As the first seminary of the churches of Christ in Ghana,
the Ghana Bible College (GBC) was established to train preachers and
develop leaders for the local churches. The management of the College
has maintained and continues to promote the original mission of their
predecessors to ensure that the banner of the gospel is held higher for
more souls to be won and nurtured for eternal life.
In pursuance of its mission, whilst responding appropriately to dynamics
of modern society, the management of GBC has started reengineering
processes to reposition the college to become more relevant to the
church and attractive to the society within which it operates. The
College is consistently but carefully adapting to the changing social,
economic and academic environment in order to survive. Thus, GBC is
transforming its operations and curriculum in line with current interest
and direction of educational pursuit to meet the spiritual and human
resource needs of the church. But then, it is important to assure all
stakeholders that these efforts are in no way going to compromise the
sanctity of the New Testament teachings, beliefs and practices of the
It needs to be noted that, the complexity of the composition of the
membership of the church today, and the sophistication of contemporary
society from which we draw new members into the church put enormous
challenges on the skills mix of leaders of the modern congregations.
Managing the church today therefore calls for better spiritual and
academic preparations than it used to be in the past. The church today
thus needs more trained and better quality leadership in the form of
elders and deacons, preachers, Bible teachers, etc. to fulfill its role
and to grow in the modern society.
As the premier centre for preacher training and leadership development
for the Lordís church in Ghana, GBC accepts the challenge to provide the
needed rigorous and sound theological training to enhance practical
competence, academic and socio-economic skills necessary to lead
contemporary congregations. In a concerted effort to position the
College to serve the church and society better, series of strategies are
underway to guide the management over the short term, the medium term
and the long term. The plan for the short term covers a period of five
years from 2014 to 2018; the medium term from 2019 to 2023 and the long
term from 2024 to 2028.
The Short Term Plan
The main focus of the short term plan includes:
1. To set up an Endowment Fund to ensure financial sustainability
of the College for its continuous operation and growth in pursuance of
2. To train and develop qualified teaching and management staff
required by the College to fulfil its mission
3. To attain healthy partnership with Knutsford University College (East
Legon, Accra) to obtain institutional accreditation for the GBC campus
to run accredited university programmes in other fields of study in
addition to the Theology courses. This arrangement will attract a pool
of prospective young ministers to add Theological training as second
career to their various fields of study so that they can serve in the
ministry of the Lordís church, wherever they may be, after their
4. To foster stronger relationship with the churches in Ghana, working
through the collegeís alumni and the leadership of the local churches to
secure their support for the sustainable development of the College.
This means that the local ownership of the College will be
institutionalized through pragmatic programmes to involve the
leaderships of the churches in Ghana in all matters of College.
5. To reinvigorate evangelism and church planting which appears to be
going down lately. The College partner with local churches to undertake
weekend house-to-house evangelism by the students. A whole week will be
set aside in every semester to establish one new church at where there
is no church or strengthen a dying church, in collaboration with any
interested congregation that has plans for such project.
6. To increase access to GBCís training opportunities to existing and
prospective church leaders at district and regional levels. These people
otherwise cannot attend full time training on-campus to due to their
jobs, The aim is to produce more dedicated evangelists and quality
leadership for congregations in both rural and urban communities.
The Medium Term Plan
In the medium term, the focus of the College would be the
consolidation of the short term strategies and achievements, and
expansion of the academic infrastructural facilities and faculties as
well as financial and human resource based needed to obtain own
independent accreditation from the National Accreditation Board.
The long-term Plan
The long-term plan of GBC will focus on the continuation and
deepening of the gains of the previous phases as well as greater
expansion of facilities, programs, resources and outreach in order to
obtain fully-fledged institutional status as a chartered university.