- To facilitate in every possible way the work of its member colleges in training of students for growth in discipleship and for effective Christian ministries in the home culture or cross-culturally.
- To encourage the development of programs of evangelical theological education which embrace in one integrated whole the spiritual, behavioural, practical and academic formation of Christian leadership.
- To foster excellence in theological education among member colleges by establishing clear criteria and guidelines for regular evaluation.
- To recognise and approve formally the programs of colleges which have successfully completed the evaluation process as having merit, worth and integrity
- To establish the reliability, standing and integrity of colleagues within the Christian community by virtue of their membership in SPABC.
- To promote mutual fellowship and collaboration amongst the evangelical Bible Colleges of the South Pacific area.
- To facilitate transfer of credits among member institutions, and foster academic recognition by other academic and theological institutions.
- To facilitate the exchange of resources and methods amongst its members and to provide opportunity for interchange of lecturing staff for occasional visits
- To provide a united voice to government and other bodies on such matters as may be of common concern.
Membership of the Association is open to any evangelical college of the South Pacific area (deemed to include Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the islands of the South West Pacific) offering formal study in Bible, theology, ministry or Christian service, and/or spiritual growth which complies with the following general conditions and the specific conditions for the appropriate category as listed below.
- Maintains agreement with the statement of faith of the world Evangelical Fellowship (appended).
- Offers regular courses of at least three months duration that lead to specific awards.
- Demonstrates stability of operation for the previous five years.
- Evidences capable leadership and administration.
- Exercises financial responsibility.
- Consistently uses full-time staff possessing adequate qualifications for its programs.
- Demonstrates genuineness of ministry by a responsible relationship with the Christian community at large.
- Posses adequate resources and facilities to effectively accomplish its programs.
- Successfully completes the evaluation process of SPABC appropriate to any one category of membership.
Membership is in the following sections and categories:
Colleges eligible for full membership must meet the general provisions as set out above and provide full-time courses of two years or more. At least two full-time qualified faculty members must be engaged. Colleges meeting the above requirements will be classified for membership in one of the following categories:
- Inter-denominational and residential.
- Inter-denominational and non-residential.
- Denominational and residential.
- Denominational and non-residential.
Colleges eligible for associate membership must meet the general provisions as set out above and provide short courses of between three months and two years (or equivalent). Tuition and supervision of courses must be in the hands of suitably qualified persons and the Colleges must share the ethos of SPABC and the aim of preparing students for more effective discipleship and ministry.
Colleges meeting the above requirements will be classified for membership in one of the following categories:
- Colleges offering full and part-time studies on a short-term basis (including those offering evening studies, weekend, and full-time courses of several months).
- Colleges offering courses which meet the above requirement providing tuition by correspondence and courses using the method of Theological Education by Extension.
For more details and the appropriate forms click here to go to the COS Manual