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The Mauritian Bible Institute


 Our Mission Statement
"We are an
Evangelical,
Interdenominational,
Bible Training Institute,
equipping Mauritian and Outer Island
church members, church leaders and missionaries
with the necessary skills for mature Christian ministry."


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 our history

The Mauritian Bible Institute grew out of a part-time Christian Leadership Development Program started in 1992 by the Evangelical Churches on the Island. Because of the tremendous interest shown by Christians from other denominations it became important to open the doors to all who would want to come and learn God's Word. A number of other classes were started in the following years.

It was decided to bring all these classes under the auspices of a single Bible School. In January 1998 the Mauritian Bible Institute was born. The MBI now offers a 1, 2 and 3 year diploma course at its study centre in Curepipe as well as certificate courses at its various extension schools. A total of 150 students attended the MBI in its first year of existence (1998).


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our courses

The Mauritian Bible Institute offers a variety of Bible based courses to suit the different needs of the Mauritian Church. We have "extension schools" as well as "in-house" classes. We have a number of satellite schools around the Island so that anyone wanting to prepare for the Christian ministry is able to do so.

We offer a variety of courses enabling any Christian to study at a pace which suits them.

1,2 & 3 Year Diploma of Theology

Our diploma courses require students to attend full-time classes Monday to Friday. The work load is fairly heavy and students should be free to commit themselves to 1,2 or 3 years of study. Each year is modular and can be built upon at any time. The MBI is at present working on accreditation for its diploma with other schools internationally.

Bible training for Church Leadership

This BTCL course not only forms the basis for our first year full-time program, but is being taught over two years to a number of classes. Materials have been prepared by Dr. Dennis Mock and cover the essential subjects needed to prepare someone for effective church ministry.

Students will need commit themselves to 2 ½ hours of lecture a week for 2 years. The BTCL certificate enables a student to join the 2nd year diploma course (depending on their diligence during the BTCL classes).

MBI Extension Schools

At present there are four extension schools; at Rose-Hill, Flacq and two in Curepipe. We will soon be starting others at Port Louis and Rose-Belle. A module normally lasts 12 weeks with a one hour lecture per week, assignments and an exam.

We teach subjects such as; Hermeneutics, John's Gospel, Comparative Religions, Acts, Hebrews, Church History, Basic Bible Doctrines, etc.. A credit is awarded for each module completed. 10 module credits will earn the student a "Certificate of Christian Ministry".


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our facilities

We are proud of our good facilities that make studying a pleasure at the MBI.

We have a growing library of nearly 3000 valuable Christian books; both reference and general interest. We add about 100 books per month and have the goal of 12000 within the next 5 years. Students can study knowing that they have the necessary resources.

We have computers available for students to use should they need to type assignments. We intend to provide internet access for students needing to "surf the web" for research material.

The main "Study Centre" in Curepipe houses the library and administration block as well as being used for a number of classes.


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our students

Our students reflect the diversity of the Mauritian population. Over 8 different denominations are represented. Our youngest student is 18 and the oldest is over 60. A number of our students are pastors or church leaders. A number feel called to full time work. Other want to grow in the knowledge of God's Word.

Mauritius is a joyful mix of languages and the MBI reflects this by offering its courses in English, Creole or French depending on the lecturer or class.


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our influence

The MBI has already had some major impact on the Mauritian Church. Unity between denominations is encouraged as students mix with other groups. Churches are even beginning to swop preachers on occasion.

A healthy interest in outreach is growing and 2 groups of our students have gone on short term missions trips. One group went to India and another group to South Africa. A number of other trips are already in the planning stages. Folk feel more equipped to go and evangelize.


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our cost

Our fees are far cheaper than any other equivalent course overseas - and you don't have to pay any airfares! We do have a limited amount of scholarships available for those students that do not have the necessary finances. See the attached list of fees for your year of study.


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why study at the MBI?

There are a number of reasons why you should consider studying at the MBI.
Why not come and study with us either as a full-time student or in one of our part-time programmes?


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our curriculum

MBI Curriculum for 1st Year Course

BTCL Subjects
OT Survey, Homiletics, Missions/Evangelism, NT Survey, Church Ministry, Caring Ministry, Teaching Principles, Hermeneutics, Church Admin., Personal Spiritual Life, Bible Doctrine, Church History.
 

(We use a recognized set of materials from the USA as the basis of our first year full time course because it is widely accepted ("Bible Training for Church Leadership"). This gives us a "ready made" accreditation which is important to those wanting to study further. A number of other subjects that have a special bearing on Mauritius have also been included in the first year curriculum.)
 

Other Subjects
Tabernacle & the Law, Biblical Customs & Culture, Bible Geography, Comparative Religions, Our Identity in Christ, Spiritual Gifts, Spiritual Warfare.

Exegesis
John, Acts, Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Pastoral Epistles, Hebrews, Genesis, Isaiah.

Practical Ministry Subjects
Youth work, Christian Family, Children's work, Counselling, Church Planting, Personal Evangelism.

MBI Curriculum for 2nd Year Course

 
Research
Old Testament Background, O.T. Customs, Authors - Pentateuch/Writings/Prophets/Wisdom/Apocalypse, New Testament Background, Authors, literature- Gospels, Pauline letters, New Testament Customs & Tradition - Roman Empire, History of Missions, Missions in Bible - models from Bible, Theology of Religions, Evangelism, Mission strategies, Contextualization, Homiletics, Hermeneutics, Personal Growth, Church Dynamics, Counselling - Depression/Alcoholism, Sunday School, Doctrine - Election. Salvation, Baptism & Communion, Ethics, Language - Greek, Hebrew, Church History - General, Church History - Africa.

Exegesis
Proverbs, Daniel, Psalms, Synoptic Gospels.

 
 
MBI Curriculum for 3rd  Year Course

 

Old Testament Background, Old Testament Customs & Traditions, Old Testament Character study, New Testament Background, New Testament Customs - other religions of N.T. times, Authors, literature - other letters, Apocalypse,  History of Missions, Evangelism, Hermeneutics, Mission Strategies - Cell churches, Counselling, Homiletics, Youth Work, Church History - General, Language - Greek, Hebrew, Doctrine - Satan, God, Trinity, Church History- Mauritius, Ethics - Abortion, Divorce

Exegesis

James, Revelation


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our administration

The MBI is run by a Board consisting of Mauritian Nationals and ex-patriate workers from various denominations.

We have 8 Mauritian & ex-patriate lecturers, and 150 students! All 8 of our lecturers are very qualified with the relevant diplomas and degrees needed to teach with spiritual insight and authority. A number of visiting experts from overseas will assist us from time to time.
 
 

how to contact us

For more information write to:
AEF
PO Box 68
Mauritius
 
or phone us:
676-5838, 674-5705,
675-1814
 
or send us an e-mail
waddell@intnet.mu

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