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Introduction to the Christian Leadership Programme offered by the Bible Institute of South Africa     


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.


Our Theological module which is Scripture based, God-honoring, societally relevant, affordable and sustainable is available to the community on their doorstep.  Put plainly, as learning becomes more accessible, so the student will be enabled more effectively to serve the Church.


  1. The CLP has been operational since 2003 with increasing enrolments year on year.
  2. 120 students were registered in the programme in 2019.
  3. The training runs for three years, for one night per week with two half day seminars per term. We follow the SA academic calendar.
  4. The CLP has 12 non-stipendiary Lecturers who are either past students of the Bible Institute. home based missionaries or church ministers themselves,
  5. Students graduate after three years with a Bible Institute of Souts Africa CLP certificate
  6. The CLP is now being used in selected Prisons in the West Cape



Dr Daniel Simango, Principal, Bible Institute of South Africa

Rev Neil Henry, CLP Director

Rev Christo April, CLP Administrator

COST TO STUDENT to enrol in the CLP

Each student pays (2019) R2000 for a year’s tuition, including materials.


The Bible Institute of South Africa is a multi-denominational 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:

  1. Academically and practically integrated.
  2. Accessible to existing and potential Christian leaders.
  3. Appropriate for the students we serve.
  4. Accredited by the RSA Council for Higher Education and ACTEA and recognised by the Church.



CLP Graduates and lecturers, Cape Town November 2018CLP Official Grad 2018 with lecturers


For a coffee date with the CLP director please call 021 7884116