StudY at SPBC
What We Offer
Are you seeking a richer understanding of God? SPBC is the place to grow!
Our courses are designed to take you deeper in your study of Scripture, helping you understand God's will and be transformed by Him.
Get a firm biblical foundation for godly transformation, whether you're preparing for a future in ministry, or just want to enrich your daily Christian life.
At SPBC, you will discover:
High quality education, with government-accredited diplomas
Experienced teachers (including visiting teachers from around the world)
A loving, multicultural, Christian community
Academic and applied learning
Equipping for life, mission, and ministry, and
Transformational teaching from God's Word.
Here's how past graduates describe their time at SPBC. (Also read our Graduate Stories).
“These have been two of the best years of my life. Even though there have been some tough times, this place is like a refuge. It has transformed my thinking, and has made me see much clearer, for the better. The staff-student relationship is really good, and the calibre of lecturers is amazing.”
- Michael, New Zealand
“I didn’t imagine my whole view of Christianity and God would be expanded and challenged so much. The classes bring out the practical application of Scripture, and the staff are really encouraging and push us to grow spiritually. Studying here takes the words of the Bible from being just a story, and shows how it impacts my life.”
- Katie, Australia
“The academic quality is excellent. It’s very spiritually enriching: I’m inspired to do better.”
- Rafe, Philippines
“I strongly believe this time has trained me to achieve my goals, and to be prepared with the knowledge and experience of what my work with the church will be when I return home to Fiji. It’s been a renewing of my spiritual life and my physical life. SPBC will be in my heart forever.”
- Bobby, Fiji
“The classes I’ve taken have been very valuable, helping me identify and focus on my strengths, and learn more about the situations I’ll encounter if I’m working for churches.”
- Bonnie, China
Study and Career Pathways
Many potential employment pathways exist for SPBC graduates, including positions in Christian and church leadership, chaplaincy, missions, non-profit organisations, ministry, and religious education.
Alumni also describe the positive impact of their SPBC education on secular career paths. Their character development, ability to relate to others, and increased clarity about God's will for them, have provided opportunities for career progression and greater depth of purpose while working in roles as diverse as builders, lawyers, and many things besides! Likewise, they have been equipped to serve voluntarily in community services and/or ministry, alongside their careers.
SPBC diplomas staircase into further study, with some graduates going on to complete bachelors or masters level study in theology, ministry or related areas.
Graduates may apply to some universities and Private Training Establishments for credit against semester hours or units. Such institutions may include:
Otago University, NZ
Bethlehem Institute, NZ
Laidlaw College, NZ
Abilene Christian University, Texas, USA
Oklahoma Christian University, Oklahoma, USA
Recognition of Prior Learning
Students transferring to SPBC from other schools of Biblical studies may apply for credit recognition. They will need to submit their transcript showing subjects taken and grades achieved. Students may request the forms from the Dean of Academics at enrolment.
More information on recognition of prior learning or potential pathways is available from the Dean of Academics, David Nelson: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Accreditation, Codes of Practice, and Professional Affiliation
The South Pacific Bible College is registered as a Private Training Establishment by the New Zealand Qualfications Authority (NZQA), pursuant to the Education Amendment Act 1990. All of our qualifications are accredited by NZQA.
Currently we hold a Category 2 rating from NZQA, the second highest rating possible from the New Zealand government, indicating our ability to deliver these qualifications. NZQA is confident in SPBC's educational performance, and capability in self-assessment.
Codes of Practice for Care of Students
The South Pacific Bible College has agreed to observe and be bound by the:
Education (Pastoral Care of Domestic Tertiary Students) Interim Code of Practice 2019 (which came into effect on 1 January 2020).
You can read the codes on the NZQA website, or ask us for a copy.
SPBC is a member of Independent Tertiary Education New Zealand (ITENZ) and the Christian Theological and Ministries Education Society (CTMES).
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