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Friday, May 23, 2008

What is the Christian Leaders' Training College?

The Christian Leaders’ Training College is a multi-denominational evangelical Bible college.

Planting Men and Women in Melanesia

A book was written about the college entitled
Planting Men in Melanesia. Forty years ago when the college was founded, it did plant only men. Today it plants men as well as women who serve in churches throughout Melanesia.

The college does its “planting” in two ways. First, it is a working farm where we raise cattle, chickens and all the food the students eat. Farm income contributes 80% of a student’s tuition.

The second way the college plants leaders is by providing the highest level of English-based biblical training in Melanesia. Students come to us from many denominations and churches. After graduation they go on to become pastors, missionaries, women’s ministry leaders, and headmasters and teachers at lower-level men’s and women’s indigenous-language Bible schools.

Student Life

The college educates approximately 150 students at a time. They include single men and women and married couples. There are programs for student wives, single women, and a four-year and a five-year degree track. Students in the four and five year programs spend one internship year in practical ministry.

To augment their classroom training, all students participate in the life of local village churches during monthly ministry weekends. At these times the students plan and lead all phases of a church service including Sunday school and worship. They also plan and lead a ministry week for their assigned village church.

The Faculty and Course Offerings

There is a faculty of around fifteen composed of both expatriate and indigenous members. They come from Melanesia, Australia, New Zealand and the United States plus other countries. The college offers a full curriculum of studies including biblical book studies, theology, practical ministry, ethics, church history, intensive inductive Bible study methods and the like.

Becoming Fellow Workers

Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 3:7 and 9a, “So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth. 9a We are God's fellow workers.”

May this challenge all of us to become God’s fellow workers as we labor together to plant men and women in Melanesia.

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