Be Part of the Dream!
Through a partnership between the Otumoetai Church of Christ (Tauranga, New Zealand) and the Lakewood Church of Christ (Denver, Colorado) a full-time, two-year Bible School opened its doors on 25 January 1982. The South Pacific Bible College began with eight full-time students plus part-timers. There was one full-time Bible teacher.
Since 1982 more than 150 full-time students have passed through the college and many others have taken classes part-time. There are three full-time Bible teachers in addition to the visiting teachers from both New Zealand and abroad who teach part-time. Students have come from New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Tonga, Thailand, Singapore, Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, India, Pakistan, the Philippines, South Africa, Switzerland and the United States. Each week people are being baptised into Christ by these men and women who have equipped themselves for greater service at the South Pacific Bible College.
SPBC offers solid Biblical teaching, opportunities for personal and spiritual growth, and increased communication skills.
High Educational Standards:
The school meets New Zealand educational standards and is registered with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) which allows students to qualify for Government funded student allowances.
Natives Teaching Their Own Peoples:
NZQA and New Zealand Ministry of Education approval allows international students entry into New Zealand for the time of their studies at SPBC. Students are trained and then return to their own cultures to share with their own people what they have learned.
Since 1986 the South Pacific Focus Programme has been a mission effort (funded by the Otumoetai Church of Christ and others) targeting specific areas in the South Pacific where graduates of SPBC work. The Programme provides funding for workers, seminars, and leadership training.
Cycle of New Students:
World Wide Bible Study (WWBS) is a correspondence course which teaches the gospel through the mail. Names are provided to churches and graduates of SPBC throughout the South Pacific for follow-up. Many SPBC students are former WWBS students.