South Pacific Bible College exists to transform lives through the inspiration of God’s Word to multiply Christ-Followers in the World.
“And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.”
2 Timothy 2:2
The South Pacific Bible College educates students through three one-year diploma programmes. The first and second (previously offered as a single two-year diploma) are best taken together over two years, to equip students with a deep theological grounding to apply in personal or vocational ministry, or further study. The optional third year is practical, internship-based programme. After our students are equipped with the knowledge of God’s Word, spiritual transformation, and practical skills, they are sent back to their home countries to spread the love of Jesus amongst their native people.
Please watch Story Behind Every Face and Kids’ Socks to see highlights of the work of our graduates Marcelo and Matraca Toro (La Serena, Chile). These are just a few examples of ways our graduates are involved in ministry.
The South Pacific Bible College is located in Tauranga, New Zealand. Tauranga (meaning “safe anchorage” in the Maori language) is on the north-east coast of the North Island and is known for its fabulous beaches, surf, and picturesque settings. Having more than 2000 hours of sunshine annually (one of the highest in the country) and healthy rainfall, it has become well known for its farming, horticulture, and forestry.
The Bay of Plenty was named by Captain Cook in late 1769 after he noticed the abundant food supplies at several Maori villages he visited on the coast. Today the population of the Bay of Plenty is around 280,000 with 139,000 in Tauranga city and district. Being one of the fastest growing districts in New Zealand, it is fitting that the College is located in Tauranga, a two-and-a-half hour drive from Auckland, where one quarter (over one million) of New Zealand’s population live.
History of the College
During the early 1970’s, plans were being formulated for the establishment of a Bible college in New Zealand. The concept was of an institution that would offer a two-year study programme for Christians to explore and develop their faith, as well as a one-year extension programme for those who desired to go into full-time church work.
The South Pacific Bible College opened in January 1982 with seven full-time New Zealand students through the generosity of the Otumoetai Church of Christ (Tauranga, New Zealand), the Lakewood Church of Christ (Denver, Colorado), and other supporting churches and individuals. Currently the High Pointe Church of Christ in McKinney, Texas is also partnering with SPBC, in addition to many others.
Since that first day, the college has expanded its facilities and also its influence by training more than 150 men and women from New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, Tonga, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Thailand, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Korea, Taiwan, China, Pakistan, South Africa, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Chile, and the United States of America. Although we send our graduates back to serve in their home countries, this cross-cultural environment enriches their studies by enabling them to experience different values, customs, beliefs, and approaches to worshiping God.
Classes are held on site at 201 Otumoetai Road, Tauranga. Included within the complex are administrative offices, lecture rooms, computer labs, library, study areas, student kitchen and dining, and a student recreation lounge.
Contained within the library and study area is a comprehensive 6,500 volume library of books, journals, videos, and other resources. In addition, each faculty member’s private library is available for student use, along with computer labs and internet access.
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