GBC Academic Programs
Overall Admission Requirements
Since GBC exists primarily to prepare students for ministry, in the admission process students must verify that they are called to Christian ministry. Letters of recommendation from the student’s home church are required, as well as a testimony of the applicant’s Christian faith.
And since GBC is an interdenominational program in Kenya and the body of Christ Jesus, of which Kenyan Friends are a part, Friends students are given priority in admissions. But Christians of other denominations are welcome to apply as well. One of the historic testimonies of GBC is that God calls both men and women to ministry, so women are encouraged to apply. Many have successfully completed their studies at GBC and have gone on to significant ministry and leadership.
Students are encouraged to contact GBC during the academic year before they wish to enter, requesting an application packet. They will be interviewed in May of the year they expect to enroll and will be notified of the action on their application soon after.
Fees for tuition, room, board, and other costs vary among the GBC programs and the year of enrollment in the programs.
A current fee schedule may be obtained from the GBC Finance Office.Before applying, students should consult the GBC code of conduct available in the current GBC catalogue.
The code defines expectations of personal behavior and interactions with others, based on the principles in Scripture and their testimonies. The catalogue also contains GBC’s expectations regarding academic honesty.
- Certificate Programs
- Certificate in Pastoral Ministry
Designed as a solid introduction to pastoral ministry for pastors at the village meeting level, or evangelists, youth leaders, and pastors in larger churches. The certificate program includes such courses as: Introduction to Christian Theology, Bible Survey, Biblical Interpretation, Basic Pastoral Ministry, Basic Pastoral Counseling, Introduction to Quakerism, Basic Homiletics, and College Writing/Library Skills. Length of study: One year
- Certificate in Pastoral Ministry( Pastoral Training in Ministry).
The Certificate program is also offered as a series of courses scheduled during holiday periods of the Kenya schools. Students take twelve courses over two years. Courses are the same as in the Residential Option. Length of study:Two years
- Advanced Certificate in Chaplaincy
Training in this certificate program is provided in two categories. The Chaplaincy Program I is focused on service in primary and secondary school chaplaincy, including the teaching of Christian Religious Education. This category also prepares for service as chaplains in hospitals and prisons. Twelve courses are taken in the “school-based” terms in August, December, and March/April. Students engage in at least 40 hours of supervised field attachment.
The Chaplaincy Program II focuses on Theology and Development, preparing students for service as chaplains in the work place and for such ministries as micro-enterprise and NGOs. Students take six courses, normally taught in the evenings or on Saturday within the regular semesters. An internship of one or two years provides the practical experience and a pastoral reflection seminar allows students to process their learning with faculty and other students.
Admission to Certificate programs
The certificate programs in pastoral ministry provide an entry level course of studies for those who have had limited opportunities to study previously, but are capable individuals who desire to prepare themselves more fully for various ministries. For these persons, the minimum qualification is the KCPE credential. Others have studied beyond the primary level, but have not qualified for advanced studies. With good performance in the certificate courses and passing marks on the Special Entrance Examinations, these students may progress to the diploma level.
Others who have high marks on the KSCE may choose to enroll in the certificate programs since they find the content and length of the certificate studies appropriate to their needs, their work, and their family responsibilities. Such students may particularly need to strengthen their performance in written and oral English. With successful performance at the certificate level, they may later pursue enrollment in the FTC diploma and degree programs.
Advanced certificate programs require a minimum previous preparation for ministry equivalent to the GBC certificate in pastoral ministry. Students with more advanced qualifications may also find the specialized training of the chaplaincy programs useful for their specific ministry goals.
- Diploma Programs
Diploma in Theology--
Students study during the regular semesters for three years. The curriculum and the testing procedures are currently administered by St. Paul’s University, Limuru. The diploma program provides a rigorous theological education and intensive preparation for pastoral ministry or further study. There are thirty-six courses in the Diploma program, including the following: Old Testament, New Testament, Church History, African Christian Theology, Theological Writing, Pastoral Ministry, Missions and Evangelism, and Christian Education. For details of the curriculum, consult the GBC catalogue. Length of study: Three years
Diploma in Theology-- School-based
The curriculum of this program is similar to the Residential option. Instead of studying during the regular semesters, students study in one-month blocks in March/April, August, and December. Length of study: Approximately six years.
Admission to the Diploma Programs
Students with KSCE marks of C plain (mean) qualify for admission upon submission of the appropriate materials and review by the GBC Registrar and Principal. Students with a KSCE of C- (mean) may be admitted provided they have C plain grades in their English and Swahili courses in secondary school. An alternate means of admission to the diploma programs is through achieving passing marks on the Special Entrance Examination administered by St. Paul’s University. This exam is normally taken while enrolled in GBC certificate courses.
Bachelor of Theology Degree (BTh)
The Bachelor of Theology degree is a four year programme for training pastors who will be significant leaders in the church, pastors of large urban churches, yearly meeting officials, theological college teachers, and administrators of Christian organizations. Successful completion of the degree may qualify the student for admission to master’s level theology and pastoral ministry studies.
Areas of study in this program include: Christian Theology ,Advanced Biblical Studies, Advanced Ethics, Church History, Church Management, Community Development, African Christian Theology, Pastoral Counseling, and Quaker Theology. After successful completion of their courses, students write a substantial project paper and successfully defend it before a faculty committee.
Admission to the BTh Program:
Admission requires a C+ (mean) on the KCSE or successful completion of the Diploma program at GBC or a comparable recognized theological college. At the end of their first semester of studies in the BTh program, students with previous theological study may apply for advanced standing based on the quality and scope of their previous theological training and their early performance in the BTh courses at GBC.
Community Spiritual Life
Each weekday begins with a chapel service, consisting of singing, prayer, short messages, and announcements. The GBC Chaplain organizes these chapel services and is available for prayer and counseling with individual students as well. On Wednesday afternoons there is a convocation, which typically is a presentation or lecture, followed by discussion. The presenters may be GBC faculty or staff, or visitors.
In the first two years, students are given ministry assignments in local Friends churches (or congregations of their own denominations). Diploma students in their third year undertake a field attachment for eight weeks under faculty supervision. In addition, all students are required to complete workshops in HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness, and in peace and conflict resolution skills.