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MBS Course

Monavale Homestead Bible School


The Monavale Bible School programme is designed to guide students towards a knowledge of the indwelling person of the risen Lord Jesus Christ. Through careful teaching, study, and application of God's Word we aim to prepare them for joyful Christian living and effective service.

We utilise resident teachers and guest speakers from around the world for student to gain:

  • A good knowledge of the Bible and the application to life

  • A range of ministry skills.

  • An understanding of the world of missions

The Course

Course Title

"Bible Training and Preparation for Christian Service"

The courses are tertiary level 3 to 4 and designed for students aged 18 years and over. However, provision is made for 17 year old applicants at the Monavale Bible School at the discretion of the course director and with a parent or guardian’s written permission.

The Programme

Our MBS programme runs in blocks of either 30-weeks (October - July) or 20-weeks (October - April, February - July). The ABS and MBS programmes can also be combined in various configurations.

See the upcoming term dates for more information.

Theoretical / Theological

With approximately 15 class hours per week, students receive Bible teaching and practical ministry training.


  • Weekly ministry placement with a local church or ministry

  • Ministry experience (9 days/term) with a local church or ministry

  • Times of community prayer, worship and devotions

  • Weekly assignments

  • A weekly work afternoon in and around the property

  • Daily duties and responsibilities

The programme is designed to let students interact more closely with teachers and fellow students. Students can expect to be both encouraged and challenged in these courses. In weekly and term-specific ministry placements, students will put into practice skills and theory learned in the classroom.

The Location

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Resident teachers and guest speakers from around the world teach a curriculum devoted to surveying the Scriptures for students to know Christ in His fullness.

The guest speakers are either members of the International Torchbearers staff or are other experienced Christian leaders who draw from a rich personal relationship with Jesus Christ as they share God's Word from a fresh and dynamic perspective.

The curriculum covers individual books of the Bible and some related topical series such as: apologetics, evangelism, missions, world religions, Church history and Bible study methods. Personal study, assignments, parallel reading and presenting Bible studies are also significant parts of the programme which complement the material presented in the lectures.

We're here to encourage and assist each student:

  • To come to know the risen, indwelling Lord Jesus Christ more personally

  • To understand the written Word and it's revelation of Christ through careful study of the Scriptures

  • To come to understand God's will for their life

  • To develop their God given abilities and become a more effective member of the body of Christ, His Church

  • To discover and prove in everyday experience the reality and relevance of the Christian life as Christ Himself is allowed to work in and through your life

  • To gain a working knowledge of the Word of God so they are better equipped for daily life and Christian service


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

By the end of the course, students should have gained:

A good knowledge of the Bible
This will include general overviews as well as more detailed knowledge of specific books, themes, doctrines and characters. Students should be able to study the Bible effectively for themselves after the course and be able to teach others in small study group situations. They should also be able to demonstrate the relevance of the Bible for today's world cultures and defend its importance in an apologetic sense.

Personal, spiritual formation
This forming of Christian character will be shown in students' response to community living in an international setting. They should be able to offer a stable life-style and mature understanding of human nature and God's purpose for humanity. They should display respect and a servant’s attitude to others.

An ability in a range of ministry skills
Students should be able to present a clear personal testimony of their commitment to Christ. They will learn to lead people in becoming a Christian and encourage other Christians in their spiritual formation through discipleship. The course teaches students to participate effectively in a range of ministry programmes (e.g. youth work, Sunday school teaching) as they come to understand the purpose of the church. We hope that, upon completion of the course, they will be better equipped to contribute to the life of their church. 

An understanding of the world of missions
All students should receive a basic knowledge of the Biblical basis of missions and an understanding of some of the issues involved in cross-cultural missions. Students should also learn about a range of mission organisations.


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Other Capernwray New Zealand Courses

Alongside our familiar Monavale Bible School course, we also offer an Adventure Bible School and Touring Bible School course. The MBS course can also be combined with either of these programmes in various combinations to suit your schedule. 

"...take salvation as your helmet and the word of God as the sword that the Spirit supplies."

(Ephesians 6:17)


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