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).
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.)
Tabernacle & the Law, Biblical Customs & Culture, Bible Geography, Comparative Religions, Our Identity in Christ, Spiritual Gifts, Spiritual Warfare.
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.
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.
Proverbs, Daniel, Psalms, Synoptic Gospels.
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
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