Christian Leadership Programme


Hundreds of men (and ladies) are in church ministry across our city’s townships.  Many of them have no formal bible training and are not able to enrol for full-time study, but they are seen as leaders. Many of these leaders want to study theology but a lack of finance prevents them.


Two BI lecturers, Jeff Borden and Neil Henry saw the need to take theological training out from the college and in to the churches where these pastors serve and in 2003 they initiated the Christian Leadership Programme.


The Christian Leadership programme serves a great training need, and is designed for men and women who are already working in, or feel called to Christian Ministry.  The Bible Institute already has residential programmes running on campus but because of the acute need for trained leaders in Africa, we have positioned the CLP teaching module in the community, without sacrificing the skills and character development of our students or compromising the interactive learning experience.


This is a part-time three year course. Lectures are given once a week in the evenings during the school term. Half-day Saturday Seminars are given at intervals each term 

What are the application requirements?

There is currently no minimum academic requirement such as matric (as would be required for the BTh programme). For enrolment into the CLP all that is required is that the prospective student be in good standing with their local church and that he/she be able to demonstrate ability to grasp the content, reflect on it critically, apply it to life and ministry, and communicate it effectively. The course is not a 'drop-in' programme and students will be expected to attend all lectures and pay the course fee timeously.


Our Theological module which is Scripture based, God-honoring,  relevant, affordable and sustainable is available to the community in your area.  Training in Christian Leadership becomes more accessible, so that, put plainly, you the student will be enabled more effectively to serve the Church.

COST TO STUDENT to enrol in the CLP

Each student pays R2200 for a year’s tuition, including materials (R550 per term)  This fee is heavily subsidised by the college.


Dr Daniel Simango, Principal, Bible Institute of South Africa
Rev Neil Henry, CLP Director
Rev Christo April, CLP Administrator

Did you know?.....


  1. The CLP has been operational since 2003 with increasing enrolments year on year.

  2. 120 students were registered in the programme in 2020

  3. There are many venues operating weekly across the Cape Flats Churches, chances are there will be one close to you.

  4. The training runs for three years, for one night per week with two half day seminars per term. We follow the SA academic calendar.

  5. Students graduate after three years with a Bible Institute of South Africa Christian Leadership Programme certificate.

  6. The CLP has 12 non-stipendiary Lecturers who are either past students of the Bible Institute, home based missionaries, or church ministers themselves.

  7. The CLP is now being used in selected Prisons in the Western Cape

The Bible Institute of South Africa is your College


The Bible Institute of South Africa is a nondenominational theological college committed to the evangelical faith of our Protestant Reformation heritage. The college has operated since 1923 and has trained over two thousand students, many of whom have gone into fulltime Christian service.

BISA’s mission is to serve the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping men and women in biblical truth and ministry expertise so they may serve in the urban and rural church, the marketplace and in society.  Our campus is in Kalk Bay, a suburb of Cape Town, South Africa


We hold to the inspiration, inerrant and full authority of the Bible. We subscribe to the Lausanne Covenant and the Lausanne Cape Town Commitment.

We emphasize the importance of having a passion for the Kingdom of God, and exemplary Christian character.

We are committed to the development of personal spirituality and practical skills for faithful effective ministry.

We seek to pursue excellence and integrity in all aspects of life.


We provide training for Christian service that is:

Academically and practically integrated.
Accessible to existing and potential Christian leaders.
Appropriate for the students we serve.

Christian Leadership Programme three-year curriculum

CLP Year 1

 Term Courses & Hours:

Term 1: Introduction and Principles for Biblical Interpretation
20 Hours
Term 2: Understanding Old Testament I: Pentateuch
20 Hours
Term 3: Christian Foundations I: Scripture, God, Man and Sin, Christ
20 Hours
Term 4: Understanding New Testament I: Intertestamental Period and the Gospels
Christian Leadership Programme Prison Ministry

The Christian Leadership Programme has been working within the prisons in the Western Cape to include: Helderstroom Maximum Security, Brandvlei Medium and Brandvlei Maximum. 

We have 26 students altogether (Helderstroom Max, Brandvlei Max and Brandvlei Med.)

Most of them are involved with some form of evangelical ministry within the prisons.  Preaching every morning in the communal cells; running Bible studies; prayer meetings and a great deal of one-on-one ministry.

Every week when Syd Eaby, our CLP lecturer visits any of the groups someone thanks the Lord for this Christian Leadership Program. Syd has been serving in the prison ministries for nearly 15 years but has shared about the impact after his involvement with the bringing the Christian Leadership Programme to them. 

He had a student from from Brandvlei Max say, “You must understand pastor there are many different spiritual programs in the prison but this one is making all the difference!”

We have had the privilege of graduating several students from the programme over the years, some of whom were released and are now serving the Kingdom in the general public. 

To read Syd Eaby's story >> click here

To learn about the prison outreach where we teach the CLP, or to get involved, email Syd Eaby at

CLP Venues

Lecture Venues

  •  Window of Heaven Fellowship (Strandfontein), Click Here to view > MAP   

  • Emmanuel Baptist Church (Manenberg) , Click Here to view > MAP
  • Montrose Park Bible Church (Montrose Park, Mitchell’s Plain), Click Here to view > MAP
  • Litha Park Methodist (Khayelitsha), Click Here to view > MAP
  • Christian Centre Church (Samora Machel), Click Here to view > MAP
  • St Cyprians (Langa), Click Here to view > MAP
  • Mfuleni High School (Mfuleni), Click Here to view > MAP
  • Presbyterian Hall (Kayamandi)

  • Anglican Church, Corner of Mapongwana and Dada Avenue, Site C, Khayelitsha,

  • Presbyterian Church (Wallacedene)

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