Introduction to the Christian Leadership Programme

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.



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, 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. 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

    1. Graham in Pollsmoor Prison


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 R2200 for a year’s tuition, including materials (R550 per term) Price valid from February 2020


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:

      • Academically and practically integrated.

      • Accessible to existing and potential Christian leaders.

      • Appropriate for the students we serve.



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