurant Simon’s Town
  • Cape Point
  • Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve (SW point of Africa)
  • Stop at a craft market to shop for African curios
Activity 2: Wine Tasting - Monday, September 25th - $15 USD
  • Wine Tasting Menu (7 wines and 2 liqueurs)
    • Whites: Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and Rosé
    • Reds: Pinotage, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
    • Liqueurs: Wild Africa Cream and Ginger Liqueur
Activity 3: Aquila Private Game Reserve and Big 5 Game Drive - Thursday, September 28 - Friday, September 29 - $295 
  • 8am: Bus leaves from the Commodore Hotel, V&A Waterfront Cape Town (2 and a half hours drive to Aquila with several stops)
  • Noon: Welcoming drinks and buffet lunch
  • 1pm: Two and a half hours game drive
  • 4pm: Bus leaves for Wellington – guest house (2 hours drive)
  • 7pm: Supper and wine pairing
  • Accommodation: Monte Video Guest House, Wellington.
  • Breakfast: at your guest house
  • 10am: Shuttle departs for Cape Town International airport
Activity 4: Explore the Cape Winelands and Wine Tasting - Friday, September 29th - Saturday, September 30th - $200

Spend a day visiting world class wine farms and wineries, tasting award winning wine and savouring the natural beauty of one of South Africa’s most popular tourism destinations. This tour will take you to Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, three of the world famous towns of the Cape Winelands.

  • 7:30am: Bus leaves from the Commodore Hotel – Cape Town
  • 8:30am: Bus leaves from Monte Video Guest House (Wellington)
  • Drive through the Cape Winelands, Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Stop at different places of interest and wine farms
  • Lunch at The Postcard Café, Starke- Conde Wine Farm, Stellenbosch
  • Wine tastings and pairings at four wine farms during the day 
  • 7pm: Supper (provided) at Oude Wellington Restaurant
  • Accommodation at the Monte Video Guest House Paarl.
  • Breakfast next morning
  • 10am: Shuttle to the airport

Advance Schedule

The information in this section is tentative and will be updated as details are finalized.


  • Public and cultural Leadership

  • Church and non-profit ministry challenges, opportunities, and initiatives in South Africa

  • Christian business leadership in South Africa

In General:

  • Unless otherwise specified below, all classes, lectures, and seminars will be held at the Commodore Hotel. Exact room location will be noted in the schedule below, as available.

  • All meals provided at the Commodore Hotel will be served in the hotel's restaurant,The Clipper.

  • Local transport options to/from the airport and for field trips:

    • Bus provided for the group when specified below.

  • All meals are provided (unless noted otherwise) as follows:

    • LGP8 DMin Cohort: Dinner Tuesday, September 19 - Breakfast, Thursday, September 28, 2017.

    • LGP6 DMin Cohort: Dinner Wednesday, September 20 - Breakfast, Thursday, September 28, 2017.

    • LGP7 DMin Cohort: Dinner Thursday, September 21 - Breakfast, Thursday, September 28, 2017.

  • Lodging is provided for the following dates as follows:

    • LGP8 DMin Cohort: Tuesday night, September 19 - Thursday morning September 28, 2017.

    • LGP6 DMin Cohort: Wednesday night, September 20 - Thursday morning, September 28, 2017.

    • LGP7 DMin Cohort: Thursday night, September 21 - Thursday morning, September 28, 2017.

  • Each resident receives a complimentary package of 750 MB of data per day x the amount of days they are booked in the hotel. For instance, if you are booked in the Commodore Hotel for 10 days, you will have access to 7.5 GB. Once you use this data up, you may purchase additional data at the rate of 1 GB @ 150 ZAR.

  • All Advance participants will be required to complete a MVT 'Booking Form' to agree their services per the MVTGFU contract. The DMin Department will send each participate an electronic form to complete via email a few weeks prior to the Advance.


Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017

  • by 5pm: LGP8 participants arrive at Commodore Hotel
  • 7pm: Welcome banquet for LGP8, Commodore Hotel Restaurant (CHR)

Wednesday, Sept. 20

  • 8am: Breakfast provided, CHR
  • 9am: LGP8 student program orientation sesssion, Blue Ribbon
  • 1pm: Lunch (students), CHR
  • 1pm: Lunch, LGP8 facutly advisor orientation, CHR
  • 2pm: DMIN713 Research Course session, LGP8 students and faculty advisors, Blue Ribbon 
  • by 5pm: LGP6 participants arrive at Commodore Hotel
  • 6pm: Break
  • 7pm: Dinner, Braai - Barbeque Dinner (LGP8 and LGP6)

Thursday, Sept. 21

  • 8am: Breakfast provided, CHR
  • 9am: DMIN713 Research Course session, LGP8 students and faculty advisors, Blue Ribbon
  • 9am: Dr. Clark meets with LGP6 participants for the morning, meet in the Commodore foyer
  • 1pm: Lunch, CHR
  • 2pm: Individual meetings with faculty advisors (LGP6 and LGP8), various locations
  • 7pm: All cohort welcome banquet, CHR

Friday, Sept. 22

  • 8am: Breakfast provided, CHR
  • 9am: Field trip - Robben Island; Facilitator, Mr. Christo Brand, Chief Warden of Mr Nelson Mandela on Robben Island
  • 12:30pm: Lunch, TBD
  • 1pm: Field trip - District Six, apartheid. Host, Noor Ebrahim; District Six Walking Tour with Ruth Jephta
  • 4pm: Field trip - Mary Burton, Truth and Reconciliation Commissioner
  • 6:30pm: Return to Commodore
  • Dinner student responsibility

Saturday, Sept. 23

  • 8am: Breakfast provided, CHR
  • 9am: Advisor presentations, 20 mins presentation + 10 mins Q & A, The America's Cup
  • 1pm: Lunch, CHR
  • 2pm: Jase Clark plenary lecture, The America's Cup
  • 2:45pm: Special Guest, Dr. Derek Morphew, Academic dean of the Vineyard Institute, Vineyard Churches international
  • 3:30pm: Break
  • 6pm: Dinner, CHR

Sunday, Sept. 24

  • 7:30am: Breakfast provided, CHR
  • 8:30am: Zwaane Presbyterian Church and HIV/Aids Program
  • Noon: Lunch provided by Zwaane Presbyterian Church 
  • 12:45pm: Bus returns to Commodore
  • 1pm: Optional Activity 1: Penguins at the Boulders and Cape of Good Hope tour ($95 USD)
  • Dinner student responsibility

Monday, Sept. 25

  • 8am: Breakfast provided, CHR
  • 9am: LGP6 Pecha Kucha presentations
  • Noon: Break to prepare for field trip
  • 12:30pm: Field Trip - Khayelitsha Happening (includes box lunches on the way)
  • 7pm: Dinner, TBD
  • 8pm: Optional Activity 2: Introductory wine course and tasting, The America’s Cup ($15)

Tuesday, Sept. 26

  • 8am: Breakfast provided, CHR
  • 9am: LGP6 Pecha Kucha presentations
  • 11:30am: Break to prepare for field trip
  • Noon: Field Trip - Township entrepreneurship; Golden The Flowerman, Learn to Earn, and Pastor Magoqi (includes box lunches on the way)
  • 4:30pm: Field Trip - Table Mountain (weather permiting)
  • 7pm: Dinner, CHR

Wednesday, Sept. 27

  • 8am: Breakfast provided, CHR
  • 9am: LGP6 Devotional, TBD
  • 10am: All students meet with faculty advisors individually
  • Noon: Lunch, TBD
  • 1pm: Dr. Clark debriefs field trips with participants, TBD
  • 2:30pm: Break
  • 3:00pm: Advance evaluation, TBD 
  • 4pm: Free time OR Table Mountain visit (weather permitting, if Tuesday trip does not work out)
  • 7pm: Final banquet, Portswood Hotel dining room 

Thursday, Sept. 28

Friday, Sept. 29

  • Optional Activity 4: Explore Cape winelands and wWine tasting ($200 USD)