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ABS Course

Adventure Bible School


ABS (Adventure Bible School) is a 6 week outdoor based Bible School. It is aimed at developing the whole person; spirit, soul and body, particularly in the area of Christian living.

The Course

Course Title

"Christian Development and Leadership using Adventure Based Learning"

The ABS programme has been developed over many years, to allow students the opportunity to combine Bible teaching with physical and outdoor activities. Sea, sky, mountains, bush, and caves provide the setting for our classroom. Through challenging outdoor activities designed to stretch you, we explore practical Christian living and how we relate to God, others and ourselves.

The Programme

ABS is held 3 times a year - January, April and October. In applying for ABS there are a few options you can select from:

  • Just the ABS course at one of the 3 times held in a year (6 weeks)
  • ABS and completion of the term in regular Bible School (10 weeks)
  • ABS and completion of the whole Bible School semester (20 weeks), or the whole year (40 weeks)


  • All options are subject to course availability and acceptance
  • Applicants must be 18 years old and over to attend ABS
  • There are only 18 places available on each course and due to popularity these are filled very quickly (often 6 to 9 months in advance).
  • We operate a wait-list system so people can apply to be on standby to come if someone is unfortunate to have to dropout before the course commences. However, the wait-lists can be long, and we encourage you to apply early for an open place to avoid disappointment.

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The Location

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Be prepared to be stretched both spiritually and physically!

The course includes a balance of:

  • Practical Bible Study

  • Lectures

  • Mentoring

  • Discussion

  • Workshops

  • Adventure Activities

  • Practical Activities

Activities that you may participate in while on ABS:

  • Abseiling (rappelling)

  • Biking

  • Camping

  • Caving

  • Kayaking

  • Rock Climbing

  • Running

  • Tramping (hiking)

NOTE: These activities can be weather dependant, additionally we do not offer every activity on every course.


A Bible School Certificate is awarded to students fulfilling course requirements. A transcript is also issued upon the completion of the course.


A reasonable level of fitness is expected in order to get the most out of the course; no prior experience is necessary. The benchmark is that you can run 3 km (2 miles) without stopping. This will be tested on the first week of the ABS programme.

Please be honest to disclose any relevant information or pre-existing injuries prior to application (or prior to the course commencement if injured after application), as you may be excluded from the course if such injuries prevent you from participating.

Risk Disclosure

You will be required to and agree to the following risk disclosure

  1. I wish to undertake the activities offered by Capernwray NZ (CNZ).
  2. I understand that there is the risk of serious harm or death involved while undertaking these activities.
  3. I understand there are consequences if I ignore CNZs safety management procedures and directions.
  4. I agree that I will undertake CNZs activities in accordance with information given at safety briefings.
  5. I acknowledge that CNZ will take all reasonable and practicable steps to keep me safe while I am involved in these activities.
  6. I have honestly & accurately disclosed any medical and health issues.
  7. In the event of an incident or illness I authorise the obtaining of such medical assistance for myself as may be thought necessary by Capernwray staff.


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Other Capernwray New Zealand Courses

As well as the popular Adventure Bible School course, we also offer two other course types at Capernwray New Zealand - MBS and BML. The ABS course can also be combined with the MBS course to make a 10-week, 20-week, 30-week or 40-week MBS/ABS programme.

"...for those who love God all things work together for good..."

(Romans 8:28)


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